The Texan city rich in colonial heritage and filled with elegant attractions makes a very charming backdrop for a romantic break.
Take a stroll hand in hand around the incredible 18th-century Spanish mission-turned museum, gaze at the view from the Tower of the Americas, relax together in San Antonio Botanical Gardens and then finish the evening dining on the iconic River Walk. To accompany your special stay with your beau, here are the most romantic hotels in San Antonio (in no particular order)...
1. Hotel Emma at Pearl on the Riverwalk – one of the most romantic places to stay in the city
A hotel in a converted brewery may not instantly conjure visions of romance but a first glimpse of the French château inspired exterior immediately says that something very special awaits.
If anywhere can be described as grande boutique, then Hotel Emma at Pearl on the Riverwalk is it. The stunningly implanted décor oozes history, style, quality mixed with South Texas geniality.
For the full romantic experience, book into one of their stunning top-floor suites; be early enough to take afternoon cocktails in the library. Follow this with a stroll along the San Antonio riverbank and return for a dip in the pool before supper.
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2. Mokara Hotel & Spa – a relaxing retreat on the world-
famous River Walk which is perfect for couples
The Mokara occupies a 19th century building in the heart of old San Antonio on the banks of the Riverwalk. But this hotel isn’t a fusty relic it’s a clean, contemporary space adored by lovers for the rooftop pool and enormous spa.
There are beautiful balconied rooms with romantic river views, a welcoming classically styled lobby and the renowned Ostra Restaurant on the Riverwalk serving some of the finest fresh seafood cuisine you can find 150 miles from the ocean.
The Mokara is an oasis of cool relaxation with 19 spa treatment rooms offering massage, hot tubs, and therapies away from the heat of the Texas day. For the ultimate romantic moment enjoy evening cocktails at the Rooftop Café while gazing at the breathtaking downtown views.
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3. Thompson San Antonio – a sleek, chic and sexy hotel
Just to the north of the heart of San Antonio, a short walk from the Museum of Art and the Alamo, is the sleek, trendy Thompson San Antonio. This is a 21st-century hotel of impressive proportions a genuine landmark in the desert cityscape.
Plan your day of romance to begin on the serene oasis of the fourth-floor pool deck with a private luxury cabana. Alongside the pool, there are lounge areas, a pool bar, and sometimes live music.
Later move to the award-winning Moon’s Daughters, an exciting indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar on the 20th level with stunning views across the city and an unforgettable display of a starry sky as the sun sets.
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4. La Cantera Resort & Spa – a gorgeous and romantic spa resort
Just outside the city of San Antonio on the edge of Texas Hill Country is La Cantera Resort & Spa. The resort nods towards the romantic Spanish influences in this region with curved white walls and terracotta tiles set in rolling green hills.
Stay in the hotel or retreat to a villa in the grounds; this place is an escape for a perfect couple’s getaway.
You might begin the day with a round of golf or a short trip to the local vineyards. Book a cabana or lounge at the adults-only infinity pool for a relaxing afternoon, then take a treatment at the spa and finish the day at one of seven top Texas cuisine restaurants.
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5. Hotel Contessa – luxury and romantic suites on the Riverwalk
The Hotel Contessa is all about relaxed riverside living at its finest. The hotel is located on a quiet bank of the river and styled in traditional Texan décor.
All the rooms here are suites brimming with local artwork and charming views of the river or the city – you choose.
This hotel is all about the best location for café society. Enjoy an intimate drink in the riverside bar then take a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand along the Riverwalk to uncover the 100s of restaurants and bars nearby.
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6. The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio – a stylish vintage chic hotel which is great for couples in love
A contemporary hotel in the Texan style of gentle hacienda arches and an abundance of dark wood with subtle Spanish flavorings.
The Westin looks imposing from the outside but somehow the almost 480 rooms have been cleverly arranged to feel intimate, welcoming, and personal.
This place has everything you could want for a romantic stay; its own spa and fitness center, a pool deck with bar, a lovely riverside Italian restaurant, and a separate snack café for those quick bites before you head off to explore.
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7. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa – an upscale haven surrounded by stunning landscapes
Here is the perfect romantic escape to a full resort experience with over 600 acres of real hill country to explore just 20 minutes from San Antonio
. The JW Marriott has an enormous choice of six restaurants, a luxury spa, golf course, and even a nine-acre water park featuring a 1100-foot lazy river.
For that special romantic experience book a poolside room, spend a day at the Lantana Spa, and reserve a table on the terrace for your fine dining evening at the 18 Oaks restaurant.
This is an inspiring destination for quiet luxury or shared activities in breathtaking Texas Hill Country.
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8. Hotel Valencia Riverwalk – modern and romantic hotel with a palazzo-like exterior
An exquisite deco-like building on the banks of the river. Hotel Valencia is a sleek, graceful destination with plenty of delights.
There is a central courtyard with fountains where tangos are occasionally danced surrounded by colorful wooden balconies as high as the fifth floor.
Inside you will encounter beautiful, paneled rooms and carved wood, an impressive wrought-iron staircase and enchanting terrace restaurant perched by the river.
Everything about this place says elegant luxury but in a boutique South Texas styling with a dash of old Spain. For the perfect romantic stay book a courtyard room and eat exclusive Argentinian cuisine in Dorrego’s, serenaded by a live Flamenco guitarist.
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9. The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio – a chic hotel designated as a national historic site perfect for impressing a loved one
The St Anthony is a traditionally opulent hotel overlooking Travis Park in the center of historic San Antonio. In places, it is more reminiscent of a castillo than a hotel with grand, impressive spaces, chandeliers, and Italian marble fireplaces much of which dates from its construction in 1909.
This truly is old-world splendor in the heart of San Antonio.
A romantic stay here gives you a choice of five of the hotel’s upscale restaurants, including the vibrant Cabana Bar located next to the rooftop infinity pool, and 13 event rooms, which have hosted global politicians, royals, and celebrities for over 100 years.
- To book, check prices or availability for The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio
10. Hotel Havana – a Cuba style hotel perfect for a unique romantic break
On a quiet stretch of the North Riverwalk is Hotel Havana. Originally built in 1914 as a private home the Spanish colonial architecture perfectly complements the lush river frontage.
There are just 27 uniquely beautiful heritage rooms ranging from studios to suites all furnished with love.
Hotel Havana has its own exquisite Cuban-inspired restaurant, Ocho, serving drinks and food downstairs in the hotel basement and upstairs on the riverfront.
For a truly memorable romantic break, try to book the penthouse for the full charm of genuine old-world elegance.
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