San Japan: 8-Bit (2015) will be located at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center & San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel & Marriott Riverwalk hotel in downtown San Antonio, Texas. It will be happening on July 31st – August 2nd, 2015. The Convention Center is directly next door to the Grand Hyatt. The hotel is nearby the Rivercenter Mall. Inside the Rivercenter Mall is a large food court with a large variety of low-cost eateries (less than 5 minute walk from the convention). Everything is at the heart of famous River Walk with the famous Alamo a short walk from the hotel.
600 East Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
[Directly next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center]
889 East Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205 USA
[Directly across the street from the San Antonio Grand Hyatt]
It is located right off of Hwy 281/37 near the Alamodome. This is about a mile from the IH35 & Hwy 281 Intersection.
The entire convention will be located in multiple locations: San Japan will take place in the “A Section” and “B Section” within the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention (East Side) on all 3 floors along with the 3rd & 4th floor of the Grand Hyatt plus the 2nd floor of the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel (Friday Only in the Riverwalk hotel). We will have over 400,000 square feet of combined function space to use in 2015.
San Japan has negotiated a fantastic convention hotel room rates starting at $134/night (normal daily rate is $259/night) at the Grand Hyatt. This is the lowest hotel rate that you’ll find in the immediate vicinity. We also negotiated with the hotel a daily parking rate of $13.50/day self-parking. The special parking rate only applies if you’re staying at the San Antonio Grand Hyatt and the room that you’re staying in is under your own name otherwise the normal rate for parking is $27/day ($37/day Valet). The parking discount will be applied directly to your hotel bill when you inform front desk that you’re parked at the hotel. You will have In/Out privileges.
You will be able to reserve a room between July 26th to August 6th at the convention rate if you want to arrive early or stay a couple days afterward.
The Grand Hyatt is not offering a discount rate on Grand King rooms OR Suites for San Japan attendees. You must call in to see if they have any available to reserve.
Hotel Check-In Time: 3:00PM.
Hotel Check-Out Time: 12:00PM.
You can also call in (phone number is above) to reserve your room. Be sure to ask for the “San Japan 2015 Anime Convention” to get the special $134/rate. The Hyatt reservation room cutoff is July 9th, 2015.
However, we have sold out our room block the past three years and we anticipate to sell out the Grand Hyatt once again (CURRENTLY OVER 90% FULL AS OF MARCH 2015). We anticipate that all Double bed rooms will be gone by March 2015 (UPDATE: ALL DOUBLE BEDS ARE RESERVED AS OF MARCH 2015). Do not hesitate on reserving your room as each year we sell out our hotels at a faster rate! Be sure to read the FAQ below which answers the most frequently asked questions that we’ve received over the years.
The San Antonio Grand Hyatt is a pet-friendly hotel. There is a $100 charge to bring your pet and they must have a three day notice. See the Grand Hyatt pet policy page for more details.
Starting in 2015 we will have a second hotel which is the Marriott Riverwalk located at 889 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX, 78205, USA. This is directly across the street from the Grand Hyatt and HBG Convention Center. There is no discount on parking. The rate for rooms are $140/night for all standard Double/King rooms (normal rate $259 & up). We have very a limited number of rooms allocated to us. The cut-off date is July 8th, 2015.
The Marriott Riverwalk is not offering a discount rate on Suites for San Japan attendees. You must call in to see if they have any available to reserve.
Marriott Riverwalk is not a pet-friendly hotel.
Hotel Check-In Time: 3:00PM.
Hotel Check-Out Time: 12:00PM.
At the Marriott reservation portal screen, you MUST click on the type of bed you want to reserve. Do NOT click on “I’m An Attendee”.
We will inquire with other hotels in the immediate convention area for additional hotel room block discounts when both of our host hotels have sold out our room blocks.
Please Use The Search Feature Below for the Hotel FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about our Hotel
|Will my credit/debit card be charged when I reserve a room?||Grand Hyatt & Marriott: Your credit card will not be charged when you reserve your hotel room. It will only be charged when you arrive at the convention hotel OR if you don't show up for your reservation (so be sure to cancel if necessary). You may see a pending charge on your credit card but this is done by the hotel to ensure that it is a valid credit card. This is standard practice with all hotel reservations. You must cancel 48 hours prior to your arrival otherwise your credit card will be charged.
|I need to reserve more than one room, what do I do?||Grand Hyatt & Marriott: You setup a second reservation on-line or call the hotel directly (phone number is above), ask for Reservations and they will set it up for you.
|How much is parking around the area?||
Hyatt: Self-Parking is $13.50 day if you are staying at the Grand Hyatt and the room is under your name. The discount will be applied when you check-in but be sure to let them know at Front Desk.
Marriott: There is no discount on parking.
Parking is $5-$15 for open area parking in the immediate area and $9-$25/day for garage parking (24 hour parking). For more information on parking in the area, click here & here [pdf file]. The closest lot next to the Marriott, Marina Parking, is $11 per day.
|Are there any activities around the immediate area?||The hotel is right at the heart of the Riverwalk which you can take a tour. There is a River Taxi service a short distance from the hotel located on the Riverwalk by the mall which costs $5 each way or $10-$15 for a 24 hour pass. The Alamo, HemisFair Park with the Tower of Americas, and Ripley's Believe Or Not are all located within a mile radius of the hotel.|
|After 9pm, the mall will be closed. What food options will be available? Where can we get food?||There is a 24 hour cafe and coffee shop within the host hotel. There is Denny's less than 2 blocks from the hotel and a Whataburger that is 4 blocks away. Here is a list of places in the area that are open late night and 24 hours that are less than .5 miles from the convention.|
|What should I do to get the lowest hotel rate?||Grand Hyatt & Marriott: Click on "1" on number of guests when reserving your hotel room. We will not be inquiring on how many guests actually stay in your hotel room nor is it our business. Our only business is to ensure you have a great time at San Japan.
Note: If there is any issue with the hotel room, like a key card being needing to be reactivated, the person/people that listed on the room will be the only person which can make necessary changes at front desk or ask for a new room key.
|How much is the total cost per room night with tax?||San Antonio Sales & Hotel Tax is 16.75% added to the final bill. It comes to around ~$155-$163 a night depending on the hotel selected if it is under one person. So if you're staying for two nights, it'll cost around $310-$325; three nights, around $465-$485; and four nights around $620-$655 to help you with the math if you're planning to share a room amongst several friends. This is still the cheapest room rate in the area as hotels in the immediate vicinity are $179-$250 a night before taxes (and that's just at the La Quinta that is 2 blocks away).|
|Am I required to reserve and/or stay at the Hotel in order to attend San Japan?||No, you are not required to reserve or stay at the Hotel. However, it is quite beneficial for San Japan if you decide to reserve a room as we are required to fill a certain amount of hotel rooms in order to have access to the hotel meeting space.
To ensure that San Japan is able to hold future conventions at the hotel & convention center, we highly recommend in considering to reserve a room at the hotel. You're also much closer to the action instead of walking 4-6 blocks in the hot Texas heat to another nearby hotel.
|What is the minimum age to rent a hotel room?||You will need to be at least 18 years old with a major credit card. Contact the hotel if you have questions about policies and setting up your reservation.|
|Does the hotel have high-speed internet?||
Hyatt: Starting in 2015, Wi-Fi will be free in hotels room. Wi-Fi is not free in the convention spaces of the Grand Hyatt.
Marriott: It is $12.95/night+tax in the hotel room. There is free internet in the lobby.
|What about elevators and escalators?||
All activities for San Japan on the Hyatt side in 2015 will be on the 3rd floor & 4th floor. We will have the Marriott Riverwalk hotel Alamo Ballroom on Friday of the San Japan 2015 convention. There are 9 elevators to the 2nd - 4th floor in the Grand Hyatt. There will be escalators to the 2nd-4th floor inside the hotel which we highly recommend to use versus taking the elevator which will be constantly full throughout the duration of the convention.
There are 6 elevators total in the Marriott Riverwalk hotel. Activities will be on the 2nd floor in the Alamo Ballroom. There is a set of stairs in the lobby that go right up to the Alamo Ballroom.