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Summary


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

The sophisticated and modern atrium lobby includes a hip lobby bar that receives 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 on the top floor 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's contemporary decor is thoughtful, with obvious designer touches. The lobby incorporates modern furnishings in a classic San-Antonio color palette of brown, rust and gold tones.

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.

Map of Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
  • 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

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Rooms

Cozy suites with door separating the living area and bedroom

The Contessa Suite features hip decor that mixes fun prints, eclectic art, and upscale furnishings

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

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Features

Rooftop pool, modern fitness center, and lovely spa

The rooftop pool and Jacuzzi area, though small, provides lounge space, a poolside bar, and incredible city views

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

Las Ramblas serves Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine in a cool space that includes riverside patio seating

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.
  • Poolside bar opens Friday and Saturday afternoons in the summertime.
  • Room service until late

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Internet
Pets Allowed
Cribs
Jacuzzi
Hotel Services
Concierge
Laundry
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Pool
Spa
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
306 W Market St, San Antonio, Texas 78205, United States
Phone (210) 229-9222
Room Types
  • Cityview Executive Doubles Suite
  • Cityview Executive King Suite
  • Cityview Suite
  • Grand Contessa Suite
  • Riverview Executive King Suite
  • Riverview Suite