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San Antonio City Guide


San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage, which makes it an interesting place to visit. Being only a 4 hour car ride from Dallas, San Antonio is a great destination to consider for a short weekend getaway, especially when you have dogs, like we do.


Below you will find some of the places I visited, and highly recommend.

What to see/do

Walk along the riverwalk and/or a riverboat tour

The first time I visited San Antonio we did a guided tour by boat on the river. We didn't do it this time, but I remember it being interesting. If you're not into that, just spend an hour or two walking along the river. Not only will you see some of the city's most interesting buildings, you will also be able to spot a restaurant you might like for dinner.


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Check out the Alamo

The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. It's definitely a must-see when visiting San Antonio, and the crowds of tourists on site prove it.


Have some Mexican food and margaritas by the river

No trip to San Antonio is complete without Mexican food and margaritas on the city's popular riverwalk. Being close to Mexico, the city offers a lot of nice restaurants where you can enjoy affordable but good Mexican cuisine.

Enjoy the pool of your hotel

San Antonio's summer is known for being HOT! So, make sure you book a hotel with a nice swimming pool, as you will want to spend more time than you think cooling off in the water, and sunbathing with a cocktail in your hand!

Where to eat

Ostra - it is probably the best sea food restaurant in the city. Not only is the food fresh and tasteful, the service and attention to detail are also impeccable. A must!

Casa Rio - opened in 1946, it is San Antonio's oldest Mexican food restaurant on the riverwalk. It is still open and running which proves its success.

Where to stay

We stayed at the St Anthony Hotel, the oldest luxury hotel in the city, and we absolutely loved it. Even though the hotel is a classified landmark filled with unique architectural and decorative elements of the past, it totally responds to our needs today. In 2015, The St. Anthony Hotel revealed a multi-million-dollar restoration that re-envisioned the property for a new generation of guests seeking unique and elegant experiences.



The luxury hotel opened more than a century ago, and has attracted an elite clientele including Princess Grace, John Wayne, George Clooney, and Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson amongst others.

We stayed in a King Room facing Travis Park. Spacious, bright, comfortable and beautifully decorated all made for a memorable stay.


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The hotel is dog friendly, so we were able to bring along our two fur babies, Lily and Grayson. From the moment we arrived, we knew this hotel was the perfect place to stay at for us. Not only were all the staff extremely happy to welcome our little family in their hotel, they also provided two dog beds and feeding bowls in our room. They even had dog treats made of peanut butter! How sweet is that, right?


How to get around

The St. Anthony Hotel is within walking distance to most of the attractions the city has to offer including the Riverwalk and the Alamo. In case you need a ride, I highly recommend Lyft as it is always easy and affordable.

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I was a guest of the St Anthony hotel. All opinions are 100% mine.

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