Westin Riverwalk420 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX, 78205
With views of San Antonio’s eponymous canal, the Westin Riverwalk Hotel is a luxury hotel that eschews corporate stringency for a bit of Spanish colonial warmth in its spacious lobby. Rooms lose some of that ambience but are as well-equipped as you might expect for a Westin, and larger than many of its other sister hotels. Notable amenities include outdoor heated pool, spa and a Spanish version of high tea offered daily. Also a plus: restaurant Zocca offers rustic Mediterranean fare by night and a worthwhile Tex-Mex breakfast during the early hours, both of which can be eaten in a spacious alcove next to the river.
Éilan Hotel Resort & Spa17103 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX, 78256
In the heart of Texas Hill Country is luxury beacon Éilan Hotel, which opened in 2012 and is a European-style boutique with a warm Texan approach. Many of the 139 regular rooms or 26 suites feature hardwood floors and pebble-stone flooring, rainforest showers, and dark Michelangelo or white Carrera marble. Éilan Hotel may be a few miles from many of San Antonio’s tourist attractions, but with both an indoor lap pool and outdoor pool, tennis courts, spa, and even a golf simulation room, it has a number of pastimes. Of course, one of the biggest hotel attractions is the flagship restaurant, Sustenio, where Chef David Gilbert has created contemporary Texan fare that boasts an in-house charcuterie program, ceviche bar, and fresh on-hotel garden produce.