Community Outreach Initiative Rewards Children’s Book Donations at each of the Valencia Group locations


SAN ANTONIO, TX – May 11, 2015 – Kicking off its eighth season this summer, Houston-based Valencia Group’s annual Book Smart promotion has resulted in the donation of hundreds of children’s print and audio books to libraries, hospitals and non-profit groups in communities served by Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston,TX, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO, and Lone Star Court in Austin, TX.

Launching on June 1st and running through August 31st 2015, the program rewards the support of overnight guests who donate a new print or audio book – appropriate for kids up to middle school age. New to the 2015 program is allowing guests to leave a monetary donation and the hotels will purchase books on their behalf. As a thank you, guests will enjoy a credit for a complimentary adult beverage, including wine, beer or a cocktail in several of the Valencia Group locations. The offer is limited to one voucher or credit per visit and can be redeemed at acclaimed venues including Monnalisa and Bistro Bar at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, Bar Rosso at Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza, Vbar at either Hotel Valencia Riverwalk or Hotel Valencia Santana Row, and Water Trough at Lone Star Court. For more information on Book Smart at Valencia Group, click here.

According to Roy Kretschmer, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Valencia Group, “It’s been exciting to see Book Smart grow each year. We feel this is a fun and easy way to involve guests, thank our frequent visitors and promote literacy while supporting key community organizations.”

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk served as the pilot location for Book Smart and is partnering with the San Antonio Public Library for the eighth year in a row. For more than 100 years, the award-winning San Antonio Public Library has been a vital center for free learning, knowledge, communication, culture and enjoyment for all San Antonians. The San Antonio Public Library Foundation was created in 1983 to increase the awareness and use of the Library through financial support and programmatic efforts, thereby enhancing the community’s appreciation and utilization of the library as a cultural and educational institution.

Hotel Valencia Santana Row

In its sixth year at Hotel Valencia Santana Row, the 2015 Book Smart promotion will benefit the San José Public Library and will coincide with the library’s Summer Reading Celebration. San José Public Library system is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles on the West Coast in California, serving a culturally diverse population of approximately 1,023,083 in the nation’s 10th largest city. Recipient of the prestigious national Library of the Year award, SJPL is recognized across the country for its innovation and leadership in the field and is one of the busiest library systems nationwide, with an annual checkout rate of nearly 15 million items through 19 currently operating locations.

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE

Also in its sixth year at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, the 2015 Book Smart promotion will benefit the Pi Beta Phi Patient Family Library at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus was created to respond to the growing need for expert pediatric health care in West Houston, one of the city’s most rapidly growing communities. As greater Houston’s first suburban hospital designed exclusively for children, we offer the expert care you’ve come to trust from Texas Children’s Hospital coupled with a location that’s convenient and accessible for area families.

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

In their second year, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza will participate in the Book Smart promotion. The 2015 Kansas City promotion will benefit Hands to Hearts of Kansas City.  The Bookmobile is an outreach of Hands to Hearts, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of children everywhere. The Bookmobile is available to provide books to at risk children within the metropolitan KC area, primarily serving within the KCK school district. In order to most effectively use resources, they seek partnerships with schools and organizations that are already working with these children. Bookmobile visits are pre-scheduled with community partners and are given out free of charge. 

Lone Star Court

Joining the Book Smart program for the second year, Lone Star Court’s book drive will be benefitting Recycled Reads.  Recycled reads is run primarily by volunteers with materials withdrawn from the Library’s collection and community’s donations.  Recycled Reads raises money for the Austin Public Library and is an active participant in the City’s Zero Waste Initiative by ensuring obsolete materials are handled in an environmentally responsible way and kept out of landfills. Recycled reads is proud to be celebrating its 5th year anniversary this year.

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

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