Howdy, folks. I’m back from “San Antone” and ready to give you my two cents on where I stayed and why you may want to stay there too or hold your next event there.
first up, ambience & decor
Most of Texas is flat as a pancake, with sky and land as far as you can see. But, when you venture into the San Antonio area you’re now rolling with the homies (or convention attendees and visitors in this case). The Westin La Cantera is perched high in the hills with amazing panoramic views of the town and golf course below.
They say everything is bigger in Texas and this hotel is no different. You walk into the expanse of the lobby with fireplaces on either side, a lobby bar and plenty of seating to boot. If you continue to walk straight you head directly into the outdoor courtyard. Perfect for holding a welcome reception or two.
Although expansive, the hotel has a certain warmth. Maybe it’s a bit of south(ern) hospitality as everyone greets you from the bellhop to the concierge.
I’d be remisced if I didn’t mention the pool area. There are bridges, waterfalls and semi-private lounging areas. Get a tan and watch golfers roll by in their carts. Want something a bit more active. Then take a hike. Really, there’s a trail that goes through the property.
next, a little slumber & suds
Plenty of space and plenty of comfort. Huge king size bed, flat screen t.v. and large bathroom area. No whoop de doe’s overall, but totally comfortable. What I particularly enjoyed was the vanity area to do my hair and makeup each day. The private balcony was also nice touch. As far as suds go, I didn’t make any, but I did make it rain with the shower head.
get out & about
I was pretty much held captive at the hotel (the perils of being an event manager) but once the show was over I went and got a little “weird”. Austin weird that is. Austin is about 1.5 hours from the hotel and if you can find time in your schedule it’s worth the trip. I felt a bit too “normal” to roam the sidewalks of 6th Street but it was an experience nonetheless. Live music, Tex-Mex and $2 beers or $3 wild turkey if your heart desired. Or running into a random “concert” by the Spazmatics in an open courtyard.
Want a thrill? Then go to Six Flags, it’s literally down the road. You can buy discount tickets at Henrietta’s deli in the hotel.
I didn’t do it on this trip because I’ve already been, but downtown San Antonio and the Riverwalk are about 15 minutes away if there’s no traffic. I’d recommend that trip if you’ve never been. Otherwise, I’d just enjoy the seclusion of this resort.
hmmm, what else?
If you’re an event planner like me, I’d recommend this place for an executive-level meeting. It allows for privacy, a golf course is down the hill, casitas away from the main “house” and plenty of dining options. It’s rare you find good conference room and unfortunately this hotel fell into that trap. I ate at Brannon’s, their casual dining option for most of my meals.
Need a FedEx or a just a little shopping or chain restaurant fix? You have two shopping centers within reach. The hotel shuttle takes you to their shopping area and there’s a shopping center not too much further down the road that has a UPS, FedEx and Target at your fingertips.
Want to venture out? Rent a car. Otherwise, you’re at the mercy of taxi’s and the limited travel area of the hotel shuttle.