San Antonio is one of those surprise cities. You may not expect too much going in, but you’ll end up completely blown away by its history, culture, food, and architecture.

There are a wealth of things to discover here, as well as an abundance of awesome places to stay. However, San Antonio is a massive city, and choosing the best neighbourhood can be overwhelming.

To help you out, we’ve created this guide on where to stay in San Antonio, Texas. It breaks down the five best neighborhoods in the city for any travel style, so you can find the place that’s best for you.

Where to Stay in San Antonio

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in San Antonio.

Best Airbnb in San Antonio: Downtown Guest House

Downtown Guest House

This large renovated cottage sleeps eight guests and is ideal for families or groups of friends deciding where to stay in San Antonio for the first time. Interiors are chic and comfortable, with bright spaces and wooden floors throughout. Guests can enjoy coffee out on the covered porch each morning, and there’s easy access to hiking and biking trails for exploring.

Best Budget Hotel in San Antonio: Super 8 by Wyndham San Antonio Fiesta

Super 8 by Wyndham San Antonio Fiesta

This charming two-star hotel is our favorite budget hotel in San Antonio. It’s got clean rooms, comfy beds, and an onsite pool for guests to enjoy. The hotel serves up a continental breakfast each morning so you can fuel up before a day of exploring. It’s a great base for sightseeing, as top attractions are only a short drive away.

Best Hotel in San Antonio: Riverwalk Plaza Hotel San Antonio

Riverwalk Plaza Hotel San Antonio

Thanks to its excellent location and delicious on-site restaurant, this is one of our favorite hotels in the city. Designed in classic art deco style, the hotel boasts an onsite pool and a bar specialising in craft cocktails. If you’ve got a bit more to spend on accommodation, this place is worth every penny.

San Antonio Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN SAN ANTONIO
Riverwalk, San Antonio
FIRST TIME IN SAN ANTONIO

Riverwalk

The Riverwalk is a neighbourhood nestled at the centre of downtown San Antonio. It is one of the best places to stay in the city because it’s close to great bars and delicious restaurants.

ON A BUDGET
Downtown, San Antonio
ON A BUDGET

Downtown

Downtown is a large neighbourhood set at the centre of the city. The area is brimming with businesses and leisure activities and is where you’ll find a great and varied selection of bars, clubs and restaurants.

NIGHTLIFE
Southtown, San Antonio
NIGHTLIFE

Southtown

Southtown is a lively and vibrant neighbourhood located adjacent to downtown and the San Antonio Riverwalk. It is home to modern art galleries and exciting diners and bars and is bursting with ambience and life.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Pearl, San Antonio
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Pearl

Pearl is a small neighbourhood tucked north of the city centre. It is an old industrial area that has undergone a revamp in recent years and is now a hub for creativity, food and leisure.

FOR FAMILIES
Northwest, San Antonio
FOR FAMILIES

Northwest

The Northwest neighbourhood is one of the most exciting and fun areas of San Antonio. Set west of the downtown core, this bustling suburb is characterized by its oak tree-line streets and its towering glass skyscrapers.

San Antonio is a sprawling city, considered to be the cradle of Texan liberty. There’s so much to see and do in this diverse city, including historical landmarks, the culinary scene, and plenty of great nightlife spots.

We highly recommend visiting each area mentioned in this guide. They’re all easily accessible by car or public transport, so you can really make the most of your stay.

If you’re visiting San Antonio for the first time, we recommend staying along the Riverwalk. Set at the center of downtown, the Riverwalk is a lively and vibrant neighborhood home to bars, restaurants, shops, and more. It also provides easy access to the other neighborhoods.

If you want to stay close to the Riverwalk but you’re traveling on a budget, stay in Downtown. You’ll find plenty of cheaper accommodation in this area.

Head north from here and you’ll arrive in Pearl. Bursting with flavors and flair, this bohemian neighborhood is one of the most unique places to stay in San Antonio.

Travel south through the city to Southtown. A hub of activity, Southtown is where you’ll find the best nightlife in San Antonio, as well as good food and fascinating sights.

Finally, the Northwest neighborhood is a massive district located west of the city center. Home to top attractions like SeaWorld and Six Flags, Northwest San Antonio is a neighborhood brimming with fun, games, animals, and excitement. This makes it our top pick for where to stay in San Antonio with family.

Still not sure where to stay in San Antonio? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with more detailed guides on each place below!

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San Antonio’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

In this next section, we’ll take a look at the five best neighborhoods to stay in San Antonio in more detail. Each offers something a little different to visitors, so be sure to read each section carefully and pick the neighborhood that’s right for you.

1. Riverwalk – Where to Stay in San Antonio for the First Time

Riverwalk, San Antonio
Strolling along the river is a must!

The Riverwalk is a neighborhood nestled at the center of downtown San Antonio. It’s one of the best places to stay in the city because it’s close to top attractions, great bars, and delicious restaurants.

Bursting with life and color, the Riverwalk is a lively neighborhood day and night. Whether you head for a stroll along the waterways, pop over to the famous Alamo, or opt for a rowdy night on the town, you’ll be in for a treat.

Best Airbnb in Riverwalk: Downtown Guest House

Downtown Guest House

This large renovated cottage sleeps eight guests and is ideal for families or groups of friends deciding where to stay in San Antonio for the first time. Interiors are chic and comfortable, with bright spaces and wooden floors throughout. Guests can enjoy coffee out on the covered porch each morning, and there’s easy access to hiking and biking trails for exploring.

Best Hotel in Riverwalk: O’Brien Riverwalk Boutique Hotel

O'Brien Riverwalk Boutique Hotel

The O’Brien Boutique Hotel is perfect for couples staying in Riverwalk. Rooms are furnished traditionally, and there’s a terrace and garden area for relaxing after a day of exploring. There are loads of attractions within walking distance, including museums, theatres, and the Historic Arts Village.

Best Hotel in Riverwalk: Hotel Havana San Antonio

Hotel Havana San Antonio

This charming hotel gets our vote for the best place to stay on the Riverwalk because of its great location and thoughtful amenities. It’s beautifully decorated both in and outside, featuring a sun terrace and well-known bar. It’s just five minutes from the Riverwalk and top sights, making it great value for money.

Best Hotel in Riverwalk: Riverwalk Plaza Hotel San Antonio

Riverwalk Plaza Hotel San Antonio

This is another top pick designed in art deco style. Whether you want to cool off in the pool or relax with a craft cocktail in hand, this is the place to go. It’s got an excellent location and stunning furnishings. If you’ve got a bit more to spend on accommodation, this place is worth every penny.

Things to See and Do in Riverwalk:

  • Admire the decoration and architecture of the ornate Majestic Theatre.
  • Dine on delicious local cuisine at The Esquire Tavern.
  • Enjoy great works of art at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
  • Explore the hallowed grounds of the Alamo.
  • Have your mind blown at the Guinness World Records Museum.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at Mi Tierra Café & Bakery.
  • Sink your teeth into a tasty burger at Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar.
  • Take in the panoramic views from the Tower of the Americas.
  • Visit The Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum.
  • Wander throughout the La Villita Historic Arts Village.

2. Downtown – Where to Stay in San Antonio on a Budget

Downtown, San Antonio
Stay centrally for cheap!

Downtown is a large neighborhood set at the center of the city. Split by the San Antonio River, it’s the perfect place to explore if you’re keen to get sit back, see the sights, or enjoy a few pints.

This neighborhood is also home to a high concentration of budget accommodation options. Although there aren’t any hostels in San Antonio, this area does boast a vast array of good-value hotels and vacation rentals. So, if you’re traveling on a budget, you can still enjoy all the perks of the city.

Best Airbnb in Downtown: Affordable Tiny House in Downtown

Affordable Tiny House in Downtown

This tiny and cozy cottage is perfect for those visiting San Antonio on a budget. It’s got all the essentials for a homely stay and is ideal for two guests. Located less than a mile away from Downtown, you’ll be just a stone’s throw away from the center, but far enough to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Best Hotel in Downtown: Hotel Gibbs Junior Suite

Hotel Gibbs Junior Suite

This boutique hotel offers great value for money. Situated close to Riverwalk and the Alamo, the suite is within walking distance of all the best sights in town. Rooms are clean and stylish, with original hardwood flooring and large bathrooms. Up to four guests can stay here, and breakfast is provided each morning.

Best Hotel in Downtown: BEST WESTERN Plus Sunset Suites – Riverwalk

BEST WESTERN Plus Sunset Suites - Riverwalk

This charming three-star hotel offers good-value accommodation in the heart of the city. It’s located in the main shopping and sightseeing area and is close to lively bars, so you won’t have to splash on public transport. Rooms are well-equipped, and a buffet breakfast is served each morning.

Best Hotel in Downtown: Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio-Downtown Market Square

Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio-Downtown Market Square

The Hampton Inn & Suites is one of our favorite San Antonio hotels. It boasts a fantastic central location and popular in-house restaurant, as well as modern amenities. Rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished, providing a relaxing space to kick back in after a day of exploring. Top attractions including the Alamo and Main Plaza are less than a mile away.

Things to See and Do in Downtown:

  • Catch a performance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Dive deep into history at the San Antonio Fire Museum.
  • Eat delicious tacos and Mexican fare at Pete’s Tako House.
  • Enjoy a night of cocktails and jazz at SoHo Wine and Martini Bar.
  • Excite your senses at Oasis Mexican Café.
  • Go for a stroll through Travis Park.
  • Grab a pint at Drink Texas Bar.
  • Sip sophisticated cocktails at The Brooklynite.
  • Take a walk along the colourful Riverwalk.

3. Southtown – Best Area to Stay in San Antonio for Nightlife

Southtown, San Antonio
Looking for nightlife? Southtown is the best place to go after dark

Southtown is a lively and vibrant neighborhood located adjacent to downtown and the San Antonio Riverwalk. Some of the coolest places to visit in San Antonio, like modern art galleries and excellent diners.

Southtown is also the best place to stay if you’re looking for nightlife. There is a vast array of speakeasies and nightclubs dotted throughout the neighborhood, as well as some of San Antonio’s best bars.

Best Airbnb in Southtown: Stylish Cosy Suite in the Historic District

Stylish Cosy Suite in the Historic District

This contemporary San Antonio Airbnb is ideal for those who want to be in the middle of the action. Located only a short walk from Riverwalk, it’s ideal to explore San Antonio’s sights during the day. There’s a beautiful porch to relax on in the evenings if you decide to have a night in.

Best Hotel in Southtown: Cityview Inn & Suites Downtown RiverCenter Area

Cityview Inn & Suites Downtown RiverCenter Area

Located at the heart of the city, this three-star hotel is an excellent base for your time in San Antonio. It provides comfortable and spacious rooms with modern amenities and a variety of features. There’s also an on-site restaurant that offers a tasty selection of local and international dishes.

Best Bed and Breakfast in Southtown: Inn on the Riverwalk

Inn on the Riverwalk

The Inn on the Riverwalk is our top recommendation for where to stay in Southtown San Antonio. It’s conveniently located in the city center and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and landmarks. Each room is individually decorated and comes complete with a fridge, private bathroom, and free wifi.

Best Hotel in Southtown: The Madison

The Madison

If you want the comforts of home and the conveniences of a hotel, check out this modern aparthotel! Larger apartments can sleep six guests, and each comes with a kitchen and basic essentials. Guests can also enjoy the onsite gym, garden, bar, and bicycle hire.

Things to See and Do in Southtown:

  • Dine on fresh and delicious local fare at Feast.
  • Don’t miss happy hour at Bar America.
  • Eat tasty quintessential American dishes at La Tuna.
  • Enjoy seriously mouthwatering food at Liberty Bar.
  • Excite your taste buds at Rosario’s Mexican Café Y Cantina.
  • Grab a bite to eat at the Filling Station.
  • See a wonderful collection of art at the San Antonio Art League and Museum.
  • Sink your teeth into delicious contemporary American cuisine at Bliss.
  • Sip cocktails at ultra-cool Bar 1919.
  • Spend an afternoon eating, drinking and chatting at the Friendly Spot Ice House.

4. Pearl – Coolest Place to Stay in San Antonio

cool place to stay San Antonio Tx
Photo by Henry Becerra on Unsplash

Pearl is a small neighbourhood tucked north of the city centre. It’s an old industrial area that has undergone a revamp in recent years, and today is a hub for creativity, food and leisure. The bohemian and cultural hub of San Antonio, Pearl is a neighbourhood brimming with excitement and energy.

If you love to eat then you’re going to want to stay in Pearl. Although the district is small, it’s bursting with delicious restaurants, cosy cafés, and electrifying eateries where you try local cuisine and dishes from around the world.

You’ll also find a good selection of breweries in Pearl, making it the perfect destination for a laid-back afternoon.

Best Airbnb in Pearl: Urban Sophisticated Loft near Pearl Brewery

Urban Sophisticated Loft near Pearl Brewery

Located a minute’s walk away from all the best things to do in Pearl, this modern industrial design loft comes with everything you need to have a fantastic stay in San Antonio. There’s a fully-stocked kitchen to a big smart TV with Netflix, so you can enjoy some downtime after a day out.

Best Vacation Home in Pearl: La Villa By The Riverwalk

La Villa By The Riverwalk

La Villa By The Riverwalk is a charming vacation home in central San Antonio. It is a short drive from the Riverwalk and is within walking distance of the San Antonio Museum of Art. This delightful property offers unique and comfortable accommodation, with a large garden to relax in and all the amenities you’ll need for a memorable stay.

Best Hotel in Pearl: Pearl Palace

Pearl Palace

Pearl Palace combines contemporary design with rustic charm. This holiday home comes fully equipped with a kitchen, dining area, and laundry facilities, making this an ideal base for families staying in San Antonio. The home is within walking distance of top attractions, and bicycle hire is available.

Best Hotel in Pearl: Hotel Emma at Pearl on the Riverwalk

Hotel Emma at Pearl on the Riverwalk

This luxurious hotel is one of our favorite places to stay in Pearl. It offers four-star accommodations and comfortable rooms, and is ideally located for shopping and exploring. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and BBQ area, as well as epic views over the city.

Things to See and Do in Pearl:

  • Dine on seafood at Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery.
  • Eat burgers at Tycoon Flats.
  • Enjoy drinks at Sparky’s.
  • Excite your taste buds at Bottling Dept Food Hall.
  • Feast on mouthwatering barbecue at The Granary.
  • Grab a pint at the Pearl Brewery.
  • Listen to live music at Jazz, TX.
  • Sample a range of flavourful tacos at Viva Tacoland.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at Lick Honest Ice Creams.
  • Savour local delicacies at Cured.
  • Shop, snack and sample your way through the Pearl Farmers Market.
  • Sip cocktails at Blue Box Bar.
  • Try the catfish at Armadillos Burgers.

5. Northwest – Best Neighbourhood in San Antonio for Families

six flags fiesta ttd Northwest San Antonio
Photo by Zachariah Aussi on Unsplash

The Northwest neighborhood is one of the most exciting and fun areas of San Antonio. Set west of the downtown core, this bustling suburb is characterized by its oak tree-lined streets and towering glass skyscrapers. It’s where you can enjoy a taste of old Texas and immerse yourself in the state’s unique culture and vibe.

This area of the city is best known as the home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This sprawling theme park is packed with games, rides, and attractions that will entertain your little ones all day long.

Best Airbnb in Northwest: Spacious and Open House for Families

Spacious and Open House for Families

Treat your family to this stunning house in San Antonio, perfectly located in the Northwest. Spacious, open, and with everything you need, it will create a comfortable home away from home. This house can accommodate up to 12 guests across four bedrooms. It’s just a 20 minute drive to Downtown from here, you so you’ll have the whole city within easy reach.

Best Good-Value Hotel in Northwest: Super 8 by Wyndham San Antonio Fiesta

Super 8 by Wyndham San Antonio Fiesta

This charming two-star hotel is our pick for where to stay in the Northwest because of its clean rooms and comfortable beds. There’s an outdoor pool on site, and the nearby theme park makes this a great place to stay with kids. Family rooms are available and the hotel is pet-friendly, so Fido won’t have to miss out on the family trip.

Best Hotel in Northwest: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Northwest San Antonio

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Northwest San Antonio

This contemporary three-star hotel provides a convenient base for travelers looking to enjoy Six Flags, San Antonio. Located in the Northwest neighborhood, this hotel is also close to shops, eateries, and bars. It features modern rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant.

Best Hotel in Northwest: Holiday Inn San Antonio Northwest- SeaWorld Area

Holiday Inn San Antonio Northwest- SeaWorld Area

The Holiday Inn San Antonio is a themed hotel set in one of the most fun areas of the city. It is in close proximity to SeaWorld and is a short drive to Six Flags. Rooms are modern and feature kitchenettes, so you have the option to eat in. One of the best things about this place (other than the fact that it’s eco-friendly), is that kids eat for free!

Things to See and Do in Northwest:

  • Feast on a variety of delicious local dishes at Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-BQ.
  • Fly through the air and tumble round at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
  • Get back to nature at Government Canyon State Natural Area.
  • Shop until you drop at The Shops at La Cantera.
  • Slip, slide, splash and play at Aquatica San Antonio.
  • Indulge in tasty, savoury, spicy and satisfying dishes at Alamo BBQ Co.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in San Antonio

San Antonio is one of the most underrated cities in America. It offers delicious food, lively bars, and boasts a rich history and diverse culture. Top all of that off with thrilling theme parks and stunning natural surroundings, and San Antonio is most certainly a destination worth your travel time and dollars.

In this guide, we’ve looked at the five best neighborhoods to stay in San Antonio. If you’re still not sure which is right for you, here is a quick recap of our favorites:

Super 8 by Wyndham San Antonio Fiesta is our pick for the best budget hotel because of its great location, comfortable rooms, and unbeatable price. Situated in the Northwest area, it’s ideal if you’re looking to explore the theme parks or want a quieter location.

For something more upmarket, check out the Riverwalk Plaza. Located in the heart of the city, you’ll have all the top attractions within easy reach. It’s beautifully furnished and one of the best places to base yourself in the city.

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