The Best Luxury Hotels in San Antonio, Texas

The beautiful Omni La Mansión del Rio sits on the famous San Antonio River Walk
The beautiful Omni La Mansión del Rio sits on the famous San Antonio River Walk | Courtesy of Omni La Mansión del Rio / Expedia
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28 January 2021

San Antonio is the gateway to the Texas Hill Country. Cycle along the River Walk, play golf and soak up the eclectic food scene while staying at these upscale hotels.

Go big, but don’t go home – stay at the best luxury hotels in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. Big hearts, big smiles and big amenities are waiting. You’ll find acres of waterparks, soothing spas, outdoor adventures and plenty of downtown excitement along the vibrant River Walk, a 15mi (24km) path beside the San Antonio River.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

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There’s room to roam under Texas skies at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Stroll or bike through 300 acres (121ha) of historical Texas ranch land, tee off at a 27-hole golf course or splash the day away at the 5-acre (2ha) waterpark. Catch a cool evening breeze on a porch swing, or watch a movie on the lawn. Expect accommodations that are pleasingly upscale urban rather than country cowboy.

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Omni La Mansión del Rio

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This 1850s former boarding school became the first luxury hotel on the River Walk in 1968. Wrapped in Spanish charm, you’ll find timbered ceilings and wrought-iron railings. Throw open the French doors on your private balcony to let in the sights and sounds of the city, or cocoon in the courtyard pool. Make some memories on a hotel tour, scavenger hunt or riverboat ride.

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The St Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Chain Hotel, Luxury, Spa Hotel
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Treat yourself to a walk through Peacock Alley, the opulent lobby of this hotel. Built in 1909 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the St Anthony retains its old-world ambience, complete with high, coffered ceilings adorned with massive chandeliers. Modern amenities include a rooftop pool with a view of downtown. Service is top-notch, from the friendly front desk to five restaurants, including the St Anthony Club, a former private wood-lined bar open for casual dining.

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Hotel Emma

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In the 19th century, Hotel Emma was the site of the largest brewery in Texas. The remnants of its historical past are combined with Spanish Colonial details, creating a sophisticated steampunk mélange. Prepare to be enchanted by its attention to detail. Frette linens and seersucker robes, lacy cast-iron staircases and fairy lights on the outdoor terrace may leave you feeling punch-drunk with delight.
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  • JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

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    You’ll see miles and miles of rolling Texas hills from the 35ft (11m) start platform of the tube slides at the River Bluff Water Experience. It’s the shimmering jewel at the heart of this 600-acre (243ha) park-like property, studded with live oaks. Float in an inner tube along the lazy river, or plunge down a heart-stopping 60ft (18m) slide into a heated pool. Choose from a wide selection of 85 suites and 1,002 rooms, all with modern decor and many with balconies to take in the outstanding surroundings.

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    Hotel Contessa

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    Art and history buffs will appreciate the local artwork that adorns the all-suite Hotel Contessa. It’s in an excellent location – you’re a short five-minute walk from the can’t-be-missed historic Alamo and the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Enjoy vistas of either the River Walk or downtown San Antonio through the floor-to-ceiling windows, or venture out on a riverboat tour at the nearby Go Rio riverboat dock.
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    La Cantera Resort and Spa

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    The family-friendly La Cantera caters to kids and adults alike. Younger children can join the Kids’ Club for naturalist activities and arts and crafts, while teens will enjoy the gaming arcade. There’s also a dedicated shuttle to rollercoaster heaven at nearby Six Flags. Meanwhile, the adults-only floor, Seven, offers serenity with a full-service lounge, personal concierge and separate check-in. Float undisturbed in the adults-only infinity pool and hot tub. At night, catch the fireworks at Six Flags from your balcony – something everyone can enjoy.

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    Mokara Hotel and Spa

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    They say that everything is a bit bigger in Texas, and this holds true at Mokara Hotel and Spa. Sink into an oversize jacuzzi tub, or spread out in a king-size, four-poster bed. Meanwhile, spacious suites add double marble vanities and extra-large balconies overlooking the River Walk. Stay in a Spa Suite for same-level access to the spa, steam room, sauna and whirlpool. At an impressive 17,000sqft (1,579sqm), the Mokara Spa is the only Forbes-approved four-star destination spa in San Antonio. Don’t miss the pillow-size, Texas-shaped waffles at breakfast.
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    These recommendations were updated on January 28, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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