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An Escape to Picturesque San Antonio

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A May 1999 trip to San Antonio by smileygirl

Hawthorn San Antonio Riverwalk Photo, San Antonio, Texas More Photos
Quote: Life's everyday pressures and daily routine activities were getting to us. We decided to escape from it all and make something enduring at the same time. Since we lived in Texas, the best destination that came to our minds was the enticing San Antonio! It was one of the most quenching vacations we've ever had. If you're looking for contentment and peacefulness, then San Antonio is just the place where you need to be.

An Escape to Picturesque San Antonio

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Overview

The Alamo Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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If you ever decide to visit San Antonio, Texas, don't leave without doing their famous Paseo del Rio, (aka River Walk). This is one of San Antonio's most praised tourist attraction. You'll find your own little piece of heaven in this beautiful city. We found ours on the River Walk. It was beautiful, it was peaceful, it was blissful. Just what we were looking for in our Escape Getaway Vacation. Quick Tips: Once you've decided to visit San Antonio, don't forget to visit San Antonio's Online Visitor Center Website. When you order their brochures, you will receive valuable coupons, list of attractions, accommodations, current ev...Read More

Hawthorn San Antonio Riverwalk

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Hotel | "Hawthorn Suites Riverwalk"

Hawthorn San Antonio Riverwalk Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Just exquisite!! Hawthorn Suites are tastefully done in a luxurious decor. We requested a double/double, non-smoking room with a view. They have pacified all of our expectations with much appreciation. The incomparable thing about Hawthorn Suites is the Riverwalk alongside it. Some features this hotel has to offer: ROOM AMENITIES: studio suites 2 2-Line phones w/ data port wet bar coffee maker microwave oven refrigerator ironing board ENTERTAINMENT: In-Room Movies HBO cable TV RECREATION: outdoor pool exercise r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Hawthorn San Antonio Riverwalk
830 N ST MARYS
SAN ANTONIO, Texas 78205
210 527-1900

Holiday Inn Riverwalk

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Hotel

Holiday Inn Riverwalk Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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We made our reservation at Holiday Inn to be in the midst of it all. We wanted to be surrounded by Downtown Riverwalk. Little did we know, sometimes location doesn't necessarily mean nice, elegant rooms. The exterior of the Holiday Inn Riverwalk was very impressive. With 23 floors, it's massive. It couldn't have been in a better location with its unblemished views of the Downtown Riverwalk. Being on the 17th floor was sheer perfection. We had a magnificent view of the the Riverwalk from our balcony. No complaints there. Our dissatisfaction mainly lies within our room. If I could summarized it all into one single word, it would have to be -- small. We felt like there w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Holiday Inn Riverwalk
217 N St. Mary St.
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 224-2500

Rodeway Inn Downtown

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Hotel

Rodeway Inn Downtown Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Must I say? I suppose I should warn you about this hotel, which is how they like to describe this "establishment". Rodeway Inn Downtown is a place that should be avoided at all costs. One word to define this place is: FILTHY. Please let me clarify my harsh judgement against Rodeway Inn Downtown. I had my parents, brother, sister in law, niece (who at the time was a little over a year old), my son, and of course, my husband on this trip. We've made reservations for three rooms to accommodate our three families at Rodeway Inn. First room had a mildewy smell that stank beyond belief. Second room's carpet was almost black from lack of cleaning. Th...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Rodeway Inn Downtown
900 NORTH MAIN
San Antonio, Texas 78212
210-223-2951

The Tower Restaurant

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Restaurant

The Tower Restaurant Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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If you want to get a glimpse of San Antonio from atop, dining at The Tower Restaurant is the most optimum choice. OUR EXPERIENCE: It is highly recommended for you to make a reservation for the bottom deck, should you want to be by the window while dining. Or-if you prefer, you could go to their bar upstairs while you wait. One Word Of Warning: Be prepared for their exorbitant prices. We bought some drinks to pacify us till our table was ready. Mind you, we only ordered soft drinks. Each of those glasses were $4 each. I was astounded by their prices, to say the least. Our experience at the bar made me very wary about the upcoming food menu prices. I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

The Tower Restaurant
600 HemisFair Park
San Antonio, Texas 78201
210-223-3101

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero)

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Attraction | "Mission San Antonio de Valero- The Alamo"

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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While visiting the somber sight of the Alamo, it brought back many memories of school studies. You never realize how crucial history really is until you set your eyes on a piece of the past. Visiting the Alamo will always be something that tugs at our hearts and minds. We're sure you will be affected the same way. HISTORY OF THE ALAMO: Mission San Antonio de Valero, which later on became famous as the Alamo, was established in 1718, the first of five Spanish missions founded in San Antonio to Christianize and educate resident Indians. As the mission grew, the church structure that stands today in midtown was begun in about 1755. It's mission role completed, the old build...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero)
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 225-1391

San Antonio Riverwalk

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Attraction | "Paseo del Rio- The Riverwalk"

San Antonio Riverwalk Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Paseo del Rio, which is simply acknowledged as The Riverwalk, is well known for mesmerizing many people''s hearts. Once you''ve been there, you''ll want to go there again and again. My family and I have been to The Riverwalk three times and yet, each and every single time, we have found something afresh and changed. Strolling through midtown surrounded by giant cypress and palm trees, flowering shrubs, tropical foliage, you''ll find something that will captivate your very soul. The Riverwalk, edged by elegant hotels, gift shops, savoring restaurants and cafes, will introduce you to a place that is truly blissful here on earth. Simply put . . . there is no other place like The Riv...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

San Antonio Riverwalk
200 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 227-4262

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! / Plaza Theatre Of Wax

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Attraction | "Plaza Theatre of Wax "

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! / Plaza Theatre Of Wax Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Before you make a decision on doing the Plaza Theatre of Wax, please take notice there is the attraction, Ripley's Believe it or Not, at this very same location for your convenience. We did both attractions, but to tell you the truth, I really don't remember Ripley's Believe It or Not tour. The only thing that I do remember is some of the things were not intended for small children's eyes. Please take this into consideration before doing Ripley's Believe It or Not tour. Here you will venture into a museum where you will see hundreds of lifelike wax figures come to life in several Hollywood, Horror, History, and Religion theme settings. Some of the wax figures you w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! / Plaza Theatre Of Wax
301 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
+1 210 224 9299

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! / Plaza Theatre Of Wax

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Attraction | "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"

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INTRO: Since we paid for combo tickets, which included the Plaza Theatre of Wax and Ripley''s Believe It or Not!, we decided to do Plaza Theatre Wax first. If we had known better (about Ripley''s Believe It or Not), we would have only bought tickets for Plaza Theatre of Wax. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Here you will have a chance to view over 500 one of a kind artifacts, paintings and oddities from famous collector, Robert Ripley. Such items you will find at Ripley''s Believe It or Not are: World''s Smallest Painting Hand Carved 1,000 Piece Minature Circus Authentic Dinosaur Eggs And so much more INFORMATION:...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! / Plaza Theatre Of Wax
301 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
+1 210 224 9299

SeaWorld San Antonio

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Attraction | "Sea World of Texas"

SeaWorld San Antonio Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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I will never forget the moment when I first laid eyes on SeaWorld.The first thought that came to mind was, "vividly clean". SeaWorld sparkled so bright and colorful, you would think this park had just opened up. INTRODUCTION: Here you will find SeaWorld, the largest marine life park, situated in San Antonio, Texas. Home lives the wobbling walruses, frolicsome otters, lovable dolphins, charming sea lions, and of course, the giant killer whales, which I prefer to call them, our gentle, lovable whales. Never will you get bored as you stroll through this park. There is something here for everyone for all ages. Whether you are adventuresome and want to ride t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78251
(800) 700-7786

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In 1718, at an Indian Village at the southern edge of Texas Hill Country, Spain established Mission San Antonio de Valero, which was later called the Alamo. A customary fort (presidio), San Antonio de Bexar protected the Alamo from mission endeavors. Several other Spanish missions soon followed, but the city's real growth came from civil settlement in 1731. At this same time, this was Spain's first step to colonize Texas. Original colonists were Spanish Canary Islanders, to whom many families proudly trace their roots. San Antonio remained the chief Spanish , then Mexican took refuge in Texas until the Texas Revolution. Today, San Antonio is colorfully accented by its multicultura...Read More