In case you’ve been hiding under some kind of rock lately (which, post-holidays, we totally understand), you’ve probably heard about the mega intersection of college basketball and San Antonio culture: the 2018 Final Four NCAA Tournament.
After the calorie overload and bank account underload of the holidays, college basketball gives America the chance to leave real-world troubles behind and dive into a fantastical land of brackets and dream teams (and the chance to win a little cash!).
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For some, it might even be the chance to take a vacation. Whether you have one of those coveted tickets or not, the Final Four tournament offers everyone the chance to be a part of the festivities. From entertainment and music festivals to community work and the chance to volunteer, March 31- April 2 will be an incredible time to be in San Antonio.
But, as we all know, all good trips require good planning...the crux of which is the question, “Where will you we stay?” The answer often determines your comfort level, ease of travel, itinerary, and far more. From the location to the amenities to the price, your choice of accommodation will often determine the overall feel of your trip.
So how do you choose the right one?
Rather than a cookie-cutter hotel room, many modern vacationers are opting for a more tailored (and private!) set of locations, sizes, and amenities through homestay sites like Airbnb and VRBO. Staying in the neighborhood of your choice allows you to get to know the city from a different angle, offsetting your chance to discover hidden gems along with popular attractions.
But how do you choose the right home close to the Alamodome? Thankfully, we’ve got your back. Below, we’ve compiled a list of homes in various neighborhoods within a 15-minute drive of the Alamodome (several even within walking distance!).
Commute Time: 10-minute drive
Besides earning the title of “Cutest Dang House on Our List,” this adorable guest house boasts a location that is paramount in its appeal. Located in the heart of Central San Antonio, guests can easily walk to an array of popular area restaurants and attractions, including Central Market, Witte Museum, and Brackenridge Park! Plus, the front steps of the Alamodome are a mere 10-minute drive.
Commute Time: 11-minute drive
Located in the lap of old-world luxury (Terrell Hills), this “Modern Master Suite with Private Entrance” offers a modern, minimalist take on luxury living. Plus, if guests need more space (the original listing sleeps 4), the full duplex can be rented out to ensure maximum guests and privacy!
Commute Time: 11 min drive
One look at this prim little cottage and we were sold. According to the listing, “luxury and comfort converge in this cozy two bedroom home in Terrell Heights ...and at a surprisingly affordable price ($35/night), might we add! Touted as, “the perfect place for couples, adventurers, business travelers, families, and pets,” the home features a king bed in the master suite, two twin beds sleep in the second bedroom and a comfort sleeper sofa with a memory foam mattress.
Commute Time: 5-minute drive, 15-minute walk
Located in the heart of Downtown San Antonio, this contemporary, spacious home offers peaceful natural light and design within the hubbub of the city. Located uber-close to the San Antonio Riverwalk, the Alamodome (obviously), and the art and culinary scene of Southtown, this charming little condominium is perfect for anyone who wants the ultimate perk of walkability.
Commute Time: 5 min drive, 23-minute walk
Located in one of Southtown’s favorite historic neighborhoods, this beautifully-renovated King William home is a total breath of fresh air. Originally built in 1907, the property has been totally re-imagined with thoughtful details, from shady porches to natural wood and plenty of light. The central location is offset by peaceful surroundings in a gorgeous historic neighborhood...only two tree-lined blocks from the Riverwalk or lively Alamo Street!
Commute Time: 3-minute drive, 14-minute walk
The resident hipsters of the group are sure to enjoy this historic Southtown craftsman property, restored to its original glory (and then some) with plenty of sunlight and natural wood. And, from amazing restaurants to trails for biking and walking to the River Walk, its location simply can’t be beat. Enjoy a stroll to the Alamodome in just under 15 minutes!
Commute Time: 3-minute drive, 10-minute walk
A location just five blocks from the Alamodome?! Lovingly referred to as “The Nevada Haus”, this Central East gem is a re-built 1916 beauty located just a five-minute drive from all the attractions of downtown.
Commute Time: 4-minute drive, 20-minute walk
Located in the Dignowity Hill neighborhood (or “Diggy Hill” as the listing calls it!), The Pine Haus is a renovated historic home built in 1925, just minutes from downtown! Filled with light, great art, and a huge porch, this duplex features two units, which together can accommodate eight guests. The setup allows for maximum privacy, and the design features beautiful details.
Commute Time: 10-minute drive
Smack dab in the heart of the historic “Deco District” (famous for its 1920’s architecture/origins and charm), this 1920's restored home is the very definition of the word “quaint.” Featuring natural light and beautifully furnished rooms, your stay in the Monticello Park will be as peaceful as it is nostalgic. Plus, the area is within walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, and the Woodlawn Theater, and just a 10-minute drive to downtown San Antonio and the Riverwalk!
10. Playa Bonita
Commute Time: 10 minute drive
Lovingly named "Playa Bonita", this Monticello Park property sits nestled just 10 minutes from the Alamodome. Located on the second floor of a guest house (with a private path and entry!), this beautiful private space features a small kitchenette, cozy seating area, and full bath.
Are the properties we listed already taken? Here’s a link to find others in the city! Use our custom map of San Antonio neighborhoods to find the right property for you (hopefully close to the Alamodome!).
We will warn you, though...if you come to visit one of our beautiful neighborhoods, you may just fall in love with the Alamo City! If you find yourself interested in finding a place of your own in San Antonio (be it a vacation home or a primary residence), we’d love to help you get started. We’ll connect you with a lender, set you up with the perfect agent, provide you with exclusive resources, and show you around our wonderful town.