There are several Holiday Inns within the downtown area of San Antonio. I usually stay at Holiday Inns which are cheaper than the conference hotels at the meetings I go to. On this trip the conference hotel is the new Grand Hyatt right next to the San Antonio River Walk. I stayed just a half mile away for less than half the price. But sometimes a short distance can make a huge difference. From the Grand Hyatt to the Holiday Inn Express, you walk under a highway, past a few bars and a Ruth's Chris Steak House, then across the railroad tracks and into a warehouse area. The hotel is just three blocks away. But across the street from the very sad looking Magott's Grocery Store.
And the whole area around Magott's including my hotel, definitely looked like industrial decay. Very different from the River Walk and the surrounding restaurants.
I walked over and bought a Vitamin Water. The guys who work there were very friendly but that is one difficult name to put on top of a score advertising Fresh Meat.