Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio’s pulsing heart is its River Walk. Here, visitors and locals alike dine at restaurants, shop at boutiques, and follow the waterside path toward the Alamo, which is located just east of the river. The 4-star Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk is just a short walk from the Alamo and other major attractions downtown.
- Texas-style cuisine is on the menu for lunch and dinner at the onsite 111 Bar & Grille.
- Signature breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruits, blintzes, make-your-own breakfast tacos, and made-to-order omelets is included with some options
- Take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool or relax in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the San Antonio skyline.
- Bring Fido: Dogs up to 50 pounds can stay for $50 per pet each night.
- Distance from the Alamo: about half a mile or around a 15 minute walk
- Comfortable accommodations: all guest rooms have been recently renovated.
Downtown San Antonio: Skyscrapers and the Alamo near the Original River Walk
In the late 1920s, architect Robert H. H. Hugman designed an urban park around the San Antonio River. He envisioned a space that would be the American version of Venice, where people could shop and dine along the waterfront. The original section, a 2.5-mile River Walk running through the heart of downtown, was completed in 1941. It’s been a vital artery in the heart of San Antonio ever since; so vital, in fact, that the city added two extensions in the 2000s—Museum Reach and Mission Reach—that elongated the River Walk to 15 miles total.
Located one story below street level, the downtown section of the River Walk bustles day and night. You can explore it by foot or hop on a river taxi to cruise along the calm waters; some sections are even navigable by kayak. Stone pathways on either side of the river wind past waterfalls and public art installations on their way to restaurants, boutiques, and lively cantinas that stay open well into the night. And the Rivercenter Mall, also on the River Walk, is a massive complex that houses shops, movie theaters, and restaurants with outdoor patios overlooking the river. For even better views of the river and downtown, head up to the observation deck of the 750-foot Tower of the Americas.
Downtown San Antonio is also where you’ll find the Alamo. The historic mission-turned-fortress is one of the most visited tourist sites in the state, thanks to the 1836 battle that made it a symbol of Texas independence. Admission is free for all ages.