hotels with indoor pools your kids will love – mySA

Hanging out in Texas is usually all about enjoying the sunshine outdoors, but sometimes we need creative alternatives to be entertained indoors. That’s where it’s helpful to find a place with a nice indoor pool.

Whether you’re planning a staycation and want to lounge poolside or are coming from further afield and looking for a hotel where you can unwind after exploring the River Walk all day, you’ll find some great San Antonio hotels with indoor pool access that’s often granted at more extended hours than many outdoor hotel pools around town.

Located downtown, a couple blocks from the River Walk, San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter boasts a heated indoor/outdoor pool as one of its best amenities.

Located downtown, a couple blocks from the River Walk, San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter boasts a heated indoor/outdoor pool as one of its best amenities.

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter via Yelp

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

Located steps from the beloved River Walk, the San Antonio Marriott is near loads of local attractions, including The Alamo, La Villita Historic Village, The Amazing Mirror Maze, The Briscoe Western Art Museum and the Shops at Rivercenter mall. The hotel has balcony views overlooking the picturesque area and features two on-site restaurants — but the real draw is the heated indoor-outdoor pool.

Indoors, a glass-enclosed sunroom has a deck lined with lounge chairs surrounding the spacious pool which includes a swim-through entryway leading to the outdoor pool deck. With the ability to freely swim between the two sides, you can escape the heat indoors with the cool air and refreshing water, while you can enjoy the skyline view as you swim in the outside portion. Towel service is provided and the pool is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., meaning you can swim morning, noon and night during your stay.

Find it: 101 Bowie St., San Antonio, Texas 78205; 210-223-1000

The Eilan Hotel & Spa San Antonio has an indoor junior Olympic-size pool for swimming laps in any weather. It's one of the best hotel pools in the city if you prefer an athletic swim to a relaxed one.

The Eilan Hotel & Spa San Antonio has an indoor junior Olympic-size pool for swimming laps in any weather. It’s one of the best hotel pools in the city if you prefer an athletic swim to a relaxed one.

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Eilan Hotel & Spa San Antonio

The Eilan Hotel & Spa’s grand facade and entryway is just the first taste of the elegance that awaits inside. Situated on 100 acres in the foothills of Texas Hill Country, it’s one of the most luxurious San Antonio hotels with an indoor pool. In addition to its close proximity to the city, the Eilan Hotel is also conveniently situated near Six Flags, the airport and The Shops at La Cantera.

While the heated outdoor pool includes an expansive poolside deck surrounded by cabanas, a hot tub, access to water sports, a bar and a garden for relaxing in, the Eilan has even more ways to unwind inside. In addition to the indoor lap pool, there’s a 12,000-square-foot gym and a spa with 10 treatment rooms and a range of services promised to relax and rejuvenate.

Find it: 18603 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, Texas 78256; 210-598-2900

The indoor pool at Home2 Suites by Hilton San Antonio Downtown is fairly small but makes for a nice place to relax with a quick soak after exploring the city. The hotel is in a plum location, about a block from the River Walk.

The indoor pool at Home2 Suites by Hilton San Antonio Downtown is fairly small but makes for a nice place to relax with a quick soak after exploring the city. The hotel is in a plum location, about a block from the River Walk.

Home2Suites San Antonio by Hilton San Antonio Downtown via Yelp

Home2 Suites by Hilton San Antonio Downtown

If the indoor pool is the top priority on your list of reasons to book a room, this Home2 Suites by Hilton may not be the optimum choice, but it’s got a great downtown location and a small place to soak inside. The hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions, like The Alamo and River Walk, and is a short drive to places like the San Antonio Zoo and Six Flags. There are the boilerplate amenities you probably expect, like a complimentary breakfast buffet and free WiFi — but this hotel also boasts some unique features. It’s queen and king studio rooms have well-stocked kitchenettes with fold-out sofas to accommodate families, plus it’s pet-friendly so no one is left out.

The hotel has a spacious fitness center and an indoor saline pool, which is easier on your skin than chlorine options, although the pool isn’t terribly spacious. The Home2 Suites doesn’t have an outdoor pool, so keep that in mind if you also want a place to catch some rays while you soak.

Find it: 603 Navarro St., San Antonio, Texas 78205; 210-354-4366

In addition to a heated outdoor pool on its 22nd-floor rooftop, the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk also has a spacious indoor pool and hot tub. This unique hotel is housed in the former home of Alamo National Bank.

In addition to a heated outdoor pool on its 22nd-floor rooftop, the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk also has a spacious indoor pool and hot tub. This unique hotel is housed in the former home of Alamo National Bank.

Druty Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk

Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk

Housed in the former home of Alamo National Bank, the 24-story Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk has majestic 50-foot ceilings, stained glass windows and travertine floors which combine for a feeling of historic elegance. Located right along the River Walk, this impressive hotel is worth looking into if location is paramount.

The Drury Plaza has some seriously top-notch amenities to go along with its impressive stature, including a 24-hour fitness center, a free hot breakfast buffet, afternoon popcorn and soda, and what the hotel calls a 5:30 Kickback, which sees complimentary beer, wine, cocktails and fresh food served for 90 minutes each evening. The heated rooftop pool has two whirlpools, but there’s also an indoor pool and hot tub, so you can take a dip no matter the weather or time of year. 

Find it:105 South St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, Texas 78205; 210-270-7799

The indoor pool at Westin San Antonio North is shown. The heated pool opens at 6 a.m. daily and towel service is always provided.

The indoor pool at Westin San Antonio North is shown. The heated pool opens at 6 a.m. daily and towel service is always provided.

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The Westin San Antonio North

This family- and pet-friendly San Antonio hotel is the perfect blend of luxury and comfort, offering plenty of amenities but featuring a vibe that’s relaxed enough that you can actually enjoy it with your little ones. Offering 326 rooms in a 19-story high rise, among its amenities are both an indoor and outdoor pool, a steam room, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, an expansive fitness center and a spa.

The heated indoor pool at The Westin San Antonio North is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and towel service is provided. At the outdoor pool — which is also heated — enjoy a dive-in movie on Saturday nights during the summer, where you can catch a flick without leaving the water. Additional amenities include the option for in-room massages, a free airport shuttle and ample free parking. The Westin makes an ideal staycation for the whole family (including Fido), especially when an indoor pool is at the top of your list of priorities.

Find it: 9821 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78230; 210-961-8888

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