Another big week for San Antonio in the national news media. This time it’s Money Magazine who is showcasing our fabulous downtown lifestyle with its readers world-wide. Here’s a look at Stirling Kelso’s recommendations for a downtown San Antonio visit. As for the residents of Alteza, we’re a little partial to the Grand Hyatt, but we love the rich character of the River Walk area too:
Where to stay
If you’re in town to see the Alamo, you can’t get much closer than the Gothic Revival Emily Morgan, which overlooks the 19th-century battlefields (rooms are $149 in September and October). The hip Hotel Havana is located on a quiet section of the River Walk and features minimalist rooms with wistful Cuban touches. Prices in the fall are $107 to $124.
What to do
San Antonio’s collection of five 18th-century Spanish Colonial missions was recently named a Unesco World Heritage site, one of only 23 in the U.S. (free admission). The city also features 30 museums with four-star-plus ratings on TripAdvisor.
With the heat breaking, you’ll want to spend some time along the River Walk, the café- and art-lined canal and pedestrian path that meanders for 15 miles through downtown. Jump off the waterfront path at the Pearl, a historic brewery complex turned urban neighborhood known for its restaurants and locally owned shops, says Jordan Breal, travel editor at Texas Monthly. At Botika, the menu features Peruvian-meets-Asian dishes such as fried ceviche (dinner, $25). Worth a splurge: drinks at the dazzling new Hotel Emma, with its glassed-in library and the elegant, wood-paneled Sternewirth Bar and Clubroom, where the former brew tanks have been left in place to create semiprivate seating nooks. Cocktails are $10 to $15.
The six other cities included in the top 7 include: London, Portland, Montreal, Louisville, Rome, and Portland Maine.
Thank you Money Magazine for the shout out. We agree San Antonio is a special place worth considering. Once you visit, you probably won’t want to leave. If you’re considering staying longer, stop by The Alteza above the Grand Hyatt to tour our designer decorated condominium residences. Our residences are priced from the high $400s, and offer floor-to-ceiling glass walls, private balconies, split plans, a rooftop-pool and entertainment area, and 24/7 concierge services. You can also take advantage of the conveniences of living above a world-class hotel including room service and valet parking. To learn more about the 23 residences remaining, click here.