We were unfortunate enough to stay at the Inn on the Riverwalk (on Woodward St. depending on the website, it may be called Inn on the River, not to be confused with the Inn on the Riverwalk on Washington St.)for five nights 27Dec-31Dec. The once beautiful old Victorian home has been the victim of additions, carefully avoided in web pictures of the house, which are architectural nightmares. The cheaply built deck is trashy and also an insult to the grand old home. There was trash and discards everywhere and the porch and sidewalks were littered with leaves and twigs—obviously unswept for some time. The grounds are poorly maintained, full of weeds and half-dead plants. If the deck was torn off and a stone patio installed, one could actually see the river instead of a hedge of overgrown shrubs.
The diningroom is reminiscent of high school cafeterias—no historical ambience at all. There is no sitting room or livingroom in which to read or socialize. This has been very prominent in B&Bs where we have stayed. The original livingroom has become two bedrooms.
The smoke detectors in our room were inoperable (no mechanism or batteries) as was the case in the diningroom. One of our lamps had the switch control missing. There is no overhead lighting so that, coming home after dark, we had to stumble around the bed searching for the one working lamp. When we mentioned that 4 of the 6 lightbulbs over the bathroom sink were burned out, they were promptly replaced, the only good and attentive part of our stay. When one sat on the toilet, one’s knees hit the door. When we tried to rinse after toothbrushing, leaning over the sink meant that the person’s bottom hit the wall. The bathroom is hardly 3 ft wide. There was no shampoo/conditioner, lotion, pencil/notepad but copious bars of soap. My husband was not able to even bend over in the shower to wash his feet.
We are native San Antonians proud of the beautiful river and its many lovely old homes. This may have been one of them before it was bastardized historically and architecturally by additions to encompass more paying guests. How very sad.
Do not believe the pictures on the web. They are chosen to display uncharacteristic facets of the house
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, Texas, the Inn on the Riverwalk is situated on the banks of the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. Enjoy complimentary parking, wireless internet and a fully cooked breakfast, water, fruit juice, teas & coffees, snacks and great customer service! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn On The Riverwalk Hotel San Antonio
- Inn Riverwalk