Haute Hotel Pools To Escape The Summer Heat

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Valencia Group Properties Offer Cool Spots for the Perfect Spots for the Perfect Seasonal Retreat

Lone Star Court, Austin, TX

With mercury on the rise, a quartet of award-winning Valencia Group properties offer a refreshing escape this summer season with accompanying packages perfect for a short staycation or an extended visit.

Nestled amidst the bustling enclave of Santana Row, Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, California has earned national acclaim for its modern take on European-inspired design, plush guestrooms and exacting service. After a long stretch behind the keyboard or a day of shopping and snacking, the property’s tranquil, rooftop pool, which is framed by romantic balustrades and billowing bougainvillea, is a favorite spot for travelers to start or end their day. A curated selection of delectable food and beverage options are available through room service. Pool hours are 6 am until 10 pm.

Take a dive this summer and explore the Santa Cruz Mountain wine region with the Wine Weekend Getaway. Starting at $269 per room, per night and based on availability, the package includes luxurious accommodations on Friday or Saturday for two, a bottle of local wine and artisan cheese plate upon arrival, prepared picnic lunch basket for the day of wine tasting and exclusive discounts at select wineries.

For information and reservations, log onto hotelvalencia-santanarow.com or call 408.551.0010.

While the stylish boutiques of landmark Country Club Plaza might beckon below, the recently opened Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri is luring both overnight guests and locals to skip the stores in lieu of a dip in its rooftop pool. The newly minted Adult Swim party takes place every Sunday throughout the summer, adding sizzle to the city’s scene with DJ’s, as well as food and drink specials, from noon until 8 pm. Admission is $20 for day visitors. Throughout the week, lucky guests have full access to the dramatic venue featuring cabanas, skyline views and fire pits between 11 am until 8 pm. Acclaimed Bar Rosso provides a tempting menu of cocktails and woodstone fire pizzas.

Find your place in the sun with the Dolce Far Niente – the pleasure of idleness – package, which is priced from $239 per room, per night based on availability. Components include a luxurious guest room for two, a $50 credit towards in-room dining and European breakfast for two in Francesca's Lounge.

For information and reservations, log onto hotelsorella-countryclubplaza.com or call 816.753.8800.

Designed to resemble a swimming hole, the pool at Austin’s new Lone Star Court is a welcome oasis to beat the Texas heat and the perfect place to work on a tablet or a tan. Open daily from 9 am until 9 pm, this sunny slice of the Hill Country has become a local favorite for both relaxing and special events. A myriad of food and drink options – in addition to live music Wednesday through Saturday – are located just steps away at the Water Trough restaurant and bar.

Your chaise is waiting with the Kick Your Boots Off package. Starting at $189 per room, per night based on availability, the package includes retro-inspired accommodations for two, Continental breakfast for two, two food and two drink vouchers for the Water Trough and a Lone Star Court goody bag filled with homegrown snacks, two sodas and two long necks.

For information and reservations, log onto lonestarcourt.com or call 512.814.2625.

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE boasts one of Houston’s most photographed hotel pools. By day, the intimate, rooftop space, which overlooks the CITYCENTRE district’s central plaza, offers a serene getaway for the property’s international clientele, who enjoy a multitude of seating options, including small cabanas, for catching up on paperwork or a good book while refueling over a well-rounded menu of tantalizing food and beverage offerings. As the sun sets and adjacent Monnalisa bar comes to life, the venue takes on an entirely different feel. The striking indoor/outdoor lounge welcomes a chic, professional crowd, who come to sip and see while enjoying an array of signature cocktails and an eclectic roster of live music from Wednesday through Saturday. It’s also an ideal perch for taking in the scene and the entertainment at CITYCENTRE, which has become known for events ranging from July 4th fireworks to outdoor movies.

Get a taste of this Texas hotspot with the Weekend Epicurean Escapade package, which is priced from $259 per room, per night based on availability. Components include overnight accommodations, two pre-dinner cocktails at Monnalisa, a $100 gift card to The Bistro and Continental breakfast in the Lobby Lounge.

For information and reservations, log onto hotelsorella-citycentre.com or call 713.973.1600.

About Valencia Group
Houston-based Valencia Group is a fully integrated hospitality company that provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for independent, full-service hotels owned by the company, in addition to third parties. Exceptional service, style and location are the trademarks of Valencia Group properties, which have earned both national and international recognition for their distinctive designs, amenities and settings. Valencia Group continues to forge a niche with hotels that anchor and add value to urban, mixed-use environments, which further support or enhance the guest experience with superior residential, restaurant, retail and office components. Signature properties include: Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA; Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX; Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, TX; and Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Valencia Group’s newest concept, Lone Star Court, is a reinterpretation of the nostalgic motor court. The recently opened flagship is located at The Domain in Austin, TX. All 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. For more information, please visit http://www.valenciagroup.com.

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