by Amanda Geronikos
The Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio River Walk-Downtown is, indeed, located on the River Walk in downtown San Antonio. The all-suite property features spacious accommodations with kitchenettes and sleeper sofas — the biggest room sleeps eight — plus a sparkling rooftop pool, complimentary breakfast and easy access to all of the fun in San Antonio. There are plenty of stunning views to go around, too. In fact, one of the hotel’s gardens is so beautiful that it’s become one of the most photographed attractions in San Antonio. All of your friends on Instagram will be jealous, we promise.
Our Editor Loves
- Suites with kitchens
- Made-to-order breakfast
- Location on River Walk
- Theme Park
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The hotel's accommodations are perhaps its best feature. Deluxe suites welcome families with separate bedrooms, sleeper sofas, flat-screen TVs and spacious kitchenettes with mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Most rooms offer shower/tub combinations, as well, and cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request. The hotel offers several room variations, though the layouts are largely the same for all; these are the best options for families:
2 Bedroom/2 Bath Suite-1 King
This room has two bedrooms -- one with a king bed and another with two double or queen beds. There's also a sleeper sofa in the living area. It sleeps a total of eight guests.
2 Room Corner Suite Premium Suite/2 Queen Beds
These suites are some of the most spacious, with expansive living areas. They have two queen beds and a sleeper sofa to sleep a total of six. This room features city or River Walk views, the latter of which come at a premium.
2 Room Premium Suite
This room has one king bed or two queens, along with a sleeper sofa. It sleeps six and features views of the city or River Walk.
My husband and I stayed 3 nights in February (room 1518). This was one of our favorite Embassy Suites, for sure. While the decor might be a little dated, we prefer this traditional vs more modern decor found in other properties and we found it tasteful and comfortable. We really liked the lighting fixtures and all the light they provided. The bathroom & shower were excellent and we love the neutrogena bath products. The bed was comfortable, the linens nice, and the room darkening shades were exceptional. WiFi was great. The in room coffee was good. It was clean and quiet. We had a glimpse of the river walk from our window; as others have said, the location of this hotel is awesome - centrally located but quiet. The elevators have an extra layer of security (must swipe key) which we appreciated. The manager’s reception was outstanding - great variety & well staffed/organized. Ditto on the breakfast. I typically find fault with the coffee but there was even a dark brew to choose from. Kudos! All employees we encountered were exceptional - friendly, eager to please, helpful! We wish all properties could be this wonderful - this Embassy Suites is definitely doing everything right! I can offer only 2 minor suggestions: improve the breakfast pastries - they were not super tasty or appealing and keep the common areas at a more reasonable temperature - we felt it was too cold!
This hotel is emaculate. The staff is/has always been very nice. I've stayed there for a trade show 3 years in a row; and although I really love the hotel, it is pricey for me if on a leisure trip. The rooms are well worth it.
The hotel has a lovely rooftop pool, adjacent to a hot tub. Both the pool and hot tub are surrounded by chaise loungers and comfy chairs -- perfect for enjoying after a busy day spent exploring. In the summer, light bites and cocktails are served at a poolside bar. The pool is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
The hotel offers made-to-order breakfast each morning in a setting that feels more like a restaurant and well, less like a place that offers free breakfast! It serves made-to-order eggs and omelets, and anything else you can imagine -- cold and hot cereals, pastries, pancakes, fruit, juice, coffee and more. Breakfast is served 6 to 10 a.m. on weekdays, and 7 to 11 a.m. on weekends. High chairs are available, as is minimal outdoor seating that overlooks the River Walk.
After visiting the Alamo, SeaWorld and other notable attractions with San Antonio, retreat to the hotel for an evening reception. The events, hosted daily, include complimentary cocktails and appetizers for mom and dad, along with special treats for kids.
The hotel is connected to (but not affiliated with) LÃ¼ke, a restaurant that features French and German fare with a side of New Orleans. While it isn't over-the-top fancy, the restaurant's atmosphere and food offerings are best reserved for families with teens, or parents. If you decide to bring young children, kid-size portions of regular options are available upon request. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi isn't free at the hotel; there is a charge of $9.95 per day, with high-speed access available for a few more dollars (also per day). You'll avoid this fee if you use the computers in the business center, right by the lobby, or if you sign up to become a member of Hilton Honors, which is complimentary.
The hotel provides a kiosk where you can easily print your airline boarding passes. It is located next to the front desk.
The onsite pantry, open 24 hours, sells snacks, toiletries, beverages and most importantly, ice cream. All items can be charged to your room.
The hotel has a small fitness center with free weights and cardio equipment. It's open 24 hours with key card access.
If you need to do laundry while at the hotel, visit the onsite, coin-operated washers and dryers. Detergent is available for purchase at the pantry by the lobby.
Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
The hotel is consistently busy with a mix of both leisure and corporate travelers. While summer and spring are the most popular seasons for families to visit the hotel and San Antonio, you might want to consider a trip at the end of summer (or even the fall), when the crowds and temperatures lessen.
Fly into San Antonio International Airport, a short drive from the hotel. The drive should take you less than 30 minutes, but rush hour traffic may up your ETA.
You don't need a car to get around downtown San Antonio -- especially since the hotel is located right on the River Walk! You will, however, need a car to get to locations outside of the downtown district, such as SeaWorld San Antonio, Morgan's Wonderland and the DoSeum. The hotel doesn't offer self-parking, but valet parking is available for $30 per day.
For Mom and Dad
Grab a spot at the bar at LÃ¼ke, and order a handcrafted cocktail, local wine or craft beer (or several) before dinner. You might also consider dinner at famed Boudros, a short walk from the hotel. Make a reservation in plenty of advance, and order the guacamole.