Chic, Boutique-Style Hotel Steps from Historic Alamo
Crews excavating the foundation of the Gibbs Building made a startling discovery—cannons once used by the Texians to defend the Alamo. Hotel Indigo at the Alamo now occupies the former Gibbs Building, overlooking the iconic adobe compound that became a rallying point for the Texas Revolution. The hotel’s appeal lies with its prime location—kitty-corner from the Alamo and steps from the River Walk—and thoughtfully updated interior that mixes modern flair with original, early 20th-century detail. The restored foyer boasts vintage marbled accents, which lead to old-fashioned, stainless-steel elevators, ready to whisk guests to their chic, contemporary accommodations.
A blissful retreat from downtown San Antonio's bustling nightlife and shopping scene, the hotel keeps guests linked with the outside world with free WiFi and complimentary daily newspapers. Bold greens and pinks accent the boutique hotel's snazzy guest rooms and present a nice counterpoint to the rustic hardwood floors. Mounds of pillows top a cushy king bed or two queen beds, tempting guests to clear their calendars and hibernate for the winter.
Come morning, aromas of buttery texas waffles ($6) and zesty breakfast quesadillas ($6) waft from the hotel's 1909 Bar & Bistro, which embraces sunrise with radiant orange and magenta hues. Attentive servers greet diners with menus spanning breakfast, lunch, and dinner with southwest-style eats such as spinach quesadillas and thick rib-eye steaks.
San Antonio: Nature and Nightlife in Old Texas
Mere steps from the Alamo, the scenic San Antonio River Walk buzzes with riverboats, trolley tours, and shopping centers. A few miles north of the hotel, visitors to the Japanese Tea Garden maximize their zen while tiptoeing along stone bridges spanning koi ponds. Feelings of inner peace can be disavowed in spectacular fashion at Natural Bridge Caverns, about 30 miles north of downtown, where ziplines zoom across the craggy landscape.