Hotel Valencia Undergoes a $10 Million Renovation
After 14 years Hotel Valencia, San Antonio’s first boutique hotel, gets a much needed face lift. Combining both Spanish Colonial and Modern Mediterranean Style, the design immerses the property in the heritage and charm that is San Antonio and the River Walk. The hotel’s re-imagined style is the vision of internationally acclaimed architect and designer, Lauren Rottet.
A hard hat sneak peek into the Hotel Valencia renovations:
The Spanish Colonial influence represents a nod to San Antonio’s Spanish Colonial heritage dating back to the time the Missions were built, while the Modern Mediterranean flair reflects the building’s Tuscan style architecture and the hotel’s namesake, Valencia, Spain. By investing $10 million into the hotel, the hope is to reset the bar for the entire San Antonio hospitality industry and create a completely new hotel experience.
The top-to-bottom transformation will incorporate warm, rustic woods, elegant ironwork, and hand-crafted tiles and textiles all reflecting Spanish Colonial design along with the elegance of a Modern Mediterranean color palate.
The entrance to the hotel will be more dramatic and prominent flanked by citrus trees in over-sized pots. Along with the newly redesigned fountain these features will offer a more serene, airy effect. And while checking in guests will notice the Alhambra-style plaster treatment behind the front desk. This treatment, called Esgrafiado, utilizes a historic technique widely used in Spanish Colonial design. Columns throughout the second floor are clad in rich, warm walnut woods adding to the rustic ambiance.
Second floor public spaces will also include a living room located in the central lobby. It will feature a dramatic wrought iron chandelier with Spanish Colonial-style furnishings and seating. A welcoming fire-place with wrought iron scones will also invite visitors to sit for a spell. There is also a library space where the former registration desk was located. This space is reminiscent of an old-school cigar lounge at a gentlemen’s club with its wood paneling and shutters.
The hotel’s former restaurant and bar have also been re-imagined. The new restaurant, Dorregos, is named for the famed Plaza Dorrego, a public square located in the historic San Telmo neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Plaza Dorrego is filled with cafes, bars and pubs and is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike. This restaurant will also feature a new restaurant bar intended to be a welcoming space ideal for gathering and lingering. Hotel Valencia Riverwalk’s Executive Chef, Anthony Meso, is developing an innovative new menu for Dorregos that will capture the unique blend of Italian and Spanish culture that is the cornerstone of Argentina’s heritage and cuisine. As a result of a major influx of Italian immigrants to Argentina over the years, Argentina’s cultural roots lie in both Spain and Italy. At 10:00 p.m. the focus will be centered on Dorregos expansive bar setting that amps up the energy here. The dinner menu offerings are supplanted with late night small bites to be shared along with cocktails, wine and beer.
Naranja is the newly transformed bar and cafe. This re-energized space featuring a hammered metal ceiling, Mediterranean-style textiles, hexagonal porcelain tiles and hardwood floors is pure Modern Mediterranean flair. In the evenings expect a vibrant spot for after hour meetings with friends at the craft tequila bar. In the mornings, the bar becomes a cafe featuring specialty coffees and a complimentary “Rotunda-style breakfast for hotel guests. Other Argentine touches at both Naranja and Dorregos will be the specialty coffees or ice tea mixed with infused simple syrup like Lemon Thyme or Hibiscus Mint served with complementary cookies, cinnamon rolls or other fresh made snacks.
Guest rooms are also being redesigned with curved iron headboards, a rustic style reminiscent of San Antonio mission-based Spanish Colonial influence. The bathrooms will carry through with rich wood and bronze features found throughout the hotel.
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk has received numerous awards and accolades in its 14-year history including its most recent, 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels in the USA, San Antonio. Expect more of the same once the renovation is complete in Mid-March 2017.
150 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205