For family-friendly fun, few vacation destinations can top the SeaWorld family of amusement parks. While there are a few scattered about the country, a great option for a budget-conscious trip is the San Antonio, TX park. Although San Antonio is a popular vacation spot in its own right, for the most part travel there won’t come with the often through-the-roof price tags of a trip to San Diego, CA or Orlando, FL. With a vibrant nightlife, rich cultural history, and beautiful river walk district all but bursting with mouth-watering eateries, SeaWorld isn’t the only reason to come; there are literally countless reasons to stay.If you’ve already chosen to take a trip to the SeaWorld in San Antonio, or are still on the fence about which park is right for you, a list of conveniently located hotels near SeaWorld San Antonio may be more than a little helpful.
Like any tourist destination, there is no shortage of hotels in San Antonio advertising how near to SeaWorld their facilities are. While “near” is a subjective term, more than four or five miles may be stretching it. With that in mind, the following list takes a look at the closet hotels nearest to SeaWorld San Antonio.
To preface, the star ratings provided are in reference to the “class” of hotel based on amenities offered, size of facility, etc. Customer satisfaction in the hotel is indicated by a separate out-of-five ranking, calculated by aggregating the ratings of guests who have reviewed the accommodation after staying there. Star and quality ratings, as well as quotes, were gathered from Trip Adviser.
Accommodations Near Sea World
Staybridge Suites San Antonio SeaWorld
Located less than a mile from the park, this three star hotel is as close as you can stay to SeaWorld next to camping out beneath the front gate. The hotel has 98 rooms in total, and offers features such as a fitness center, swimming pool, free parking, and free high-speed internet. With a total of 75 reviews logged, the hotel boasts a four and a half out of five customer satisfaction rating, with 94% of respondents giving it a positive review.
“Large rooms, a king bed, modern kitchenette, large bath. A straight shot to Sea World entrance. While there are less expensive hotels, in this case you get what you pay for. After a full day of walking in the sun at Sea World, I’m very happy we had this room to come back to.” – NevilleTheHero on May 19, 2013
Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch
Clocking in at just under two miles outside of the park, the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch is a three and a half star facility that lives up to the title “ranch.” Adjacent to a golf course, the hotel has an 156 rooms, bar and lounge, restaurant, free high-speed internet and parking, a swimming pool, and more. The Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch has a four and a half out of five customer satisfaction score, with 272 reviews submitted. It is ranked #17 out of 343 hotels in San Antonio, with 85% of respondents giving it a positive review.
“The kids loved all the activities provided. We loved that so many of them were free – s’mores by the fires in the evening, an outdoor movie, dance night with inexpensive but tasty fresh tacos, an amazing animal show… many we could touch. Of course the lazy river was a favorite with all. They did not have all the activities when we stayed here a couple of years ago. The additions were wonderful!!” – Steven N on June 11, 2013
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa
One of the most recognizable names in the hotel industry, Hilton has a 227 room spa and hotel near SeaWorld San Antonio at just under one mile away. As expected of a facility with the word “spa” in the title, the Hilton features numerous amenities including activities for children, swimming pool, bar and lounge, and is even pet friendly. After 418 reviews the hotel has a customer satisfaction rating of three and a half out of five. Lower ranked than the previous two, the Hilton received positive reviews from only 61% of respondents. The Hilton offers a free shuttle to and from SeaWorld.
“We had a very nice stay at this Hilton and it was extremely close to SeaWorld! When we arrived, we were given sticks and marshmallows for my kids so that they could roast them on an outdoor fire. We dined in the restaurant at the hotel. Food was good but our waiter was missing most of the time. Ordered room service the next morning… they forgot our coffee but brought it up a little later. Breakfast food was great!” – BonCharpeyt on May 31, 2013
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
By far the largest hotel near SeaWorld San Antonio, this facility truly lives up to its “resort” namesake. This four star resort is situated on 300 acres of woodlands, but does not sacrifice proximity to the park for setting as it is located only one mile away. Guest satisfaction has been high, as the facilities have a rating of four out of five after 611 reviews. Overall 80% of respondents submitted a positive review of the resort. Aside from the impressive scenery of the grounds, the resort offers amenities such as activities for kids, free high-speed internet, swimming pool, restaurant, and more.
“When you check in, the front desk clerks are very attentive and show you where everything is around the resort! The food was a little pricey, but it is that way at all of te [sic] resorts. The rooms were clean. The waterpark is one of the best hotel waterparks I have ever seen. For a weekend getaway, this is the perfect resort!!” – Calfroper76 on June 12, 2013
Holiday Inn San Antonio NW – SeaWorld Area
Just south of the park by a little under two miles, this three star hotel happens to be Holiday Inn’s first LEED certified “Green Hotel.” The certification is in recognition of the energy efficient technology utilized on the property. This 194 room facility features amenities such as free high-speed internet, fitness center, swimming pool, restaurant, and shuttle bus service among others. The current guest satisfaction rating is three out of five stars based on 102 reviews; 61% of respondents gave the hotel a positive review.
“I was disappointed with the limited selection at the restaurant when we stopped for breakfast. Food wasn’t great, service was slow… and selection was minimal because they were swamped. But, before we could even think of complaining, the manager stopped by to apologize for the out-of-the-norm conditions during breakfast and said the buffet was on the house.” – K8enMatt on May 20, 2013
Courtyard San Antonio SeaWorld / Westover Hills
A Marriot property, this three star hotel boasts 179 rooms and is located about a mile and half north of the park. They claim to be a “Shamu Approved Hotel,” although just what that entails is not entirely clear. Amenities offered at this location include a bar and lounge, restaurant, free high-speed internet, swimming pool, and shuttle bus service. The hotel holds a customer satisfaction rating of four and a half out of five, with 102 reviews submitted; 90% of respondents gave the facilities a positive review.
“On top of the superior staff and management, the hotel itself is very clean and well maintained, the pool is nice, and the bar is well-stocked. The pool also has a walk-in area (zero entry) with small fountains for the younger kids. We’ve had room service a couple of times, and it was very good. Try the nachos! The beds are very comfortable, and the pillows are just the right firmness.” – Corey Zon May 10, 2013
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Antonio SeaWorld / Westover Hills
Another Marriot property, this location smaller than its neighbor, a fact contributing to its two and half star rating. Located near the Courtyard San Antonio about a mile and half north of SeaWorld, this hotel’s features include a swimming pool, free high-speed internet, fitness center, free breakfast, and shuttle bus service. With 69 reviews logged, the hotel currently holds a guest satisfaction rating of four out of five, and 79% of respondents gave it a positive review.
“The only real benefit here is that the staff was wonderful. They were above average. Every staff member was very nice and accommodating… Cleanliness was average, at least. We did not have any issues with that. If breakfast is important, this is not the place for you. The breakfast area is very small, and was completely packed with people during most of breakfast hours, and they ran out of several items on the weekend mornings.” – Lori C on June 14, 2013
Comfort Inn Near SeaWorld
The last hotel near SeaWorld San Antonio is a little farther afield at just over three and a half miles, and if you’re driving to the park you’ll need to backtrack two miles to jump on the appropriate freeway making it more like five and a half. This two star hotel* currently holds a four out of five rating for guest satisfaction based on 51 reviews, and 72% of those were positive. The Hotel has 77 rooms, and amenities include a swimming pool, free high-speed internet, fitness center, and free parking.
“Stayed here for the Easter weekend to visit family. Room was a good size and clean! Breakfast was ok no meat unfortunately. Enough parking even though hotel was sold out almost every day. Front desk staff was ok… Will stay here again & I do recommend!” – GarciaFam2005 on April 13, 2013