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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 #94 of 353 Hotels in San Antonio
Sydney Australia
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27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

This place is only 5 minutes walk to the "Riverwalk" and all the wonderful restaurants and the famous "Alamo". The hotel is very comfortable and clean. The rooms are big with great facilities and a good breakfast. The staff are very friendly and only to happy to help.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank superlou
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NOBGM, General Manager at O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Dear Superlou;

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us during your recent stay. We were very pleased to hear that you were happy with your room, facilities and the breakfast.

The staff takes great pride in working towards a high standard of quality for our hotel and it's good to know their efforts have no gone unnoticed.

Thanks again for the terrific comments. We hope that you will choose to stay with us again if you are ever back in San Antonio.

Scott Oakey
General Manager
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Richmond Tx.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

The room was very clean. But small. The bath room was very very nice. The staff was great. The riverwalk was one block away. Very good location. The parking at the hotel was poor. We jag to pay to park a block away.

Room Tip: Need a microwave. Need a table to eat on.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Trivia L
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NOBGM, General Manager at O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this review, 24 March 2014
Trivia L;

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on your recent stay with us. We were pleased to hear your observation that the room and bathroom were clean and nice. Our staff takes a lot of pride in working towards a high standard of quality for our rooms.

We also take our guests suggestions into consideration.

Again, thank you for taking the time to comment. We appreciate it!

Scott Oakey
General Manager
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Lahti, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

This is a beautiful little hotel 2 blocks away from the heart of San Antonio. The riverwalk is 2 minutes walking distance from the hotel. The hotel itself was neat and the staff was very friendly and helpful with everything. We travelled to SA from Europe and stayed in this hotel for 9 nights. I have nothing but warm memories of our trip

I recommend this hotel for all kinds of people. The hotel was peaceful and quiet.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ville S
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NOBGM, General Manager at O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
Dear Ville S:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate hearing all the positive comments about our staff and will be sure to pass along to them. It was great to hear that you would recommend our hotel to everyone.

We hope when you travel to the United States again, you will stay with us again.

Scott Oakey
General Manager
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MIDLANDS UK
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86 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Three nights here. Does everything we would expect of a small hotel.
Location is quite good and drive in from airport straightforward. Never had a parking problem, but rather like the breakfast arrangements, I'd not want to be staying with a convention crowd where everything is packed full. Only about 18 spaces in the near carpark for 30+ rooms.
Lobby service for DIY breakfast was often rather crowded.
Single-glazed (historic!) sash windows not the best for keeping traffic noise at bay.

Room Tip: Probaby a room at the back would be quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MIDLANDS-UK
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NOBGM, General Manager at O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this review, 24 March 2014
Dear Midlands-UK:

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us. We appreciate your wonderful comments about the location and glad you like the breakfast arrangements.

Unfortunately, there isn't anywhere we can add parking spaces to on the property. We hope you were informed you that there was parking behind the hotel as well as across the street in the parking lot.

Thank you for your suggestions regarding the windows. We have taken it into consideration.

We hope you will return again in the future and, once again, appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

Scott Oakey
General Manager
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Hempstead, Texas
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145 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

Yes, the room was a bit small, but we were there to be tourists - Riverwalk, LaVillita, etc. We wanted a place to sleep, shower, etc. Bedding was nice and bed was comfortable. We had access to the balcony but the weather wasn't conducive to sitting there! Continental breakfast was quite nice, bagels, muffins, waffles, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, milk, juice, hot tea, several versions of coffee.

Somewhat limited in where to go to eat your food, but all in all, the price was wonderful and we were only 2 blocks from the Riverwalk. All the employees were very nice and helpful. This is certainly where I would stay on future trips to San Antonio, and I would highly recommend it to family and friends.

This building is 100 yrs old and doesn't have all the 'amenities' the larger chains have (which I don't use), such as pool, exercise room, etc. but then I am not paying for things I don't use either. They do offer high speed internet at no charge, and 70 channels of TV if you really need that.

Room Tip: if you are staying in pleasant weather ask for a balcony room (2nd or 3rd floor)
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CMS_on_vacation
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NOBGM, General Manager at O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Dear CMS_on_vacation;

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your comments during your recent stay with us.

We appreciate your kind words about your happiness with the room, breakfast and our employees. It sounds like our hotel was a perfect fit for your needs. I will be sure to share your comments with our employees. Feedback like that lets them see that their efforts are noticed and appreciated.

Thank you, again, for your comments. We hope you stay with us if you ever return to San Antonio.

Scott Oakey
General Manager
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stillman valley
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

We spent 1 night here and thought it was a very nice hotel. It's a quaint place, small with 39 rooms. Very clean and front desk very friendly. Only draw back was the very limited parking lot. Would stay here again, the location is great.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank marian p
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NOBGM, General Manager at O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Dear Marian P;

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your recent stay with us. We were happy to hear that your stay with us was a good one. We were especially pleased to hear your observation of our cleanliness and friendliness which is something we take pride in. I'll be sure to pass along your comments to our staff.

We hope you will return to visit us if you are in the San Antonio area.

Scott Oakey
General Manager
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Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

Weekend trip with friends. Hotel is walking distance from the riverwalk, nearby mall and many downtown attractions. We did not have to use the car at all. (Hotel has parking across the street for $10/per day)

There is a coffee/tea/hot chocolate machine in the lobby that works day and night, which was great. Breakfast was great and rooms were a good size. There is a common balcony that we did not use due to the cold weather, but had a great view :)

Would recommend

Room Tip: Breakfast sitting area is on the 2nd floor, so those rooms may become noisy in the morning.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank N Y
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NOBGM, General Manager at O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Dear N Y:

Thanks for taking time out of your day to share your thoughts with us regarding your recent stay with us. We were pleased to learn that it was a good one. Good, or bad, we use the comments we receive as a 'tool' in order to improve on our product and service.

We hope to see you again if you are ever in San Antonio.

Scott Oakey
General Manager
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Additional Information about O'Brien Historic Hotel, an Ascend Collection Hotel

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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Clarion Collection San Antonio
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