The downtown San Antonio area (city center) has many hotel options. Since I’ve worked there so often, I’m frequently asked, “Where would you stay?” That’s a tough question because it really depends on your own travel style. If you prefer a “flash and bling” experience, I could (perhaps) recommend a couple of places (and, if you’re keeping track of my recommendations, stay tuned; I might address that next). But, the Marriott Plaza San Antonio has me coming back every time. This historic hotel has a classic Southwestern calm you would hope to find in San Antonio. The rocking chairs, placed carefully, for your comfort, throughout the entrance terrace are a prime example of what’s to come, as you make your way to the front doors. You can’t imagine just how hot it can get in San Antonio. So, take it slow and have a seat in one of these rockers, with a glass of iced tea in one hand and a fan in the other. You’ll fit right in with the locals.
The Marriott Plaza has been pitched to me as one of the first hotels around. But, first or not, it is central to some of the best, historic restorations in town and in a prime location for quiet and privacy. The 12”x12” terracotta tile with wide, beautiful grey grout lines (a design that was so impelling that I replicated it in my own home), begs you to walk on in and experience the cooling fans and the family style lobby. It may be difficult not to kick off your heals and caress the chilly, candy glazed tile with bare feet. But, be patient, once you get settled in, change into your swimsuit and step out into the 7-acre botanical garden surrounded by majestic, live oaks to take a dip in the pool. And, don’t forget to keep your eyes out for the estates exotic peacocks. The most desirable dish on the menu? Try the best fish tacos in town. And yes, in my humble opinion, better than “Rosario’s” (which is within short walking distance from this hotel). If you’re not a fan of pickled onions, don’t even try the fish tacos because they’re just not the same without them.
For the best rooms in the house, if you’re a platinum member, try the 4th floor (concierge level). If you want the quiet of the gardens, ask for the garden view. If you don’t ask, by default they usually give you a direct view of the city (including the “Tower of the Americas”). Note: the concierge lounge isn’t extravagant but it’s homey and warm. The business center isn’t the best but they’re planning upgrades. And, there has been a turn over in staff lately so I can’t speak directly to this. I can tell you that Rick and Steve at the bar are EXCELLENT bartenders!! Hope they’re still there. If you intend to tip well for good service, tell them Phoebe sent you. So, enjoy this home away from home, just steps from the Riverwalk, the Magic Theater, Hemisfair Park, La Villita Park, the Alamo, and much much more.
Some rooms need upgrades. But, they meet the Marriott standards and the security, seclusion, privacy...
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