Riverwalk Plaza Hotel & Suites - San Antonio

One-Night Stay at Riverwalk Plaza Hotel & Suites in San Antonio

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Riverfront Hotel Reflecting Alamo City's History

San Antonio’s River Walk represents the convergence of both sides of the city's identity—bustling southwestern metropolis and historical Spanish outpost. The popular shopping district’s boutiques and restaurants line a 2.5-mile stretch of the San Antonio River, which winds through America's seventh-largest city and one of its richest in history. San Antonio's claim to the latter rests largely on a small Spanish mission that became the site of a legendary battle and the watchword of Texas independence—the Alamo. Down the river and roughly 15 yards south of the River Walk, history surfaces again at the Riverwalk Plaza Hotel & Suites, where poster-size monochrome photographs line guest-floor hallways, chronicling the nearby Franciscan missions, the 1968 world's fair, and the buildup of downtown.

Most east-facing river-view rooms feature a small balcony for viewing the 750-foot Tower of the Americas or teasing phoenixes with complimentary Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Some rooms face the fourth-floor courtyard and heated pool. Those looking to relax onsite have a few options: a lending library in the lobby is stocked with scores of borrowable reads, and the lively but intimate Bar-Salona serves cocktails and five beers on draft. Adjacent to the hotel lobby, Java Plaza opens early and serves breakfast and lunch.

Staff Q & A: San Antonio

Jorie L. is a staff writer for Groupon Getaways. She believes no day is complete without chocolate and finds store mannequins deeply unsettling. Below, Jorie shares her thoughts on root beer, the Alamo, and San Antonio.

What makes San Antonio one of your favorite getaways?

The overall vibe is unlike any other city I've visited. It's a blend of historic Mexico, Old-World Europe, and loud-and-proud Texas. I also love how the city is laid out in such a way that you can walk almost everywhere. And for a Chicagoan, the weather is a big perk.

Describe your perfect day here.

I'd wake up late and have a lingering brunch at an outdoor café along the River Walk. Then I'd spend the rest of the day shopping at Pearl Farmers’ Market, ogling the historic estates in the King William Historic District or browsing the contemporary art wing at the San Antonio Museum of Art. I'd do dinner at Boudro's on the River Walk and catch a live show at White Rabbit, one of San Antonio's indie music venues.

What tourist attraction in the city is overrated, and what should you do instead?

I won't call the Alamo overrated because it's worth a trip if you've never seen it. But be warned: it's surrounded by kitschy tourist traps. Spend an hour or two at the Alamo and then scoot on over to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, located outside the city. In a much more picturesque setting, you can walk, bike, or drive along the mission trail that connects four 18th-century missions. These look more like the Alamo I had pictured in my head.

What's the best thing you ate or drank while you were there?

The old-fashioned root beer at Schilo's Delicatessen would be habit-forming if I lived in San Antonio. It's brewed onsite and served in a frosted mug. I think I downed two in 15 minutes.

What was the most stressful moment of your visit, and how can others avoid the same thing? Searching for parking near the River Walk downtown is very stressful. My advice? Save yourself the headache and just succumb to a parking garage.

What should you read, listen to, or watch to mentally prepare for a visit to San Antonio?

Obviously, you have to watch the 1955 Disney film Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier.

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What You Get

One-night stay for two adults in a poolside or city-view king room

  • $89, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $105, valid on Friday and Saturday

One-night stay for two adults in a poolside or city-view two-double room; up to two kids 15 or younger stay free

  • $75, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $90, valid on Friday and Saturday

Included in all options:

  • Hot breakfast for up to two
  • Covered parking with 24-hour in-and-out privileges

Book by: 9/17/12
Travel between: 8/2/12–11/7/12

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Amenities

  • Heated outdoor courtyard pool
  • Onsite coffee shop, restaurant, and bar
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Complimentary bottled water and pretzels in room
  • Otis Spunkmeyer cookies at check-in
  • Free wireless Internet throughout hotel
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 9/17/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel between 8/2/12–11/7/12
  • Not valid 8/4, 8/11, 8/25, 8/30-9/3, 9/15, 9/28-9/29, 10/2-10/7, 10/13, 10/20, or 11/3
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • For weekend stays, 48-hour cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • For weekday stays, must cancel by 4PM on day of scheduled arrival or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • 16.75% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Available Rooms

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in king rooms; 4 in two-double rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: in two-double rooms, $15 per night for each guest 16 or older; no charge for guests 15 or younger
  • Refrigerator
  • Flat-screen TV with HBO
  • Digital Safe
  • Two water bottles and two bags of pretzels daily

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: included with Groupon
  • Rollaways: available for $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: available in smoking rooms only.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: available for an additional fee; subject to availability.

What It's Worth

One-night stay for two adults in a poolside or city-view king room

  • $89, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $154 value)
  • $105, valid on Friday and Saturday (up to a $184 value)

One-night stay for two adults in a poolside or city-view two-double room; up to two kids 15 or younger stay free

  • $75, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $124 value)
  • $90, valid on Friday and Saturday (up to a $154 value)

Included in all options:

  • Hot breakfast for up to two (a $20 value)
  • Covered parking with 24-hour in-and-out privileges (a $13 value)

Total value: up to $217

Getting There

  • By plane: 10 miles from San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
  • By transit: #30 bus towards Rigsby, St. Mary's and Villita stop from SAT
  • By cab: about $35 from SAT
  • By shuttle: starting at $18 one way, $32 round trip from SAT

Traveler's Tips

  • Seek out a street box for an issue of Current—San Antonio's cultural weekly paper—for listings on arts events, performances, and new restaurant openings.
  • Request a balcony room for views of the San Antonio River and the Tower of the Americas.
  • Walk the halls of the sixth floor to see photos of the 1968 HemisFair, including shots of the construction of the Tower of the Americas.

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