Step out on to your private balcony at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio to get an unobstructed view of San Antonio. Afterward, take a walk through the terrace garden before dining at one of the four on-­site restaurants....
Four-­star accommodations await you when you book a room at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter. This San Antonio hotel welcomes guests with a fresh cup of Starbucks coffee for that early morning pick-­me­-up...
Stay just outside of the hustle and bustle of San Antonio at the Hilton Garden Inn New Braunfels. This quiet hotel has its own restaurant for your breakfast and dinner meals, as well as a 24-­hour convenience store...

San Antonio

One of the area’s fastest growing cities, San Antonio has much to offer vacationers and corporate guests alike. San Antonio is Spanish for “St. Anthony,” and was named after St. Anthony of Padua, a Portuguese Catholic priest. One of the perks of selecting San Antonio for your next trip is its plethora of attractions, restaurants, and shops, many of which are within walking distance of one another. There’s also a variety of hotels in San Antonio to choose from, so whether you need budget-friendly accommodations or you prefer luxurious amenities, you’re sure to find lodging that best suits you.

Rich in History

A group of Spanish Catholic explorers first discovered San Antonio back in 1691. Vacationers who enjoy learning about the history of the city they visit can uncover a few new truths about San Antonio by stopping in the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Also, The Witte Museum next to Brackenridge Park has a collection of artifacts and photographs that will help give travelers an idea of what life was like for San Antonio’s early settlers.

Fashionable Hotels

No matter what your personality, you’re sure to find a hotel in San Antonio that is a perfect fit. Corporate travelers will want to consider a stay at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio. Not only does this hotel have a 24-hour business center with wireless high-speed Internet access, but it also sports and on-site UPS Store for quickly mailing important documents. If it’s luxury you’re after, the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk offers a chance to get a relaxing massage at the DASA Spa or a refreshing swim in the rooftop pool. Families will appreciate the Embassy Suites San Antonio – International Airport, which has a playground for the children to use to burn off a little energy. There’s also a video arcade for the older kids and a hot tub for the adults. Should you enjoy being greeted with a free chocolate chip cookie at check-in, you can book a room at The Emily Morgan San Antonio – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

Popular Attractions

You can’t visit San Antonio without stopping by a few of its most notable attractions. First, you can take a tour of The Alamo Mission, which is the famous site of The Battle of the Alamo. Afterward, take some time to head to the bottom of the Natural Bridge Caverns to see one-of-a-kind rock formations, or head next door for a safari ride that allows you to get up close to such animals as giraffes and zebras at the Wildlife Ranch. If you enjoy thrilling roller coasters, you’ll want to set aside an entire day to spend at Six Flags Over Texas, while a day of water park fun can be had at Aquatica. The San Antonio Museum of Art offers free admission on Tuesdays, if you’re in search of a budget-friendly attraction. A few other sites to squeeze in before heading back home include SeaWorld San Antonio, the Majestic Theater, and the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden.

Area Sports

San Antonio is home to many sports teams. The AT&T Center alone is host to the San Antonio Spurs, a championship basketball team; the San Antonio Stars, who are a part of the WNBA; and the San Antonio Rampage, part of the American Hockey League. If you happen to be in town early January, you can catch the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome, where the East takes on the West. A few other sports teams to consider watching include the San Antonio Scorpions soccer team at Toyota Field, the San Antonio baseball team at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, and the American Rugby Union at the Alamo City Rugby Football Club.

Modes of Transportation

Many of the San Antonio hotels offer both a complimentary airport shuttle and a shuttle that will take you anywhere you want to go within a five-mile radius. If this option is not available to you, there are a few other modes of transportation you’ll want to consider. You can rent a car from popular rental car agencies, like Avis and Budget, or hop on one of the VIA Metropolitan Transit streetcars or buses. The city also has a few taxi cab companies for quick door-to-door transportation.

Restaurant Options

There are so many restaurants in the city that feature dishes that are sure to make your mouth water that you’ll find it hard to choose. You can feast on slow-smoked beef brisket at The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, listen to Jazz music while dining on seafood dishes on the patio of Bohanan’s restaurant, or watch the mariachi bands as you enjoy your favorite Tex-Mex dishes at Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia. If it’s a truly unique experience that you crave, how about climbing the 750-feet to the top of the Tower of the Americas for a meal with a 360 degree view of the city. If you’d rather stay in, hotels in San Antonio frequently have on-site restaurants with room service available.

Shopping for Souvenirs

Along the San Antonio River Walk you’ll find the Rivercenter Mall, which not only has a host of shops to browse, but also an arcade to keep ‘tweens and teens occupied. Then there’s The Shops at La Cantera, where you’ll find valet parking and such upscale shops as Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. If you’re looking for stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bath & Body Works, and Charles Gurinsky’s Fine Jewelry, then the North Star Mall is the spot for you. Finally, guests can stop by the Alamo Quarry Market for taking a look at the items in the Hallmark Gold Crown Store before getting a massage at the Woodhouse Day Spa.

Weather Trends

San Antonio never gets below 40 degrees at any time during the year, making it a pleasant place to visit year-round. Vacationers can expect summer temperatures to range anywhere from 80 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter conditions tend to remain between 40 and 60 degrees. Both the spring and fall seasons are pleasant and moderate, which makes them a good choice for travelers who don’t like the extremes of summer and winter. Hotels in San Antonio usually offer individually controlled heating and AC systems, so even inside, you’ll be able to avoid extremes.