Travel Blogs from San Antonio
We slept in this morning and headed downstairs to the Dragon's Revenge slide when the park opened at 10am. Brynn got scared but everyone else rode, and afterwards we spent quite awhile at the Alligator River which was super fun. After that was Boogie Bahn and Katie and Annie both held on and did great for their first try. Then another go on the …
... other hand will be busy. Mary and I will be testing our golf skills at TPC San Antonio, home course to the Texas Open. I'm not sure what we've gotten ourselves into but I'll be taking lots of pictures. Hopefully we will represent golf in The Villages well but no matter how we play, I'm sure we'll come home with some good golf stories.
That's all for now, stay tuned.
Angelo and Mary
Monday morning San Antonio;
Greetings all from Texas. I wish I had some pictures to send of the drive from New Orleans to San Antonio but there was nothing much to snap. It was 540 miles of flat, swampy land with the city of Houston coming somewhere in between. It was a really boring ride. To pass the time though, I announced the changing temperature to Mary as the thermometer went from 88 when we left New Orleans to 102 when we arrived in San ...
Today we took a more relaxed morning and stayed in the waterpark near our room all day while the Kelly's met up with friends at the other park to do some of the more intense slides. We started the day at the wave pool all together and then convinced Brynn to ride the Falls river ride back to the other side of the park where we enjoyed the Alligator river for a log while. Pizza lunch ...
... Or at least we think so because there was a bride taking pictures on the grounds. You can get married at any of the churches as well (which I think is amazing!). San Jose is the biggest mission and had a large living compound that Native Americans lived in. Evan and I joked that this was the original apartment complex. Lol The other missions were much smaller. San Juan was very small and had a private residence on the land. I don't know if it was a park ranger ...
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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.
Beautiful historic property steps from Riverwalk
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.
The absolute best
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.
The best Riverwalk hotel -- and best kept secret
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.
Just what we were looking for in San Antonio
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.
Excellent from start to finish
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.