My family of 5 stayed in a 2 Queen bed plus Sofabed suite. Nice accommodations and very roomy. I paid extra for the balcony and it was worth it. The entire wall was plexy glass from top to bottom so the view was panoramic. The cathedral that lights up at night and has a projection of images with music was to our right. Below us was the balcony for the indoor swimming pool.
We were in the San Fernando building, which requires you to take one set of elevators to the 6th floor and then traverse down a couple of hallways to the another set of elevators to get to your room. A bit tedious if you need to go up and down a lot and a super inconvenience during checkout on Sunday morning. It worse than a casino hotel in Las Vegas because you have to go down two elevators and wait for an opening twice.
Hint: Press the elevator up button, but press the 1st floor when you enter.
The complimentary evening happy hour with hot food was excellent. You just have to wait when it gets crowded, but we came early and avoided most of it. Adults get a 3 drink ticket for alcohol. There are 3 bars that serve alcohol so choose wisely for the shortest line. Plenty of seating, but it filled up on Saturday night. It was baked potato, hot dog and chili night. There's a small salad bar and nacho chips and liquid cheesy goodness.
Breakfast is just as crazy crowded. No bacon or hash browns, but the sausage and eggs were good enough. Lots of other options.
The building used to be a historic bank. Architecture is beautiful in the atrium and mezzanine areas. The spiral stair case goes down to the riverwalk for convenience. Key card needed to re-enter the downstairs from the outside.
Finding a luggage cart is frustrating on Sunday morning. You need to go to the Valet parking and wait for one. The hotel needs to make a posted line for luggage carts because guests stand around and no one really knows who's first in line. The car valet line is pretty obvious. It backs up to the lobby since everyone waits for their car to be delivered. Fortunately, they have an attendant who walks up and gets the valet tickets from guests in line.
As much as I like my stay, I will have to consider a different Riverwalk hotel the next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk is located on the San Antonio River, walking distance from shops, restaurants and entertainment. Relax in the sun on the deck of the rooftop pool, which also has two whirlpools! Formerly the Alamo National Bank, this 24-story renovated skyscraper features 50-foot ceilings, travertine flooring and stained glass windows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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