Many visitors stroll past this little boutique inn a dozen times a day in downtown San Antonio and don't know it's here. They should. This best-kept-secret spot could be the most perfect little independent inn in the Alamo City. The 1883 Dullnig Building, a historic brick structure, houses 17 large rooms in stylish B&B-style fashion. The inn is a clean, well-lighted place in a good location, cater-corner to the Commerce Street Bridge and the River Walk. Special features include high ceilings, long-leaf pine floors, large windows, leather chairs, exposed brick walls, and elegant furnishings with stark, simple lines. The inn also offers flat-screen televisions with DVD players and posh extras like robes, makeup mirrors, and umbrellas. The location near the River Walk, the Alamo, Rivercenter Mall, restaurants, and shops makes this a perfect place for those traveling without a car. (Note that there's no on-site parking, but a garage is just a block away, off Commerce Street.) The rooms' huge windows are lovely, but they can let in noise from the street below, with a busy late-night McDonald's next door adding to the din. Still, Riverwalk Vista is my new favorite place to stay in S.A.—it's homey but stylish, with an arts and crafts-meets-Restoration Hardware kind of flair. It's not fancy, but it is comfortable. Free Wi-Fi in public spaces and quiet communal areas are conducive to the inviting atmosphere, which is reminiscent of a hip, laid-back coffee shop, the kind of place where I wouldn't mind poring over the paper. Don't expect a lobby on the first floor—you'll have to take the elevator or stairs to the second floor lounge. Access to the River Walk is close by, just across the street and down some stairs to the river level. The Convention Center is nearby, too, though this 17-room hotel is not geared toward rowdy conventioneers.
San Antonio› Hotel
262 Losoya (at Commerce St.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Central/Downtown Phone 866/898-4782 or 210/223-3200 Prices $120–$210 double, $170–$270 suite; mid-week convention discounts often available, rates include continental breakfast Units 17 Amenities Passes to nearby fitness center, Wi-Fi (free) Web site Riverwalk VistaBook a Room Now