This Summer, it pays to be “Book Smart” at Valencia Group Hotels


Community Outreach Initiative Rewards Children’s Book Donations at Houston, San Antonio and San Jose Valencia Group hotel Properties 

SAN ANTONIO, TX – May 1, 2013 – Kicking off its sixth 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 and Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston.

Launching on June 1st and running through August 31st. 2013, the program toasts the support of overnight guests who donate a new print or audio book – appropriate for kids up to middle school age – with a voucher or credit for a complimentary adult beverage, including wine, beer or a cocktail.  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, Vbar at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk plus Vbar at Hotel Valencia Santana Row.

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 sixth 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 fourth year at Hotel Valencia Santana Row, the 2013 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 fourth year at Hotel Sorella, the 2013 Book Smart promotion will benefit ESCAPE Family Resource Center.  Founded in 1983 by Houston-area chapters of the National Exchange Club, the parenting education agency provides child abuse prevention programs and parenting classes to families looking to create safe, healthy and happy home lives.  A privately supported nonprofit, ESCAPE does not receive direct funding allocations from the United Way or the government.  A Presidential Award winner for Private Sector Initiatives, ESCAPE was recently honored with the Outstanding Community Partner Award from Harris County Department of Education Head Start.

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.  All three of these hotels have earned coveted spots on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for 2013.  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 summer 2013 with an Austin flagship in The Domain.  For more information, please visit


CONTACT:      Amy Trench
Valencia Group