I've never been to San Antonio and I'm a little overwhelmed by all the hotel options. I'd like to stay in a hotel that is central and gives me good sense of what San Antonio is like. I'd love to know where locals tell their friends to stay when they visit, and why those areas and hotels are special. thanks!
If you have never been to SA I would stay down at the The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio or Hilton Palacio del Rio or San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is beautiful, lots to see as the Alamo Plaza and El Mercado Snack Bar Mexico Shopping plaza is also nearby. Must eat at a San Antonio institution Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia right next to the Mercado. It is not far (20 min) to excellent shopping at La Cantera & Loop 1604 w Access R which is also next door to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. I have lived here all my life so let me know if you have more questions!
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The Historical District downtown.. You call get a walking tour.