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Today was a low key day. We went for a walk to find some breakfast food to keep in our fridge. We did finally find something, everyone eats out here. For the next few days we are up and out quickly as the conference starts tomorrow and the morning sessions are early.
The Alamo was interesting. It appears the battle was really one sided. …
San Antonio is a busy city. The tricky part was driving into town to get rid of the car. Too many transport trucks flying down the freeway. Di just loves all of these trucks whizzing by here close enough one could reach out and touch. But we made it.
Our room overlooking the river is a misnomer, we do get a glimpse the river, but standing …
... a Panns-style diner featured in the Quinten Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction, plush booths and jagged stone brick work. It made me whistle the theme to 77 Sunset Strip. The predominantly black diners seemed as happy as we did to be immersed in the retrospective gustations of Panns, a whole box and dice experience, right down to The Chantel's singing "Maybe" on the jukebox. A fitting and absolute finale to our time in The Golden State, for on this trek at least we would not be coming ...
... 8217;s hard to explain how we could become such good friends in just one overnight stay. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that both Cheyenne (16) and Mathew are special kids with some special needs. The conversations about school, horses and movies started a bit clumsy with us translating Matt’s vocalizations, and Keith mostly speaking for Cheyenne but things warmed up as our shared interests trumped speech challenges.
Between sharing family ...
... only they made a giant zip tie!!! See picture titled "Giant Zip Tie." We sped along at about 70 mph most of the day. That seems pretty fast with a trailer if you come from Kalifornia, but is about ten mph slower than the speed limit in Texas. Everything here seems like it makes more sense. The DJs on the radio stations even seem to be more level headed. I have actually started listening to Country again. Of course the stations here ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Contessa San Antonio
I really had been looking forward to our stay at this hotel since most of the reviews were outstanding. However, I would say this hotel is overrated.
We stayed one night in a top-floor suite (1225). The hotel location is great, the architectural design very chic. Still, there were several unexpected issues. The first: The heating system did not work. When it was switched on, it only blew ice-cold air. When we turned it off, it continued to blow cold air. The result: The living room part and the bathroom of the suite were pretty much unusable due to arctic temperatures. The front desk sent up a technician very fast who then told us the problem was not solvable and would only be present in the top floor rooms due to large ventilation system above. So try to avoid those rooms at all costs.
Decided to spend my birthday on the River Walk and selected this hotel because it was brand new - had a wonderful experience - the rooms are warm and inviting - the pool provided a grand view of downtown - the staff was extremely friendly - strongly recommend the place!!
We stayed here for one night over the holidays. The hotel is located on the Riverwalk and is beautifully decorated. We loved the exposed brick wall in our living room. The decor is modern, yet warm. We took the cruise on the Riverwalk and was plesantly surprised to see the back of the hotel on the route (we just dropped our things and went sightseeing before exploring the hotel so we had no idea it was ON the Riverwalk)! In the morning, we watched people walking or jogging on the trail while we had a delicious breakfast. The service was very attentive.
My husband and I stayed at Hotel Contessa December 2nd-7th while he attended the AARC(respiratory) conference at the convention center in San Antonio. The Hotel Contessa has only been open two weeks. Everything is nice and smells new. The rooms are spacious, as are the bathrooms. The rooms are decorated with a modernized Spanish flare; much more welcoming and appealing than staying in your usual chain hotels. The beds and pillows are very comfortable! All staff members were very friendly and helpful. Just wish the spa had been completed that is to open soon. You must try-out the hot tub on the roof. Really neat with a beautiful view of the city at night. Take a taxi to and from the airport/hotel; actually cheaper than the airport shuttle service and much quicker than waiting for the shuttle to show-up(after waiting 40min. we got a refund and took the taxi...smart move). Hotel Contessa is very conveniently located. Step out the back door to the Riverwalk or walk to the Alamo. The largest Mexican market outside Mexico, "El Mercado" is also just an $0.80pp bus ride away(walk if you want, but I suggest the bus) and you can haggle for a better prices on unique gift items there. This was our first trip to San Antonio and we enjoyed it very much! Don't forget to tip your maid and bell boy. They all provide excellent service!
We stayed at the Hotel Contessa the first weekend in December. It is ideally located at a quieter section of the riverwalk right next door to the Westin. This beautifully designed hotel has a wonderful patio area along side the river. We enjoyed cocktails after dinner and listened to the Spanish influenced guitarist performing in the Cork lounge. Enjoy this hotel now, because when word gets out, it is going to be the most popular hotel along the river.The rooms are large and nicely decorated.The hotel staff was well trained and very attentive. My only word of caution: If you like to turn in before 11:00pm make sure you tell the desk that you don't want a room facing the atrium/bar area. The music travels and it could be quite loud in your room.If they want to be a 5 star hotel, they need to offer guests airport transportation.
We went for our 1st year Anniversary and........
we loved it! We've stayed at several hotels on the riverwalk and this is at the top of our list. It's at the quiter end of the riverwalk but w/ in walking distance to all nearby attractions. It's a beautiful & chic hotel, huge suites & bathrooms, comfy beds, and unique decor. It has a nice comforting feel unlike, the larger hotel chains. Hotel Contessa has only been open for about 2 weeks and things seem to be running smoothly already!
We spent two nights at the Hotel Contessa over Thanksgiving and it was a GREAT experience. It's brand new - just opened 2 weeks ago - and is right on the Riverwalk. Its located next door to the Westin and there are no noisy restaurants in front of or below you. The room was exceptionally comfortable - we watched the Christmas lights parade from our room - the windows run from ceiling to floor and the décor is warm with lots of mirrors and wood. Ask for a room ending in "3" - '403', '503', '603' etc. and you get an extra room window with a different view of the river.