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Historical Traveler Reviews Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch San Antonio
Wir waren unter der Woche für zwei Tage im Wild Oak Resort. Wundervolles Hotel für Kinder. Die Zimmer waren erstklassig. Wir mussten eine 1,5-stündige Verkaufspräsentation besuchen (die dann 3 Stunden dauerte), was nicht so toll war, da unsere Tochter am Ende recht nörgelig wurde...Wir haben dort aber Geschenkgutscheine im Wert von 150 Dollar erhalten, die wir für Getränke am Pool und fürs Abendessen im Hyatt Hill Country Resort und für ein wundervolles Frühstücksbüfett benutzten. Die 3-stündige Präsentation, bei der man nicht unter Druck gesetzt wurde, hat sich am Ende also doch gelohnt. Und wir denken sogar darüber nach, uns in ein Timeshare-Programm einzukaufen.
We had a wonderful experience at the Wild Oaks Ranch. The resort was peaceful and relaxing. This is a very kid-friendly place! We enjoyed the heated indoor/outdoor pool, as well as the lazy river. We had dinner at "JB's" one evening - it was very good (fajitas & nachos). Nightly activities were fun (smores & movie nights). Our 1 BR was spacious enough for 2 adults and 1 child. When booking, ask for a room with a washer/dryer (kept me from having to pack so much & came home with clean clothes instead of a bag of dirty ones). We did have to sit through a sales presentation...not extremely pushy, but she wasn't pleased with our decision not to buy and made us sit with her for the full 90 minutes anyway. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would go there again in a heartbeat!
Relaxing and fun
We stayed in a studio - nice room with sitting area, small kitchen. Lots to do - lazy river, pools, slides (for adults & kids), 3 hot tubs, nice patio restaurants. We really enjoyed the 3 days and 2 nights. Nice place to stop and watch the hummingbirds and listen to nature. Highly recommend.
Terrific place for families
This a wonderful place for families. They heated the lazy river and the pools for spring break and it made for a wonderful holiday. The 2 bedroom unit we were in was beautiful and very clean. The kitchen had everything we needed and more. The workout room had lots of equipment and I never saw anyone have to wait for a machine to use. The nightly activities were great for the kids. We plan on coming back every year.
A great place to relax!
We love this property! The kids had a great time using the indoor/outdoor pool and the lazy river. They also enjoyed the water slides. The outdoor movies and s'mores on the weekend were also great. We stayed in the 3 bedroom condo. It was sooooo spacious and comfortable. We had two living areas, two bathrooms ,with jacuzzi tubs, and two kitchens.
We traveled with friends. It was perfect! The kids had their space and we had ours. This place is absolutely amazing. The staff was courteous and very helpful!
Hyatt Wild Oak ROCKS!
Great place to take the kids.
Vacation Ownership Preview
This was an inexpensive trip! We reserved a 1-BR condo for $99/night (plus tax) for Friday and Saturday night. That rate meant that we were required to attend a sales presentation, but it was low-pressure. After we went through the presentation, we were given a $100 gift certificate to use on site or at the Hyatt Hill County Resort, across the road.
What to Expect
When we arrived and drove up to the buildings, I was underwhelmed... the exterior looks like "boring apartment building", but the interior of the units is really nice. A HUGE whirlpool tub (not available in the studio units), granite kitchen, king bed, etc. There are only 2 buildings completed now, which means that there are NO crowds. That made the pool and lazy river experience much better.
What to Do
We spent most of our time floating the Lazy River. There are two pools - one is an active pool with two BIG slides, the other is a lazy river pool. We would float around for a while, then get out and go to one of the cabanas - these either had a hammock or lounge chairs - and relax until we were ready to play in the water again.
Where to Eat
We chose to use our gift certificate toward meals. At Wild Oak Ranch, there is one restaurant "JB's" and it is open only from 11am to 7pm. So if you are looking for lunch or an early dinner, you can go there. We ate lunch there and the food was okay, but pricey. For dinner, we drove over to the Hyatt Hill Country and ate at Springhouse Café. A little better food and a little better price. If I could do it again, I'd drive the 2 miles back to Chilis or McDonalds and just eat lunch and dinner there, then use my gift certificate for a massage at the spa!
If You Go
- Take the kids! This place was SO child-friendly, They have a movie outside on Saturday nights and most nights they roast s'mores out at the firepits. There's a playground on the way to the lazy river, and a "beach" at the zero entry point to the river (so take sand toys).
- Take breakfast foods with you, or stop at the SuperWalmart (5 minutes away) to pick up stuff. There's nowhere to eat breakfast onsite and unless you want to drive to McD's, it's easier to have something in the room. There's a toaster, so Pop Tarts would work. Bring your own coffee, too, since there is only a 1-day starter pack in the room.
- Pack some DVDs to watch on the Plasma TV.
- Bring your own beach towels. It's $15 if you lose one of theirs and they are scratchy anyway.
- Bring smaller floats for the kids to use in the lazy river. The ones that are available are prefect for adults, but kids just fall out.
- If you'd prefer a room on the top floor, call and ask about 1-2 weeks in advance. The top (3rd) floor rooms have skylights and high ceilings, and you don't hear your neighbors going stomping around.
Okay resort - the price was right.
During my Spring Breach - mid March, I stayed with my parents at the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch in San Antonio. My mother had gotten a promotional deal with Hyatt - so the price was right. When we arrived, the keys to our room did not work but after walking down the hill to the main house with the lobby - they worked the second time. The accommodations were very nice. We had a one bedroom suite with a full sized kitchen with a washer and dryer. My parents took the bedroom and I stayed on the pull out couch. My Dad said the bed was great - the pull out couch was not so comfortable. The main area in the room had a large flat screen TV with cable - very nice. The rooms were very lovely and comfortable. The bathroom was huge with a bathtub that doubled as a jacuzzi along with a walk in shower. This was very accessible for my father who has a walker. There was also large balcony that unfortunately looked out on construction of new buildings in the resort. Hyatt bills this location as a resort - but you are in the middle of a growing subdivision in San Antonio. If you are expecting to be out on a ranch -this is not the place. The pools and outdoor jacuzzi were being cleaned when we arrived so we could not use them the first night but as promised were usable the next day. We had to go on a tour of the facility for a couple of hours and get the spiel on vacation ownership - basically a time share plan. The rates for the time share are reasonable and there is no pressure to buy - they just show you the information and the numbers. That was very nice. This resort is great for kids - there were many there on Spring Break. They had an entertainment room, a lazy river that on the day we left was being cleaned so we could not use. The pool is indoor and outdoor and was heated so it was usable even with the cool temperatures. We ate on site once at JB's - you can order your food to go and take it to your room if you don't want to eat there. They have an onsite convenience store, the prices are a little high - but there are grocery stores nearby - remember this is in a neighborhood - it is not on a ranch. The grounds are nice - if you are a golfer the course looks great. Overall, the accomodations are lovely if you don't mind the construction going on and the vacation spiel this is a good value for vacationers on a budget.
Another Great Visit to Wild Oak Ranch!
Just back from another stay at the Wild Oak Ranch. Our first stay was for this past July 4th holiday. It is a wonderful place to take a quick resort vacation. However, with young kids, I do wish there were lifeguards at the pools. It would also be nice to have a restroom closer to the Lazy River pool. There are 2 slides, one at the indoor pool and one at the outdoor pool. We noticed that there was no attendant manning the slides and there were 2 boys (one clearly less than the minimum 48 inch height requirement) that were sliding down at the same time. After awhile, Hyatt attendants did come around and made sure that the kids sliding down had the armband that signified they met the height requirement. During non-summer months, it looks like the outdoor movie night is only on one night (either Fri or Sat?) and on non-weekend nights, the only on-site restaurant closes at 7:00p. It does serve the full menu for dinner now and not just appetizers and pizza like it did during our first stay in July. We had a 2-bedroom unit which was a dedicated 2 bedroom unit and not a 1-bedroom lock-off with a studio. The master bedroom/kitchen/living area was very similar to the 1-bedroom unit we had in July but the master bathroom in the 2-bedroom unit was private (no hall access) and was much wider. The bedroom with the king sized bed seemed the same size. The second bedroom had 2 beds (sleeps 4) and a very large closet. Each bedroom had its own TV and the living room has a large plasma TV and DVD player. The living/kitchen/entry areas of the 2-bedroom unit also seemed slightly larger than the 1-bedroom unit. The property seems to be well maintained and I recognized many of the employees from our first stay.
Awesome place right now!
We visited this resort for the second time just a few days ago. We were blown away earlier this Summer when we went for the first time. The rooms are appointed extremely nicely, with tile flooring throughout, nice furniture, 42-inch plasma tvs, stainless steel appliances, etc. My wife even wanted me to take a picture of the bathroom because it was exactly what she wants for our house! That was a first (having a hotel bathroom so nice we wanted to model our home bathrooms after it!)
The property itself is landscaped and manicured impeccably. That is partially because it is so new, and partially because they keep everything trimmed so nicely. The Hyatt Hill Country hotel is a well-known, expensive hotel situated across the street (and owned by the same company) and it felt not quite as nice when we visited there, because it was a little more "overgrown." For example, the lazy river at the Hill Country was mostly shaded and covered by a canopy of trees, while the lazy river at Wild Oak Ranch is open to the sun and has less overgrown landscaping around it. I liked it better that way. It felt cleaner and nicer.
The amenities are incredible -- two waterslides (one indoor, one outdoor). A large pool, partially indoor and partially outdoor. A lazy river, with a beach area for building sandcastles. A playground fort that looks over the lazy river. Plenty of semi-private, covered cabanas around the lazy river, with hammocks and lounge chairs. There is a nice exercise room. A game room with pool table, shuffleboard, videogames (there is a fee for these games - like 50 cents each). Free games include Ping Pong tables, sand volleyball, outdoor shuffleboard, basketball court. There is a media room with large, comfortable couches and a big screen tv. They also have computers that you can use for a fee.
There is a convenience store on the property and a restaurant. They also show outdoor movies on Saturday nights and have free popcorn. They even put out blankets for everyone to sit on while watching the movie. It was a blast!
The cons are: they charge you for high-speed internet access in your room (this is free at nearly all top hotels chains); the property restaurant closes at 8 p.m.; the waterslides close at 7 p.m. (there are still two hours of good daylight left during the Summer in Texas!); they only give you complimentary coffee for the coffee pot the first night, for subsequent nights you have to buy coffee at the convenience store. Also, for special promotional rates, you have to sit through the 90-minute presentation, which was not too bad and was certainly not high pressure.
All in all, an excellent place to vacation for a few days. Particularly because it is extremely close to Sea World. Go during the week if you can, because Saturdays can be pretty busy at the pool, waterslides, and lazy river. I fear that as they build it out, it may become too crowded. But for now, it is nearly the ideal getaway for a few days!
LOVED the Wild Oak Ranch
The resort was beautiful. great for kids. they have two pools one indoor, both with slides. They have a lazy river and playground for the kids, shuffleboard, ping pong, game room, and media room. At night you can make smores by the huge firepit and they also have an outdoor movie playing on the weekends.
We wre impressed with the one bedrooms. They have flat screen tv's! The studios are a bit small for a family of four, but they upgraded us to a one bedroom.
We did do the timeshare presentation. It wasn't pushy at all.
The pool was really cold. They say it's heated, but I find that hard to believe. Also the jacuzzi was cooler than bath water.
My kids loved the lazy river and hammocks.
They have a restaraunt on the property but it doesn't serve breakfast so you have to drive to the Hyatt down the street which is pretty inconvienient if you don't feel like cooking. They also don't have a full dinner menu, just appetizers and salads. All in all gorgeous place, great for families.
We'll be back!
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bananas. Of course, no low carb options! However, the waffels were good as you
could make them yourself (see photo).
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basically means tacos or enchiladas, both always served with rice and black
beans. BBQ options are steak or ribs.
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