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A charming historic building that feels elegant and modern at the same time
The Sheraton Gunter Hotel dates back to 1909, and has managed to retain its historic charm while benefiting from some modern updates. It's a well-regarded gem among history buffs and those preferring hotels with character.
The lobby oozes old time elegance, with large chandeliers and plenty of room to lounge. An old telephone switchboard and barber shop on the floor below complete the old-time feel.
While more than a century old, the Sheraton Gunter has been well-maintained and still manages to feel relevant, comfortable and clean.
In the heart of downtown San Antonio, close to the River Walk, the Alamo, and lots of shopping and dining
From the hotel, you can walk to any of a number of area attractions, including the Alamo (four blocks away), La Villita, the Riverwalk, and Tower of the Americas.
Worthy of mention is the fact that the hotel’s street address will not lead you to the main entrance for valet parking and bellhops. That is actually on the other side of the building and you will need to circle around a few blocks to an entrance on its northwest corner.
San Antonio is a cultural city, with Latin communities and outdoor markets in La Villita, the oldest neighborhood in San Antonio. During the summer, festivals are held almost every week and flamenco dancers often perform. To escape the oppressive summer heat, the young and hip cool down with margaritas on River Walk, a winding street lined with restaurants and bars, while families opt to visit theme parks such as Splash Town and Six Flags. San Antonio is particularly kid-friendly, with numerous amusement parks, bike paths, HemisFair Park (park and convention center complete with gardens and playgrounds), and a zoo.
The rooms are comfortable and pleasant, though there are some variations in standard room sizing.
The rooms have been upgraded in recent years, and it’s refreshing to see attractive, tan-colored wallpaper in lieu of the peeling paint found in some other historic hotels. They have high ceilings, which makes them feel larger than they are, and most have a window that lets in natural light.
One note: The rooms vary greatly in size because of the historic nature of the building.
A full-service restaurant, quaint pub, and handy bakery -- plus lots of good restaurants you can walk to
This well-maintained, upscale chain is periodically updated, and does a fine job of melding old-time charm with modern comforts. It's a historic property with neutral, pleasant (if chain-like) rooms, in the heart of downtown San Antonio, within walking distance of most major attractions.