The 352-room St. Anthony Riverwalk (a Wyndham hotel) bills itself as a "historic hotel," but there's a fine line between historic and just plain old -- and the St. Anthony does not entirely succeed in negotiating between these distinctions. The hotel originally opened in 1909 as the most "modern" hotel of its time. Over the years, guests such as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, President Eisenhower, Princess Grace of Monaco, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire, as well as modern notables such as George Clooney, Demi Moore, among many others, have entered the St. Anthony's doors. Although some areas have been nicely maintained or restored to contain the hotel's original elegant character (such as the marble-floored lobby and adjacent stately bar), other areas -- particularly the standard guest rooms -- are just simply drab and outdated. A decent pool with city views and a modern fitness center bring the St. Anthony to the current millennium.
While certainly an elegant property in its heyday, the St. Anthony feels as though it lacks the upkeep and general attention to detail given to other San Antonio historical properties.
The St. Anthony must have been an impressive sight to behold when it first opened in 1909. Today, its lobby still retains some of its original charm, with elegant wooden accents, large chandeliers, and statues that all make you feel as if you've stepped back into the early 20th century. The story changes as you head up the elevators to the floors housing the hotel's aging rooms. Rather than historical charm and elegance, you'll find worn, stained carpets, dark hallways and rooms, and an overall feeling of a property whose best years are behind it.
In the heart of downtown San Antonio close to the city's historical attractions and famous River Walk, though also fronting the slightly dodgy Travis Park
Like most of the downtown San Antonio hotels, the St. Anthony's location allows you to be close to the action, though it is slightly on the edge of the main strip. Travis Park, at the hotel's front doorstep, is a popular gathering place for the city's homeless population and can feel a bit unsafe after dark. Guests can walk to any of a number of area attractions, including the Alamo, La Villita, the River Walk, and Tower of the Americas.
13-minute-drive to San Antonio International Airport
5-minute-walk to the River Walk
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