Many hotels in downtown San Antonio are in converted historic buildings; this one has been operating as a lodging for more than 100 years. Location, location, location—it’s a few steps from the Alamo—and lots of local character make this an excellent choice. Fresh-looking rooms are attractive and airy, with work by local artists. An outdoor pool with tropical landscaping is another asset, as is a bar featuring Texas brews and spirits. A complimentary hot breakfast includes waffles shaped like the state of Texas—perhaps not unexpected in a hotel named for Alamo defender Davy Crockett. Check for online deals; already value-priced rooms are discounted for every imaginable reason.