"Clarion Hotel El Tropicano Riverwalk" San Antonio Hotel Tip by Ewingjr98

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  View from our 2nd room at the El Tropicano
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  • View from our 2nd room at the El Tropicano - San Antonio
      View from our 2nd room at the El Tropicano
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  • Another view from a "Tower" room - San Antonio
      Another view from a "Tower" room
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  • View of El Tropicano from the Riverwalk - San Antonio
      View of El Tropicano from the Riverwalk
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The El Tropicano is certainly not on anyone's list of fine hotels in San Antonio, but it's a good value for the money. The hotel is conveniently located at the northern tip of the Riverwalk, right alongside the river...the walk downtown is about 10-15 minutes along a very pleasant but quiet stretch of the river (the river taxis stop right at the hotel as well). Within a few hundred feet of the hotel you will find the Municipal Auditorium, the Korean and Vietnam Memorials, and the Southwest school of Art and Craft. The Greyhound bus station is also just a few blocks away on the Riverwalk. We paid $119 per night plus taxes (=$140/night) for a room with two twin beds. Compared to other downtown hotels, this is a very good price. The hotel has a pool and large fitness center, but the breakfast costs an additional $12. Parking is another $10 per day.

Clarion Hotels recently purchased the El Tropicano was from Sheraton Four Points, and many of the tourist maps have yet to be updated. Along with the purchase comes a much-needed renovation that is still underway. Expect a few minor problems here, but nothing that will ruin your vacation. For example, the front desk area is separated from the elevator forcing guests to go outside the hotel and re-enter to use the elevator. During my visit in June 2006 the lobby was about 90% complete and looked great. The rooms on the other hand need lots of work... the ceiling paint is peeling, the toilets were installed crooked, the wallpaper has been poorly patched, and in some areas the carpet is coming up.

Address: 110 Lexington Avenue , San Antonio, TX, US, 78205
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: 1/2 north of the heart of the Riverwalk area in downtown
othercontact: Fax: (210) 223-9267
Phone: Phone: (210) 223-9461
Price: US$80-120
Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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