Hotel Review: Hotel Valencia San Antonio Texas

Hotel Valencia San Antonio

One of the best-located hotels in San Antonio’s Riverwalk is the Hotel Valencia San Antonio.  The Riverwalk is San Antonio’s #1 tourist attraction, a 15-mile winding river that runs through the heart of San Antonio. A river that has been the lifeblood of the residents of San Antonio for hundreds of years.

The stylish and chic Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is ideally positioned not only to enjoy the Riverwalk but San Antonio’s #2 tourist attraction the Alamo several minutes walk away.

 

Location of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk San Antonio

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About The Hotel Valencia Riverwalk San Antonio

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In 2017 a $10 million renovation by internationally acclaimed architect Lauren Rottet has created a unique luxury boutique hotel in the heart of San Antonio.  Rottet has blended Spanish Colonial architecture with the modern Mediterranean style and it works beautifully.  There is a ‘wow’ as you enter from street level, pass the impressive fountain and up the winding staircase to Reception.

Our check-in was easy even though the Reception area was busy.  The staff had time to explain to us the highlights of the hotel, the bar and Dorrego’s restaurant and what is nearby for sightseeing.  As we were a little early for check in we enjoyed coffee in the lounge area whilst waiting for our room to be ready.

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Stylish lounge for relaxation, coffee or a drink

The lounge areas create a sense of calmness and relaxation. The fireplace is ideal to sit and chat over a glass of wine or coffee during the day or night. In fact, the fireplace area was our favourite area.

Tuscan inspired balcony

Not only are you drawn to the fireplace but you are also drawn to the outside alfresco area that overlooks the Riverwalk and the San Antonio River.  The area is well shaded from the heat of the hot Texas sun and reminds us of being in Tuscany. You can access the pathways of the Riverwalk from this area.

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The Library

To the right of the Reception area is the library area.  The ideal area for reading the day’s newspaper or catching up on your emails or even holding a small meeting.

Bedrooms at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

There are 213 luxury rooms and suites.

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Our luxurious bedroom

We stayed in a Classic King style room which was a perfect size for us to relax and work in at the same time.  Although, there is so much to see and do in San Antonio that we hardly spent time in our room.

Our room came with:

  • high-speed internet
  • 52 inch Samsung LED Smart TV
  • the most luxurious 100% Egyptian Cotton bed linen (our favourites)
  • a custom made very comfortable Hotel Valencia bed, mattress with box spring
  • city views
  • executive workspace
  • iron and ironing board
  • mini bar
  • coffee maker
  • room safe
  • Luxury toiletries
  • plush thick white bath towels
  • plush his and her’s bathrobes
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Continental Breakfast

Breakfast was included for us which we enjoyed in the bar next to reception.  Pastries, fruit and piping hot coffee were available. There is an option to have a full American breakfast at Dorrego’s.

Valet Parking

We highly recommend using the services of Valet Parking as parking is at a premium around San Antonio.  On arrival at the hotel at 150 East Houston Street ask for your car to be valet parked and once your bags are unloaded your car will be whisked way until you need it next. On our check out we did not have to wait long for our car to arrive. The process runs very smoothly and efficiently.  It saved us time and hassle in trying to find a parking station close by.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The hotel has a ramp for access from the street to the hotel for wheelchair accessibility. There is a lift to the Reception and rooms, just behind the water feature.

Dorrego’s Restaurant

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Texan themed tableware at Dorrego’s

Executive Chef Anthony Mesa has created an Argentinian style menu in San Antonio that rivals any Argentinian restaurant back in Argentina.  The innovative menu created by Mesa uses the freshest local ingredients with influences from Spain, Italy, France in the Spanish Colonial designed restaurant. We loved the Texas-inspired tableware. You can choose to eat inside or dine al fresco out on the Tuscan inspired balcony overlooking the Riverwalk.

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Provelato flamed cheese – Argentinian specialty

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Vegetarian options available

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You must try the desserts

In fact, our meal was the best we had in San Antonio. Dorrego’s offers vegetarian options as well as their specialty dishes of the day.  An extensive wine list was available. Try and leave some room for their scrumptious desserts on offer.

Special Offers at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

The Hotel Valencia has special hotel packages available throughout the year.  Click here for their latest promotions.

Contact Details for Hotel Valencia

Address: 150 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Tel: 210.227.9700
Fax: 210.227.9701

Website: Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
Reservations: 855.596.3387
Email: [email protected]

The Valencia Hotel Group

The Hotel Valencia Riverwalk belongs to the luxury Valencia Hotel Group. The award-winning group has hotels located in:

Our thanks:

Our stay at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk was sponsored.  Our stay was enjoyable and memorable.  We take this opportunity to thank the team at the Hotel Valencia for taking good care of us during our stay. We will definitely return and we look forward to staying at some of the other hotels in the Valencia Group.

Our opinions, as always, are our own.

Things To Do in San Antonio

To assist you in planning your time whilst staying at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk we list our top 10 things to do in San Antonio.

#1 Wander the San Antonio Riverwalk by Foot

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The Riverwalk

The Riverwalk buzzes in the evening with the many restaurants and bars filled with locals and tourists alike.  During the day it is calmer as you wander down the pathways either side of the river which are connected by bridges.

#2 Sail Down the San Antonio Riverwalk

The Riverboat cruises take about 35 minutes.  Not only can you sit back and relax and watch the world go by you will listen and learn about San Antonio’s history.

#3 Take a Tour of the Alamo San Antonio

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The Alamo Church

The history of the Alamo and the war cry “” is a fascinating historical event.  It is free to enter the Alamo Church and the grounds.  Once inside you can view movies of the historical event and during the day there are free talks in the square near the Gift Shop.  We would recommend a tour which commences on the outside and explains the battles that took place.

Address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio

#4 Visit the Spanish Missions

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Spanish Missions

You can either take a tour that includes the Spanish Missions or you can visit them yourself by the local bus. For more information click here.

To Travel Too tip: if you are travelling by the local bus make sure you have the correct change to purchase the tickets on board.

#5 Spanish Governors Palace

The Spanish Governor’s Palace is an adobe built 1700s building that was built for the Spanish Governor of the time.  The inside is a museum and it is worth spending an hour or two wandering through each of the rooms.

Address: 105 Plaza De Armas, San Antonio

#6 Tower of the Americas

The Tower of the Americas is a 230-metre restaurant and observation deck. It is the tallest building in San Antonio with excellent views over the city and countryside.

Address: 739 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio

#7 San Fernando Cathedral

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San Fernando Cathedral

The 18th century San Fernando Cathedral is a few minutes walk from the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. It is one of the oldest cathedrals in Texas. The Cathedral has a laser light show that lasts for 25 minutes highlighting the history of Texas.  The show starts either at 9pm or 9.30pm depending on the season.

Address: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio

#8 Institute of Texan Cultures

The Institute of Texan Cultures is a museum dedicated to the heritage of Texas.  It is located downtown San Antonio in the HemisFair Park Campus. We spend a couple of hours learning about the history of Texas.  At certain times there is a short video presentation held in the dome in the middle of the museum.

Address: 801 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio

#9 La Villita Historic Arts Village

La Villita is located on the Riverwalk.  The small historical village contains local art galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops.  The area was settled over 300 years ago and was one of the first neighbourhoods in San Antonio.

Address: 418 Villita St #9, San Antonio

#10 Witte Museum

The Witte Museum was established in 1926.  The Museum exhibits the best of Texas from prehistoric times to the present.

San Antonio Weather

November to April are the better months to visit San Antonio, not only are they the coolest months but there are fewer tourists.    The hottest months are from June to September.

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16 Comments

  • Leah says:

    Beautiful hotel review! I have been to Texas, but I haven’t stayed in San Antonio yet. This looks like a great place to stay (I especially love the outdoor fireplace area). I really enjoyed your photos of the city too. I would love to visit the cathedral.

  • The hotel is centrally located and seems to be very decent. The food is great an so many things to do in the location. I would prefer staying here when in San Antonio.

    • Hi Shreya
      Thank you for your comments. We loved centrally located hotels so that we can walk everywhere, a great way to get to know a city.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Cat says:

    My favorite time of the year to visit San Antonio is September. My favorite stop is the San Fernando Cathedral. I didn’t stay at the Hotel Valencia when I was last in San Antonio, but I probably will next time.

    • Hi Cat
      Thank you for your comments. The San Fernando Cathedral is beautiful and I love the square outside with the Food trucks in the corner.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Those are some really classy interiors, and the foo…yummmm

    Really loved the fact that the hotel staff explained about the Otel, and the nearby attractions and made it a point to give the best possible hospitality to you.

  • Ann says:

    What a lovely accommodation – and a lovely place to stay at! Your photos reallymade me want to book a ticket. San Antonio is stunning and the San Fernando Cathedral is a piece of art. I could spend hours upon hours exploring this destination. I will make sure to keep Hotel Valencia in mind for next time I visit San Antonio.

  • blair villanueva says:

    Maybe its me, I find this hotel quite masculine in a sense and looks great especially that bed. It is awesome that your enjoyed your stay, the food and have a side trip and the nearby attractions. I saw San Antonio is some TV series, and seems like a good place to travel in the future 😀

  • David says:

    This looks like an amazing place to stay. Nice to see it’s so close to the Alamo too. I’ve not been over yet but I do love seeing the place from above so the The Tower of the Americas would be right up my street!

  • Amar Singh says:

    I have never visited this part of the world but if I did then I would surely think about Valencia San Antonio as an option for accommodation. The hotel looks different and not the same as a chain. Love the look of the library. The hotel looks modern and comfy what else could you ask for. Thanks for sharing.

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