One Night in San Antonio
Adam and I recently went to San Antonio for a little one night getaway — well, not exactly recently — it was last Christmas Eve to be exact. It was my first time staying in San Antonio overnight and it’s been on my “to blog” list ever since. We stayed at the Liz Lambert owned Hotel Havana which was originally built in 1914 and opened in 2010 as a boutique, dog friendly hotel.
Our dog Lucy approved of the simple and evocative room decor.
Hotel Havana provides freshly laundered and bleached bedding for both human and canine guests. Lucy settled right into her bed near the window.
The exterior of the building is designed in Mediterranean Revival style and each floor features a patio that is available to all guests. Ocho — a bar and restaurant with Cuban flair — is nestled near the hotel entrance.
Lucy and I posed in front of Ocho on an evening walk. This was before we settled her into the room and went down their ourselves for drinks and huitlacoche quesadillas. It’s a beautiful space that opens up to the River Walk, with cozy velvet couches and romantic lighting.
After our drinks and appetizer, we walked from Ocho to Bohanan’s – a ten minute walk that was sketchy for the first half and lovely for the 2nd half. Bohanan’s was very classy and we both greatly enjoyed our cocktails. I ordered a Brooklynite with Anejo rum, lime juice, honey, and angostura bitters. That cocktail was so tasty and well-made — to this day I dream about it.
Both Adam and I weren’t feeling any pain at this point and we headed to dinner at John Besh’s Luke. It was Christmas Eve so perhaps they were under-staffed that night, but neither of us particularly enjoyed our meal for what we paid. However, Adam really likes John Besh’s food and he says he would give it another shot on a normal night.
The next morning, we ordered room service at the Hotel Havana, which I assume was made at Ocho, and it was delicious (and reasonably priced). The highlight was the basket of griddled flour tortillas with blackberry butter and local honey but the pancakes had nothing to be ashamed of either. The best part was that we were able to eat on the patio (joined by Lucy).
Here we are snuggled on the patio after breakfast. Please excuse the PDA — we were celebrating our 1st anniversary!
After breakfast, we took Lucy for a walk on the River Walk just outside the hotel.
Before we headed back to Austin, we did San Antonio Conservation’s self-guided driving tour to check out historic signage and buildings around the city. Among the stops was Pig Stand #29 that has been open since 1931. We stopped in for a chocolate milkshake.
Other worthwhile stops on the driving tour were the El Tropicano (originally opened in 1962 and still operates as a hotel), Kiddie Park (dating back to 1925, it has been touted as the nation’s oldest public park for children - new owners spruced it up in 2010), Ranch Motel (opened in 1948 and still runs – you probably don’t want to stay there now), and Earl Abel’s (the neon signage from the original Earl Abel’s restaurant was salvaged and moved in 2006 prior to the original building’s demolition).
Overall the driving tour was interesting, although many of the “stops” on the tour no longer exist, so that was disappointing at times. That said we enjoyed getting off the beaten San Antonio tourist path and enjoyed the treasures we uncovered.Tags: Bohanans, Brooklynite, cocktail, conservation, dog friendly, driving tour, hotel havana, John Besh, Luke, Ocho, river walk, road trip, room service, san antonio, signs, vintage