Magnificently situated along the River Walk, the Hilton Palacio del Rio shines as a wedding jewel of downtown San Antonio. The premier hospitality of the Hilton brand meets the postcard-perfect views of the sparkling river to provide couples and their guests with an exceptional experience.
“The Hilton Palacio is truly one of the most recognized downtown landmarks, with its beautiful wrought iron balconies that illuminate the skyline,” says Barbara Gabaldon, the hotel’s senior catering manager. “Our four-diamond property boasts a rare combination of iconic architecture as well as modern event spaces with the latest design, technology and furnishings.”
With its romantic vistas, versatile event spaces, deluxe accommodations and $35 million renovation that exudes posh elegance, Hilton Palacio hosts prestigious nuptial occasions in one of the most coveted locations.
“We are here to orchestrate the vision of our wedding couples,” adds Gabaldon. “We offer inspiration, but we always remember that it’s their day.”
Four-Star Service, Fantastic Attitude
Filled with excitement, couples come to the Hilton Palacio with an abundance of questions and ideas. The warm eyes and soft voice of Gabaldon provide them with a sense of confidence and calm as they plan their nuptials.
“If our couples can dream it, we can do it,” she says. “We consult with our award-winning culinary experts to craft a menu that reflects their unique taste and coordinate with their florist, entertainment and other vendors to ensure every element is stellar.”
Though Gabaldon has 20 years of experience in helping engaged couples, she credits the entire catering team and Hilton Palacio staff for fulfilling wedding wishes.
“The spirit of hospitality is engrained in everyone who works here,” she says. “The Hilton name conveys top-notch service, and our employees live up to that reputation by going above and beyond with a smile.”
Complimentary wedding amenities include a guest room for the newlyweds, champagne toast for the wedding party, dance floor, floor-length table linens, cake cutting service and a catering captain exclusively dedicated to each event. Couples are invited to a menu tasting of their delectable selections.
“I take care of our couples throughout the entire planning process, and they can be assured that I am there for them at their event to make sure their day flows seamlessly,” Gabaldon says.
Spectacular Scenery, Versatile Venues
From event rooms overlooking the River Walk to ballrooms showcasing the city skyline, every venue at the Hilton Palacio offers extraordinary views and upscale allure.
The scenic hallmarks of the Hilton Palacio – the El Mirador and La Vista ballrooms – reveal stunning panoramic views from the 22nd floor. Soaring windows impressively display the Tower of Americas, and guests can even locate the legendary Alamo.
“Our rooftop ballrooms offer million dollar vistas, expansive ceilings, handsome dance floors and warm hues for the ultimate event,” Gabaldon says.
More amazing views unfold at the Salon del Rey ballroom, which displays floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious pre-function space for cocktails. Downstairs, the Stetson showcases a wall of windows overlooking the River Walk’s picturesque walking bridges, tranquil riverboats and sparkling holiday lights. Providing a touch of Hill Country charm, The Pavilion by Hilton features limestone walls, pine floors and a grand staircase.
Couples desiring an outdoor venue to say, “I do,” are delighted to discover the Hilton Palacio’s Terrace Garden. Nestled on the fifth-floor roof, the garden features a gorgeous gazebo and lovely palm trees. Under the enchanting glow of the moon, guests can enjoy evening cocktails or an intimate reception.
The Hilton Palacio also offers many spaces for pre-and post-wedding functions such as bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, a guy’s poker night, bridal make-up and hair sessions and Sunday brunch.
"It’s wonderful to see wedding events unfold,” Gabaldon says. “When we meet our couples, they are two people in love with big dreams. By the end of their celebration, they are a happy husband and wife, and my staff and I are privileged to be a part of that joy.”
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