I was recently in San Antonio for a conference and stayed in the historical Menger Hotel with the sole purpose of getting close to the River Walk. As a female traveler traveling solo I was cautious and did my exploring the in morning before the crazies got up.
Where to stay:
My best suggestion would be the Hyatt Regency River Walk.
The Dasa Spa: Every girl needs a massage after a flight. Make sure to treat yourself at Dasa. TIP: If you go near the end of the day ( around 5 or 6 pm)… they sometimes have to use up the hot stones– so you can get that little extra for free.
Cute Shopping: You can find Artisan gifts by taking the Hyatt elevator to the ground floor. Most hotels on the walk have little shops but the Hyatt’s is the most eclectic.
Rooftop Pool: Part of the luxury experience- the roof top pool isn’t as busy as one would think! Try it after lunch when everyone else is out roaming.
Access to the River Walk: No need to drive or park anywhere.. just walk out the ground floor doors and here you are!
It’s no secret that San Antonio is filled with gorgeous architecture and tradition but don’t mistake this for an old cute town.. it’s not. In fact its completely man made and flanked by a collection of hotels, restaurants and shopping. The San Antonio river walk runs below certain parts of the city and is an excellent way to get around without having to cross the upper streets.
Where to Eat:
Breakfast: There are Starbucks everywhere and the Hyatt always has a nice breakfast, but if you want a morning excursion follow the river walk to Guenther House for Strawberry Waffles. The restaurant is at street level.
Lunch: I met friends for Tex Mex at Rio Rio and was pleasantly surprised. Mini tacos and burritos were a great grab and go as we walked about looking at art, buildings and shops.
Dinner: Acenar is a bit of a hike from the Hyatt, but totally worth the walk! More tex mex, awesome margaritas and flights of tacos make it a great place to stop and stay a while.
These photos cover the walk from Losoya St. all the way up to where E. Pecan crosses the river.
To add some more history to your walk you can start at The Alamo- not as big as you think- or end there, as they have some great ghost tours. You can also visit the missions. Some are on the walk and others are quite south of the city so you will need to plan your stops based on your car availability.
A San Antonio River Walk vacation is great if you’re looking for an easy trip that actually feels like vacation. While there are museums and the library and plenty of historical sites, there’s no rush here.
Everyone and everything is slow going and calm. Perfect for families, a girls getaway, a moms weekend, or a solo trip. Happy relaxing!