Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
What We Love
- The contrast between the Spanish Mission-style exterior and contemporary interiors
- Dining on the terrace, with expansive views of the river
- The lunchtime paella bar at Citrus restaurant
What To Know
- WiFi and local calls are free
- The multilingual concierge staff are available 24 hours a day
- There’s no dedicated spa, but in-room massage is on offer
- Checkout time is 11 a.m.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Part Spanish-style grand casa and part sleek boutique hotel, this 213-room stay set right on San Antonio’s famous River Walk offers the best of both worlds. The guest rooms–kitted out by Dodd Mitchell of Los Angeles–are studies in chic minimalism, featuring custom made beds with Egyptian cotton linens, 18-foot ebony wood credenzas and plantation shutters, along with sleek textures like masculine leather armchairs and faux fur bed throws. The public spaces riff on the Spanish theme, with archways, high ceilings and interior courtyards with waterfalls. Dining is a highlight, with an eclectic, seasonally-driven menu at Citrus and tapas at funky Vbar.
In the Area
When you’re done ambling along the El Paseo del Rio–otherwise known as the River Walk–a bucolic 2.5 mile long riverside promenade that cuts through downtown San Antonio, head to The Alamo, the Spanish mission-turned-shrine to the famous battle during the Texas Revolution. Appetite for history whetted, return to downtown and the King William Historical District, another former mission that’s home to some jaw-dropping homes.
How to Get There
We spent 3 nights here and didn't want to leave. The hotel's Spanish style is beautiful and inviting. The rooms are excellent, complete with the most comfortable King-sized bed and a great view. The hotel is on the quieter part of the riverwalk which is great at night, but within walking distance of EVERYTHING. We looked forward to the complimentary coffee and hot chocolate every morning and the bar/restaurant within the hotel (Dorrego's) was delicious as well!
Most importantly, the service was excellent. A special thank you to Aaron, who helped us with our bags upon arrival and gave us many recommendations of things to do and places to eat at. We ran into him every day during our stay and he became a great friend, always willing to help us out and making sure we were having a good time in San Antonio. His enthusiasm set the tone for our whole trip from the start! If you stay here, look for Aaron!! He is awesome.
(Also, the Go Rio riverboat tour conveniently has a stop very close by to the hotel along the river and we recommend taking this tour on your first day so you get a feel of the river, the riverwalk, and how close everything is. And don't miss out on La Panadería just a block or so away- the food was so good we went twice! The hotel's location is great.)
If you want the purely conventional look and feel like every other major hotel chain in America then go to one of those places. If you want a slightly different look and feel with the same or better amenities delivered with truly exceptional service then you should consider staying at the Valencia. The Valencia is a great value in its pricing and right in the middle of the Riverwalk area with lots of drinking and dining options within easy walking distance. We loved our stay here and plan to stay here again when we're back in a couple months.
We recently spent four fabulous nights at Hotel Valencia. We can’t say enough about the EXCELLENT staff...always friendly and helpful....and beautiful gathering areas and comfortable rooms. Great and quiet area of the Riverwalk...so convenient to everything.
The on-site restaurant, Dorrego, is excellent as well. The best perk of the day is their complimentary morning coffee and to-die-for scones! Will definitely return.
The Riverwalk in San Antonio is beautiful during the holidays. The trip was made even more enjoyable by staying at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. It is located on the quiet part of the Riverwalk, but is easily accessible to the attractions on the Riverwalk. I received a room on a lower floor away from the elevator, just as I requested. Thanks to all the staff who gave wonderful suggestions on restaurants ! A special thanks to Marvin, Lionel and Mourad who helped us with our valet parking and gave us wonderful directions to places!
5 out of 5 in my book! I’ve been visiting San Antonio 4-5 times per year for over 30 years so it almost feels like home. Oddly enough I just discovered Hotel Valencia and decided to give it a try. Search no more this is your San Antonio experience at its finest. Meet location+facilities+service+history+luxury. No need to criticize other more expensive hotels either on the Riverwalk or La Cantera, but believe me, I’ve been around. Plus the complimentary coffee bar in the morning and hot chocolate in the evening (Winter) makes it a winner. I would like to thank Hilda S. at the Coffee Bar for preparing me an exquisito Cappuccino (double shot) this morning!