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by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
June 30, 2004
A La Quinta . . . is a La Quinta . . . is a La Quinta.
There are La Quinta Inns in 34 states and at least 10 in the San Antonio area. They all look more or less the same, and with a few exceptions, offer the same amenities to guests. Prices are usually competitive with other chains. So, about the only thing that makes one stand out above the others is location.
The La Quinta Market Square is one of those great locations. It is directly across the street from El Mercado (the Marketplace) and the world famous Mi Terra Restaurant. Several years ago I had a guest from Germany come for a return visit. It was 2:30am when his plane finally landed and the first place he wanted to go was to Mi Terra. It was a good thing it is open 24/7.
The La Quinta Market Square is within walking distance of the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, and is on the Trolley route that can take you anywhere in the downtown area. You can’t beat the price for the ride, only 80 cents.
All rooms are entered from the outside, as opposed to a secured hallway, which might be a problem for some. Parking is plentiful and free. The large swimming pool is surrounded on all four sides by the two-story complex,
This La Quinta has 124 rooms, most of them have two double beds or one king bed. There is one king two-room suite and two king rooms with jazucci tubs. 80% of the rooms are non-smoking. Free dial-up Internet access is available. Each room also has a hair dryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and a desk.
A Deluxe Continental Breakfast is offer at no additional charge and includes Belgium waffles and hard-boiled eggs, along with the usual Danish, cereal, fruit, bagels, coffee, milk, juices and tea.
I had the opportunity to talk with Ruben Chavarria, the Manager, and he pointed out that his staff does everything possible to make guests comfortable and feel at home. That particular day, the hotel was full and breakfast had been extended an additional hour to accommodate everyone. When I asked him about an exercise room (not that I was planning on using it, or anything like that) he said there was not one, but was quick to point out that there was a beautiful city park just on the other side of El Mercado, with lots of walking paths.
If you are traveling with your pets, they too will be welcomed at this hotel.
From journal MY SAN ANTONIO-ACCOMMODATIONS