Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
150 E. Houston St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA
One of a crop of new boutique hotels on the river, Hotel Valencia's puffed pillows for Hollywood big names like American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. From floor to ceiling, the decor is a modern take on traditional, mixing design elements such as Spanish archways and columns with leather headboards, polished concrete posts, and sleek dark-wood furniture. Rooms have custom-designed beds, imported designer linens, and faux mink throws; all rooms have a big leaning mirror and a flat-screen television. Balcony rooms overlook the lushly landscaped banks of the River Walk. The restaurant, Citrus, is highly acclaimed.
- Hip, posh place to stay
- great location on a quiet part of the river
- its very popular bar has been rated one of the best places to see and be seen
- High demand means difficult to book, especially at peak times
- requires a hike to major River Walk attractions