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3 reasons why the Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk is just right for large families.

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After the birth of our youngest, six months ago, we graduated to the status of a large family. (At least in the eyes of many.) We love to travel and since the kids are still young, bunking in one hotel room isn’t really an issue. 5 years from now, that will be a different story.

On a recent trip to San Antonio,we stayed at the Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk – Downtown. We haven’t stayed in this chain of Hilton’s prior to this but had heard some good things about it. Now that we’ve stayed on site, I have several reasons why I recommend the place to large families visiting San Antonio.  I understood why large families chose this particular property

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3 reasons why the Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk is just right for large families.


I can think of several reasons why this is a great property to consider but three reasons stand out.

1. Affordability

When traveling with 5 or more not so little people, the last thing you want is a cramped lodging space. Paying for two separate rooms isn’t always fun especially if 3 out of the 5 not so little people are older kids and you worry about safety. The neat thing about any Embassy Suites booking is you always get a suite that includes a living area

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and a bedroom, irrespective of the rate.

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The suite we stayed in easily provided sleeping arrangements for 6 adults and a baby in a travel cot. This particular suite had only one bathroom but you can book larger suites with two bathrooms attached to the same.

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While we were on property, we saw a large group comprising of over 10 families staying on-site for a family reunion. (They had family tees and all) I thought that was smart planning on someone’s part!

I was chatting with a lady on the Housekeeping team who was telling me the property was sold out and that was common for this particular Embassy Suites as it’s an extremely affordable place especially for larger families and is in the heart of San Antonio. Which brings me to the second reason why I think this is a great property…

2. Accessibility

The Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk – Downtown is located on the Riverwalk. (This would be an awesome place to stay during the lighting of the Riverwalk and during the Christmas period. I would recommend asking for a room with a Riverwalk view on one of the higher floors!)

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Parking at the hotel is $27 plus tax for a day and the public parking, across the street, is $30 a day, so it really doesn’t make sense to park there. Besides once you park your vehicle you may not really need it if you plan to spend most of your time Downtown. (Proxity-wise,minus any traffic,  if you plan to hit SeaWorld or Six Flags, it shouldn’t take you more than a 20 minute drive. The San Antonio Zoo is about 10 minutes away)

I always say the best way to explore a city is to walk. And in this case, there’s so much to see and do in the Downtown area, especially with kids.

We spent a whole day at the San Antonio Children’s Museum, which is less than a 5 minute walk from the property.

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Other great must-dos include visiting the Alamo, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum, jumping aboard a San Antonio double-decker tour bus and riding a River Cruise on the Riverwalk.

And remember you can walk to each of these spots without breaking out into a sweat. They’re all close by!

3. Worth-the-stay Amenities

The icing on the cake with an Embassy Suites reservation is the made-to-order, fit-for-a-king, continental breakfast buffet spread.

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This is a huge savings especially if you have a large family and yes, the choice of breakfast hot foods, fresh waffles, pancakes fruit, pastries, cereals, beverages et al are definitely hearty.

The breakfast area does get swamped but if you follow the traffic flow suggestions, you will be fine.


Besides the free breakfast, residents are also invited to a complimentary evening reception complete with appetizers and beverages for adults and a snack station for kids. (Think goldfish, gummy worms, fruit and trail mix.)

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They didn’t have any fruit juices out but when I asked a member of the staff regarding the same, he went in and got some for our kids, instead of the carbonated beverages served.

On certain pockets during the year, the property invites J.D., the property’s favorite clown to visit with the younger guests and create practically any balloon creation they want. (Would you believe he actually went to Clown College over 30 years ago with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey?) We came home with a Piggy, Mouse-kin and Balloonasaurus, much to our kids delight.

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If your kids love to swim, I would recommend hitting the pool early in the morning or later on in the night as it does get pretty crowded and the pool’s not very large. The same goes for the Fitness Center. But if you plan to make the most of exploring Downtown San Antonio, you really may not have time to swim or work out!

Also, make sure you sign up for a free Hilton Honors rewards account to receive complimentary internet access during your stay and get a late check-out the day you leave.

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For more information on this family-friendly, budget approved property and how to book a suite in the same, visit the Embassy Suites San Antonio, Riverwalk-Downtown site

Hotel Location:

125 E. Houston Street, 

San Antonio, 

Texas 78205, USA

Phone:  +1 (210) 226-9000


What suggestions do you have to maximize ones budget when traveling with a large family?


  1. How cool is that balloon artist for the kids? That’s a great idea for exhausted parents traveling with kids! I’ve stayed in a few Embassy Suites and the experience was top notch!

  2. Why YES! That is the place I’d want to stay with our family! I love the amenities and the space! Very nice. And it looks fantastic. I love the central location too. And the continental breakfast is a BIG thing for us. We always look for Continental breakfast.

    1. We always look for continental breakfast too. It’s a great way to save money while traveling!

  3. This really does look like an amazing place to take the family. It looks like you all had a great time!

  4. Amenities are a big draw for me when choosing a hotel. This looks like a great place to stay with the family!

  5. I love everything about this post – we are a family os 5 and it’s hard to find hotels that accomodate that. Would love to visit someday!

  6. What a gorgeous hotel and there are so many things offered there. Love the clown!

  7. I love embassy suites! I always choose them and pull out the couch bed which gives us plenty of room.

    1. I was really impressed by these pictures. I can’t believe how nice this hotel was! It looks more like a resort than a hotel.

  8. Wow – very impressive place! With a four kids these are the amenities we would love while traveling!

  9. What a gorgeous hotel. I’d love to stay there for a few days. The rooms look so comfortable, and the food looks delicious.

  10. Oh now this is so lovely! Who knew they were so nice? Now will have to give the a sot next time we travel.

  11. That is an amazing looking hotel and quite the spread for breakfast!! I love walking while we explore new places you can see so much more that way!

  12. I love staying at the Embassy Suites! When traveling with the family, I try to save money by staying in hotels that include breakfast and I look for Groupons and local coupon books to find deals for restaurants and activities.

    1. I’ve always been scared to try Groupons. I guess I need to try a local stay first and see how that goes. Have you faced any problems?

  13. What a beautiful hotel. This would be such a nice place to stay on vacation. I love the rooms.

  14. I live outside of SA and we are always looking for hotels on the RW for just an overnight getaway fun stay. This hotel sounds fabulous for so many reasons. Easy access to the RW but mostly free breakfast.. SCORE!!!

  15. Travelling with a large group would be challenging. Checking with the hotel what there policy is on roll away beds is could save you on how many rooms you would need.

  16. I love all the pictures everything looks so beautiful!! I haven’t been in a hotel since my honeymoon, I think I’m past due!

  17. We love going to San Antonio but it’s been a while. The Embassy Suites is very nice and perfectly located.

  18. I love Embassy Suites! We stayed in one over our honeymoon seven years ago and it was the best hotel we’ve stayed in by far.

  19. That hotel is super nice for anybody! As a mom of four we always had trouble finding a hotel to accommodate us.

  20. Wow, I am always looking for kid-friendly hotels, and I don’t think it could get any more kid-friendly than this! Now, I just need a reason to visit Texas 🙂

  21. We were in San Antonio for my son’s boot camp graduation from the Air Force. We visited the River Walk but did not have enough time to really enjoy it. I’d love to go back and stay here with lots of time to see everything!

    1. I hope you can go back. San Antonio is gorgeous. So much to explore and discover. We go back at least once in 3-4 months and there’s always something new we find.

  22. travelling with a large family we saved money by renting a suite instead of a basic room. we also picked hotel with free breakfast / wifi, that was withing (very very) close walking distance to most of the activiites we wanted to do (saved on cab / bus / gas), and we got fun passes that let you do 5 differnet things when there was at least 3 of them we wanted to do (it was cheaper that way). Thanks for sharing!

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