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Omni La Mansion Del Rio 4.0

Downtown/Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

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Pros

  • Lovely Spanish Colonial vibe and decor
  • Downtown location close to the action and right on the River Walk
  • Home to one of the city’s best hotel restaurants, Las Canarias
  • Charming wood-framed French doors and exposed brick in rooms
  • Modern marble bathrooms with fluffy cotton robes
  • Some of the spacious rooms have private balconies overlooking the river
  • Lively outdoor pool area with seasonal entertainment and poolside dining
  • 16 meeting and special-event spaces, including a 4,000-square-foot ballroom
  • Concierge provides history tours of the hotel
  • Kid-friendly, with free toys, milk and cookies, and scavenger hunts
  • Pet-friendly

Cons

  • Wi-Fi only free for Select Guest loyalty program members (but joining is free)
  • Rooms are not as large as at other comparable hotels
  • Spa and fitness center are off-site at sister hotel
  • Expensive valet parking only

Bottom Line

The 338-room Omni La Mansion del Rio's Spanish Colonial architecture gives the upscale hotel a relaxed hacienda feel. The vibe carries to the spacious and classic rooms, which have beamed ceilings and charming Spanish details; the heated outdoor pool, where mariachi bands frequently perform; and at Las Canarias, one of the best restaurants in the city. Some guests may miss the presence of an on-site spa and fitness center, but these are found just across the River Walk at Omni La Mansion's sister hotel, Mokara Hotel & Spa, a five-minute walk away.

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Scene

Old World hotel with an elegant Spanish Colonial aura

The lobby of this Old World hotel includes a wrought-iron staircase and terra-cotta-tile floors for an elegant look

Originally a school, opened in 1853 by four brothers from the Society of Mary, this San Antonio River Walk hotel lures guests with its outstanding 19th-century architecture and atmosphere. Arched doors lead to the lobby, where a winding wrought-iron staircase stands out among the terra-cotta-tile floors, wood-accented ceilings, patterned area rugs, and dark leather sofas. The romantic vibe carries on to the rooms, which have antique-style furnishings, exposed brick, and beamed ceilings. They surround an elegant Spanish courtyard, a lively (and sometimes loud) area with a heated pool, a concrete patio with loungers, a traditional wall fountain, and, depending on the night and the season, a mariachi band or a family-friendly movie screening (with free popcorn!).

Location

Right on San Antonio’s famed River Walk 

Map of Omni La Mansion Del Rio

The Omni La Mansion Del Rio is one of many hotels right on the city's famed River Walk, near lots of excellent restaurants, stores, bars, and tourist attractions. San Antonio offers lots of activities for families, with the San Antonio Zoo, Sea World of Texas, dude ranches, and water parks. If golf is your thing, you can pick from more than 25 area golf courses (there is one just two miles from the hotel).

  • Seven-minute walk to the Alamo
  • 12-minute walk to La Villita park
  • 18-minute walk to Tower of the Americas
  • Six-minute drive to Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
  • Nine-minute drive to the Alamodome
  • 18-minute drive to San Antonio International Airport

Rooms

Spacious and classic rooms with beamed ceilings and charming Spanish details

The King Room with River View features romantic architectural features like exposed brick and a wood-beamed ceiling

All of Omni La Mansion's 338 rooms and suites combine soothing earth tones, traditional Spanish-style and carved wooden furnishings, and romantic architectural features, like exposed brick, wood-beamed ceilings, and French doors featuring beige, taupe, or paisley-print curtains. River-view rooms up the elegance with private balconies overlooking the beautiful River Walk. Deluxe rooms offer views of the pool and courtyard or the city. All rooms come with coffeemakers with free coffee and tea, well-stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs with cable, and safes. In the closets are bathrobes and ironing equipment. Bathrooms feature marble countertops, shower/tub combos, hairdryers, and Omni-brand toiletries. Outside the bathrooms are vanity counters with chairs and magnifying mirrors. 

Features

Heated outdoor pool is a plus, though fitness center and spa are located across the river

Guests have access to the renowned spa at Mokara, the sister property, though this is located across the river

Omni La Mansion's sizable heated swimming pool is set within a traditional Spanish courtyard. On one if its short ends is a European wall fountain with stone faces and colorful tile pieces, and on the other end is a patio with tables and chairs. Along the pool's two long sides are comfy loungers. In the summer, the hotel opens a bar with light fare and drinks, and hosts poolside activities like mariachi performances and family movie nights (complete with free popcorn). A top-notch fitness center and spa are both across the street at Mokara, La Mansion’s sister property. 

Omni Kids Crew kids' program provides check-in packs filled with stickers, crayons, and games, plus provides milk-and-cookie deliveries to the room on the first night. At any point in their stay, families can go on scavenger hunts around the hotel. The concierge will also provide history tours of the hotel.

The hotel dedicates nearly 19,000 square feet to meeting and special-event space. There are 16 rooms total -- all receive natural light and are equipped with Wi-Fi and audio-visual capabilities. The largest space is the Iberian Ballroom, a 4,000-square-foot hall that can accommodate up to 500 guests.

Omni La Mansion has a decent business center on ground floor. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel only for Select Guest members (though joining is free). Omni allows dogs and cats up to 25 pounds with a non-refundable cleaning fee.

Food

One of the city’s best restaurants, plus a handful of other cafe and bar options on-site

Las Canarias, consistently named on of the best restaurants in San Antonio, serves a buffet breakfast

Omni La Mansion's main restaurant, Las Canarias, is consistently rated one of the best restaurants in San Antonio. It serves upscale American cuisine for all three meals (breakfast is available both buffet or a la carte), and has an indoor dining room and a River Walk-facing patio. The lively lobby bar, El Colegio, occupies the space that was once the library of St. Mary’s College. It serves Texas Hill Country wine by the glass or bottle, local beers, classic cocktails made with Texas liquors. For food, it has a small selection of Southwestern fare, like quesadillas and spicy mac and cheese. Morsels, just off the lobby, opens early in the morning and sells coffee, espresso beverages, pastries, and sandwiches. Room service is available until late.

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Address

112 College St, San Antonio, Texas 78205-1811, United States

Phone

(210) 518-1000

Room Types

  • Ambassador Riverview Superior Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Petite Room
  • Riverview Superior Room

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