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Tower of the Americas, San Antonio

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Civic Center Observation Deck
When passing through San Antonio, don’t miss dining in the rotating restaurant at Tower of the Americas. This 230 m (750 ft) tower, located in the middle of HemisFair park, was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 until 1996. The panoramic view is best seen from the observation desk, which is easily accessible by an elevator. If you like a challenge, though, you can climb the 952 steps to the top. A 4-D movie about the history of Texas is included in the ticket price. Using our international travel planner, San Antonio attractions like Tower of the Americas can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The view and tourist part of the restaurant are to be expected as are the high prices. The food did not deliver to the taste i expect from such a high price and the cleanliness was abhorent. Since the...  more »
  • Extremely slow service - 30 minutes to get the $15 appetizer. Ordered Prime Rib - Medium and it was very well done. It took over 2 hours to have dinner causing us to miss other planned activities. Nex...  more »
  • Cost $40 for a family of 4 to ride an elevator and the outdoor observation deck was closed for a repair and they refused to make a concession. Yes it has a great view, but after 10 minutes you're basi...  more »
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  • Visit sucked. Visiting from MO on Mother's Day with mom. Poor customer service from phone call prior to visit. Girl on phone said she was on other side of bldg and didn't know movie times. Very hot, line grew due to extremely slow service. Manager, Deodrick Washington, made things slower. 8.5x11 sign posted at bottom of window saying cash only, so folks stood in line forever only to find that out. Mgr said 3D movie not working. Asked for clarification "Is the 4D movie functioning properly?" He said yes. Got in to movie- no 3D glasses issued. Sitting in chairs that moved but no visual accompaniment- sucked! Movie employee talked down on coworker. Only saving grace was observation tower- minimal employee interaction required. However, elevator girl was nice. Mgr rude and lied about movie working, equipment needs fixing, team needs customer service training. Horrible exp, esp for 1st visit to SA. More to it but characters limited by Google.
  • The food was really good and our waiter was amazing, and that view, but that was it. We Went on Saturday paid 15 dollars to park, went in, spoke with the receptionist and found that the wait was 2 and a half hours, so we just made reservations for the next day and left that day. We returned the following day , paid another 15 dollars to park , we happened to show up 2 hrs before our reservation just to be on the safe side. We checked in and waited in the lobby till it was time to go up to the restaurant. We got up to the restaurant at 8:30pm. We waited again till 9:20 to be seated then waited till 9:40 to order drinks! 10 minutes later ordered food. Food took a long time to come and we finally had our dinner around 10:20 ish. We finished around 10:40 and where going to go up to the viewing deck , however we were informed that it was closed (at 10:30) and that we had to go back down now. Not worth it in my opinion paid $199, with out tip for dinner, $30 to park, and it will be $15 more if we want to go back just to go up to the viewing deck, if they let us go up with out us having to re purchase tickets or have dinner again.
  • Beautiful view. Good food and fancy drinks. We usually go straight up to club 601. You can order a drink $10 - $12 and watch the sunset. Happy hour in 601 you can get appetizers between $4 and $8. It gets busy later into happy hour so service will get slower order you last round of food/drinks at least 15 minutes before HH ends so the server has time to ring it in. It's very windy on the observation deck so bring a ponytail-holder and quarters for the telescope.
  • I loved coming here when I was younger and after being away for college I finally came back to San Antonio with my girlfriend. I decided to bring her downtown to check out the sights and the Tower of the Americas. I can't blame them, but there are so many tourists and just so many people in general (but you can't blame them because it's an awesome experience). Anyways, other than that the customer service was alright, there were a lot of people and they were trying their hardest to accommodate to everyone. Also the prices have gone up SO MUCH since the last time I came here so we unfortunately didn't go up. But from what I remember it was SO BEAUTIFUL. I love San Antonio.
  • Where do I start, as soon as we walked into the restaurant section the service was outstanding . The gentlemen in the elevator named Edward and Jacob were friendly and accommodating . They helped answer questions and made our visit worthwhile. The homemade ice cream in the restaurant is one of the best Ihave tried. After the restaurant we went to the observation deck and saw amazing views. Highly recommend

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Where to stay in San Antonio

To be at the heart of San Antonio's buzzing atmosphere and attractions, stay along the city's River Walk. Lined with hotels of all levels, the area is known for excellent dining and nightlife, and is close to all of the city's main sights. While this area tends to be pricier than other neighborhoods, it is the best option for those traveling without a car who want to take full advantage of their vacation time in San Antonio. For a more rustic experience, venture outside of the city limits to stay at one of the old-world guest ranches that dot the beautiful countryside.
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