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San Antonio, the Best of Texas--wonderful!

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A June 2001 trip to San Antonio by samepenny

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Quote: I advise visitors from overseas, San Antonio is a MUST. Why? Because it is like visiting 2 or 3 countries at the same time. Mexico, America and Texas at the same time! The weather is nearly perfect for year around visiting. Christmas and palm trees at the same time must sound pretty good if you live in Maine! The river winds through the downtown and all the major hotels. Beautiful! The hospitality is the best.

San Antonio, the Best of Texas--wonderful!

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Overview

The River Walk Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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My favorate area is the RiverWalk as the San Santonio River winds in apparently all directions through downtown. Major hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment areas line the River about 1 full storey below street level. It always is cooler along the river. There is much more. San Antonio is much like visiting another country. It's culturally very interesting. The restaurants are great and varied. Click here for San Antonio's great WEB site!Quick Tips: Stay in a hotel on the RiverWalk. It's a joy to be 'where the action is'. It is such a pleasure out of walking out of your hotel, joining the flow of pedestrian traffic to find the restaurant or sh...Read More
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The Hilton, which is both on the river and close to Hemisphere Park, really started the new life of the river back in the 1960's. Well located with very good restaurants and bars, it's a good 'first time' choice for visitors to San Antonio.

Update: this hotel has a RiverWalk level restaurant that is pretty good. We dashed over there when we had a small break at the Convention Center. Service was fast and it was nice to sit near the River for a few minutes relaxation.

This hotel has been substantially updated. Friends who stayed there were satisfied and it's proximity to the Convention Center is great.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2000

Hilton Palacio del Rio
200 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 222-1400

Omni La Mansion del Rio

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Hotel | "La Mansion del Rio"

Omni La Mansion del Rio Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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This glorious old hotel probably has the most interesting location on the RiverWalk. It has very large, if dark rooms, wonderful restaurants and bars. The service is excellent. Breakfasts are devine! Free parking. Don't try to make sense of the addresses of the hotels on the RiverWalk. San Antonio's streets were laid out to deal with a river with a lot of curves and bends. This hotel is a favorite of people who really know San Antonio. Yes, it's on the 'up' end of the price range, but everything else, food etc. you will have to deal with in San Antonio, are so reasonable, why not stay in a wonderful place? Their WEB site is wonderful! Click herefor La Ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2000

Omni La Mansion del Rio
112 COLLEGE STREET
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210-518-1000

Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk

Hotel | "Hyatt Regency River Walk"

Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Frankly although this hotel is in a good location on the River Walk, and I usually like Hyatt Renency hotels, I don't like this one. Was it the careless service or the slightly worn quality of the rooms? Hard to say. Restaurant's too plastic, too.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 21, 2000

Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210-222-1234

The Menger Hotel

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Hotel | "Menger Hotel"

The Menger Hotel Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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The Menger is an old, tradional hotel of 300 rooms, long a part of San Antonio history. Its location, across from the Alamo, makes it an interesting place for history buffs. Like many old hotels, the rooms vary a great deal. We had an odd little room that was far down a long hallway on the opposite side from the Alamo. If you want an Alamo-view room, be very specific. Ask a lot of questions when you telephone. Restaurants are way above average. Very good bar which is a replica of London's House of Lord's Pub Wxtremely nice lobby area. I liked the room service. The surrounding area is generally safe, however, and this is a BIG 'however', San Antonio is a very large city with all the problems ther...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2000

The Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 223-4361

The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort

Hotel | "Westin La Cantera Resort"

The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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This is known as the 'place with all those swimming pools'. Five at this time. Brand new resort with a ton of activities for families. Not far from Six Flags. Great views! This is a 'self contained' resort with a great golf course. Stay here, but do yourself a favor and see more of San Antonio than this fine resort. Childrens' 'camp' is fun for kids and gives parents a chance to golf or whatever on their own. Beware of the sun--it's very strong. Consider early morning swims for young children.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2000

The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort
16641 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, Texas 78256
(210) 558-6500

Madhatters Teahouse and Cafe

Restaurant | "Madhatter's Teahouse Cafe"

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This isn't just for children. Walking distance from the Zoo and a 15 minute drive from downtown. 50 kinds of tea are available. A beautiful little spot. Telephone ahead to see what is available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 7 days.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Madhatters Teahouse and Cafe
320 Beauregard Street
San Antonio, Texas 78204

Westin La Cantera Resort Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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This is a great experience, if not strictly Texan. The service is out of this world. This is a beautiful resort. I wouldn't leave the River Walk to go out to the Westin to eat, but if you are staying there, it is great.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2000

Westin La Cantera Resort
16641 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, Texas 78256
(212) 558-6500

Texas Land & Cattle Steak House

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Restaurant | "Texas Land and Cattle Company"

Texas Land & Cattle Steak House Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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On the RiverWalk side of the lower floor of the Drury Inn and Suites is this restaurant. Very busy during peak times. The food is similar to 'Outback' but with a Texan flare. Only one side (potatoes, onions) dish is included in the price of your main course. If you want a salad, it's extra. If you want a GREEN vegetable with your dinner, it's extra. An order of mushrooms is tiny and swimming in sauce. Although non-beef items (chicken, fish) are on the menu; the reason to come here is beef. This is range fed beef. Sorry if I'm getting a bit technical here, but I am a Texan). Not the rich, heavy corn fed beef you would get from say, Nebraska. I ordered a 'Cowgirl Ribeye'. What I g...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 4, 2001

Texas Land & Cattle Steak House
Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 222-2263

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A really large amusement park with plenty of attractions. Plenty of shade also (a must in Texas in the summer). Buy a combo ticket that includes Sea World (The penguins are great.) Multiple day and season passes available. Local grocery stores often have the best discount passes. Worth a stop on your way. Often there is a connection with Dr. Pepper: ie, bring a can for a 'dollars off' discount.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2000

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH-10 West
San Antonio, Texas 78257
(210) 697-5050

La Villita

Attraction | "La Villita (the little village)"

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La Villita is the site of the original settlement of San Antonio. My favorite place to visit in San Antonio, it's a maze of shops, restaurants, workshops, galleries and historic sites. Not far from any of the major RiverWalk hotels. No charge to get in. Although repaired over the years, La Villita has the charm and character of the 18th century. It's hard to believe that you are in the heart of a very large city!

We were recently there for an over-large private party. Some times that happens and this village is closed to the public.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2000

La Villita
418 Villita
San Antonio, Texas 78205
+1 210 207 8610

San Jose Mission

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Attraction | "Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aquayo"

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The largest of the San Antonio Missions, San Jose is still an active church. It is a state park and a National Historic Site. It was founded in 1720 and the church was built between 1768 and 1787. The entire mission compound, surrounded by a large wall, has been restored. The outer wall contains Indian dwellings. There are a granary and workshops. There is an old flour mill outside the north wall, built in about 1790--the first in Texas. People who have visited Santa Fe New Mexico will recognize the building styles. I love the Rose window. Visitors are welcome in the church, however the church does have regular religious activities: masses and weddings etc. There is a small gift shop. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2000

San Jose Mission
6701 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78214
(210) 923-8681

Silver Spur

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Ok, let's cut to the chase. This shop, located near to the Menger Hotel is fantastic!

Very high quality merchandise, especially the clothing, and very nice jewelry.

The people who work in this shop are so nice and helpful! What a deal!

I bought earings and a great blouse. With more time, I would have bought more! Don't miss this shop!

Telephone: (212) 472-2210

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2001

Silver Spur
210 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 472-2210

Guenther House Pioneer Mills Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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There are dozens of things to do and see in San Antonio. The best of all is to walk along the river, pick out a water-side restaurant and/or bar and settle in to watch the world go by. You will have a good time. That's San Antonio! You can spend your days seeing the historic sites and museums and relax your evenings away. We always plan a return trip. There is never enough of San Antonio. San Antonio has the capacity to host really large meetings and conventions; so a lot of people get to the city. We already have reservations for a return trip. I've never heard anyone say that they've made their last trip to San Antonio!Multi-lingual and multi-cultural, San Antonio...Read More

San Antonio, what to pack!

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San Antonio is a city where although Christmas lights are displayed, there really isn't a 'winter' season. Be prepared for 9 months a years of warm to very hot weather. The climate is 'dry'. The sun is very hot and very harsh. One feature of city life which makes San Antonio is a virtually year- around golf season. The RiverWalk is an area for strolling, drinking, eating and shopping. At the top of your packing list should be very good walking shoes. Figure on a comfortable, casual wardrobe that gives you protection from the sun. Blouses and long skirts are popular for women as they are cool while still giving enough coverage to go into a 'decent' restaurant. Polo type shirts and light ...Read More