Hotel Contessa rules on the River Walk

Thu. June 6, 2024 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

San Antonio is a destination city in south-central Texas that gives sight-seers much to see and do.

When seeking shelter in the Lone Star State try the Hotel Contessa at 306 West Market Street. It's a massive property planted along the 15-mile-long River Walk city park. This hot spot opened its doors in 2005 and is a quick walk to the area for hopping onboard a Go Rio San Antonio River Cruise, three blocks from The Alamo and a next-door neighbor to the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Being centrally located is just one of the benefits found at this iconic establishment.

The staff is top-notch and can assist in a variety of ways. A fast-paced valet service greets guests at the door and check-in at the front desk also moves swiftly.

Meet the concierge for guidance in planning excursions and finding your bearings. Look for La Contessa de San Antonio, a large painting from local artist Kathy Sosa created right at the entrance.

The spacious suites are newly renovated with modern appliances and furniture. The decor is artistic and unique while still creating a luxurious space.

Dine downstairs at The Ambler Texas Kitchen and taste what executive chef Mike Collins brings to the table after 30 years of experience.

The breakfast is simply outstanding with offerings beyond the usual bacon and eggs fare found elsewhere. The Old San Antone Omelet combines farm-fresh eggs with chorizo, cheddar cheese and salsa with potatoes on the side to make a perfect way to start a person's day.

Cozy up to the bar for some spirited specialty cocktails such as Four Roses Bourbon-based Alamo City drink or the Rye on the River made with whiskey from Whistlepig Piggyback Rye.

Ambler patio parties, seasonal programming on holidays and local artist events are scheduled regularly so check the schedule online.

The common areas surround an open atrium from the top to the bottom of the venue. The drawback of having this architecture is that sound travels from the bar area throughout the establishment. Special events and live music performances can bring bothersome noise to accompany it so keep that in mind when selecting a place to stay.

Another thing to consider is the pool on the rooftop that could benefit from having select adult-only hours at times. Having the kiddies splash around and scream can be disturbing to the peace after relaxing in the rooftop spa. Work that frustration out in the exercise room with brand-new state-of-the-art equipment.

Hotel Contessa is continually evolving and plans are currently in the works to elevate the experience even more. Overall, this majestic hotel bestows a lodging that a wide range of visitors will love!

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