School’s out for summer: Omni La Mansión del Rio debuts exclusive all access San Antonio package for families

Omni HotelsSummer vacation is right around the corner, and to celebrate, San Antonio’s Omni La Mansión del Rio is rolling out the red carpet for both the young and the young at heart. The new All Access San Antonio Family Package offers families an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the top attractions in San Antonio while enjoying Omni La Mansión del Rio’s luxurious accommodations and signature service.

La Mansion ExteriorOmni La Mansión is the only hotel in San Antonio offering a package of this caliber, with guests receiving tickets to the city’s most renowned attractions – including the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum, the Texas Ranger Museum, Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Tomb Rider 3D – as part of the hotel’s unprecedented partnership with Phillips Entertainment Inc. Families will also enjoy one complimentary ticket per guest, per stay, to the Rio San Antonio River Cruise, a 35-minute narrated history of the famed San Antonio River Walk on which Omni La Mansión del Rio resides.

Kitchen Kids BackpackYounger guests will also celebrate the end of the school year in style with an Omni Sensational Kids backpack, their own activity agenda and a special sweet treat turndown consisting of cookies or brownies and milk. Meanwhile, parents (and their wallets) will appreciate the daily breakfast included for each registered guest along with valet parking for one vehicle daily.

The package is available now through the end of 2014. Rates for the All Access San Antonio Family Package start at $369 per night for a family of four, based on availability. For more information or to book your stay at Omni La Mansión del Rio, please call (210) 518-1000 or visit

About Omni La del Rio
Situated on the tranquil River Walk in downtown San Antonio, the historic Omni La Mansión del Rio marries Spanish Colonial architecture and old-world charm with modern comforts.  Hallmarks of this authentic experience include 338 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Las Canarias restaurant, flexible meeting and event space and unparalleled service standards. For more information, call (800) 843-6664 or visit


Have a whale of a good time in Omni San Antonio’s new Aquatica Suite

Omni logo imageThe Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade has long been a favorite destination for families traveling to the Alamo City and a new “attraction” there is sure to create even more excitement for kids.

This March, the Omni Colonnade will unveil its new kids’ fantasy suite, Aquatica. Created through a partnership with SeaWorld San Antonio and the Art Institute of San Antonio – this one of a kind suite transports children into an imaginary oceanic world complete with a coral reef and fascinating sea life, as well as all of the comforts of the “modern world” including double flat screen TV’s, video consoles, and Sting Ray bean bag chairs.

“You really have to see this suite to believe it,” said Delfin Ortiz, the General Manager of the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade and the visionary behind the project. “Our goal in designing this unique suite was simple: from the minute our young guests literally slide into the room we want them to be mesmerized and inspired by their surroundings.”

Omni Aquatica Suite

Dwight Driskill with Sea World San Antonio gives his vote of approval as construction continues on the new Omni Colonnade Aquatica Suite.

The fantasy suite, designed by Art Institute interior design student Katelyn Goudge, includes a brilliant aqua-blue “ocean floor,” bubble chairs designed to create the illusion of a beneath-the-ocean hang out, a floor-to-ceiling 3D coral wall; and a built-in salt water aquarium featuring life fish, coral reefs, seaweed and plenty of bubbles.

To give kids plenty of room to enjoy their ocean paradise, a pair of specially designed Murphy beds unfold from the wall. A treasure chest filled with books and costumes provides plenty of opportunity for children’s imaginations to run wild.

For the adults, there’s an adjoining bedroom and separate bathroom. Checking on the kids is easy even when the door between the two rooms is closed thanks to a creative porthole in the door.

The Aquatica Suite will be finished by March 1, coinciding with Sea World’s 50th anniversary. The Aquatica Suite along with the hotel’s other fantasy suite, is setting a new creative standard for kid-centric hotel suites, and is the talk of the industry across the U.S.

For more information about fantasy suites at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade as well as other accommodations and services, please visit

Omni at the Colonnade undergoing major renovations

Omni logo imageOn the heels of it being named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 hotels in San Antonio, the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is poised for some exciting upgrades and additions in 2013.

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The hotel’s 326 guest rooms are undergoing an extensive makeover in the 2nd phase of a of a two-phase $6 million dollar renovation project. The renovations, which will began in February and are slated for completion by May 25, 2013, and will end with luxury guest rooms and corridors ready to be enjoyed by all. The elevator lobbies and corridors will also be undergoing a face lift. The hotel will remain open during the renovations with no disruption in the quality of guest services.

The new look throughout the hotel features a Southwest motif showcasing earth tone textures with pops of warm, bright color and a Texas flare with leather and iron accents. Look closely at the corridor carpeting and you will find an abstract Alamo reference in the design. The casual yet elegant décor, designed to appeal to the sophisticated business traveler.

Omni hotel imageThe hotel is a popular evening dinners and receptions with a 10,000 square foot ballroom and two 3,000 square foot ballrooms. Coupled with additional smaller meeting rooms, Omni at the Colonnade has a total of 23,000 square feet of meeting space.

For families with children, there will soon be an exciting new option for their stay at the Omni: a Sea World-themed kids’ suite. Like the other kids’ fantasy suite at the Omni San Antonio, the children’s space will include kid-friendly furnishings and amenities adjoined with a beautifully appointed “grown up suite” next door.

Omni Delfin OrtizThe unique kid suite design- which calls for a slide in entry sure to wow kids- will be the brainchild of one lucky San Antonio Art Institute student whose winning design was selected from the many proposals submitted by Art Institute students. Omni general manager Delfin Ortiz reached out to the school seeking fun creative ideas for the special space.

The extensive renovations and new kids suite will continue the Omni at the Colonnade’s long standing tradition of providing the best lodging and customer service San Antonio has to offer.

“We offer something for everyone. Whether it is a group, family or the corporate traveler, we will provide a memorable experience,” said Ortiz.

While the new kids’ suite will feed children’s imaginations, the hotel’s chef-driven restaurant, Bolo’s, will provide a feast for the soul for everyone as it unveils a special new dinner menu – focused on what Sous Chef Sam Boisjoly calls “Latin American Soul food.”

“It has been my dream to create the flavors of Latin America in a soulful way,” said Boisjoly.

Bolo’s will continue its popular daily breakfast buffet, “The Art of Breakfast” serving fan favorites including Omelets made to order by the Omelet Chef plus a gluten free section and Starbucks coffee. A new Sunday brunch option is planned for launch this year.

A grand re-opening celebrating the many exciting changes at Omni at the Colonnade is scheduled for Summer, 2013.

For more information, please call (210) 691-8888 or visit


  • Phase 1 (complete) – Flat screen TV / low boys consoles / in-room safe / new mini bars / curved shower rods and additional outlets on all desks / Modernized elevators
  • Phase 2 (underway) – Replacing wall vinyl and painting walls / new carpeting /  new bedding / furniture / lighting package / bathroom amenities / new elevator lobbies and corridors with new artwork
  • When you walk on the floor, it will be like a new hotel. All suites will be renovated with all new furnishings and we will be adding a new kid’s fantasy suite with an Aquatica theme. This will be a joint effort with SeaWorld (the kid’s suite).

SeaWorld San Antonio’s 25th Operating Season in Full-swing

One Ocean Approved Hi Res 3SeaWorld San Antonio has kicked off its 25th operating season by offering more days to enjoy the park. This year, SeaWorld has 231 operating days on the calendar, making it the most days in a single year that the seasonal theme park has operated in more than two decades. The park will feature a variety of amazing animals during “Wild Days” every weekend in February.

SeaWorld’s waterpark, Aquatica, will usher in spring when it opens on March 2, which is the earliest advertised 2013 opening of an outdoor waterpark in Texas. The new waterpark opened in May 2012 and features up-close animal experiences along with water rides from the serene to the extreme.

On Saturdays from March 2 through June 1, SeaWorld guests can enjoy extended hours for Spring into Night, featuring the park’s hottest nighttime shows, including:

  • “Shamu Rocks!,” a crowd rockin’, electrifying show      featuring SeaWorld’s famous killer whale, Shamu.
  • “Sea Lions Tonite,” showcasing pinniped-pranksters, Clyde and Seamore, as they spoof the park’s daytime shows.
  • “Elmo Rocks,” a Sesame Street rock ‘n roll musical show starring Elmo with Zoe, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie.
  • “Sesame Street Bay of Play Block Party,” guests can dance and sing along with all their favorite Sesame Street friends.

SeaWorld’s “Just for Kids” series takes place on weekends in April and features live children’s shows by nationally-recognized entertainers on Saturdays, including Caillou, Laurie Berkner, Choo Choo Soul and Imagination Movers and the Sesame Street stage show “Elmo Rocks” on Sundays.

On May 4, the park welcomes Dove-award winning and Grammy nominated Christian rock group MercyMe as they headline the park’s Praise Wave event.

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