San Antonio Journals

San Antonio

A travel journal to San Antonio by Lauren T

Quote: Various attractions in San Antonio, some often overlooked, that I have found interesting. I have also included some lodging and dining recommendations.

San Antonio

Overview

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I lived in San Antonio for four years and I enjoyed it immensely. Downtown San Antonio is a wonderfully beautiful area and the city has a rich hispanic culture but is still very American. It also has a nice "old city" charm that is absent in other Texas cities. And of course, the Tex-Mex food is universally excellent. Of course the Alamo and the riverwalk are probably the most famous attractions. Elsewhere in the downtown area are various other attractions such as Market Square and Hemisfair park. The missions slightly south of here are also significant. On a different note there are a couple of theme parks: Six Flags and Sea World, which are on the outskirts of town.Quick Tips: ...Read More

Fairmont Hotel

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Hotel

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The Fairmount is, in my humble opinion, the best hotel in San Antonio. At least it is the best that I have stayed in, and I''ve stayed in quite a few. It is located adjacent to La Villita, barely a block from the Riverwalk, and yet it seems removed from all of the tourist frenzy of the downtown area. All accomodations are two room suites with elegant Victorian furnishings. The large canopied beds have curtains around them so you feel like nobility from ages past. The sitting room looks as if it could host a 19th century tea gathering. However, all modern conveniences are still very much present, and a TV and VCR are available in both rooms (although they are concealed in period looking furniture...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2001

Fairmont Hotel
401 S Alamo St
San Antonio, Texas

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It is okay. Good actually, but nothing special. The lobby is elegant but uninspiring and the rooms are very decent and very comfortable but seem to me a little lacking for a hotel in this price range. The location is ideal, of course, for tourists drawn to the riverwalk and surrounding areas. However, if you want to spend $200 on a luxury hotel room in the central San Antonio area, my advice is to make the ten minute walk to the Fairmount.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 9, 2001

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

Taco Cabana

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Restaurant

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Taco Cabana is my very favorite fast food place. Period. If you are in San Antonio, you will have no trouble finding one because they are EVERYWHERE. There are places in town where you can almost see one Taco Cabana from the next. They are also bright pink and really gaudy looking so they are kind of hard to miss. TC has also recently established quite a presence in Austin and Houston as well and there are a few others scattered about Texas, so it is becoming less and less of "a San Antonio thing". What is so great about Taco Cabana? Well, there are five main reasons why I frequent this place so much: 1.) Unlike other fast food franchises with "Taco" in their title, this place actually ser...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2001

Taco Cabana
Throughout San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

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Attraction | "Mariachi mass at the Mission San Jose"

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This is one of the more interesting things I have visited in San Antonio which is not often frequented by tourists. Many tourists visit the Mission San Jose, believed by many to be the most impressive (and best preserved) of the five San Antonio missions, but few people appreciate that the three hundred year old church houses an active congregation. Yes, the mission is very old and it is beautiful, but, to be honest, I have toured Europe extensively and I have seen a lot of old churches and, after a while, they all start to look the same. However, what strikes me about the mission (and also the Cathedral in downtown San Antonio) is that, not only do you see an old building that has seen a lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2001

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
2202 Roosevelt Ave
San Antonio, Texas 78210
+1 210 932 1001