Located in the south-central region of Texas, the state’s second most populous city, San Antonio is known for its cultural heritage. It is home to the famous Alamo Mission (where a pivotal battle was fought during the Texas Revolution), the River Walk (a network of walkways along the San Antonio River lined with shops, restaurants and bars) and the Tower of the Americas, a 750-foot-tall observation tower offering panoramic views of the city. There’s a strong Mexican-American influence, as seen in the food, music and art. The city is also a major centre for the military, with installations including Joint Base San Antonio.
Hotel Emma San Antonio
Named after Emma Koehler, the former president of the Pearl Brewery, this hotel is found in the downtown area within the Pearl Brewery complex, within walking distance of city attractions. Its decor and design reflect the industrial heritage of the building, with high ceilings, exposed brick walls and custom-made furniture. There’s a fitness centre, a library and a swimming pool on the rooftop, and complimentary bicycles for guests to explore the city on their own. Enjoy some onsite destination dining at Supper, the farm-to-table restaurant and drinks at the Sternewirth bar and lounge.
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
Set on 600 acres of rolling hills, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has over 1000 bedrooms. The resort offers several dining options, including Cibolo Moon, a Southwestern-style restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the 18 Oaks Steakhouse for prime Texan cuts; and the High Velocity sports bar. Guests can luxuriate at the world-class spa, or take part in outdoor activities; two championship golf courses, a water park with multiple pools and a lazy river and a zip line course are all onsite and yoga/fitness classes are provided.
The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio
Built in 1909, The St. Anthony has been sensitively restored to preserve its original elegance and charm. Retaining original marble floors, crystal chandeliers and ornate plasterwork, it’s no surprise that this has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Inside are 277 bedrooms, The Loggia (a casual all-day restaurant), the Haunt Lounge (for handcrafted cocktails and small plates) and a stunning ballroom. On the rooftop, you’ll find a pool and bar with breathtaking views of the city. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Pearl Brewery complex.
Mokara Hotel & Spa
Situated along the River Walk, The Mokara Hotel & Spa accommodates its guests in 99 rooms and suites. The spa here is undoubtedly a highlight, with private treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and a couples’ suite. Its wellness offer also includes a fitness centre and an outdoor heated pool. The hotel has two dining options: Ostra, a seafood restaurant and the Rooftop Bar, for prime views of the River Walk and the surrounding city. Far-reaching views can also be enjoyed from the rooftop swimming pool. And there’s a ground-level terrace leading right beside the water’s edge, overlooking a pretty stone bridge.