Posted March 7th, 2018, 02:50 AM
We are on a South America cruise next winter and are also looking for a place to stay in San Antonio. We like to stay in the city of embarkation so we don't have to worry about weather, transportation strikes, etc. I'll be watching to see if more suggestions are forthcoming on this post! There's not many recommended hotels in San Antonio and the ratings are poor. Because the use of the port of San Antonio is a recent development, we are hoping some of this year's travelers will do reviews of their accommodations.
We just got back Monday from an NCL 16 day cruise from San Antonio to Miami. We stayed in San Antonio at a boutique hotel called the Terra Mia. We really liked it. It is perched on the hillside overlooking the port, brand new, family owned and inexpensive ($75 US cash at Booking.com). The draw backs are the rooms are very small, but adequate for a night's stay. It is a bit noisy, as the train is down the hill and blows it's whistle when it goes through. I could also hear the sea birds below. But the train is right next to the casino hotel at the bottom of the hill (I'm told the casino is the only "real" hotel in town), so I would think you would hear the train there also. I don't recall hearing the train at night, just during a nap when we first arrived.
But we loved this little hotel. It's brand new, as I said, and was built specifically for the cruise ships now coming in. It's lovely. It has only 6 rooms. We were warmly greeted at the door, helped up the stairs with the suitcases (There is no elevator, but there is only one floor up and they will bring up your suitcases.) The family was having lunch in the breakfast room when we arrived and all said hello and introduced themselves. Really lovely people. The breakfast room (but guests gathered, sat and talked there all day) overlooks the harbor below. Breakfast was served by the family and was delicious. We lingered and talked until after noon. You can climb down the stairs next to the hotel down to the harbor area below where there is a fish market with pelicans and sea lions laying nearby. Also in the harbor area are many vendors with their offerings spread out on blankets and in carts. The family who owns the hotel also have a restaurant nearby. We tried another restaurant on 21 de Mayo St #274 (just below the Terra Mia) called Logrono Restaurant. It also looks out on the harbor. The charming man who served us, didn't speak English, but had a menu with English under the Spanish. The steak was the best we have ever had. The door to the restaurant is located up a set of enclosed stairs into a courtyard. It's not Santiago by any stretch of the imagination, but I think San Antonio was great for a night's stay.