Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Downtown/Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

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Pros

  • Excellent downtown location close to the action
  • Cool rooftop pool with city views
  • Rooftop day spa with a range of treatments
  • Spacious, two-room suites with pull-out couches
  • Modern, well-lit fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pet-friendly for a daily fee

Cons

  • Noise from street can be heard in guest rooms
  • Refrigerators and microwaves available on request for a fee

Bottom Line

Hotel Contessa, located on a quiet stretch of the River Walk, sells itself as San Antonio's "only luxury all-suite hotel," and in many ways it lives up to that claim. The 265 suites range in size from 500 to 800 square feet, and all feature separate living rooms and bedrooms with contemporary, southwestern-inspired decor, two 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi -- but microwaves or mini-fridges only upon request, for a fee. The urban chic rooftop pool and Jacuzzi area is a nice perk, but the pool is small and gets crowded quickly. Those looking for some quiet relaxation should head to the adjacent rooftop day spa.

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 Scene

Sophisticated and modern with plenty of natural light

Thanks to the atrium-style lobby, Hotel Contessa's first impression is usually one of grandiosity. Glass-walled elevators look out over the lobby as they climb the 12 floors -- at the top, a chic (but small) rooftop pool area features a Jacuzzi, modern lounge seating, and large windows that look out over San Antonio's cityscape. A luxury day spa nearby offers a relaxing oasis for those in need of a massage or unique treatment, or those seeking more action can hit the spacious fitness center with updated equipment and even more dramatic city views.

Overall, the hotel follows suit with a chic, urban experience featuring modern furnishings in a classic San-Antonio color palette of brown, rust and gold tones. The contemporary decor is thoughtful, with obvious designer touches, though it ventures only slightly beyond the standard hotel-chain look in many places.

 Location

On a quiet stretch of the River Walk but still close to the action, and within walking distance to downtown historical attractions, dining, and shopping.

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

 Rooms

Cozy suites with door separating the living area and bedroom

The spacious rooms have river or city views, and good amenities such as a minibar chock full of tempting treats. Some rooms are on the smaller (or "cozy") side, but decor feels designer-homey, with a sophisticated mix of upholstery prints, Southwestern art, and exposed-brick walls that make it feel more like an urban apartment than a large hotel.

  • Coffeemakers with free coffee and tea
  • Flat-screen TVs with cable channels in bedroom and living room
  • Shower/tub combos
  • Mini bar offers a wide selection of items (including dog treats for guests with pets)
  • Mini-fridges and microwaves available on request, for a fee
  • River view rooms cost more than those with city views

 Features

Rooftop pool, modern fitness center, and lovely spa

The rooftop pool and Jacuzzi area, with its colorful modern lounge chairs and large windows that look out over the city, is a great spot for cosmopolitans unwinding after a day of shopping. It offers drink service on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer.

 Food

Attractive, modern dining areas inside or al fresco beside the river, plus a hip lobby bar

The hotel's restaurant, Las Ramblas, is one of the River Walk's standouts, offering a menu that focuses on Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine in lieu of the tired Tex-Mex offerings of too many of its neighbors. It features an open kitchen and is located on the river level of the hotel. The decor includes lovely glass art by a local artist.

  • Las Ramblas is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; inside or outdoor patio seating next to the river available.
  • The Cork Bar is on the same level as Las Ramblas and features an extensive wine list along with Spanish tapas, and creative drink offerings such as melon mojitos and Thai basil margaritas. The atmosphere is hip and modern.
  • Cafe Contessa: Coffee shop with breakfast and light fare
  • Poolside bar opens Friday and Saturday afternoons in the summertime.
  • Room service until late

 Bottom Line

Hotel Contessa, located on a quiet stretch of the River Walk, sells itself as San Antonio's "only luxury all-suite hotel," and in many ways it lives up to that claim. The 265 suites range in size from 500 to 800 square feet, and all feature separate living rooms and bedrooms with contemporary, southwestern-inspired decor, two 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi -- but microwaves or mini-fridges only upon request, for a fee. The urban chic rooftop pool and Jacuzzi area is a nice perk, but the pool is small and gets crowded quickly. Those looking for some quiet relaxation should head to the adjacent rooftop day spa.

Things You Should Know About Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

Address

  • 306 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Room Types

  • Cityview Executive Doubles Suite
  • Cityview Executive King Suite
  • Cityview Suite
  • Grand Contessa Suite
  • Riverview Executive King Suite
  • Riverview Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 265
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown/Riverwalk, San Antonio
Address: 306 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
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