Hotel Valencia River Walk $10 Million Renovation brings this Jewel Raving Reviews
The Hotel Valencia River Walk construction dust has settled, the chandeliers are hung, the pillows are plumped and the Argentinean-inspired restaurant Dorrego’s is open and serving Chef Anthony Mesa’s innovative creations.
Internationally acclaimed architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet has completely reimagined the hotel – a change from its celebrated sleek and sultry look – to a lighter, brighter and altogether unique blend of Spanish Colonial and Modern Mediterranean styles. The Spanish Colonial influence gives a nod to San Antonio’s 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.
San Antonio has been anticipating the completion of this renovation for months and I must say this luxury hotel situated on the River Walk has made it worth the wait. Start by entering the dramatic entry with citrus trees in over-sized pots flanking the doors to the Mediterranean tiled fountain as you walk inside. Walk up the circular mosaic tiled stairs around the fountain to the second floor where you will find the check-in desk and the friendly, inviting lobby. Everywhere you look warm, rustic woods, elegant ironwork, and hand-crafted tiles and textiles reflect the design sensibilities of Spanish Colonial style, along with the color palette and elegance of Modern Mediterranean design. Beautifully simplistic iron chandeliers hang throughout the lobby and common areas. Iron railings, tables, dividers and scones are also found in various areas bringing in the Spanish influence everywhere. Look for rich tapestries, rugs and pillows adorning the library, lobby and sitting areas. Mediterranean-inspired tiles can be seen gracing floors and accent walls. Warm wood graces the cozy library which is reminiscent of an old-school cigar lounge at a gentlemen’s club. Columns in the upstairs area and the custom hand-carved reception desk featuring scalloped detailing add more comforting woods. Every attention to detail has been taken to insure this luxury hotel has been well appointed to create a gorgeous yet inviting welcome.
The hotel’s new restaurant, Dorrego’s, 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.
The hotel’s up and coming 32 year old Executive Chef, Anthony Mesa, who recently visited Buenos Aires, has developed a one-of-a-kind menu for Dorrego’s that draws its inspiration from the rich culinary heritage of Argentina. Dorrego’s will be the city’s ONLY Argentinian-influenced restaurant. Thanks to a major influx of Italian immigrants to Argentina over the years, Argentina’s cultural roots lie in both Spain and Italy. So Dorrego’s menu is a fusion of both Spanish and Italian culture and cuisine. An extensive wine list, which includes a wide variety of Argentinean wines, will be a focal point for diners.
Some of the featured menu items at Dorrego’s are:
Duck Empanadas filled with duck, charred corn, cilantro and served with a chimichurri.
Hearts of Palm Salad with farm greens, baby tomatoes, marinated yellow squash with a romesco sauce.
Smoked Short Rib Ravioli in a tomato concasse with basil and burrata brulee.
Grilled 44 Ranch Bone-In Ribeye with Idaho Spears.
Lorena’s Cheesecake a rich and creamy dolce de leche marbled cheesecake with cinnamon graham cracker crust, berry coulis and dolce de leche drizzled on top.
“Un Poco Mas,” or “A Little More” fresh baked cookies!
Dorrego’s appealing terrace features additional seating topped with comfortable Spanish/Mediterranean-style cushions. The terrace features numerous planter pots, which blend the space into its tranquil River Walk setting.
Dorrego’s also features a new restaurant bar, and the welcoming space is ideal for gathering and lingering. At 10 p.m. nightly, Dorrego’s amps up the energy, with the focus centered on its expansive bar setting. The dinner menu offerings are supplanted with a late night small bites menu that guests can enjoy along with cocktails, wine and beer.
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Location: 150 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX
Phone: (210) 227-9700