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Hotel Review: Hotel Valencia San Antonio Texas [updated 2024]

One of the best-located hotels in San Antonio’s Riverwalk is the Hotel Valencia San Antonio. 

In our article on the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk San Antonio we have also included things to do in and around 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. The Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is one of the top San Antonio hotels.

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Location of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk San Antonio

Address:  150 East Houston Street, 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 boxspring
  • 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 at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

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 at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

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 at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

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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, and 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 speciality
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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 speciality dishes of the day.  An extensive wine list was available. Try and leave some room for their scrumptious desserts on offer.

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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.

Fun Things To Do in San Antonio

To assist you in planning your time whilst staying at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk here are our fun things to do in San Antonio.

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 on either side of the river which are connected by bridges.

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.

Explore artefacts from the Phil Collins Collection, including the Battle of the Alamo Diorama with his narration, the Donald and Louise Yena Spanish Colonial Collection, and more at the Alamo Exhibit.

Address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio


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 onboard.

Mission San Jose Walking Tour

Discover over 300 years of history on a guided walking tour of San Antonio’s Mission San José neighbourhood. Uncover the history and stories behind this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a local guide.


Spanish Governors Palace San Antonio

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

This walking tour includes visiting the Spanish Governors Palace and much more in the Old San Antonio Walking Tour.


Tower of the Americas San Antonio

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

San Fernando Cathedral San Antonio

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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 9 pm or 9.30 pm depending on the season.

Address: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio

Institute of Texan Cultures San Antonio

The Institute of Texan Cultures is a museum dedicated to the heritage of Texas.  It is located in 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

La Villita Historic Arts Village San Antonio

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

Witte Museum San Antonio

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

San Antonio Airport

San Antonio Airport (SAT) is located 8 miles north of Downtown.

For full information on the San Antonio Airport click here.

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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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