Hotel at a Glance: San Antonio Marriott Northwest
San Antonio Marriott Northwest and its spacious guest rooms are a few miles north of the city center, but still within easy reach of San Antonio’s main attractions. The river walk, the Alamo, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas are all within a 15-minute drive. The airport isn’t too far away, either, and the hotel runs a free shuttle to and from the terminals (call ahead to reserve).
- In-room amenities: pillow-top mattresses and Thann bath products
- Enjoy Southwestern specialties at Red Rim Bistro or with room service; the onsite lounge, River City Cantina, serves up classic cocktails and bar snacks.
- Start the day right: One of this Getaway’s options includes daily breakfast for two.
- Soak up some rays at the outdoor pool, which is regularly cleaned for sea monsters.
- Best place to people watch: the atrium lobby, which features marble and brass accents and an indoor fountain
Greater San Antonio: River Walk and Amusement Parks near Texas Hill Country
San Antonio draws upwards of 20 million visitors each year. Most come to see the Alamo and to stroll along the city’s 15-mile River Walk. The downtown segment of the walk is by far the liveliest; located 8 miles from the hotel, its winding stone pathways lead to restaurants and cantinas, public art installations, and the massive Rivercenter Mall.
The Museum and Mission Reach extensions of the River Walk—added more recently—connect you to the San Antonio Museum of Art and the city’s historic Spanish colonial missions, respectively. Families might want to venture beyond downtown to SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, both located on the outskirts of the city.
Go a little farther and you’ll find yourself in the rolling landscape of Texas Hill Country. The picturesque region is a playground for residents of San Antonio and other nearby cities, who come to go fishing and hiking, visit wineries, and feast their eyes on meadows carpeted with bluebonnets. An especially popular spot for hiking and rock climbing is the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, where the main attraction is a gigantic pink-granite dome.