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A December 2006 trip to San Antonio by stomps

George Washington at UT Photo, Austin, Texas More Photos
Quote: My family and I took a trip to San Antonio for the New Year, just to do something different and get away from it all.

5..4..3..2..1..Happy New Year!

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Overview

George Washington at UT Photo, Austin, Texas
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Our family had many reasons to go on a short vacation to San Antonio for New Year’s Eve, 2006. We had just been through an extremely difficult year that involved my father fighting for cancer and my brother being hospitalized twice for collapsed lungs; needless to say, in amongst these and the numerous other things that happened in 2006, we hadn’t taken a family vacation in an extremely long time. I was actually home for the Christmas holidays this year, since my mother had threatened to kill me if I abandoned them for the glowing shores of Australia again, so the entire family was together for possibly one of the last times before my brother starts college and I move to Australia. Plus, an added bonu...Read More

Best Western Posada Ana Medical Center

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Hotel | "Best Western Posada Ana Inn"

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Even though we had a reservation in the Marriott Rivercenter for New Year’s Eve, we decided it would be easier (and much cheaper!) to stay in a hotel nearer to my friend (whose family had invited us to spend New Year’s Eve with them)’s house. Since she lives in northwest San Antonio, we booked a room at the Best Western Posada Ana Inn, located near the intersection of I-10 and Loop 410 at 9411 Wurzbach Road.Because of the holiday season, rooms that normally cost $75 a night became over $100 a night. With the extra adults in the room, the total became $120 for the night, but this was still a steal compared to anything in the downtown area. Plus, we were within 5 minutes of my friend’s house, mu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Best Western Posada Ana Medical Center
9411 Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78240
(210) 691-9550

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

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Hotel | "Marriott Rivercenter"

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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My family is the king of the cheap hotel; by the end of my junior tennis career, I knew the location of every Motel 6 in southern Texas. Therefore, staying in the Marriott Rivercenter, whose cheapest room on New Year’s Eve cost $200, was definitely a splurge for us. Fortunately, since we booked our room in early October, we got that $200 room.When we arrived at the hotel, located at 101 Bowie St, right next to the Rivercenter, at just after 4pm, there was a line just to get into the parking garage. This was because hotel staff were outside, checking our names against a list of guests to make sure we were allowed to park in the garage. Then, after telling them we did not want valet parking, we ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 223-1000

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

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Hotel | "Marriott Rivercenter: Cristina's room & The Atrium"

The Riverwalk, dressed for the holidays Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Even though we had our own, decent room, the reason we stayed in the Marriott Rivercenter was because my friend Cristina’s family was staying there to celebrate the New Year. They normally stay in the Hilton, located a couple blocks away from the Marriott, but all of the good rooms there were booked there; that made this their first time in the Marriott. Even though the Marriott didn’t offer quite the same view as the Hilton, it did not disappoint.Their room had, as Cristina told me on the phone, “a lot of space”. We realized this as soon as we walked up to the door, which had a doorbell next to it. When Cristina opened the door, we were greeted with what seemed to be a huge lounge room, altho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 223-1000

Benihana

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Restaurant

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When my friend, Cristina, called us as we were walking around UT Austin and asked if we’d like to eat at Benihana that night, my mother replied with “Ooooh, that sounds delicious!” Pretty much everyone I know has the same reaction when this restaurant comes up in conversation; who wouldn’t enjoy such a great selection of Japanese food presented so theatrically?The Benihana in San Antonio is located next to the inbound lanes of I-10 between Wurzbach Rd and Loop 410; this was literally a two minute ride down the feeder road from our hotel, the Best Western. We had made reservations, so we didn’t have to wait when we arrived, even though the restaurant was packed full. A word of warning about res...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Benihana
8342 Interstate Hwy. 10 West
San Antonio, Texas 78230
(210) 541-8100

Trinity University & Canyon Lake

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Trinity University Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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Since we had no plans until 4pm, which was when we had to check into our hotel room, New Year’s Eve morning was a perfect time to have a stroll around Trinity University, one of my brother’s top choices of school for next year. Fortunately, we left ourselves plenty of time to do so, since all of us were so lazy that we didn’t manage to check out of our hotel room until a little before noon. My brother, who had been asleep on the floor for most of the morning, proceeded to fall asleep as soon as he got in our van, so it was up to us to find Trinity for him.Trinity is located just off of US281 North at the Hildebrand exit. As soon as we exited the freeway, we turned right, passed the University ...Read More

Alamo St Festival

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Alamo St Festivities Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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After dinner, at around 8:30, we decided to check out the partying going on outside the hotel before it got too packed. The main center of the partying was not the Riverwalk, which still had a number of people on it, but rather, on South Alamo St. This entire street, which borders on Hemisfair Park, where the Tower of the Americas is located, was blocked off to make way for six stages (featuring six different kinds of music), food vendors of all types, carnival rides, and of course, the 250,000 people that would be enjoying them.As we turned onto Alamo St, we were greeted with strains of jazz music and an already bustling street. We passed booths hawking all sorts of 2007 and New Year’s Eve wa...Read More

New Year's Across San Antonio

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Fireworks in the distance Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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In the hour and a half between when we left the street festival and midnight, we didn’t do anything particularly interesting. Mostly, we just sat and chatted, played with Cristina’s adorable dog, and watched New York’s New Year’s Eve celebrations on TV.At 11:50, the champagne, blowers, tiaras, and hats came out, and people started going outside. For many, this didn’t last too long, because it was a chilly 38 degrees outside, complemented by a stiff wind. I had to remove my hat and glasses and leave them inside for fear of watching my $10 blow off the side of the Marriott and into the Rivercenter below.What a sight there was from our balcony. Well before midnight, when we looked into th...Read More