Wi-Fi for a fee in rooms; free only in public areas
Smallish swimming pool for a property this size
Valet parking only, for an overnight fee
The Westin Riverwalk enjoys a quiet location on a secluded stretch of San Antonio’s famed waterway, which is a nice change of pace from the hectic, touristy parts of the River Walk. Although it has almost 500 guest rooms, it feels far from a mega-chain hotel thanks to its elegant, traditional decor, and intimate seating areas throughout the stately lobby and terrace overlooking the river. Standard guest rooms are a bit less-than-stately, though, but they do feature comfortable and pretty antique-style furnishings, and beautiful bathrooms with separate two-headed walk-in shower and soaking tubs. There's also a lovely (though small) rooftop pool surrounded by plantings and ample lounge seating (a perk when the pool bar is open).
Perhaps it’s the signature scent of white tea permeating the lobby, or the peaceful view of the river framed by green foliage that make the Westin Riverwalk instantly feel like a tranquil, luxurious oasis. It could be the elegant, stately lobby decor, or the immaculate heated pool set in a quiet rooftop-garden setting. Whatever the reason, this resort is definitely a step above many other comparably priced properties in the area.
On a quiet segment of the otherwise busy River Walk
Although in the heart of the city, The Westin Riverwalk's location away from the main strip of the River Walk provides for a more serene experience without being too far from the action. Guests can walk to any of a number of area attractions, including the Alamo, La Villita, the River Walk, and Tower of the Americas.
12-minute-drive to San Antonio International Airport
5-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
The rooms feel somewhat basic at first glance, but have some nice extras such as a well-stocked mini bar and a two-headed shower
Although furniture in the rooms is nice and on par with the rest of the property, decor feels a bit lazy and lacks inspired, designer elements like unique artwork or fixtures. Basically, it looks like any normal hotel room, but with nicer furniture.
Despite decor tastes, the rooms are comfortable with all the basic requirements, plus a sleep experience enhanced by Westin’s Heavenly Bed. The double-headed shower, part of the chain’s Heavenly Bath, is a cut above other hotel showers.
The junior suites are a definite step up from the deluxe rooms. Some feature a spacious open floor plan, while the junior corner suites feature partial dividers that separate living spaces from the bedroom. The fourth floor houses four Deluxe Riverside rooms with oversized balconies overlooking the River Walk.