Embassy Suites San Antonio - Riverwalk Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Downtown/Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

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Pros

  • Downtown location right on the River Walk
  • Walking distance to major attractions
  • Heated rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, with poolside bar
  • Free made-to-order breakfast and evening cocktails/snacks
  • Spacious 2-room suites, some with River Walk views
  • Two 32-inch flat-screen TVs in every room
  • State-of-the-art fitness center, plus a jogging track
  • Restaurant offers outdoor seating and River Walk views

Cons

  • No self-parking (pricey valet service only)
  • Fee for Wi-Fi (but free for Hilton Honors members)
  • Some rooms face a parking lot
  • Pool is rather small

Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range Embassy Suites is in a prime downtown location, close to tons of restaurants, nightlife, and major attractions -- and directly on the famous River Walk. It's popular with both families and business travelers, featuring a free breakfast/cocktail hour, and meeting space. But while the two-room suites are modern and spacious, those not facing the river have not-so-appealing views of the parking lot and lobby.

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 Scene

Cascading water and lots of light create a peaceful air in this busy business-friendly hotel.

You'll enter Embassy Suites into a three-story atrium, with a gorgeous waterfall cascading through the lobby. There's plenty of ambient light coming in from the windows on the first and second floors, giving the lobby a comfortable, airy feel. Head up to the second floor (by stairs or elevator) to the business center and meeting/function rooms. That's also where you'll find the entrance to the hotel’s restaurant, Luke, which offers outdoor seating.

Right outside the hotel you have access to the River Walk, where you can eat, stroll, check out some local art, or take a boat ride along the river. The hotel is on the "bend" of the River Walk, a quiet stretch, but it's just a few minutes' walk to the main area.

 Location

On a quiet part of the River Walk and walking distance to many great local downtown attractions

Embassy Suites is located on tree-lined E. Houston Street, in the central business district of downtown San Antonio. It's right next to a quiet stretch of the famous River Walk (and just a five-minute walk from the main part of the River Walk), and walkable to tons of shopping, nightlife, and major attractions like the Alamo and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

San Antonio offers lots of activities for families, with the San Antonio Zoo, Sea World of Texas, dude ranches, and water parks If golf is your thing, you can pick from more than 25 area golf courses (there is one just four miles from the hotel).

  • 15-minute drive to San Antonio International Airport
  • 1-minute walk to the River Walk; 5 minutes to busier "main" section
  • 10-minute walk to the Alamo
  • 13-minute walk to Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
  • 13-minute walk to La Villita park
  • 5-minute drive to Tower of the Americas
  • 7-minute drive to the Alamodome
  • 7-minute drive to the King William Historical District

 Rooms

Comfortable, modern, bright, and spacious two-room suites, some with balconies overlooking the River Walk

The 285 two-room suites feel especially spacious with a door separating the bedroom from the living/dining area. The rooms are clean and and comfy and come with two 32-inch-flat screen TVs, a coffeemaker with free coffee and tea, and large walk-in showers (though some rooms are lacking tubs). Some rooms overlook the River Walk and have balconies, while others overlook a parking lot.

  • Two 32-inch flat-screen TVs in each suite
  • Large rooms with separate living/dining room offer good privacy
  • Wi-Fi for a fee (free for Hilton Honors members)
  • Microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker with free coffee and tea
  • Riverview rooms have balconies; others face a parking lot
  • Corner rooms offer even more space but lack balconies
  • Rooms with king beds have big walk-in showers in the bath

 Features

The heated outdoor pool may be on the small side, but the fitness center is state-of-the-art

 Food

Free made-to-order breakfast, free evening cocktails, and a delicious brasserie

  • Brasserie Luke offers French and German fare in a pleasant atmosphere. Outside seating overlooks the River Walk.
  • Free, made-to-order breakfast in lobby dining area (though it can get crowded on weekends)
  • Free snacks and cocktails at evening "manager's reception"
  • Room service
  • Several good restaurants within walking distance

 Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range Embassy Suites is in a prime downtown location, close to tons of restaurants, nightlife, and major attractions -- and directly on the famous River Walk. It's popular with both families and business travelers, featuring a free breakfast/cocktail hour, and meeting space. But while the two-room suites are modern and spacious, those not facing the river have not-so-appealing views of the parking lot and lobby.

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Address

  • 125 E. Houston Street San Antonio, TX 78205

Room Types

  • Hospitality Riverview Suite
  • Larger Corner Two Room Suite
  • Riverview Two Room King Suite
  • Riverview Two Room Two Queen Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite
  • Two Room King Suite
  • Two Room Two Queen Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 285
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown/Riverwalk, San Antonio
Address: 125 E. Houston Street San Antonio, TX 78205
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