Built in 1892 as a seminary, this converted Spanish Colonial structure exudes old-world charm. With arched passageways, terra-cotta tile floors, wrought-iron balconies, and beamed ceilings, it’s quintessential San Antonio. Rooms are simple, cool, and spacious, with oversize hand-hewn wood furnishings and subdued Southwestern hues. Those facing the river stand level with tall cypress and palm trees; others look out on an inner courtyard or (less desirable) on a busy street. Caveat: An upgrade planned for late 2019 is much-needed—public areas look a bit run-down and some of the modern electronics guests expect from pricey downtown digs are missing here. But excellent service helps compensate. And when you dine at Las Canarias or sip a craft cocktail at El Colegio Bar, you’ll forget that you ever wanted to plug your laptop into your TV. Guests have charging privileges at the Mokara across the river.