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Review of O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel

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O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel
Ranked #91 of 353 Hotels in San Antonio
Laredo, TX
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Loved this place! Will stay again.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2008

The O'Brien is a small boutique style hotel. My husband and I stayed here while in San Antonio for the annual Christmas Riverboat Parade. It is in downtown, but a bit secluded, still near all the main downtown attractions. Nothing fancy about the hotel, but it's a nice place with it's own unique charms (old style bathtub, windows that raise with no screens). Staff was really nice and helpful, free continental breakfast included pastries, waffles, fruit, muffins, coffee, juice... nothing spectacular, but a bit above average. Only downside was they have few places to park, and parking is $10. Other than that we already have another stay booked.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AH2301
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2008

We just returned from a trade show in san Antonio. We hardly ever stay in the big convention hotels but look for a small "boutique" nearby. Last year we stayed at the Riverwalk Vista which was also excellent but could not get in for under $200 this year so we took a chance on the O'Brien. The cab driver was not too enthused with our hotel when we arrived late Weds. night and the same happened to others we had told about the hotel after we got there . But it was perfect. , Very clean,nice towels and linens, friendly staff . Great rooms with tall ceilings, free wireless internet and a brave attempt at a continental breakfast. Considering what space they had it was admirable. If you do not have children ask to be put on the 3rd floor so you don't have to deal with the breakfast folks on the second floor or the footsteps. parking was not an issue as others have mentioned and being a block from the riverwalk who needs one anyway. We rented a car for 2 days from the downtown Avis and were able to park thursday and Friday during a very busy week.

  • Liked — location and great bed
  • Disliked — lobby
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank kemomom
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Wichita, KS
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2008

I recently stayed at the O'brien while attending the Women of Faith conference, held at the Alamodome.
The room was comfortable, once we figured out the ceiling fan, and room fan.
Continental breakfast was sufficient.
Alamodome was a short walk away, cutting through Hemisphere Park, which allowed us to leave the car parked the whole weekend.
Riverwalk was 2 short blocks away, and we felt safe all evenings walking after dark.
My only 2 complaints were the $10/night parking fee (just include it in the room rate, and I would feel less raped, and I would request a room on the back side of the hotel, as the traffic noise was a bit intrusive.
Otherwise, a pleasant stay, with affordable rates. ($116 internet rate)

  • Liked — Proximity to Riverwalk & Alamodome
  • Disliked — traffic noise
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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1 Thank Laura1400
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City, State Orlando, Fl.
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2008

Great location within walking distance of the Riverwalk.
The Obrien offers great value to the Corporate Traveler such as myself looking for a hotel near downtown.
The convenience and great staff will definitely keep me coming back!

  • Liked — the staff
  • Disliked — the parking
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank JustTravelingAround
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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2007

The O'Brien Hotel simply does not have enough parking. The desk clerk told us the city of San Antonio wasn't allowing the hotel to lease any more spaces from the lot across the street, and the little lot in back is not only ridiculously small, it is very difficult to get out of. And if you park there, the only way to the lobby is to walk through the one-lane drive, which has walls abutting it on both sides, so it's a dangerous thing to do.

First you have to drive into one or another of the lots to find a space. If the back lot is full, you have to turn around to get out of it -- a tricky maneuver. Then you have to cut across the street to the next lot, and depending on traffic, this might involve going around the block or navigating sharp turns at a signalized intersection. Then if there is no space, you have to go to a pay lot across the street -- assuming you know about it -- requiring more turns and signal lights. This is away from the hotel's other lots. It just takes too much effort to park.

Given this situation, it is insulting and fruitless for the hotel to charge $10 per day to park, and expect the guests to ask to have that charge removed from their bill if they couldn't use the hotel's lots.

The hotel should just have valet parking. Or the hotel should buy more property for a lot of its own. Meanwhile, the parking situation alone will ensure that we don't return to this hotel.

Besides that, when my wife stayed here in the spring, the room AC was out and the hotel could/would not fix it. They sweltered all night long. Then for my stay, I was given a handicapped room, with a walk-in shower and no tub, although I had not asked for one. The shower nozzle was about four feet up, and there was no place to hang it higher. So one has to hold the shower with one hand while showering.

  • Liked — Room quality.
  • Disliked — Parking.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank pgb0517
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Plano
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2007

We checked in at 5 p.m. and our toilet didn't work. Asked desk clerk to have it fixed. Returned 5 hours later and sewage was in the toilet. Asked again for repair and was told they had no one to do repair. Manager was rude, said there was no other room and refused to give discount or help find another hotel. Obtained Clarion’s corporate number to report the hotel. Minutes later the manager, miraculously, had room available. Dead crickets on the floor of that room and water in the ice bucket. Was told room would be comped. 3 days later it was charged to my credit card. I am disputing the charges and reported them to Clarion who has a 100% satisfaction guarantee...they obviously didn't honor this.

  • Stayed July 2007
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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6 Thank kfern_62
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Chapel HIll, NC
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2007

This was in a great location, just a 5 minute walk from the Riverwalk.

We stayed here as I did some apartment hunting for an upcoming military move. This hotel does give a military discount, so make sure you ask.

The rooms were very clean, and they lay out robes, which is nice, but they are not exactly comfortable. The hotel appears a bit dingy from the outside, but the inside is nice.

They have a little breakfast out front, standard cereal, oatmeal, pastries, yogurt, but they do have a cute little Texas shaped waffle maker, and the waffles were pretty good.

About the only complaint I had was that we went in last June when it was raining a lot, and there were crickets everywhere outside, and we'd come home to a few in our room. Not the hotels fault, just though I'd put that in there.

I definitely recommend this if you are just visiting and would like to spend time on the Riverwalk. Also, just down the street is a little martini/wine bar with great tapas.

  • Liked — The Location
  • Disliked — Parking
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank KStewart529
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Property: O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel
Address: 116 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2933
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Region: United States > Texas > San Antonio
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The O'Brien Historic Hotel Downtown Riverwalk offers quiet luxury in the heart of Downtown San Antonio. We are centrally located one block from the famous Riverwalk (which offers an array of restaurants, shops and nightlife), four blocks from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, three blocks from the Alamo Plaza. You can take a breath-taking walk on the Riverwalk and enjoy the history and magic that San Antonio has to offer. ... more   less 
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