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Family-Friendly Luxury in San Antonio - A Stay at The St. Anthony + An Itinerary for a Fabulous Family Weekend

I was hosted by The St. Anthony for this weekend.  The opinions are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

The #FabFam is always on the go, but this summer we decided to stay closer to home and explore more of what our home state, Texas, has to offer.  We called it the "summer of Texas fun!"  We decided to spend one of our summer weekends in San Antonio, which is a convenient getaway from Austin at only an hour and a half drive.  Our home-base for the weekend was the fabulous St. Anthony Hotel, which was the perfect choice for a weekend of family fun in San Antonio.  Keep reading to see why, and get my recommendations for the best places to eat and things to do with kids in San Antonio, Texas.  You'll want to save and pin this post when you are planning your itinerary for a family-friendly weekend in San Antonio!

Why you should stay at The St. Anthony Hotel:

  • Family-friendly luxury.  The St. Anthony is the perfect combination of a lovely, luxurious hotel that is welcoming and fun for families with kids.  
  • Location.  An easy walk from the River Walk, Alamo, museums, shops, and many other San Antonio sites and restaurants, The St. Anthony is ideally located in the heart of San Antonio.
  • Accommodations.  The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable with view of the city or the adjacent Travis Park.  The rest of the property is absolutely beautifully styled and full of light, which is always appreciated for those of us who like to photograph our vacations!
  • Amenities.  If you asked my kids, the best part of The St. Anthony Hotel is the heated rooftop infinity pool (with a poolside bar and cabana seating).  There is also a great fitness center on site.
  • Food.  While there are several great restaurants in the vicinity, you don't have to leave The St. Anthony for some of the best food in town.  See more in my list of where to eat for a weekend in San Antonio below, but on-site dining and drink options like Rebelle, Gallery on the Park, and Haunt are top-notch.  
  • History.  Possibly my favorite thing about The St. Anthony is how so much of its rich history has been preserved throughout the chic updates to the property in recent years.  The St. Anthony was the first luxury hotel in San Antonio when built by prominent cattlemen in 1909.  Over the years its halls have entertained princesses, presidents, and movie stars.  

The St. Anthony is a great locale for events as well.  I got to see a variety of different, elegantly-appointed meeting and event spaces (they have 15 different options) that would suit a number of different types of weddings or events.

Here's a little glimpse of The St. Anthony from our experience there!

The kids made themselves at home immediately in our suite. S was quite attached to his tiger, Stripes, during the weekend, so you'll be seeing a lot of him!

I absolutely loved the décor and colors in The St. Anthony, and had to pose for pictures in several places!

In the 1950’s The St. Anthony tapped renowned New York decorator Dorothy Draper for a renovation.  She infused her signature glamour through what she called “traditional, with a hint of modern.”  The green touches present throughout the hotel (even after later renovations) are an homage to Draper's aesthetic. 

One of my favorite spaces at The St. Anthony is the sunlit, chandelier-lined "peacock alley," where I imagine celebrities and dignitaries doing the promenade over the years.

The marble and gold details leading from the lobby to an upper level are classically chic.

As I said, the family-friendly St. Anthony was very welcoming to our children (as well as the other families we saw throughout the weekend).

The chic, black-and-white decorated Haunt lounge is named after The St. Anthony’s ‘spirits’ of the past.  No paranormal activity was encountered during our weekend, I should note!

Some of The St. Anthony's history includes art and sculpture throughout the different points of the hotel

The outdoor space at The St. Anthony is equally chic, with event space and a pool area featuring lovely views and lounge space.

Stripes found his cousin! Glitzy details meet in a chic way at The St. Anthony's Rebelle restaurant. See more on Rebelle in our list of restaurant recommendations below.

Hopefully you've seen why The St. Anthony is the ideal place to stay for a fabulous family weekend in San Antonio.  Here are more recommendations for you to plan your itinerary for a trip to San Antonio with your children.

Where to Eat for a Family Vacation in San Antonio

Dinner, Night One: Casa Rio.  This restaurant is right on the River Walk, where you can enjoy delicious Mexican food while watching the ducks and tour boats go by.  They even have a mariachi band for some added ambiance.  

Breakfast, Day Two: Gallery on the Park.  There is no better way to start the day than in a lavish, sunlit atrium overlooking Travis Park, with a breakfast that's equally as exquisite.  The Texas-centric Gallery on the Park in The St. Anthony serves the best of Texas farm and ranchland with a luxurious twist.  You can't go wrong with their signature Eggs St. Anthony or house-smoked salmon.  My children loved the kid's menu as well.

G's plushy had to join Stripes for breakfast at Gallery on the Park.

There is nothing mini about the kid's menu!

Eggs St. Anthony is one of the signature items on the breakfast menu at Gallery on the Park.

Attention to every detail: Even the crayons offered for children match the impeccable décor at Gallery on the Park.

Lunch, Day Two: Lulu's Bakery & Café.  If you're like me and love to experience famous food spots when you travel, add Lulu's to your list of restaurants to try in San Antonio.  As seen on the Travel Channel, this place is famous for their three-pound cinnamon roll, but also has lots of delicious comfort food on the menu.

Dinner, Night Two: Rebelle.  It is recommended that you make a reservation in advance if you want to try Rebelle at The St. Anthony.  One visit and you'll see why.  Not only was our service fantastic (even with our two tired kids in tow, but we came to expect that at family-friendly St. Anthony), but the food was also incredible.  Rebelle offers sharing-style and personal plate experiences of overnight-shipped coastal seafood and farm-fresh produce.  Everything we tried had us just drooling to try the next.  Whether you stay at The St. Anthony or not, Rebelle needs to be on your list of top restaurants to try in San Antonio.

The ceviche at Rebelle was fresh and delicious.

The kids loved sharing the gnocchi.

Pastrami-Crusted Iberico Pork Loin... that's all I need to say.

Breakfast, Day Three: La Panaderia.  A tribute to San Antonio's Latin heritage, La Panaderia is just steps from The St. Anthony and fun for the whole family.  You can choose from their freshly-baked breads and pastries (which you can see baking through a window) or order from their menu.

Torta breakfast sandwich at La Panaderia with a side of Fideo soup.

What to do with Kids in San Antonio

The rooftop pool at The St. Anthony Hotel.  Don't get me wrong; San Antonio is a fun city.  But if my kids had the choice, they'd never have left the infinity pool at The St. Anthony!  The heated pool has long opening hours, so we went multiple times a day while we were there, and have no regrets about the amount of time spent there!

Stripes did not take a dip, but did enjoy lounging in the sun.

The DoSeum.  Another place where you can spend an entire day is the DoSeum children's museum.  Interactive STEM activities are all around.  Some of my boys' favorite features were Little Town (where they got to "work" at Whataburger and H-E-B), the spy area that included escape room-esque challenges, and basically anything to do with robotics.  

One of the exhibits at DoSeum allows children to design a vehicle onto a template that was scanned into an interactive world on a large screen animation!

San Antonio Zoo The San Antonio Zoo is one of the best zoos for small children in the US.  There is even an entire section for small kids where they can see animal enclosures and interactive exhibits meant just for their size and age group.  

Theme parks.   San Antonio has several amusement parks that the whole family will enjoy, including (but not limited to) Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, and Splashtown.

History.  How can you mention a visit to San Antonio without referencing its 300-year history?  You can visit the Alamo for free, or explore several museums and UNESCO heritage sites during a weekend in San Antonio.

San Antonio was the perfect, close getaway for our Austin-based family, and The St. Anthony Hotel was the perfect place for a family like ours to stay.  I hope we've inspired your own Texas family fun weekend!

1 comment :

Lii said...

Oh wow it looks awesome! Your kids look happy being there as well :)