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 loved this hotel. Our room was large and it faced the Riverwalk so our views were amazing. I thought the price was amazing, plus it has outside seating overlooking the Riverwalk that I didn't see that any of the other hotels had that wasn't a private balcony. You could have lunch or dinner served on the balcony as well. We loved it so much that we're going back for Christmas. The Riverwalk was just one floor down either by elevator or stairs. Such a great location to explore this wonderful area.
We recently had very good friends come stay at this place, and it was their anniversary, so I called ahead and talked to Mykayla in room service to have a bottle of champagne sent to their room, she was so friendly and helpful and all went off without a hitch. Our friends also stated that the hotel was wonderful, clean and friendly atmosphere, so once again to Makayla, thank you, Kathy
We recently attended Maroon five concert and stayed one night at this resort. This a newly renovated property and beautifully designed Spanish Mediterranean style. It feels like I am back in Argentina. You room package includes free coffee and pastry and the service is polite. This is centrally located and walking distance to the riverwalk near amazing restaurants and local attractions. It is luxurious and affordable. I will definitely recommend my clients here staying in San Antonio. I cannot wait to return next time.
This hotel went through a complete make over about two years ago and I love what they have done. The rich furnishing and decor have transformed this boutique hotel into a modern South American inspired luxury hotel. Everything from the leather chairs, wrought iron fixtures, vibrant tapestries, and rich wood accents add to the beauty. No detail has been left undone. Even the restaurant, Dorrego's, has dishes created from Argentinean inspired cuisine which you will talk about well after you leave. I was even inspired by the poptails, a boozy Popsicle, that keeps guests cool in the Texas heat. Located right on the River Walk with a patio overlooking this San Antonio attraction, this hotel is very close to shopping, dining and popular attractions. Also just down from the Majestic Theatre. Valet parking available.
This is the third hotel from the Valencia group that we've stayed at. The other two properties are in Houston. Given the fact that San Antonio is a pretty touristic city, I was expecting at the least something that would match some of the chain's other properties. Sadly it did not. Not that we were treated badly, check-in was prompt and went without a hitch. Our room wasn't ready but we were about an hour earlier than your typical check-in and being in san Antonio would most likely be that they carry a high rate of occupancy. We got our room however within about ten minutes so the wait was very short.
Our room was in the third floor which is only one floor above the lobby. This was good and bad. The good: first stop on the elevator. The bad: there was a court yard of sorts in the back of our room (rooms facing it have access to it via a rear door). The doors are thin so we could hear all the people talking in the courtyard. Moreover, they were a group there drinking wine and chatting up until around midnight. It's not like I mind people having a drink and striking conversation but the hotel needs to beef-up the doors to the adjacent rooms so that the sound does not travel so easily. I actually would have preferred a room with a street view on a higher floor. Another thing was that the room didn't seem to have enough electrical plugs. we had one phone charging on the night stand and another one charging on the wall and then we wanted some coffee form the electric pot in the room. We had to plug it into the bathroom because there weren't any other plugs to do so.
There was a room service breakfast menu on a door hanger which I thought it was a great idea up until I read that this hanger must be posted on the outside of your door before 2:00 am the night before. The front desk told us of pastries in the mornings being included and put out in one of the restaurants downstairs, we opted for that. In the bar near the lobby there was two types of coffee, orange and apple juices, bananas and some sort of strudel and cinnamon rolls. The drinks were fine and the fruit was fine but the pastries were unfortunately sort of dry, not soft enough and quite honestly a bit too-cheap for what a hotel at this level should command. One of their sister properties has a breakfast buffet that is incredible and comes with the room.
Perhaps if I wasn't familiar with the chains other properties tis hotel would have fared better under my view but the reality is that despite the great location (the San Antonio River Walk), this has to be the weakest property of the lot. Nothing bad about it but nothing great about it neither.