Hi again, Law Babe!
I’m writing this post from the San Antonio airport, where I am ready to head home after a quick 48 hour trip to San Antonio to give a presentation. This was my first trip to San Antonio, and I am impressed! I’d love to come back at some point for play.
In the meantime, though, I got a bit of the lay of the land and am sharing some of my perspective and tips for San Antonio travel if you ever find yourself heading to San Antonio on a solo business trip.
First things first. I stayed at the lovely Hotel Valencia, which is situated perfectly on San Antonio’s River Walk (which I had heard about, but never experienced firsthand!). Hotel Valencia was elegant and felt like a far departure from the typical corporate chain hotels that I typically stay at. And yet, the meeting I was attending was held here and the space for the meeting was great. From a work perspective, this hotel was great for getting a few things done. When I needed to print my PowerPoint presentation, the lobby printers worked perfectly and spared me from any last minute tech anxieties. My room was huge by my east coast standards, and I had more than enough room to finish my presentation at the hotel desk. My only critique would be that the second night of my stay, a Thursday, a group of girls were next door, and definitely preparing for a night out on the town around 9 or 10 pm. I would have been upset if I had had an early meeting today and needed to sleep, but no big deal since a) I had no meetings today, and b) once they left, it was fine. I would 100% consider staying at Hotel Valencia if I find myself coming back to San Antonio for work or for play.
Looking for a place to eat solo that won’t be too awkward? I found two great spots right along the river walk, where I felt both welcomed and relaxed as a solo diner.
First, I loved The Iron Cactus. The food was great, the margaritas were amazing, and there were lots of other solo people sitting outside for happy hour, which made me feel totally at ease. The outdoor garden is beautiful, and the abundant plants provided some cooling shade.
I also enjoyed eating at Ostra. Ostra also had a lovely outdoor patio that felt a bit more upscale than some of the other super touristy bars and restaurants along the river walk. As a solo traveler on a work trip, I certainly wasn’t looking to go nuts! San Antonio definitely seems like a drinking town, so I was glad to have found a spot that didn’t feel so much like that. The staff at Ostra also made me feel very welcomed as a solo diner. I would go back!
Do you have any solo travel experiences with San Antonio?! Comment with your tips!
Stay smart and sexy, Law Babe!