I can here for a "mom getaway", the first time on the Riverwalk and my first trip away from my daughter (who is 2) so I had high expectations. They were met. I pulled up to the hotel and was skeptical, it did not look like what I had in mind when booking but I went to check in and the lobby was beautiful, the guy at the front desk was friendly and helpful and checking in was a breeze. We had booked a poolside room in the winter because one of my friends is a smoker and it was amazing. You step out onto the patio and there is a patio chair and table and you are only a few feet away from the beautiful pool area. Lovely trees and lights made it a very nice view (I plan to go back in the summer to take advantage of that). I did not use the gym but I did go look at it during our walk around the hotel and it was huge, and had lots of equipment. Our room was a tad on the small side but very nice. As soon as we walked in the front desk called to make sure everything was alright. The room did have a tiny bit of dust on the side table but was otherwise clean, and smelled great. The tv is an older box tx but I didnt go there to watch tv so it did not bother me. The bathroom was small but clean and shiny. The beds were comfortable and the staff was extremely helpful. I had to get some extra supplies from the maid, who was friendly and polite, even the guy vacuuming the carpet outside my room was cheerful and polite. I had never been to the Riverwalk before and did not know exactly what to expect, the hotel is closer to the Museum side then the nightlife side but the River Taxi can get you around during the day and a cab from downtown is only 5.64$.If you are going with children or a large family this may not be the best hotel simply because of the size of the room and things that are per person like the river cab can get expensive but a romantic getaway or a friends trip is perfect. I would stay here again despite the location because I had such a nice experience with the hotel. It is not the Ritz, it is an older hotel and has the typical cosmetic issues that are expected with an older hotel but everywhere we went was clean and had fresh paint. I do not work there and am in no other way affiliated with them as previous reviews suggest, I had a wonderful experience here and do plan on staying there again and have recommended it to several family and friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Premier hotel on the San Antonio Riverwalk boasts premium amenities. Indulge yourself at the Holiday Inn El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in downtown San Antonio. Our tropical hotel is conveniently located near many downtown entertainment and business destinations. As your family arrives at this downtown San Antonio hotel, you will be welcomed by a gleaming mosaic of over 300,000 gorgeous glass tiles, as well as beautiful Mexican art. Situated at the start of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk, our hotel is convenient to local attractions including the Alamo, Tower of the Americas, Market Square, San Antonio Zoo and the Alamodome. You can catch the trolley from our hotel to your destination. Corporate travelers can appreciate the convenience of our San Antonio Riverwalk accommodations with easy access to the San Antonio International Airport, Henry B. Gonzales Center and companies such as Bank of America, AT & T, American Payroll, USAA, Valero Energy and Kinetic Concepts. We also provide business services including faxing, copying, printing and free high-speed Internet access. While lodging at our hotel in downtown San Antonio, see toucans in our aviary, visit our on-call massage therapist, exercise in the 3,000 square foot STRIVE Fitness Studio, swim in the out door heated pool or dine at our full-service restaurant and bar, where kids eat for free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn San Antonio
- San Antonio Holiday Inn