I was provided a complimentary stay at the Courtyard Marriott SeaWorld/Westover Hills for review. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to planning our family vacations, I always look for a hotel that offers 3 major things: location, comfortable and spacious rooms/atmosphere and affordability. Being a family with an infant, traveling can be a little more stressful than normal since everywhere we stay we have to make sure we have space to put a pack and play. We recently visited the Courtyard Marriott SeaWorld/Westover Hills for a planned SeaWorld San Antonio vacation and was extremely happy to find that they blew away all of my expectations!
If your headed to SeaWorld San Antonio or their sister waterpark, Aquatica; the Courtyard Marriott SeaWorld/Westover Hills is right where you want to be. This Shamu Approved Hotel© is only 2 miles from the park and offers a VERY convenient and FREE shuttle service to and from the parks. We took advantage of this service during our stay and the shuttle drivers were very nice, helpful and more than willing to accommodate our family. The hotel does suggest signing up your family for the shuttle at the time you wish to leave to make sure there are enough reserved spots for everyone in your party. This is easily done by dropping by the front desk.
If your looking for downtown San Antonio fun, the hotel is a mere 20 minute drive from the downtown area and is also close to many local Westover Hills restaurants (some of which are covered through the free shuttle service) and other family friendly attractions such as:
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- San Antonio Riverwalk
- San Antonio Zoo
- The Alamo
- Lackland Air Force Base
- Schlitterbahn Waterpark
Do know that parking is an extra charge at the hotel and costs $8 per night.
Recently, the hotel has been undergoing an entire renovation period that is happening in stages so when we visited, certain floors and rooms were not available. Although the hotel is receiving make-over, you’d never know by walking through it. The lobby is beautiful, offering a a large eating area for their in-house cafe, The Bistro as well as an very nice and relaxing area where their Waves Lounge is located. The pool and hot tub are centrally located in the middle of the hotel’s outdoor courtyard with a section that is also indoors. The pool offers a swim-up pool bar which is open seasonally starting in May as well as food service. Towels are provided and the pool is heated throughout the year. I loved that they offered a very shallow, almost zero-entry area for little ones with water spouts.
Our room was on the third floor and included two double beds, a pull-out clam shell shaped couch, TV, mini-fridge, dresser, desk and chair. The room was very spacious, which was great for setting up our pack and play. The room was a great size and I have to comment on how INCREDIBLY comfy the beds are! The only setback was that our view consisted of a very large and very full dumpster, which I attributed to the renovations going on but we weren’t too worried about it.
We ate at The Bistro through out our stay and I have to compliment them on how AMAZING their food was! Very well priced and also offering room service, The Bistro offers breakfast, lunch and dinner fare such as made to order french toast and breakfast sandwiches, a blackened shrimp sandwich which was out of this world good, chicken alfredo and even fun finger food such as wings, onion rings and calamari. They also offered pre-made fresh fruit cups, desserts, cocktails and Starbucks coffee. In the morning, the Waves Lounge prepares an all you can eat breakfast buffet for $7 per person which we loved!
Throughout our stay the staff was impeccable! We loved all the service we received, from the super friendly desk clerks in the lobby, the more than hospitable bartender in the Waves Lounge to the waiters and waitresses at The Bistro who were more than understanding that we had small children with us and made sure our food was fast and the kids were happy.
All in all, we had a wonderful stay at the Courtyard Marriott SeaWorld/Westover Hills! The location is prime for SeaWorld/Aquatica visits yet still great for taking in San Antonio as a whole. If you are headed to the San Antonio area soon and looking for a very family friendly place to stay, I would highly recommend the Courtyard Marriott SeaWorld/Westover Hills! I can certainly see us heading back and very much look forward to seeing the hotel once it’s finished it’s renovations.
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Christina Sparks says
I haven’t been to Sea World since I was a little kid. When I went it rained.