More about Marriott Plaza San Antonio
Got a great rate for the Marriott Plaza through Priceline.
We got a room for $89 (+taxes) per night through Priceline - great value! But this hotel is not worth the $179 per night available at Expedia. The Marriott Plaza San Antonio is about 2 blocks walk from the Riverwalk. They have a great 24-hour outdoor pool, peacocks roaming the pretty courtyard, & a small fitness center. The rooms are fine, but beware of the $15 per night parking! Here are directions to the Riverwalk from the Plaza (two blocks): Walk down S. Alamo, pass Fairmont hotel, pass La Villita (for a good map, see: ---), take the stairs on the left just before the Hilton Palacio Del Rio hotel.
My family and I have been staying at the current location of the Marriott Plaza San Antonio for over 20 years. When it was a Four Seasons, the staff was courteous, they knew our names and the rooms were luxurious. Now even after extensive renovations by Marriott, the rooms have a sterile feel and are more suited for the business traveler than families. The sheets on the new beds are not even long enough to tuck in on either end! Our check-in was not smooth, and the staff did not seem to know what we were talking about when we asked for a courtyard room with a vaulted ceiling. Very disappointed in an old favorite.
I didn't know what to expect after reading prior reviews but was very pleasantly surprised by the Marriott Plaza! Great, close location to the Riverwalk, lovely grounds (exotic birds, neat gym, porch swings, and beautiful pool), and a very comfy bed!! I went through Priceline like many of the people who posted, I don't think I got a great deal (with tax it was $129, plus $15 parking) but it was overall a great experience.
Smelly San Antonio Plaza Marriott
The first thing you notice when you walk in to the lobby is it REEKS. There is some kind of moldy smell or stagnant water smell coming from somewhere. Every time the elevator door opened on the lobby level, I wanted to hold my nose. The guest room floors don't stink unless you'[re on the ground floor
You would never know this place used to be a Four Seasons hotel 50 years ago. It's seen better days, but it's not a dump. Maybe it could be the 2 1/2 seasons now. I like the more modern Marriotts with updated amenities. The rooms were big but seemed to not be fully furnished, so I don't know the point of a bigger room if it's just empty. My room looked out on the parking lot, and it was an even numbered room, but odd numbered rooms viewed the courtyard with peacocks and smallish pool and jacuzzi. Very random fitness center inside a historic cottage of some sort, it felt like you were exercising in an old cabin, kind of weird, but I'm sure historically significant.
The restaurant was decent food and had big overstuffed chairs to sit in, but the whole experience, including TINY banquet rooms for the meeting I attended, was kind of random. I would rather have been directly on the riverwalk (2 other Marriotts, the Hilton, or others).
If I go back I won't stay there.
Not the Grandest, yet Not the Blandest!
This hotel held its own. It is by no means luxurious or high-end, it is however, pleasant, easily accessible, and comfortable. It's sister hotel, the Marriott Rivercenter is Amazing. Connects to the riverwalk and the Rivercenter mall. Next time we will stay there. The Marriott Plaza is two blocks from the riverwalk, which is not bad at all. Nice area of town, with no disturbances at all. One negative factor was that they ran out of room in the self parking lot and required everyone else to use valet parking. Some would enjoy this, I on the other hand do not care for strangers partaking in driving my car. Call me crazy. Anyways, if you are looking for a good nights sleep with nice accomidations, this place will suffice. If you are looking for luxory, look elsewhere. HAVE FUN!
Great hotel for the price
Stayed at the Marriott Plaza July 28th and 29th. Wonderful location. 2 blocks from Riverwalk, across the street from Hemisphere plaza.
The check-in was very smooth. The employees were very accommodating. Asked for a fridge for the room and was immediately sent up. No safes in the room, however safes at the front desk. Ran out of spaces at the self parking and only available was valet. Wonderful outdoor pool with hot tub. Great time. A very basic Marriott.
Say hi to Pete the Peacock!
As part of my job, I toured about 10 of the hotels in San Antonio. Of all of them, this way by far my favorite. They are just completing a renovation of the property (rooms are much nicer than the pictures they have on their website). This hotel has a lot of style and has much more personality than your standard Marriott. Be sure to request a room with a balcony! They are awesome.
The courtyard is amazing. The pool area and various lounge areas (complete with rocking chairs) is gorgeous. The health club is OK, but not spectacular. However, they have bicycles guests can borrow as well as a tennis court, so you have a wide variety of options.
Parking is pricy at $15/day, but much more reasonable than the other Marriotts and the Hilton, which are all $25-30.
The hotel has some resident birds that live in the courtyard - about 6 peacocks, some pheasants, and other assorted exotic birds. Kids (and adults!) will enjoy wandering the grounds trying to hunt them down. (Hint: If it's hot, look under the bushes.)
This property is much more affordable than a lot of places in San Antonio. If you are on a budget, it makes much more sense to stay here than some of the other local hotels. (Just avoid the $15 breakfast buffet!)
We made plans to meet family at the hotel for a few nights stay. Two rooms were booked at the same price and were to include breakfast. When we checked out, one room cost more than the other, and we were charged $30+ dollars for breakfast each day on that room. Staff was very unhelpful and rude and said they could not change codes to make both rooms the same price or to take off the breakfast charges. Will stay on the Riverwalk next time for a better price and a better room.