The Best Hotels Near the Alamo, San Antonio

The historic Fairmount Hotel has so much more to offer than just a great location near the Alamo
The historic Fairmount Hotel has so much more to offer than just a great location near the Alamo | Courtesy of The Fairmount Hotel / Expedia
Photo of Carrie Back
7 September 2021

In the heart of downtown, the Alamo may be smaller than imagined but it holds an important significance in Texas history. Now a symbol of Texas Liberty, the Alamo was a former mission and site of the Battle of the Alamo. From historic lodging to modern hotels, there are plenty of choice hotels near the Alamo, a landmark of the Texas Revolution.

Menger Hotel

The opulent three-storey lobby at the Menger Hotel with marble columns, gold gilded features and vintage furnishings
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The Menger Hotel, renowned for its refined architecture and esteemed history, is found just steps away from the Alamo. Guests are first welcomed into the exquisite Victorian lobby, with a grand stained-glass ceiling piece and Renaissance-revival columns. The rooms and suites are equally gorgeous, steeped in tradition but updated with modern conveniences. The hotel also boasts the largest heated pool in San Antonio and an English pub, where you can enjoy a pint.

Hotel Gibbs Downtown San Antonio Riverwalk

Bright lobby area at Hotel Gibbs Downtown Riverwalk with two red armchairs, two light yellow armchairs and tall floor-to-ceiling windows
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Hotel Gibbs, on the original ground of the Alamo, pairs distinctive Texan charm with contemporary art deco style. The main draw of the Gibbs is its prime location near attractions like local shops and restaurants – it’s just 100ft (30m) from the main entrance of the iconic River Walk. Other highlights include the hotel’s breakfast tacos, the casual bar and a 24-hour gym with a dry sauna.

The St Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Luxurious high-ceilinged lobby with piano, columns, fireplaces and chandeliers at The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel
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It’s all glamor at the St Anthony, in the heart of downtown San Antonio – think museum-worthy sculptures, oversized chairs, and elaborate chandeliers. The rooms are an eclectic mix of mid-century modern furniture and classic baroque furniture pieces. For the ultimate relaxation area, head to the rooftop for the infinity pool and private cabanas.

Omni La Mansión del Rio

The outdoor terrace at Omni Mansion del Rio RiverWalk overlooking the river at night
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The charming Mansión del Rio, along the Riverwalk, lets you easily explore all of San Antonio’s attractions. The 338 rooms are suites are decorated in a simple craftsman style, with exposed wood beam ceilings. Some feature balconies with sweeping views of the river and others offer views of the English garden. Escape the Texas heat with a dip in the courtyard pool, surrounded by hacienda-style architecture, or luxuriate at the hotel’s spa.

The Fairmount Hotel

The rooftop terrace at The Fairmount Hotel has a bar, rattan furniture and panoramic city views
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For travelers with a discerning taste, stay at the historic Fairmount Hotel. Each of the 37 rooms and suites has been individually decorated with its own style. Upgrade to the luxury suites for separate living and entertainment areas, plus walk-out balconies that are ideal for taking in the view of San Antonio cityscape. No two rooms are exactly the same, but all are decked out with Victorian-era design and come with a nightly turn-down service. Head up to the rooftop bar for sunset cocktails or al fresco dining as you watch the city come to life at night.

Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

The modern lobby at Riverwalk Plaza Hotel includes quirky colored seating, modern light fixtures, hanging rope room dividers and dark wooden beams on the ceiling
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Greenery and tropical plants reign at the Riverwalk Plaza Hotel – the lobby, public areas, and outdoor spaces are covered in plants and art inspired by nature. Elsewhere, there’s a 24-hour lounge with games, including an oversized chessboard and shuffleboard. The rooms have an art deco-meets-modern vibe – the 1920s feel continues in the bar area and outside to the pool, with bold lighting fixtures and unique seating.

O'Brien Riverwalk Boutique Hotel

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Two double beds with wooden headboards in a simple carpeted room at O'Brien Riverwalk Hotel
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The interiors and the prime location of the O’Brien Riverwalk Hotel make it stand out among the other hotels near the Alamo. The hotel, just steps away from the Riverwalk and many bars and restaurants, was built in the late 1800s but recently renovated, with rooms boasting New Orleans-style balconies covered in greenery and ferns. The 39-room boutique hotel seamlessly bridges the past and present, with whirlpool tubs, crisp linens, and other comforts of home.

Hotel Contessa

A birds' eye view of the lobby and bar area at Hotel Contessa decorated in a Spanish style
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Hotel Contessa offers the only AAA Four-Diamond stay that’s directly on the Riverwalk. This hotel, decked in modern art and vibrant cubism paintings from local artists, has a truly San Antonio vibe. You’ll rest easy at night – the beds have pillow-top mattresses and the floor-to-ceiling windows have blackout drapes. Head to the rooftop for access to the pool, spa, and fitness center that provide stunning views of the river and San Antonio skyline.

Mokara Hotel & Spa

The rooftop pool at Mokara Hotel and Spa is lined by sun loungers and offers city views
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The Mokara, just steps from all the action of downtown yet in its own oasis, has all the best creature comforts of home. With fine dining, a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness center, a heated rooftop pool, and a whirlpool, you won’t have to leave the property unless you want to. Plus, the rooms come with perks such as complimentary access to the wet and dry areas of the Mokara spa, including the dry cedar sauna and eucalyptus-infused steam room. Guests will also enjoy the complimentary coffee service delivered right to their rooms.

Hotel Havana

Spacious bathroom with barrel-ceilinged shower and bathtub area and orange armchair at Hotel Havana in San Antonio
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For a touch of Cuban flair in the Lone Star state, stay at Hotel Havana. Check in on the weekend to be welcome to a sultry soundtrack of live Flamenco tunes. The Mediterranean Revival building is home to 27 rooms that are meticulously outfitted with vibrant vintage pieces such as cast iron bed frames and colorful woven rugs. Take in the riverwalk views at the Latin-influenced on-site restaurant Ocho or hit up your room’s minibar for local spirits and snack foods.

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