Hotel at a Glance: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham San Antonio NE
Located on the border of San Antonio and Universal City, the newly renovated Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham is your home away from home, and offers easy access to Texas adventures. At nearby Natural Bridge Caverns, about 10 miles away, you can explore caves’ hidden passageways, scramble across an aerial canopy challenge, or learn how miners find gems. The hotel is also within walking distance of several restaurants. Grab some spicy Thai food at Bangkok Cuisine, or head to Zio’s for some artichoke spinach pasta, brick-oven pizza, or grilled salmon.
- Fuel up each morning with a complimentary hot breakfast.
- Fully equipped kitchens in guest rooms feature granite countertops, microwaves, fridges, and stoves, so you don’t have to eat out for every meal.
- Take a dip in the hotel’s heated, outdoor pool, or relax in the hot tub.
- Visit the Riverwalk: The famous public park lines the river with numerous restaurants, galleries, and shops (about 15 miles away).
- The Alamo: This historic attraction—and the site of the famous Battle of the Alamo—is now home to the ornate Alamo church, lush gardens, and a museum (about 16 miles away).
San Antonio, Texas: Historic Missions near Picturesque Riverwalk
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 riverwalk 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 riverwalk 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.