Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Downtown/Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

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Pros

  • Downtown location close to the River Walk and historical sites
  • Located in a historic, charming building
  • Quiet rooms and public areas, despite being near River Walk
  • Ballroom and conference room can accommodate 500 people for business or weddings
  • Decent restaurant and bar on-site; great restaurants nearby
  • (Smallish) outdoor pool
  • Solid fitness center
  • Wedding specialist on-site

Cons

  • Expensive valet parking only
  • Some rooms much smaller than others, due to the property’s early 20th century construction
  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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.

 Location

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.

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

 Rooms

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 bathrooms have a window that lets in natural light.

One note: The rooms vary greatly in size because of the historic nature of the building.

  • Rooms have high ceilings and city views
  • Small bathrooms, but with a small window that lets in ambient light
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Coffeemaker with free Starbucks coffee and tea
  • Mini-fridges available at extra cost
  • Fee-based Wi-Fi
  • Parlor Suite available

 Features

Outdoor pool is small, but fitness center is nice

 Food

A full-service restaurant, quaint pub, and handy bakery -- plus lots of good restaurants you can walk to

  • Barron’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a popular lunchtime pasta/salad bar.
  • McLeod Bar is a Victorian-style pub open in the evenings and serving hot appetizers.
  • Gunter Bakery offers a wide selection of treats in addition to Starbucks coffee.
  • Room service until late evening
  • Several good restaurants are all within walking distance.

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 205 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX, 78205, US

Room Types

  • Club Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Traditional Room

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Hotel Features

Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown/Riverwalk, San Antonio
Address: 205 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX, 78205, US
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