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
Room was ok, only a Juliet balcony, but overlooking the river. Our view was nice of the trees and old brick buildings across the river. The check in was good, we were given maps and the young lady was very pleasant. We had to call for our bags after waiting about a half an hour, and they were not busy. The restaurant left much to be desired. Servers were very slow, even though it was never busy. had good blueberry pancakes. Splurged for the Sunday buffet, french toast was cold, coffee refill was cold. The hotel was strange, no real ambiance, even though it was on the river. Can not say it was bad, but just nothing to be excited about. We expected more for the price.
Our girls trip was perfect thanks to the Valencia and it’s staff. It started off with the patients of Lupe taking all our bag into the room. He was very patient and kind. Amber at the front desk was very helpful in accommodating us. Mo and all the valet attendants were super nice attentive. The hotel is beautiful and very conveniently located to the downtown destinations. But the most impressive thing about this hotel is how the staff is very friendly, kind and makes your stay more enjoyable. We will definitely be returning.
Rooms are decorated nicely. Mini fridge would be more useful than mini bar but no worries. The best gem so far was our bellhop Roland. After a long day's drive I was fresh out of cash and explained but he kindly escorted us all the way to our room on the 8th floor. He was also nice enough to recommend a few attractions we might like to see while we're in town. Thank you Roland!
We really liked this hotel and would most definitely stay here again!! It was fully-renovated and had great Southwestern ambience, clean rooms with safes, lots of comfortable gathering spaces, complimentary Margaritas upon check-in and a complimentary homemade scone/juice/coffee bar in the morning. The staff were all pleasant and helpful. Efficient doormen. Great location on the historic end of the Riverwalk; short walk to The Alamo, great restaurants, shopping, and San Fernando Cathedral for the weekend laser light shows (DON'T MISS THAT!) You don't need a car and can pretty much Uber everywhere. We didn't have lunch or dinner in Dorrego Restaurant inside the hotel, but had a nice full breakfast there--service was a little slow and we were rushing for the airport. Maybe it was an off morning. We did have an authentic Mexican meal at Acera Restaurant overlooking the Riverwalk underneath the hotel. I would have given this a 5-star review except that we asked for turn down service, which happened the first day, but not the second day upon request. We didn't bother asking the remaining 3 days. Also, when we called the hotel in advance of our trip seeking excursion/tour advice, no one called me back. I planned it all on my own through Viator using TripAdvisor suggestions.
Girls trip Wed - Fri - enjoyed the staff and location of this property- Staff esp Lupe & Mo & Amber - all so friendly and helpful. Worked out every day and enjoyed homemade scones and coffee in outdoor patio area overlooking river - so peaceful. Also took a webinar from 3rd floor outdoor area and was perfect. Def coming back.