El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX

110 Lexington AvenueSan Antonio, TX 78205
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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
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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)

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Dallas, Texas
"Christmas lights on Riverwalk"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
Very impressed with the hotel. Lobby very nice and big. Service was good. Needs some updates here and there in the rooms and hallways but other than that everything was good. A few blocks away from the main attractions but not far at all.
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Houston, Texas
"Family Getaway"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
We were very pleased with this hotel. When we got to the hotel our room wasn't ready but Valerie W. was super nice and made our stay perfect! We will definitely come back again. We loved staying here and it was convenient to all the attractions we were doing
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San Antonio, Texas
"Rude awakenings"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
We've been to Tropicano a few times, and have generally enjoyed our stay each time. It's a fair price for a modest room, and it's conveniently located on the River Walk. The rooms are clean, the beds and bedding are good, and the staff is pretty helpful. That being said, our last experience left a bit to be desired. The biggest issue was the staff's total destruction of our ability to complete a good night's rest on a Sunday morning after staying up late on Saturday. At 7:30 a.m., a loud mix of party music cranked up all around the pool near our room. This lasted more than five minutes before I called the front desk to ask for quiet; the clerk admitted it was something the hotel was responsible for, and it lasted a few more minutes before finally turning off. When we managed to fall back asleep, the same thing happened again at 9:30 sharp. Like before, it took a phone call and ten minutes to have quiet again outside our window. About an hour after that, housekeeping began a succession of door slams as they went about their rounds; sometimes we could feel the walls rattle from these big, full slams. This was still going on when we were checking out. The housekeeping ladies were also chattering loudly in the hallway outside our room at several points in the morning. The clerk informed us the music was all a mistaken programming glitch with the sound system at the pool. She tossed us a halfhearted apology, and offered nothing for the trouble. The window views at this hotel took a big downgrade when a mega-hotel went up directly across the street. You must pay $30 to park your car overnight in an open-air lot, which was half the price of the room. We like the bar and snack counter they have in the lobby, but there's no free breakfast; you have to pay $11. It's an historic hotel with some cool features, but we're going to think twice about our next stay at the Tropicano.
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Trinity, Texas
"Noisy neighbors as a wakeup call"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 24, 2019 NEW
The hotel itself is nice, older and in need of updates but for a quick two night priceline trip it was OK. Just a short walk from the Riverwalk and a bit longer from the activity on the Riverwalk. As far as location I liked it as it wasn't in all the madness that can be the River. The valet's are good at their job and the txting system for getting your car is great. On the downside: When I looked up pricing of parking online before the trip it was $16 for self park or $20 for valet. When I asked the hotel staff, they said it was $29 for either. Seemed higher than other parking in hotels closer to the Riverwalk. The room I had was noisy, period. I was in 813 and the first night I could hear various sirens. The 2nd night there was a "party in 815" as I could clearly hear that comment and the 2 hr slamming doors and back and forth of children. Not ideal for those looking for rest, for those that are there to have fun and wake up late it probably doesn't matter. The biggest gripe, at check out there was no hotel staff at the front desk. It was ~5am on 11/24. I ran out as the valets (have I mentioned they do a good job?) had my car down already. One of the valet's went and woke up the hotel attendet that had obviously fallen asleep. That and the fact that I had set a wake up call with the hotel I never received had me write this review. It's a good thing that the noisy neighbours were a better wake up call than the sleepy hotel front desk.
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
"Business trip to San Antonio"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2019 NEW
It is about QUERCETIN I found him highly dedicated, clarity oriented individual. He always answers to the point with a great gesture and provides a priority to the customer on desk. He is really an asset for any organisation. I thank him and wish the best Regards Mukesh Garg
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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.