I was born and raised in San Antonio. Having said that, I didn't get to actually stay in hotels downtown frequently growing up. Why would you? You live there. However, this trip was different. I was taking my fiance down to SA to meet my family for the first time. Additionally, it was my birthday weekend, and we wanted to share special memories together.
Check in was fantastic--easy, simple, fast. We called ahead and were told our room was already ready at 10:00am. A great plus! The lobby and entryway is beautiful. We were warmly greeted and given our keys. We head up to the room and absolutely love it. The hotel and room was roomy, airy, trendy, updated, accommodating, cozy, comfortable, and fun. The beds were very relaxing. The room had a cute and modern bar/mini fridge area. Desk, large flat screen tv, plenty of space for two. And, I like my bathrooms to be spotless! I am a freak about that stuff. Thank GOD and the heavens, this bathroom was spotless and cute. Good size shower and bathroom, plenty of room for two people to get ready at once, which, if you and your partner are like me and mine, happens all the time.
We also spent some time at the hotel lobby. After a long day of entertaining family and all that jazz, we were both spent. But, being my birthday, the Mr. wanted to grab a few celebratory drinks. The bar is very cute! (As is the pool, but it was closed by the time we'd discovered it.) I popped a few delicious vodka martinis and he had a few select beers. The beer selection was pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing lacking either. The service was pretty good, but the bartender did seem a bit preoccupied. However, it was late at night and he was about to close up in less than an hour. We felt slightly rushed, but not hurried out the bar. This is a minor complaint, really.
The only other things that prevent me from giving it a top score would be the location, the parking, and no lock-box/in-room safe. Having lived in Chicago, then LA, I was really looking forward to coming back home and enjoying free/"free" parking. Unfortunately, parking was across the street and about $15/day. When we came back at night to park, the lot was almost completely full. We got one of maaaaybe two spots left in the entire area. I say area and not lot because the lot was so full that the cars seemed to expand into another section where cars were having to make up spots, sort of speak. A hotel attendant actually rode his bike from the hotel to the end of the lot (where we parked) to show us where to a spot. Not so great when you're walking late at night, especially with luggage/items. Ah, location. Location is pretty good, but you're on one end of the Riverwalk, and almost everything else is down by the other end. Still, you're in a decent location. A bit dark as far as street lighting is concerned and there are the usual unsavory suspects downtown, but it was a good price for the location and there is a patio right on the Riverwalk. Walking alone, I'd probably be more paranoid. But walking in pairs/with others, you should be fine. Admittedly, it was a bit of a healthy hike to get from one end to the other for dinner and drinks, but it's doable. Lastly, I was rather surprised that there was not an in-room safe. For one, you are in a high tourist area downtown. Two, I consider those standard for all hotels now. And, three, I simply REALLY needed one that night. For my birthday/engagement/wedding present, my mom passed down a couple family pieces of jewelry. I felt very uneasy with no safe. Luckily, I only had the items at night, while we were in the room to sleep, and then left the next morning. The items were never left alone, but if you're cautious and paranoid like me, I'm sure you can relate to the uneasy feelings on this one.
Overall, good stay and would definitely stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome the Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk, an intriguing branded boutique hotel delivering peace and renewal to people who are tired of mundane cookie-cutter hotels. Meandering along the threshold of the Riverwalk in the downtown area you will find yourself close by the Museum of Art, Alamo, El Mercado, Southwest School of Arts & Crafts, Rivercenter Mall, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, Alamodome, Municipal Auditorium, and Majestic Theater. Local businesses include AT&T, Baptist Hospital, Methodist Healthcare Systems, Fort Sam Houston, Brooke Army Medical Center, Kelly USA, and Lackland AFB. Imagine a 100% smoke free, sophisticated boutique hotel, whose focus is delivering guest peace, serenity and renewal. Experience true Texas hospitality at this jewel just a short stroll to restaurants and bars. Hotel Indigo offers a blend of modern contemporary living with the best in hotel hospitality. Curl up in our over-sized beds with plush bedding, duvets, pillow shams and fluffy pillows. Complimentary WiFi is at your fingertips. Relax and enjoy our Bridges Bar & Bistro for cutting edge cuisine or grab a latte where we proudly brew coffee from a local company. The Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk has been designed as an oasis for travelers who yearn for an escape from the common hotel, but still need the convenience of a fitness center, pool and restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawthorn Suites San Antonio
- San Antonio Hawthorn Suites
- Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk Texas