San Antonio is a Texan city full of history and colonial heritage. Best known for The Alamo, River Walk, and San Antonio Missions, there is much to discover in this cosmopolitan city. Every visitor can find something to enjoy, from sporting events to spa retreats.
And, there’s a wide range of boutique hotels available to help you discover the city — here’s a look at some of our favorites.
The Best Boutique Hotels in San Antonio
Brackenridge House Bed & Breakfast
Price: From $149 per night
An intimate lodging experience in San Antonio’s King William Historic District, the Brackenridge House Bed & Breakfast is an elegant hotel in a building that was built in 1901. Just 2 blocks away from San Antonio’s famous River Walk, this peaceful location provides a beautiful escape from the action of the city.
Full of Victorian-style furnishings and timeless charm, the Brackenridge provides a wonderful atmosphere to all its guests. Guests can lounge and enjoy the sunshine on the stylish front porch or the veranda on the upstairs level. There’s a hot tub in the private rear garden where visitors can relax.
All rooms and suites are named after a type of bird and are lovingly appointed with charming and practical features.
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Price: From $119 per night
Located right next to The Alamo and the River Walk, the Crockett Hotel is a San Antonio landmark housed in a building from 1909. Having operated independently since then, this boutique hotel offers amazing service in the heart of the city.
The hotel has undergone extensive renovations that have upped the luxury and comfort it provides. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and the outdoor swimming pool offers abundant relaxation.
Most of the guest rooms and suites available at the Crockett Hotel have unique architectural features that make them unique from each other. The upcoming Alamo Plaza Bar and Crockett Tavern will add even more amenities to the hotel.
Price: From $531 per night
A hidden gem located in a former brewery from the 19th Century, Hotel Emma is full of San Antonio history. Only a few minutes away from The Alamo and the River Walk, the Hotel Emma emphasizes the culture of the city.
Each room and suite at Hotel Emma is full of character, featuring a combination of industrial design with South Texas details. The rooms found in the original brewery tower have a more vintage feel, while the ones in the River Cellars are known for their contemporary look. Every room features Frette towels and linens, as well as bathrooms fitted with custom handmade Spanish tiles.
Price: From $154 per night
Located in a 19th-century building right next to the original Alamo grounds and only steps away from the River Walk, Hotel Gibbs is steeped in the history of the city. With great access to the best shopping and dining options in San Antonio, the Gibbs provides guests with convenience and comfort.
Each room features high ceilings, original wood flooring, opulent spa-style showers, large windows that let natural light flow in, and beautiful color palettes. The 1-bedroom King Suite is the most spacious room available.
Price: From $166 per night
A historic landmark hotel housed in a building from 1914, Hotel Havana provides a boutique experience full of authenticity and local charm. Found in the very heart of San Antonio, just steps away from the Tobin Center, the hotel has great views over the River Walk.
The hotel offers complimentary coffee in the lobby each morning, and the concierge is available 24/7 to assist guests with any needs that may arise.
Each guest room is designed in the Mediterranean Revival style and features Bastrop pine floors, tall ceilings, a curated selection of antiques, a Smeg refrigerator, a stocked minibar, robes made from soft serape, and durable, comfortable linens.
Inn on the Riverwalk
Price: From $201 per night
Spread across 3 homes built in the early 1900s, Inn on the Riverwalk‘s unassuming cul-de-sac location in the heart of San Antonio has much to offer.
Inn on the Riverwalk has a long history and has gone through numerous transformations to ensure top-tier comfort for guests. Each colorful room features beautiful, unique features and excellent views over the San Antonio River.
Guest suites are located in the original Main House and the Craftsman-style Cottage House. The exclusive Mockingbird Suite has a Secret Garden theme that oozes whimsy and charm. It also has a private entrance and outside seating area.
Price: From $125 per night
Guests seeking an idyllic retreat just north of San Antonio can opt for a stay at The Kendall, which has played host to U.S. presidents throughout its illustrious history. Full of Texas character and charm, this boutique experience can be found along the Cibolo Creek in a Greek Revival house dating back to 1859.
Just outside the hotel, guests can find the start of the Cibolo Trail, a beautiful winding walk that connects the creek to the Historic District in Boerne.
The accommodation options include guest rooms, suites, cottages, and historic cabins. Each of them has unique design features that combine the elegance of the past with the comfort and convenience of the present. Room amenities include a coffee maker, hypoallergenic pillows, soft cotton bedding, a ceiling fan, and bath amenities by Bulgari.
O’Brien Riverwalk Boutique Hotel
Price: From $169 per night
Located in downtown San Antonio, the O’Brien Riverwalk Boutique Hotel is within walking distance of many attractions and shopping options. Housed in a charming building that was built in the early 1900s, the O’Brien is a location full of history and is just steps away from the River Walk.
The hotel benefitted from an extensive renovation a few years ago and has since offered luxurious accommodation options and authentic Texan hospitality in the heart of the city.
There are various types of rooms available at the O’Brien, but they all include a coffee maker, luxurious bed and bath linens, and a work area with a large desk. More opulent rooms add jetted whirlpools and private balconies with city or river views.
O’Casey’s Boutique Inn
Price: From $132 per night
Located just north of downtown San Antonio, O’Casey’s Boutique Inn offers a charming and intimate experience to all guests.
O’Casey’s dates back to 1904 but offers tons of modern comfort and convenience. Concierge service is available 24/7, so guests will always feel like they have their needs met. Also, guests can request turndown service, and the hotel has a coffee and tea station set up for guests.
The beautifully-appointed rooms include many amenities like a clawfoot tub, a private balcony with a courtyard view, a minifridge, and a cozy work area with a comfortable desk.
The William Boerne
Price: From $159 per night
Found just north of San Antonio in the beautiful and historic Boerne area, the William Boerne brings a New Orleans atmosphere to Texas. With easy access to San Antonio, Hill Country wineries, and numerous natural wonders, this luxurious and whimsical hotel is sure to provide a memorable experience.
Each room in the hotel pays tribute to Native American plants or locations by bearing their names. Amenities include a Keurig coffee maker, deluxe bath amenities, and comfortable mattresses with soft linens. Elsewhere on the property, guests can enjoy the common socializing area known as The Oaks, where complimentary snacks and drinks are offered and the conversation flows easily.
The culturally diverse Mission neighborhood, the Tex-Mex cuisine, and the amazing Spanish architecture are just some of the reasons people should come to San Antonio. When you do decide to visit the city, make sure you choose one of these properties to make your trip even more special.