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Let me start by saying that we never met someone we didn't like in San Antonio. Our first of many ambassadors to the city was the innkeeper at the Riverwalk Vista, Joan. She had come through San Antonio with her husband several years past on the way to Hawaii, where they had planned to retire. Turns out they liked San Antonio so much that they …
UPDATE: LOCATED OUR CAMERA!!!!!!!! OUR PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED!!!!!!!!
Well, we somehow managed to lose a very expensive digital camera on this last leg of our trip. Trying not to let it get us down. We took ALOT of pics in TEXAS. BUT, it's important to always look at the positive side of things; We are blessed beyond imagine to be on this trip, Kallen is doing well and we arrived in West Monroe, LA safely. So, we've got a ...
... out of tape. Next we found the Alamo & it had a huge line to go inside. Rather than wait in line we walked around the grounds instead & read the information plaques outside. There was a high school string instrument orchestra performing in the gardens which we listened to for a while. Strolled along the picturesque river walk on cobblestone paths that line the river. There were beautiful old buildings ...
... the scanner, and the security guards all got really edgy when they saw what was in the bag! He said it was his work tools, but they turned him away. They stood there arguing for a minute, and I was trying to get Justin to leave because I thought things might get nasty, but he left without further incident.
Back outside, we were stumped for things to do again (other than eat and drink continuously) because it was too cold to ...
... 8230; we didn’t know where to go. We couldn’t see any people, or anything really to look at. We found an employee and asked her, and she said she wasn’t sure – it was the first day. Mind you it was nearly midday and it had started at 9am! We walked around for a bit huddled against the cold, and found a exhibit hall that was warm inside. We also hadn’t had breakfast and were pretty hungry at this stage, so we found a booth giving ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRiverwalk Vista San Antonio
I love this place. It is very cozy and comfortable. The hotel is one of the Historic Hotels of America. In the 1800's the hotel was a general store. Later it passed through many hands and in 1978 would have been demolished if it had not instead been renovated and converted into the Riverwalk Vista. The hotel is beautifully decorated to remind you of the past. Our bed was comfy, everything in our room was clean and beautiful. Every day they had free breakfast in the common area, and cookies and wine in the afternoon. I enjoyed staying here so much that I would give it 5 stars despite the parking situation which, I guess because of the fact that this building is refurbished from the 1800's, is not so great. You have to park in a garage and walk to the hotel with your luggage. Other than that we had a wonderful stay.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riverwalk Vista San Antonio
An absolutely exceptional experience!!!
From the moment I booked this property, I noticed the staff's attention to
detail and desire to accomodate the guest. The hotel is very unique. Our suite faced the riverwalk. We were there during "fiesta". We felt secluded in our lovely room and yet only had to look out of our beautiful, long windows to see all of the excitement below. The lovely wood floors, the beautiful bathroom, the heavenly bed and linens, the delicious breakfast, and most of all, the very professional staff all worked together to make this a perfect get-away. We will definitely go back!
Great getaway for special friends and occasions
Excellent info and service from first log on to last goodby. Staff very friendly and helpful in your having a great stay. Totally private yet in the heart of the riverwalk scene. Looking forward to repeat visits in the future.Rooms very period yet comfy and how about the fun size showers.Don't forget the full breakfast and over the top extras. Gotta love it, we did.
Oh. My. God.
This place should be the definition of the in-town boutique hotel. It's small, it's charming, it's attractive, it's quirky. It really is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at. I guess the only downside is that there is a bit of road noise outside -- which they mitigate with white noise speakers. But from the bathroom to the bed to the breakfast, this place was distinctive and unique throughout.
I stayed here for just one night in mid-January and it was exquisite. The hotel is located in an historic building overlooking the riverwalk. The building's old world ambience is enchanting, yet the room was furnished with charming, modern touches. I had a view of the Commerce Street bridge and the riverwalk that was wonderful. The breakfast was very good, even though I had to leave early for a meeting. The room was huge, with a good-sized bathroom, a large, marble-tiled shower, wonderful toiletries, etc. The t.v./stereo system has a DVD/CD player so bring your own movies/music, or enjoy the hotel's selection of films. I found a nice bar just down the street from the hotel, and the riverwalk is filled with restaurants that are literally steps from the hotel. I also used the hotel's pass at the Verve health club, which is just a short four-block walk from the hotel. This health club opens very early (but closes early) and has a complete set of free weights, spinning machines, stationary bikes, and treadmills. Overall, this is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed at, and I travel a lot. I would visit San Antonio again just to stay at this wonderful hotel.
My fiancee (girlfriend at the time) stayed at the Riverwalk Vista last year. After doing some research online, I thought this hotel had what we wanted for a decent price. We found out a few days before arrival that it was also during Fiesta, which is basically a BIG party. When we arrived, our wine was already chilled in our room along with (HUGE)chocolate dipped strawberries as requested. The bed was perfect. The bathroom beautiful and the slate shower was something you would expect an a 5-star resort. The doorman gave us all the information we needed about where to go and how to get there. It has been very hard reserving hotels now since they are all now compared to the Riverwalk Vista. Its location is perfect; right in the center of everything. We walked everywhere. We shall be back!
If you're looking for a wonderful Riverwalk experience, the Riverwalk Vista is hard to beat! This restored historic building is within 1-2 blocks of the Alamo, movie theatres, fine restaurants, a shopping mall, and of course the Riverwalk. This was our third visit to the area and on prior visits we have stayed at five star hotels on the Riverwalk. All things considered I would return to Riverwalk Vista. The staff is wonderful, the location is outstanding, and the feel is more like a B&B than a hotel. Very cozy!
Everything was perfect.
My husband and I stayed at the Riverwalk Vista Saturday, 7-28-2004, and had a wonderful time. Annette was very sweet and would ask if there was anything we needed. We stayed in the Depot Vista. It is a corner room and had a view of the Tower and the Riverwalk. The windows were huge. Bed was very cozy. In the morning we ate breakfast.(Fresh fruit, Pancakes, Sausage. Yogurt, and O.J.), not just a donut like other hotels. There is a Mc Donald's on the street level but the Riverwalk Vista is still very romantic. The hotel is in the middle of everything. Great location and very close to all the attrations. We parked in the garage across the street. We paid $12.00 for Saturday morning- Sunday afternoon. We will be there again next year to celebtate our anniversary again.
After staying at the Riverwalk Vista, it's hard for my husband and I to find another hotel that measures up. This hotel looks just like or even better than its pictures -- a rarity. We booked a room there at the last minute after a bad experience at another San Antonio hotel, and I was thrilled that the Riverwalk Vista had a room open. The owner was so sweet and helpful, too. Because we booked it at the last minute, we had a queen room on the second floor closest to the traffic, but it was still divine. They have tried to restore this building so it is as sound proof as possible, and they provide a sound soother just in case you are a light sleeper (I am). We also loved the extremely comfortable beds, the DVD player and library of classic movies available for check out, the cascading shower head ... I could go on. The room is just as wonderful as it sounds on the Web site. The interior of the hotel is also beautiful with antiques, cozy chairs, a fun library and beautiful views of the Riverwalk. It is located on street level, not right on the Riverwalk, but it is so close it makes no difference whatsoever. The hotel is also very secure; you have to have a code or a reservation to get in. The breakfast -- fresh fruit, cereal, bagels, pastries -- was also wonderful and free. I fell in love with this place, I will never stay anywhere else in San Antonio again.
Great location and wonderful staff. I stayed at the Riverwalk Vista four days/three nights with my mother and sister and we had a wonderful time. A big THANK YOU goes to Katherine who made us feel like we were her number one priority. Whatever we needed she took care of right away. It seemed like we were the only guests in the place because we never heard or saw anyone else except occasionaly in the dining room where we had a delicious continental breakfast every morning. (The breakfast tacos on Sunday were great.) Beautiful clean rooms and the beds were very comfortable. If you are looking for a great place to stay you should check them out. The only thing that was a little bothersome but not enough to keep us from going back is the noise in your room coming from the street. If you aren't a light sleeper like me you might not notice, my mother and sister didn't, they slept great.
From start to finish, the Riverwalk Vista was an excellent choice. I was attending a conference and didn't want to stay at the conference hotel so though an online search, I found this cross between a B&B and a small hotel. The staff were very personable, made us feel welcome (which is sometimes a scary thing for a gay couple traveling in Texas), and very unobtrusive. The location is deceptively central to all points of interest, the rooms are spacious and give a sense of uniqueness which is difficult to find in any accommadations (the bathrooms are amazing without being over the top). The common areas are inviting to the point I didn't want to go out but plop myself in an overstuffed leather chair overlooking the street scene and just read. I have travelled the globe and have to say this was one of the most pleasent and unexpected experiences I've enjoyed in a long time.