With summer approaching, you’re probably anticipating visits from out-of-town family and friends. You want them to enjoy the best that San Antonio has to offer, and that includes the choice of accommodations. Guests will look to you for recommendations so you’ll want to give careful thought to the available options.
The San Antonio area has a number of fine chain hotels to choose from, but they can be fairly generic. There are several independent, boutique-style hotels that show San Antonio off to its greatest advantage. We’ve compiled a list of some unique venues for your consideration.
1. The Emily Morgan Hotel
705 East Houston Street
The Emily Morgan is a DoubleTree property but it has a look and feel unlike any of the others. Named after "The Yellow Rose of Texas", the hotel is included along with the Alamo Plaza Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The building features classic architecture and Gothic touches that date back to its origin in the 1920s. For visitors with four-legged family members, the Emily Morgan is also pet-friendly.
2. Riverwalk Plaza Hotel & Suites
100 Villita Street
This hotel's location right on the Riverwalk provides access to all of San Antonio's most popular attractions, but it also features a quiet courtyard where you can take a relaxing break. Modern luxury touches such as free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs are standard in each room. Upgrades like Jacuzzi tubs, kitchenettes and private balconies offer added comfort.
3. The Fairmount Hotel
401 South Alamo
When retail and housing development threatened the fate of this early 20th-century building, it was put on wheels and literally moved to its current location adjoining La Villita. The elegant European-style ambiance is enhanced by the use of names like "Monet" and "Rey Feo" instead of room numbers. With only 37 rooms and suites, the Fairmount has the intimate feel of a well-kept secret.
4. Hotel Havana
1015 Navarro Street
If your guests prefer a more low-key location, this 27-room hotel is situated on the Museum Reach, a quieter stretch of the North Riverwalk. The Spanish and Mediterranean influences in the architecture and design are reminiscent of the hotel's namesake city. Onsite restaurant Ocho offers classic Latin cuisine with an upscale twist in dishes like sweet plantain griddle cakes with Mexican crema and blueberries and huitlacoche quesadillas.
5. Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Place
At the oldest continuously-operating hotel west of the Mississippi, your guests can walk the same halls that once hosted Babe Ruth, Sam Houston and General Lee. The antiques-filled bar provides the authentic feel of a turn-of-the-century drinking establishment. It's also the place where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders to join in the Spanish-American War.
In addition to housing your out-of-town visitors, these hotels are charming locations for romantic weekend getaways with your spouse or significant other.
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