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First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

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First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

My first time travelling to San Antonio the end of February. Can someone, a previous traveller there give me some tips on the nice affordable restaurants, hotels, etc. I would like to be a walking distance to riverwalk and the attractions nearby. Your travel tips is appreciated. Thanks.

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1. Re: First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

We've been twice in two years. It is our favorite city in Texas to visit. The Alamo, Riverwalk and Missions NP are must sees imo. Mia Terra has great food.

We were just there in December. The weather was crazy- 80's one day, 40's the next and 60's the next day but we had a great visit.

The DE's are excellent and always are very helpful. Enjoy your trip!!

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2. Re: First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

ATLGal,

Check out previous posts fo lots of info. Most folks want to see the Alamo - plan a couple of hours. We recommend taking the river barge tour when you first arrive to get a feel for the Riverwalk area. It's also fun to do it a second time at night. There's some shopping along the Riverwalk and La Villta. For a flavor of Mexican souvenirs and Tex-Mex head to El Mercardo. Mi Tierra's is a fun restaurant to visit.

Hotels - I'm a huge fan of Pricelne and Hotwire. We're staying at the Hotel Contesta for the Cocktail Conference. Paid $100 bucks per night on Priceline.

Others really like Drury Inn.

SA has some great "Handcraft" "Pre-Prohibition Cocktail" Bars Bohanans' Esquire, 1919 and SA Broklynite

mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Pub-C…

http://www.bohanans.com/

http://www.esquiretavern-sa.com/

http://thebrooklynitesa.com/

There's also a good music scene, particularly if you like Americana, Texas, and Country. Check out Sam's Burger Joint's Calendar. And if you're up for a short excursion - Floore's Country Store and Gruene Hall.

http://samsburgerjoint.com/

http://www.liveatfloores.com/

http://gruenehall.com/

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Take a look at the Menger Hotel. It is a historic hotel right next to the Alamo. Nearby, and a bit cheaper, is the Crockett Hotel.

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4. Re: First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

Thank u for the info.

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5. Re: First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

Awesome info. thanks a lot.

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6. Re: First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

Have a look at the Residence Inn Downtown Alamo Plaza. You can see the grounds of the Alamo from the hotel. You can walk there in less than five minutes. Once at the Alamo, cross the street, go down some steps and through the lobby of the Hyatt and you are on the Riverwalk. Hotel is easy to find and close to freeway access. Breakfast is included and many days of the week their is an evening manager's reception with dinner-type food and free sodas and wine and beer. (Food is OK--not a substitute for a great restaurant meal but can help with the budget.) Rooms have been recently renovated.

From this location you are also within easy walking distance of other San Antonio attractions. Have stayed here and happily recommend it.

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7. Re: First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

thank you so much for your awesome information...I would definitely visit Alamo and Riverwalk. They are first in my agenda..I will not rent a car so I have to book my hotel walking distance. I appreciate your input. thanks.

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8. Re: First time to San Antonio, Riverwalk

Since you will not have a car -

SA has a unique bicycle rental system. Basically you pay a daily fee and get to use bikes to go from station to station. The stations are strategically placed all around town, near sights of intrest. http://sanantonio.bcycle.com/

There is a "Trolly" system (busses that look like trollies) that goes through the downtown area. Again set up to get visitors to fun places. The Via bus system also runs a "Sightseer Special" bus that goes up (north) Broadway and can get you to the Art Museum, The zoo, The Witte, The McNay, and The Botanical Gardens. It can also get you to Central Market - a great place to visit if you're a foodie. www.viainfo.net/BusService/Schedules.aspx www.viainfo.net/BusService/Streetcar.aspx

Any of the hotels in the downtown or Riverwalk area will work. However, the less expensive ones will be on the east and west ends (further away for the more active areas.) I'm a fan of Hotwire. I booked a 4-star and got the Hotel Contessa for $95 per night (going to the Cocktail Conference this weekend!)

Other folks like the Drury Inn (there are two downtown about a block apart.)

Good luck and enjoy!

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