El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX

110 Lexington AvenueSan Antonio, TX 78205
View on Map
Starting at


Opening in 1962, the famous “El Trop” hotel was the first on the North Channel of San Antonio’s iconic Riverwalk. Visitors flock to the hotel for its retro decor, pool and tiki bar, pet-friendly accommodations, and convenient location. Additional on-site amenities include the 3,000 square-foot fitness center, valet parking, and free WiFi access throughout the hotel. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffee makers.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Antonio Travel Experts
  • Stay connected with free WiFi access available throughout the hotel.
  • Pet-friendly accommodations are available for an additional fee.
  • Splash around in the elevated pool before grabbing a drink at the tiki bar.
  • Self and valet parking are offered for a fee.
  • Never miss a workout in the 3,000 square-foot fitness studio.

Property Amenities

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Express Checkout
  • Guest Laundry
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant on Property
  • Internet Access in Public Areas (free)
  • Valet Parking
  • ATM/Banking
  • Concierge Services
  • Poolside Bar
  • Coffee Shop or Café
  • Complimentary Newspapers
  • Smoke-free Property
Read More


from El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
Check-In: 4:00pm Check-Out: 12:00pm
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel opened in 1962 and is inspired by the Acapulco beach resorts of the time. Located in the heart of the Riverwalk, guests are a short walk away from the restaurants and clubs of the Riverwalk's original section and South Bank, as well as from the dining and shopping in the newer Museum Reach section. Other attractions, such as the Alamo, Market Square, HemisFair Park, and Tower of the Americas are also nearby, accessible by foot or by San Antonio’s river taxis, which provide on-and-off access for El Tropicano guests.

The hotel offers an outdoor pool surrounded by a spacious courtyard, fitness center, restaurant, and lounge. Guests at El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel can enjoy the complimentary wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel.

Business guests at El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel will appreciate the 24-hour business center and 36,995 sq feet (3,437 sq meters) of meeting room space for up to 1,000 people.

Optional extras
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

Breakfast fee: USD 10.95 for adults and USD 3.95 for children (approximately)
Self parking fee: USD 20.00 per day + tax (in/out privileges)
Valet parking fee: USD 20.00 per day + tax (in/out privileges)
Pet deposit: USD 75.00 per stay
Pet fee: USD 50 per pet, per stay
Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability)
Rollaway bed fee: USD 10 per night

• Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 50 per pet, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 75.00 per stay
• Dogs only
• 1 per room (up to 20 lb)

Tripster Customer Reviews

Have you been to El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel? Share your knowledge and be the first to review this.
TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
"Bed Bugs !!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2020
My husband has to go every year for the music teachers convention. We love to stay here however this year we took the family and we thought all was well until we found bed bugs in our house. 😨😱. Soon after arriving from our trip my daughter began itching and having rashes. I dreaded the thought of bed bugs so I thought it might be an allergy or mosquito bites. However it wasn’t till this month we began to see the adults appear without fear of being seen. We haven’t left the house or invited anyone over due to Covid 19 lockdown. It was definitely from here. I’m sorry to say next year we won’t be staying here anymore. I want everyone to know this experience has led to quite an expense to get rid of especially during these times so do yourselves a favor don’t stay here!!!! I was on the 3rd floor FYI
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Scott J
Cheshire, United Kingdom
"Sad i stayed"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 03, 2020
Came here with Lauren and first thing she found was bugs jumping up her legs biting away, Changed rooms twice and still felt like we had been biten during the night, Positive would be location a great walk to the River Walk and Alamo Rooms Decent size and nice space bathroom, Old Carpets and Corridors needing an Update
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
"Great Customer Service!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 10, 2020
Great location and price. I appreciate the great customer service I received in a charge issue I had, and that the staff works hard especially when they have to compete with other locations nearby. All in all, great value and staff.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Stacy R
Houston, TX
"It’s Got Potential...but Needs Updating!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 05, 2020
I love the retro styling of this hotel, and the location is near several attractions...without the price tag of being RIGHT NEXT TO the attractions. The lobby is attractive, but the energy of the place was just “dead.” The rooms are in desperate need of updating. Wallpaper is buckling, the desk chairs are falling apart, and everything is “tired.” TIP: The hotel has nonsmoking rooms, but it is NOT a nonsmoking hotel. If you have a poolside room, your room may reek of smoke coming in through the sliding doors. On the plus side, the staff are friendly and accommodating. I heard the hotel will be getting a major remodel. I look forward to visiting the “new” El Tropicano when it does. Until then, I’d recommend another hotel.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Orillia, Canada
"Decent price for room, not so helpful"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
For the money I paid, I got what I expected out of this hotel. I will cover what I liked and disliked, starting with the positives. 1. Breakfast @ $10.95 food was good 2. Location: Though in the north end of downtown it is still on the riverwalk, just a quiet 10 mins to get to the heart of the action 3. Quiet On to the dislikes 1.Elevator: only 2 for 400 or so rooms, just one working, Stairs only existed to the street 2. Room temperatue (partially my fault) Did not notice remote, slept in winter jacket first night 3. Language barrier: After getting to the airport I realized I did not have my visa on me. I called the hotel to check if it was still in my room. They asked me if I was coming back to get it. I told them only if it was there. They asked me to wait a minute on the phone while they checked with housekeeping. They then told me housekeeping was bringing my card down to the desk. I took a taxi back to the hotel, only to have them apologize and say that the room stewart could not speak english and was coming down to the desk herself to find out what was going on. So I was out $60 on cab rides with no way to pay the cab driver. I told them I would have never come back if they did say they had it and brought it back to the desk. I asked them to even cover half the cab rides that they cost me, No avail. So with that they upset me enough that I will not return to this hotel, otherwise as long as you don't lose anything it is priced cheap
Read More
Star Map Pin Icon
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel is located at 110 Lexington AvenueSan Antonio, TX 78205
Attraction Map Pin IconAttractions Hotel Map Pin IconHotels & Lodging

Frequently Asked Questions about El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel

Is this hotel pet-friendly?
Yes. Pet-friendly accommodations are available upon advance notice. Should you require a pet-friendly room, please note your request in the “Have Special Needs?” field when booking. The pet policy is as follows:

  • Pets allowed for a charge of USD $50 per pet, per stay, plus a deposit of USD $75 per stay.
  • 1 pet allowed per room.
  • Pets must not exceed a maximum weight of 20 lbs.
  • Dogs only.

Can I reserve a smoking room?
No. This is a 100% smoke-free hotel.

Does the hotel offer WiFi?
Yes. Guests can access the WiFi free of charge.

Does the hotel serve breakfast?
Yes. Breakfast is available for purchase at Mango’s from 6:30 am to 10:30 am during the week and 7:00 am to 11:00 am on the weekends.

Does the hotel have an on-site restaurant?
Yes. Guests can dine at Tiki’s. And, several world-class restaurants are within walking distance on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Does the hotel have a fitness center?
Yes. Strive Fitness Studio is open daily from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm.

Will my room have a safe?

Will my room have a microwave and/or mini-fridge?
Rooms include a microwave.

Can I request a rollaway bed and/or crib?
Rollaway beds can be requested for USD $10 per night.

Is there a pool at the hotel?
Yes, the hotel has an elevated pool for guests.

When are check-in and check-out?
Check-in is at 4:00 pm and check-out ends at 12:00 pm.

Does the hotel offer parking?
Yes. Self-parking and valet parking are available for $20 per day with in and out privileges.

Does the hotel provide an airport shuttle?

What is the minimum age to check-in?
Guests must be at least 21 years of age to check-in.