Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa

We took a quick weekend trip down to San Antonio last August to celebrate my son’s 13th birthday and to have a sort of “last hurrah” before the start of the school year.  I was working for Hyatt at the time so the obvious choice was to stay at a Hyatt brand property.  Spoiled by the numerous Disney resorts we have stayed at in the past, we decided on the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa since it was the closest match we could agree on.

The resort is large.  It has a main building in the middle of the property and is surrounded by lush, tree covered landscaping.  The resort backs up to a golf course.  This is a view from the back of the main house and the community lawn where they host daily family oriented activities.

Inside the main building is where the check-in area is located.  The decor has an old southern theme to it and was very eye pleasing.  Not quite Disney but was reminiscent of the Disney Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

Texas summers feel like we are living on the equator so the main reason we picked this resort was for their pool area.  There are two main pools and a lazy river that circles around the back of the resort.  In the middle of the lazy river route you float through a sandy “beach” area where you can pull up your float and from there, enjoy the nightly movies on the lawn.  I can’t tell you how many times the kids went around in the river, but it had to have been in the hundreds.  I did suffer a few motherly panic attacks as the current would wisk my 4 foot nothing daughter away and it would be a few minutes before we were reunited again.  I’m sure other guests were hearing me yell “Amber!” in their dreams that night.  There are not the best pictures but I didn’t want to bring my camera into the pool area.

Our room was on the first floor and backed up to the wooded trails area of the resort.  The room itself was tiny and with three kids (my son brought his friend along) we had a very interesting sleeping arrangement. A few evening fights broke out but eventually we got it taken care of.  Below is the view from our patio.  Is that a donkey?  Yes, it’s a donkey.  A local farm owner brought her animals there for a visit and pony rides.  My daughter and I spent a while talking to the lady there and enjoyed petting the animals.  My personal favorite was her potbellied pig…Mr. Baron VonSwine.

There are a few dining options at the hotel.  We took advantage of my employee food and beverage discount and enjoyed a really good dinner and breakfast buffet.  The kids ate to their hearts’ intent…as you can see here:

They also have a good pizza place right off of the pool area where we were all able to eat for under $20.

On our second day we braved the Texas heat and went to visit the Alamo since the boys were begging to see it.  Once inside and after 2 minutes they said “Ok, we’re done and ready to go”.  I visited the Alamo years ago however it seems so much smaller to me now.

We took a walk along the Riverwalk and after a couple of hours were nice a sweaty just in time to return to the resort for an evening swim.

It was a nice get away weekend and I think the kids enjoyed it.  They’ve been asking to go back to the lazy river so we’ll see what kind of a travel agent discount I can get next time!

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