A Year with Marriott Gold destination: Courtyard San Antonio River Walk
Our journey was spent in the Downtown Marriott River Walk which is a Courtyard. It is somewhat small or narrow which makes it slightly in my opinion uncomfortable. It’s slightly old and has less attractive features than other Courtyards. The staff were nice but no one really stood out. Our room was on a higher floor which is a standard upgrade for gold. This does not mean much in the grand scheme of things. I understand it is a selling point but the room does not have to have to be a nicer room it just has to be on an upper floor. So you could in general receive an upper room floor overlooking concrete or air conditioning ducts. This actually was the case when I booked the Pueblo downtown Courtyard.
So at the Downtown Marriott River Walk the highlight of the hotel is that it’s on the River Walk. It is in a great location to start any journey to the various bars, restaurants, and activities on the River Walk. I received nothing for being a gold member and barely even an acknowledgement. I was not overly impressed. On the contrary the Marriott River Center was beautiful and looked amazing! I will definitely have to try that hotel before my year is out. Just to compare the two.
What a fantastic city! San Antonio is the quintessential American city. It’s a perfect blend of old and new all coming together in a sophistication of western city life. With its River Walk, missions, and history you could spend well over a week just viewing the city’s historical sights. The market downtown is where you want to go for your “REAL” Mexican food and it also has a panderia which is a Mexican bakery. For night life pubs and dance clubs abound in and around the River Walk and it’s lit up at night in more way’s then one. There are five missions there and they are a sight not to miss. They represent the history and heritage of the city itself. San Antonio is one of the first cites I have seen embrace its history to the fullest. This is where the Alamo is and the missions are one of the jewels of the city. The city itself is truly a melting pot of America. In it you will discover a wonderful blend of people, each embracing a San Antonio lifestyle. Not only is the city welcomed and developed its Latin roots but its German heritage too. It all seems to be incorporated into a beautiful mixture of proud history and culture.
If you have a chance San Antonio should be on your bucket list. You will not be disappointed. As for the Courtyard Marriott San Antonio if you want to be right on the River Walk at a decent price point this is the place. Just don’t expect too much. Grab a drink and sit outside taking in the scenery, sights, and sounds of San Antonio. That is what you will enjoy the most