Last Updated on July 11, 2021 by Katrina

Photo credit: Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Resort

The city of San Antonio is the perfect mix of old and new. It’s most famous for the Alamo and its classic Riverwalk, winding through downtown. But it also has the modern crowd-pleasers of Sea World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and expansive family-friendly resorts. With the warm Texas sunshine, a good pool scene is always a welcome amenity. And these hotel pools in San Antonio excel at splashy fun.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa (9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.; 210-647-1234) Far West Side

This 500-room resort sits on 300 acres of a former ranch, just 20 minutes from the airport and the Riverwalk. Travel+ Leisure calls it “a playground for families, thanks to amenities like its own 5-acre water park.” That playscape includes an adult pool, lazy river, water slide, and a FlowRider machine for practicing surfing skills. For non-pool time you can play sand volleyball, bicycle along the nature trails, or play the 27-hole golf course. One Tripadvisor user raves about “a very relaxing environment,” while another says of the wave rider: “you have to reserve a spot and it is an additional cost.”

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa (23808 Resort Pkwy; 210-276-2500) Far North Central

This 1,000-room resort on the northeast side of town is a hit when a water park is your top priority. “Twenty minutes from downtown, the resort is one of the brand’s newest (and largest) properties,” says Travel+Leisure, including “six restaurants, a 26,000-square-foot spa, two golf courses … even a water park.” That water park, dubbed the River Bluff Water Experience, includes a sand beach pool, variety of slides, 1,100-foot lazy river, and a 650-foot inner tube ride that approximates a natural river. “The rooms are average, but you come for the environment, water park, and relaxing,” says one Tripadvisor user. “The food was okay, not the best, but not crazy overpriced. We ate at the pool, and service was great.”

La Cantera Resort & Spa (16641 La Cantera Pkwy; 210-558-6500) Northwest Side

Located 30 minutes outside the city, this 496-room resort is known for its renowned spa, Loma de Vida, and some of the best hotel pools in San Antonio. “It’s a bucolic wonderland stretching across 550 acres of Texas Hill Country,” says Forbes. “You might spot deer, turkey, wild hogs, road runners and armadillos ambling around the golf course and resort.” The resort has four pools—including one just for adults and one for kids, with two slides and a splash areas. In addition, villa guests get their own private pool. Unless you intend to visit the neighboring Six Flags Fiesta Texas, this is a nice plae to just stay put, rather than play tourist in the city itself. “Nice pool. Good food. Nice bar,” says one Google reviewer, but “a bit far out of town to just run into San Antonio to sightsee.”

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country (9800 Westover Hills Blvd.; 210-509-9800) Far West Side

Going to SeaWorld? This 226-room hotel is just five minutes away from the marine life theme park, and it has three pools for you to splash in yourself. “Our family loves this hotel!” says one Tripadvisor user. “My kids love the kiddy splash area because they can splash around without needing to be held the whole time.” On Yelp, a reviewer said the hotel was great for its “beautiful outdoor space with fire pits and a human-size chess board and pools. Room is beautiful!”

The Hotel Emma (136 E Grayson St.; 210-448-8300) Downtown

To soak up both downtown vibes and a cool pool scene, stay at this 146-room boutique hotel that’s part of the Pearl District. The former brewery has become a mixed-use gem of retailers, restaurants, and bars. The hotel mixes shabby-chic décor with cheeky industrial details—like the rooftop pool’s bar, fashioned out of a 1960s beer truck. “Surrounded by terra-cotta clay tiles and chic lounge chairs, the rooftop pool is just as sophisticated as the rest of the hotel anchor of the Pearl Brewery development,” says Texas Monthly. “Don’t leave without ordering the signature margarita.” The hotel is just a two-minute walk from the Alamo and the Riverwalk, too. “What a great hotel and location,” says a Yelp reviewer. “The pool is beautiful, the rooms are upscale and the history is amazing! Can’t wait to come back.”

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