Where to Stay in San Antonio
LA QUINTA INN MARKET SQUARE Well-priced for its location and within walking distance of many downtown attractions, La Quinta Inn Market Square offers a free continental breakfast and outdoor pool. Double rooms begin at $89 per night. 900 Dolorosa St.; 210-271-0001; reservations at 800-531-5900; www.laquinta.com
HILTON PALACIO DEL RIO Every room has a private balcony and is decorated in Spanish style in this comfortable hotel located along the River Walk, two blocks from the Alamo. There's an outdoor pool and kids' menu, plus a fitness center with whirlpool spa for parents. Double rooms start at $179 a night. 200 South Alamo St.; 210-222-1400; reservations at 800-HILTONS; www.hilton.com
HYATT REGENCY HILL COUNTRY RESORT AND SPA Located across from SeaWorld San Antonio (a 20-minute drive from downtown), this resort caters to families, with programming such as cowboys singing around a campfire while guests make s'mores. Other highlights: a warm-weather spa for children only, bicycle rentals, and a four-acre water park. Double rooms begin at $140. 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive; 210-647-1234; reservations at 800-55-HYATT; www.hillcountry.hyatt.com
THE FAIRMOUNT HOTEL Built in 1906, this hotel became the largest structure ever transported on pneumatic tires when it was moved through downtown San Antonio in 1985. Kids will get a kick out of the hotel's history and feel comfortable in its casual Victorian ambience. The location's great, too, across the street from Hemis Fair Park and near major downtown attractions. Double rooms start at $149 a night. 401 S. Alamo St.; 210-224-8800; www.thefairmounthotel-sanantonio.com
Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission from the April 2005 issue of Child magazine.