Texas-Based Valencia Group To Expand Acclaimed Hotel Sorella Brand With Second Hotel In Kansas City, Mo Through Development Partnership With Van Trust Real Estate LLC

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Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza Slated to Debut in Fall 2013.

"Throughout the process, Valencia Group exceeded our expectations, and we are confident they will exceed their guests' expectations as well" Jeff Dillon, Director of Development, Van Trust Real Estate LLC.

Valencia Group, an award winning hospitality management and development company with offices in Houston and San Antonio, has forged a relationship with Kansas City, MO-based VA West Properties LLC to open an upscale, 132-room hotel in Kansas City’s landmark Country Club Plaza district. Slated to debut in fall 2013, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza will serve as the first expansion of Valencia Group’s Sorella brand, which has earned international acclaim through its flagship property: Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston. Since debuting in 2009, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE has earned spots on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Fortune’s Best New Business Hotels and Wallpaper’s Best Business Hotels in the World.

The partnership is the result of a rigorous RFP process implemented by VanTrust Real Estate, LLC whereby Valencia Group competed against many of the top luxury boutique hotel operators in the country for the project.

“Throughout the process, Valencia Group exceeded our expectations, and we are confident they will exceed their guests’ expectations as well,” according to Jeff Dillon, Director of Development for VanTrust Real Estate LLC. Dillon is also grateful for the patience and commitment of the West Plaza Neighborhood in bringing this endeavor the fruition.

Sorella – Italian for sister – is positioned as the precocious sibling to Valencia Group’s Valencia brand, which includes acclaimed locations in San Antonio and San Jose, CA. Chic and modern, Sorella blends timeless elements of classic design with Mediterranean influences. The aesthetic is an ideal fit for Country Club Plaza, which was developed in 1922 and inspired by the architecture and ambience of Seville, Spain. Considered to be the country’s first automobile-oriented shopping center, it currently serves as mixed-use collection of high end retail, restaurants, residential and offices.

Although the design is still evolving, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza is being developed with the intention of creating the premier hotel in the Kansas City market. Local firms Gould Evans Associates, LC and Davison Architecture + Urban Design LLC are overseeing the architecture, while Seattle, WA-based Dawson Design Associates has been charged within the interiors.

It will complement an adjacent, Class A office building with a similar anticipated completion that will be occupied by the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart. Additional partners include contractor JE Dunn Construction Company, civil engineer SK Design Group, Inc., MEP engineer Gibbens Drake Scott, Inc. and structural engineer Bob D. Campbell & Company.

As with all Valencia Group properties, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza will serve as bustling destination and gathering place within the community for dining, entertainment, plus corporate and social events. Property highlights will include numerous high-tech amenities, an 1,800-square-foot pool terrace, 5,700 square feet of flexible meeting and pre-function space plus 4,000 square feet of sophisticated restaurant and bar offerings with a focus on culinary excellence.

About VanTrust Real Estate, LLC
VanTrust Real Estate, LLC offers its clients and capital partners a full spectrum of real estate services across all commercial real estate product types. Based in Kansas City, MO, with a regional office in Columbus, OH, VanTrust Real Estate provides client-specific services on a national basis. http://www.vantrustre.com

About Valencia Group
Valencia Group, a Houston-based company, provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for full-service, boutique, independent hotels owned by Valencia as well as third parties. As with Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, most Valencia-sponsored hotels are set in the cultural heart of each city. Valencia Group hotels fuse globally-inspired modern design with Mediterranean influences, becoming popular destinations for guests and visitors alike. Valencia Group continues to forge its position as a mixed-use anchor with projects where the right balance of residential, restaurant, retail and office coalesce to create full-spectrum accretive value in great urban settings. Known for exceptional service and style, Valencia Group properties have received international recognition by magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, and by discerning travelers seeking a memorable experience. For more information, please visit http://www.valenciagroup.com.

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