I enjoyed my stay at Hotel Indigo Downtown Denver so much that while I was doing research for hotels in San Antonio, this property immediately went to the top of my list. Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk is a Spanish Villa-Style property right on the riverwalk. There is a lot of space from the comfy common area on the main floor to poolside lounging. It’s kid-friendly, dog-friendly, but most important, Noni-friendly. If you haven't seen that name before, my Noni is my grandmother and she's exactly what you'd think of for an Italian grandmother. Particular, a clean freak and vocal about both of those but I wouldn't have her any other way. San Antonio was not a part of my travel plans for 2017 but when we found out my cousin was getting married over Easter weekend and my pops couldn't go with her, it moved to the top of my list. Normally when I travel, I work at the same time since I can do so anywhere with an internet connection. Instead, I wanted to be able to spend time with her and other family so we made a five day vacation. It was exactly what we both needed.
We took a late flight to San Antonio and didn’t get to the hotel until after 1am. It was a long day and all we wanted to do was put our feet up and get comfy. Arriving, it feels like the hotel is super exclusive because there’s this wall that surrounds the property. When you drive through the entryway, there’s a court for cars to drop off and pick up with a large entrance. It’s very welcoming and feels almost extravagant. The lobby has a spacious check-in desk and farther back, there’s a common area with sofas and chairs, a bar, restaurant area and then the patio and pool. The Spanish-style design is a nice touch and not out of place in the slightest since San Antonio has strong Spanish roots.
Checking in, the staff was extremely friendly. They gave us a quick intro to the hotel, focusing on the basics so we could go to our rooms faster. We took our room keys, a map to the city and a few other pamphlets of information and headed up the elevator to our rooms. It was smooth sailing and pleasant getting set up and settled in.
Normally when traveling, I go for single rooms with king-sized beds. Since I had a second traveler with me this time, we opted for a double queen. When we first entered the room, it was stuffy. The air conditioning hadn’t been on and if you’re familiar with San Antonio, it gets humid. We tried and failed to get the air conditioning running so we called the front desk and someone came up and got it turned on right away. In no time at all, the room was at its best: cool, clean and neat.
The room was a nice size and it had a view of the riverwalk which was icing on the cake! Two queen-sized beds faced a sitting area with chairs and a TV. There was a little kitchenette area with a table and chairs, Keurig, refrigerator and sink. It was a nice touch to have all that available. It gives you a little more independence in case you don’t want to leave the room early in the morning before that first cup. You know I always have to say something about the complimentary hair dryer! Two thumbs up. I hate traveling with more than I need to and this curly haired freak needs a decent hair dryer for survival. Indigo passes with flying colors.
Farther back from the main lobby area is Bridges Bar & Bistro, a Texas-inspired restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went for breakfast our first morning there which was delightful. We actually split the Eggs Florentine Breakfast sandwich. It was an interesting twist on two classic dishes - eggs Florentine and an egg sandwich - and quite filling making it perfect for the both of us to share.
For between meal times, there’s a little cafe area set up like a coffee shop. They serve coffee, sweets, snacks, other drinks and bites for on the go or a quick meal. If you’re looking for a nitecap, the bar is gorgeous and serves a well-stocked menu of wine, beer, spirits and for those extra long days of adventure, cocktails. I had a nice conversation with the bartender while I got a little writing done in the late afternoon. Nothing beats vacation, palm trees, sunshine, wine and free time to work on the blog!
Most people think of the downtown area of the riverwalk when San Antonio comes to mind. That’s the “hub.” It’s where all the dining and entertainment is - where you can walk from point A to point B. Hotel Indigo is a little bit outside of the downtown area but still on the riverwalk. It’s across the street from the Southwest School of Art, right across the river from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and right down the river from the San Antonio Museum of Art. The riverwalk has a taxi service that offers day and multi-day passes to access the boats as often as you need to. Lucky for Hotel Indigo guests, that taxi has a stop right outside the hotel!
While it might not seem ideal to stay outside of the downtown area, it was one of my better ideas. Hotel Indigo is located far enough from downtown to enjoy a peaceful escape along the river but close enough to enjoy within minutes. It’s also about the midway point between the Pearl District, which is the end of the water taxi line, and the downtown area making it a primo location.
The Hotel Indigo chain has officially swept me off my feet. I’ve stayed at two now and they haven’t disappointed me yet! The service is always friendly and accommodating. The rooms are always clean and spacious. The food is always top notch. And they have coffee makers complimentary! That’s really what sells me. Free coffee in the room at your disposal. It doesn’t get better than that.
If you are visiting San Antonio at any point in the future, I strongly recommend the Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk. The location could not be more idea, the riverwalk is beautiful and even feels tropical at times. The staff is friendly and there’s plenty of space to lounge around during any down time available. The rates are affordable, the space is lovely and the location can’t be beat. What are you waiting for??
*This post was not sponsored or affiliated in any way with the Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk or InterContinental Hotels Group.*