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Summary


Pros

  • Heated outdoor lap pool with sundeck and poolside bar
  • Warmly decorated rooms with Cuisinart coffeemakers and minibars
  • Kids' Suites and packages with rolling backpacks filled with games
  • Wild West-themed restaurant serving buffet and a la carte options all day
  • Indoor pool and hot tub in sunlit space
  • Lobby has bar with live piano music and grab-and-go coffee shop
  • Fitness center with cardio, weight, and yoga equipment
  • In-room fitness kits and spa services available
  • 24-hour room service and business center
  • Free round-trip airport shuttle (limited hours) and parking
  • Pet-friendly (fees apply)

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of area attractions
  • Guest rooms views are unremarkable
  • Substantial charges for early check-in and late check-out
  • Fee for use of Wi-Fi in guest rooms

Bottom Line

The 328-room upscale Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is a fun, family-friendly hotel that offers excellent value for business travelers and tourists who don't mind staying outside the city center. Although it's not within walking distance of area attractions, this busy branch of the Omni chain is packed with amenities. There are indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, and children's activities. The restaurant serves American fare and the lobby bar has live piano music. Comfortable guest rooms have Southwestern decor, coffeemakers, and minibars, while colorful kid-themed suites are likely to thrill the little ones. Overall, it's an excellent value, but tourists looking to have a more central downtown location should check out the pricier The Westin Riverwalk

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Texas-size comfort, tons of amenities, plenty of room to unwind, and an exceptional kids program

The Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is a big, busy hotel where the lobby is usually buzzing with activity, including plenty of guests reading and working on laptops. Common spaces reflect the environment, with oversized leather furniture in warm desert colors and a huge flat-screen TV in the lobby. In the restaurant, there are fun metal cactus sculptures, Old West photographs, swinging saloon doors, tumbleweed displays, and, the piece-de-resistance, a huge topiary depicting a rearing horse. The Lobby Bar is elegant and fun, with a classy granite-topped bar, red leather bar seats, and plenty of tables. 

The Omni is a practical and professional choice for travelers in town on business or families who don't mind staying outside the center of things. There is nothing to do in the immediate area, but the hotel offers a wide range of activities on-site for all ages. The Omni particularly caters to kids, offering rolling backpacks stuffed with toys, books, and puzzles, as well as character brunches, children's menus, spectacular kid suites, and even milk and cookies delivered on the first night of their stay. Almost like a resort hotel, the Omni treats guests with special services like agua fresca in the lobby all day, and swim-up movies at the pool during summer months. The Omni San Antonio offers comfort, fun, and Texas-size value for the price, setting it apart from other, more central hotels. It's an excellent choice, especially for families traveling with kids.

Location

In the San Antonio suburbs at the Colonnade shopping complex, 20 minutes by car from most major attractions

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The Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is located in the suburbs of San Antonio. The city is easily reached, just off Interstate 10. The hotel is surrounded by parking lots and office buildings, and convenient to many corporate offices -- making it a good spot for business travelers. Guests will need a car to get around, as there's very little within walking distance. The Colonnade, a 66-acre dining and shopping complex, is next door, and there are running trails throughout the complex. Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the River Walk are each a 15- to 20-minute drive from the Omni. SeaWorld, the King William Historic District, the Alamo, and the Alamodome are about 20 minutes away by car. The hotel runs a shuttle to area attractions for a fee. There is free and plentiful parking on-site for cars, RVs, buses, and trucks; valet parking is available for a surcharge. The San Antonio Airport is a 15- to 20-minute drive away, and the hotel offers free pick-up and drop-off, by prior arrangement.

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Rooms

Warm and comfortable, with exercise equipment and super-fun kids' suites 

The 328 rooms at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade are comfortable with a warm feeling. The Southwestern decor features contemporary furniture in dark woods and an earth-tone color scheme. The design is the same throughout, except for a pair of cleverly outfitted kids' rooms: the Discovery Suite and the Aquatica Suite. These rooms are a child's paradise, complete with art supplies, costumes, toys and games, Wii and other video game consoles, mini-sports courts, and a real saltwater aquarium in the Aquatica. Rollaway beds and cribs are free, too. 

Rooms have flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies, Cusinart coffeemakers, and minibars; microwaves and mini-fridges are available upon request. Wi-Fi is only free with some bookings. Across the board, views are unremarkable, so it's generally not worth the upgrade to Deluxe options. Modern bathrooms have ample counter space, shower/tub combos, hairdryers, a full range of toiletries, and bathrobes. There are Suites available with parlor rooms, sleeper sofas, and wet bars. Guests may request Get Fit kits, which include exercise mats, bands, and weights. Connecting rooms are available upon request. The surrounding area is filled with traffic and office buildings, but fortunately, rooms are well-soundproofed.

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Features

Indoor/outdoor pools, sauna and hot tub, and kids' program

There are plenty of features for kids and adults alike at the Omni. The hotel has an indoor splash pool and large co-ed sauna, as well as an outdoor pool with lap lanes and a hot tub. Also outside, guests can relax on the sundeck and grab drinks at the poolside bar that also serves hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream. In the evenings during summer months, float-up movies are shown by the pool. The fitness center is well-equipped with cardio and weight machines, free weights, kettlebells, and a heavy bag. There are yoga mats, exercise balls, and flat-screen TVs, plus free fresh fruit and juice. Joggers can request a map of suggested routes through the Colonnade. In-room spa services are available. 

The Omni Sensational Kids program offers children rolling backpacks filled with games, puzzles, and books, many focusing on healthy eating habits. Ironically, the hotel also delivers welcome milk and cookies to younger guests on their first night. During the summer, popular characters from Six Flags and SeaWorld come to entertain the kids at the hotel. 

The Omni offers a lobby business center, as well as 23,000 square feet of event space, including three ballrooms and 15 meeting rooms. Event and wedding planning services are offered. 

Food

Rotisserie restaurant and elegant lobby bar

The Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade features a fun, Wild West-themed restaurant, Bolo's Rotisserie Grill. It has an a la carte menu, hot breakfast buffet, and lunchtime pasta bar. The menu includes American, South American, and Caribbean dishes, as well as rotisserie. The Lobby Bar has live piano music several times a week. In addition to a solid wine list and signature drink menu, the bar serves a light menu and a special Sunday brunch. Morsel's is the lobby coffee shop, serving muffins, pastries, and other quick on-the-go items. 

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Internet
Pets Allowed
Cribs
Jacuzzi
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Laundry
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Pool
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
9821 Colonnade Boulevard, San Antonio, Texas 78230, United States
Phone (21) 691-8888
Room Types
  • Deluxe Room
  • Premier Room

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