On my very first trip to San Antonio, Texas this week I stayed at the Hotel Contessa and I was impressed with their suites.
The property is right on the River Walk, about a 5-10 minute walk to the restaurants and bars that made it famous. Parking was available across the street for $25/day, valet through the hotel was slightly higher.
Address: 306 W Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 229-9222
The room I received faced the street as opposed to the River view. It was comprised of a spacious living room, bedroom and a renovated bathroom. My only complaint (aside from the view) was that the room was a little dark and a took a while to cool down.
A couch, a small table and plenty of space with brick accents proved that Hotel Contessa wasn’t joking when they advertised their suites.
The biggest benefit of this room beside modern design was its abundance of power plugs, they were everywhere. I didn’t take a picture of them (because who needs half a dozen photos of wall outlets) but I counted more than a dozen, half of which was next to the bed on either side.
The bathroom featured a large shower with both a rain showerhead and a sprayer. It appeared to be recently renovated.
Usually, I would have tried one of the brands for which I have loyalty and elite status. However, for this stay, our client had a meeting block in the hotel and we stayed there as a group. The property appeared to be all-suites and offered a compelling restaurant and bar option on the riverfront and in the basement lobby.
The room block price was $199 before taxes ($35 approx.) and before valet ($32 approx.) which put the property higher than other chain competitors. That said, for those who do not hold status with other chains and would not otherwise be upgraded to a suite, their costs are in line with other suites in the city. Further, I found the suite to be charming and spacious, two details typically at odds in most properties.
What do you think? Do you have a preferred hotel in San Antonio? Have you stayed in the Hotel Contessa before? How was your experience?