Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn San Antonio NW - SeaWorld Area
The Holiday Inn San Antonio NW - SeaWorld Area offers family-friendly digs close to popular San Antonio attractions, including Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Aquatica water park, and SeaWorld. A free shuttle whisks guests to any attraction within a 5-mile radius of the hotel, which includes SeaWorld. At the hotel, kids can romp on the playground, swim in the kiddie pool, and eat free of charge at the Sporting News Grill (valid for kids aged 11 or younger).
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms feature mini fridges, coffeemakers, cable TVs, microwaves, and free WiFi.
- Included perks: Daily breakfast, as well as two free drinks per stay at the onsite Sporting News Grill, which also serves lunch and dinner amid 18 high-definition TVs.
- Go for a swim in one of the hotel's three pools—one of which is indoors—or relax in the hot tub.
- Eco-friendly: The hotel uses solar panels to heat its water heaters, collects rainwater to use for irrigation, and employs an onsite energy-management system to reduce electricity consumption.
- Distance from the Alamo: a 20-minute drive
San Antonio, Texas: Historic Missions near Picturesque River Walk
In the late 1920s, architect Robert H. H. Hugman designed an urban park around the San Antonio River—a space he envisioned as an American version of Venice, where people could shop and dine along the waterfront. Completed in 1941, the 2.5-mile riverwalk still serves as a vital artery in the heart of San Antonio as it wends its way past cafés, hotels, bars, and shops.
Located one story below street level, the waterway is flanked on either side by stone pathways, quiet waterfalls, and towering cypress trees. The winding river-walk path reveals little surprises along the way, such as picturesque restaurants, public art installations, and cardboard cutouts of Davy Crockett. A new extension connects the river walk to the four-story San Antonio Museum of Art, where you'll find more than 25,000 sculptures and paintings that range from Roman antiquities to contemporary art.
Also neighboring the river walk is the Alamo. Thanks to the 1836 battle that made it a symbol of Texas independence, the Alamo has become the most visited tourist site in the state. It's actually one of five historic Spanish missions clustered around the San Antonio River. The largest, Mission San José, lies just 5 miles south of downtown. Its famed rose window is once again on display following an extensive renovation.