Welcome to the family friendly and comfortable Home2 Suites in San Antonio, Texas
Home2 Suites by Hilton, San Antonio, Texas
Conveniently located in the center of the city, the Home2 Suites San Antonio downtown hotel is an easy 10-15 minute walk from the historic Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk. Opened in February 0f 2012, Home2 Suites is a new idea for Hilton. One of only seven “Home2 Suites” in the nation, the all-suite, extended stay hotel is eco-friendly, while also appealing to the cost conscious traveler.
Designed to feel like your home, the rooms offer a small kitchen with apartment sized refrigerator, microwave oven and dishwasher. Young families will like this concept to save on meals, as will extended stay business travelers
After a day sightseeing in San Antonio, Texas take a dip in the salt water pool
From the indoor salt water swimming pool, to the recycled materials throughout, the eco-element is apparent. Energy Star rated appliances are a given, as is the trend toward dual flush, water conserving toilets. You won’t find mini shampoo bottles here. Instead, look for bulk soap dispensers featuring Neutrogena products. The carpeting is made of 65% recycled materials, without the use of toxic glues.
I couldn’t find the safe deposit box, because there isn’t one in room. You’ll need to head downstairs to the lobby to use the hotel safe.
The lobby is spacious and welcoming for guests checking in or asking questions
Extra credit points: Front desk receptionist, Sammi, went the extra mile to check me into my Southwest Airlines flight, as I didn’t have computer access during my off-site business meetings.
Studio King Suite
My room, #702, rented anywhere from $159. -$189 during Fiesta, an 11 day party, celebrating San Antonio and it’s culture. Rates ran $129 during non-event days. Check website for details.
There are two types of guest rooms: studio suites and one-bedroom suites.
Home2 Suites offers a complimentary continental breakfast each day; a business center with computers, printers, and free printing; an Oasis common space; a fitness center equipped with free weight and cardio equipment; a saline-based pool; and a pet friendly atmosphere. Two pets, weighing less than 30 lbs., per guest are allowed to lodge for $75 each.
Spacious and affordable, Home2 Suites bedrooms are an excellent choice when visiting San Antonio, Texas
Rooms include a full kitchen with a microwave, convection oven, and a dishwasher; a sitting area with a sleeper sofa; an Ergonomic desk chair; complimentary HBO; high-speed internet access; Neutrogena bathroom amenities; and an alarm clock with an iPod port and an MP3 jack.
For an authentic San Antonio, Texas experience visit the historic San Fernando Cathedral
Are you visiting San Antonio for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in the AlamoCity.
When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to The Alamo. Originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero, The Alamo was established in 1718 as the city’s first mission.
For an authentic experience reserved for the locals, visit the historic San Fernando Cathedral. I was fortunate to attend the early morning Fiesta Mariachi Mass in April. The English speaking mass honors Fiesta royalty and includes a Spanish choir and lively mariachi music.
Kids in San Antonio, Texas
Save time for a trip to SeaWorld San Antonio, the world’s largest marine life adventure park or Six Flags if you have kids traveling with you. If you happen to be in San Antonio during Fiesta, the Fiesta Arts Fair at the Southwest School of Art brings together artists from across the U.S. and San Antonio. This family-friendly event also features a Children’s Art Garden where kids have a chance to work with professional artists while they create their own masterpieces.
For a Prickly Pear Margarita, go to Boudros on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas
The best items on the menu at La Gloria restaurant are the mokajetes. La Gloria specializes in street foods of Mexico. The margaritas are “life changing” according to my friend. Personally, I liked the sangria and just about everything Chef Johnny Hernandez brought out to our table. Viva Fiesta!
For a tasty Prickly Pear Margarita, go to Boudros on the Riverwalk. The best breakfast in town can be found at Guenther Bakery in the King William District. If this place could mail order their cinnamon rolls I’d be in BIG trouble!
Nikki Swift, 2012 Princess of the Order of the Alamo and Sallie Lewis, Queen of the Order of the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas
Cowboy boots and hat standard San Antonio attire
Are you seeing a lot of cowboy boots and hats around town? San Antonio is best known for Western Wear. The highlight of my visit was the Charreada at Charro Ranch. A Charreada is the national sport of Mexico, an equestrian competition featuring horse reining, bull riding and roping skills. Check out the Texas Folklife Festival if you are visiting San Antonio in June.
There’s more to San Antonio than River Walk
Everyone will know you are visiting San Antonio if you get your picture taken in front of the Alamo or on the River Walk (RW.)If you have time, walk to the top of the Tower of the Americas on the Observation Deck. It’s also nice to explore street level too, especially the Southtown area which is less “polished” and a little funkier. Lots of art galleries, shops, and neighborhood businesses. The King William neighborhood is a real find for lovers of Victoriana – the homes are gorgeous and if you come during a home tour that’s a treat to see them on the inside!
That said, if you’re on the RW, it’s a must to take the River barge all the way to the Pearl District from there; especially on Saturday mornings for the year-round, rain or shine Farmers Market.
The San Antonio River Walk is a five mile network of walkways.
San Antonio fitness break
In San Antonio, outdoor types will want to hike and bike their way through the city. Of course you’ll want to walk the River Walk.
Looking for a little exercise? Walk or run along the Museum and Mission Reach portions of the River Walk, this eight mile, $245 million project will restore wetlands to the ecosystem while maintaining or improving flood control.
Spend a day at Lantana Spa JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
When you enter the 26,000 square-foot Lantana Spa with its 30 treatment rooms, a simple red ribbon is presented to you. Following the ritual of the Los Siete Nudos people, the ribbon is a vessel used to carry your stress away. Each knot you add to the ribbon represents a stress you carry. You determine the amount of stress you carry by the number of knots you tie in the ribbon. Drop the ribbon in the silver bowl outside the ladies lounge and prepare to leave your stresses and worries behind.
Leave your stress at the door at Lantana Spa, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
Signature Lantana Spa Facial
This 50 minute signature spa treatment nourishes your face, while relaxing your body. With its heated spa bed, aromatherapy scents and warm towels placed on your neck, the stress knots of life slowly loosen and eventually slip away.
Next, the esthetician assesses your skin to determine your facial needs, along with your input. Then the gloves come on – not for her – but for you. After a relaxing hand massage your fingers slide into heated mitts. The bliss continues with a mini neck and scalp massage.
Take a little bit of Texas Hill Country with you at Lantana Spa, JW Marriott San Antonio
Lantana Spa Day
Much too soon, my spa treatment ends, but your spa day may continue. Any spa treatment allows guests access to the spa for the entire day. You may opt to be scrubbed, massaged, wrapped or waxed. Whatever your selection, enjoy the steam room, plunge pools, or simply relax by the adult-only swimming pool. Don’t forget your swim suit.
Insider Tip: you must be 18 years or older to enjoy Lantana Spa.
Needless to say, there are plenty of things to see and do in San Antonio, Texas. My favorite spa treatment is a restorative, relaxing massage. What are your favorite spa treatments?