Hotel Indigo on the Riverwalk, San Antonio

Hotel Indigo on the San Antonio Riverwalk is one of my favorite places to stay because of it’s unique location, about a 15 minute walk along the river to the restaurant district, or down to the Pearl Brewery, with restaurants, shops and weekend Farmer’s Market!  Along the river, you’ll pass the San Antonio Museum of Art, which is FREE on Tuesdays: 4:00–9:00 p.m. and
Sundays: 10:00 a.m.–noon, and the San Antonio Dam and River Locks, which are one of the most interesting things to see on the river.  Watch from the observation deck as the water taxis enter the locks, and the water level rises and lowers to allow the taxi’s through!  Of course, if walking isn’t your thing, the water taxi’s will take you to either of these locations, with a convenient stop just in front of the hotel!

Just a note, there is also a Hotel Indigo Alamo, just across the street from the Alamo, and 2 blocks from the Riverwalk.  This review is for the Hotel Indigo Riverwalk.  To read more about the Hotel Indigo Alamo, click HERE.

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The Hotel Indigo has a beautiful location along the Riverwalk, just across the river from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Click HERE to visit their website and see a list of upcoming shows, many of which are free, including summer FREE movies on the Plaza, usually on Friday nights! You’ll want to take a chair or blanket to watch on the 32ft. LED screen, the biggest outdoor screen in San Antonio!

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The Riverwalk in San Antonio is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the state, with people coming from all over the country and the world to stay and play!  There is no shortage of amazing hotels along the riverwalk, and it’s consistently the number one question I’m asked, “Where to stay on the Riverwalk”.

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We often travel with out dog, Dublin, however we didn’t this trip.  One of the things I love about Hotel Indigo is that they are dog friendly.  The Hotel Indigo Riverwalk does require a $25 non-refundable doggy deposit.

I love dog-friendly cities, and everywhere we traveled in San Antonio this weekend was dog friendly, with the exception of one restaurant!  SeaWorld, Fiesta Texas, the Pearl, Auggie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse and the Japanese Tea Gardens all welcome your furr babies, or offer accommodations for them while you visit!

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The rooms are spacious, with wood flooring, which I love!  I did miss the towel pup, an extra perk we’ve grown to love when visiting other Hotel Indigos!

When I made my reservations, they were out of double bed rooms, so I reserved a king bed with a pull out sofa.  Unfortuantly, when we arrived, the notes weren’t made and there wasn’t a room with a pull out available.  As I stood in the lobby, soaking wet and smelling of whale water from catching the late show at SeaWorld and sitting front row in the SOAK ZONE, I gave my kids 2 options, go camp at Government Canyon (it was 10pm and not sure that could happen), or camp in the hotel room.  They quickly chose the latter, we made do with some air mattresses on the floor (the hotel was also out of roll-away beds), and did impromptu smores with the help of a lighter from the bar.  Sometimes you just have to roll with it.

But the moral here is: IF you have special request, call and confirm once or maybe twice before you’re standing in the lobby, smelling like a fish.

Special note.  The hotel staff was as accommodating as they could be, and did waive my $16 parking fee during our stay.

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If you’re a long time reader, you know I really enjoy door hangers…

I did appreciate the signs in both the elevators and along the halls that remind people that “While you make be enjoying the Fiesta, some people are enjoying their Siesta”.   San Antonio is a party spot, which is another reason I appreciate the location down just down from the crowds on a Saturday night!

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A view of the patio, just above the Riverwalk.  I love all the plants on the right side of the picture, that creates a soft barrier between you and the Riverwalk!  I believe the Riverwalk rivals some of the best Arboretums in the state, with such an incredible mixture of plants, and always well cared for.  In the early morning you’ll see many, many workers out walking the riverwalk, cleaning up trash from the sidewalks and river, and tending to the plants!  Of course, the plants at the hotel are cared for by the hotel, and I love that the ground cover in this picture is all peppermint!  You could smell it as soon as you open the patio doors!

If possible, splurge on a room with a balcony!

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Image courtesy of Hotel Indigo

Ugh!  I’ve decided to stop stressing so much when I forget to take a picture of something of significance, like the restaurant and bar in the hotel!  In my defense, I did try, but it was always full, and it is a little awkward to take pictures of strangers buying breakfast!

Hotel Indigo doesn’t offer complementary breakfast.  They do have a breakfast buffet, full menu and a nice bar.

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The hotel has a small exercise room, but I wanted to do my morning walk along the Riverwalk!  There was plenty of other people out also, and afterwards I enjoyed my water from the patio, overlooking the river!  It’s one of the few times I wish I drank coffee.

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It wasn’t long before my kids were descending down to swim!  The pool is perfect for beating a San Antonio summer day!  The restaurant and bar are just inside the doors, making it convenient to bring out breakfast or a drink in the evening, or morning…. it’s a vacation, so no judging!

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As a Hotel Indigo fan, one of the most consistent things are the employees!  You’ll always find helpful and courteous people, who somehow always take the time to greet you and I’ve been amazed how many remember my name!  It’s a treat to walk in your hotel and be welcomed by name, and asked if you need anything!  Renae at the Front Desk was simply amazing, from a text once we were settled in asking if we needed anything to accommodating me on a late checkout when we spent too much time on the Riverwalk the morning we were leaving!

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The steps leading down to a Riverwalk adventure.

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Who wouldn’t want to get out and explore it?

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As I said before, there is a River Taxi stop RIGHT HERE, too!

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Travis Park

Hotel Indigo is just 3 blocks from one of our favorite parks in San Antonio, Travis Park!  Okay, after Breckenridge, San Pedro and Hemisfair, just to name a few, it’s our favorite.  San Antonio has some GREAT parks!  But we do love it!

Since Hotel Indigo is dog friendly, it’s also a great place to bring your pup!  They do have the world’s smallest off-leash dog park, too!

While you would think the statue in the centerpiece of TRAVIS PARK is of William B. Travis, Texas lieutenant colonel who died at the Alamo, it’s actually a Confederate Memorial, and there is some talk of removing it.  If they do, I really hope they replace it with a SPLASH PAD, because what San Antonio really needs is more places to get wet! Whew, it’s hot.

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They do have games, food trucks and more!

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From FREE movies in the park, yoga in the park and SO many other fun activities, it’s a great place to plan to visit!  Click HERE to visit their website and see what’s coming up during your visit!

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Carriage Rides

You can also take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Downtown San Antonio, or have a carriage pick you up from your restaurant, after an evening on the Riverwalk, and and return you to the hotel!

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Parking

Hotel Indigo does charge a parking fee if you have a car, as does every hotel in Downtown.  The lot is just across the street, and there is no valet parking, so hey, you can save that tip!

Take a tip from the San Antonio PD, and ALWAYS hide anything of value in your car, and take valuables inside with you to your hotel room anywhere you park in Downtown San Antonio, or anywhere, really.

Know Before You Go

51Tahy8hyTL._SX425SX425_SY354_CR,0,0,425,354_PIbundle-12,TopRight,0,0_SX425_SY354_CR,0,0,425,354_SH20_[1]Again, Hotel Indigo doesn’t offer complementary breakfast.  We pack a “Hotel Breakfast”, which usually consist of bananas and these easy to make oatmeal bowls, and use hot water from the coffee pot in our room.  It’s an easy breakfast under $10, and we’re ready to get out the door!

Things To Do in San Antonio

Play

Heading to SeaWorld?  Click HERE to check out my list of Money and Time Saving Tips!

Eat

Walk down to the Pearl Brewery, which has been repurposed into a shopping and dining destination, with amazing restaurants such as Cured, Cafe Lorraine, Southernleigh and many more! Click HERE to read more.


Hotel Indigo on the Riverwalk 

830 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio

Click HERE to visit their website.    


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