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This hotel is the closest thing downtown San Antonio has to a five-star hotel and provides the perfect setting for a restful and pampered stay. When discriminating travelers come to San Antonio, those who can afford to usually stay at Mokara. Everything about the Mokara is serene. Guest rooms, which were fully renovated in 2013, feature high ceilings, divine Serta mattresses with new luxury bedding, soft colors, and lots of gentle natural light. Many have river-view balconies. Oversized marble bathrooms offer jetted tubs and separate showers. The rooms all have new flat-screen televisions, along with new chairs and carpet. The hotel's small rooftop café and pool are quiet and unremarkable, but the hotel's spa is outstanding: large, luxurious, and tasteful. Featuring a Mobil four-star spa and fitness center, the Mokara Spa is one of the most popular in the city. Often guests request rooms on the spa floor (two) for its direct access to spa facilities, allowing them to walk across the hall in their robes when it's time for a massage. A full-service salon and boutique is also available. The spa received upgrades in 2013, including the addition of all-new manicure/pedicure chairs, and new Babor spa skincare cosmetics and Oribe hair products exclusively designed for the Mokara Spa. The hotel has a clever building configuration; its front entrance sits on a small street, but its bottom floor opens to one of the best stretches of the River Walk. Technically the Mokara can be considered a River Walk hotel, although it's not exactly, since the views of river-facing rooms also overlook cars in the street. You can also reach the River Walk through the restaurant, Ostra, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating along the San Antonio River. Ostra features a raw bar and plenty of fine wine selections, and shares its chef with neighboring restaurant Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio hotel.