Valencia Group Sets The Gold Standard

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Three Hotels Earn Spots on the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List

Cielo at Hotel Valencia Santana Row

"Our entire team of associates are thrilled and honored that all of our hotels have been chosen among the best of the best by world-class travelers." says Roy Kretschmer, Executive VP of Operations.

Valencia Group, a Houston-based hotel management and development company, is pleased to announce that all three of its hotels have earned coveted spots on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for 2013. Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA, anchor of the Santana Row mixed-use development; Hotel Sorella, anchor of the CITYCENTRE mixed-use district in Houston, TX; and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, located on the waterfront in the heart of downtown San Antonio, TX, were among the 510 hotels, resorts and cruise lines that scored highest based on the results of early 47,000 reader surveys. The 2013 Gold List results will be featured in the magazine’s January issue and are currently online.

The Gold List placed Hotel Valencia Santana Row as 10th in California. Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE was the only hotel in Houston to make the list and ranked 2nd in all of Texas. Hotel Valencia Riverwalk was among only two San Antonio properties that made the list. Approximately eight million votes are tabulated, taking into account criteria that include rooms, service, food, location, design and activities.

According to Roy Kretschmer, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Valencia Group, “Our entire team of associates are thrilled and honored that all of our hotels have been chosen among the best of the best by world-class travelers. To be recognized with such a prestigious designation affords us all a tremendous sense of achievement and pride.”

This is the third year in a row that Hotel Sorella has attained Gold List status. The property, which debuted in 2009, provides guests pedestrian access to an array of premium shopping, dining and entertainment options within CITYCENTRE such as Studio Movie Grill, the 140,000-square-foot Lifetime Athletic club and a central plaza with ongoing programming. The contemporary, 255-room destination features award winning Bistro Alex restaurant, striking Monnalisa bar, a rooftop pool terrace, fitness center, dedicated 15,000-square-foot Meetings & Events Centre and penthouse level with 11 suites averaging 1,500 square feet and boasting gourmet kitchens with Viking appliances.

This is the second year in a row that Hotel Valencia Riverwalk has earned a spot on the prestigious list. One of San Antonio’s premier hotels for business and leisure travel, the 213-room property offers a sought after riverfront site, providing a chic oasis just steps from the city’s favorite attractions. Highlights include casually elegant Citrus restaurant, dazzling Vbar and nearly 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

New to the Gold List, Hotel Valencia Santana Row offers pedestrian access to the surrounding European-inspired, 42-acre neighborhood, which is home to boutiques, fashionable bars and acclaimed restaurants. In addition to Citrus restaurant and the ever-popular Vbar, Hotel Valencia Santana Row offers an open air courtyard, rooftop terrace and over 4,000 square feet of indoor event space bathed in natural light.

About Valencia Group
Houston-based Valencia Group provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for independent, full-service boutique hotels owned by the company, in addition to third parties. Recognized both nationally and internationally for their exceptional service and style, Valencia Group hotels fuse a crisp, globally-inspired modern design aesthetic with warm Mediterranean influences. Valencia Group continues to forge a niche with anchor hotels in mixed-use environments where the right balance of residential, restaurant, retail and office coalesce to create full-spectrum accretive value in sought after urban settings. Signature properties such as Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, TX and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX have become destinations and gathering places within their respective communities, some further benefitting from and enriching their location within the cultural heart of a city. 2013 marks a year of substantial growth for the company with the second Sorella - Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza – slated for a fall opening in Kansas City, MO and the launch of a new concept: Lone Star Court. A 21st Century reinterpretation of the nostalgic motor court. Lone Star Court will premier in early 2013 with an Austin flagship in The Domain. For more information, please visit

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