Valentine’s Day romance at our San Antonio Hotel

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk has created a variety of sophisticated romance packages that include luxury accommodations at our boutique hotel on the River Walk, champagne, dinner at Citrus Restaurant and more!  Celebrate Valentine’s Day all month long and select the package that is perfect for you and the one you love.

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Citrus announces Executive Chef David Gilbert

Chef David Gilbert, a “Rising Star,” has been named the new executive chef at Citrus Restaurant and will be responsible for all culinary operations.

Chef Gilbert is a culinary talent with global experience including a tenure at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Vermeer in Amsterdam and the kitchens of the The Ritz-Carlton in Bulkhead, Atlanta, and the The Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

In the great state of Texas, Gilbert delighted diners at Luqa in Dallas, and at Sustenio in San Antonio. For his work at Sustenio, Gilbert was recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Most recently, Gilbert pursued his passion of Southeast Asian cookery, opening Tuk Tuk Taproom.

Gilbertwill usher in a new restaurant concept and menu at Citrus in the upcoming weeks.

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Doyle Graham named Hotelier of the Year!

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is pleased to announce that the Boutique Lifestyle Leadership Association (BLLA), the hospitality industry’s top boutique, lifestyle and luxury brand executives and independent property owners, has named Doyle Graham Jr., Founder, President & CEO of Valencia Group hotels, as the BLLA Hotelier of the Year! 

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Citrus Chef is one of San Antonio’s Sharpest!

SanMagAug2014Executive Chef Robbie Nowlin named as one of San Antonio’s Sharpest Chefs and Culinary talents by San Antonio Magazine. Read the article about the new Chef at Citrus Restaurant and other rising stars in San Antonio!


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Chef Robbie Nowlin named Executive Chef at Citrus Restaurant

San Antonio chef, Robbie Nowlin, has assumed the role of Executive Chef at Citrus, our  award-winning restaurant at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk.

Chef Nowlin’s culinary pedigree includes stints with renowned establishments; The French Laundry, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills and Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio.

This California born and San Antonio bred Chef’s keen eye for quality ingredients, paired with his vibrant, contagious energy is a recipe sure to put the nationally recognized restaurant back on the map. With a new menu launching Aug. 1, look for signature dishes such as spring lamb shank with piperade, pickled eggplant, frisée and a mustard seed glaze and “Foie Gras Mille Crepe” with compressed strawberry, celery, banana, Tellicherry black pepper crème fraiche and candied hazelnut. Chef Nowlin’s product-driven menu will offer flavor profiles that change with each season and is sure to please even the most discriminating of palettes.

“I think you will see heart and soul in the food we will be offering,” Chef Nowlin said. “I will always believe and stand behind the fact that the quality of ingredients determines the success of a menu.”

“Robbie has been coined one of the hottest young chefs in the city by San Antonio Magazine,” said Stephen Bilby, Director of Sales & Marketing for Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. “He works hard at his craft and possesses a certain charismatic flair that fits perfectly with our brand.”

The accolades for Citrus span from Travel & Leisure to Trip Advisor as a world-class destination perched above one of the country’s most iconic and historically monumental scenes: The San Antonio River Walk. Our celebrated restaurant and hotel duo even made an appearance on Top Chef and has been featured in Texas Monthly, San Antonio Magazine, San Antonio Express-News, Southern Living and U.S. News & World Report.

“We are extremely proud of the reputation and accolades that Valencia, Citrus and Vbar have gained year after year,” Bilby said. “We’ve made Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List as one of the World’s Best Places to Stay three years running and received the AAA Four Diamond Award eight times.”

Chef’ Nowlin’s story starts at age fourteen, with no formal training, he took a weekend job as a cook to earn extra dough for skateboards. Not long after that, he traded his wheels for sauté pans and Japanese knives. Flash forward sixteen years and Chef Nowlin’s impressive resume links him with industry icons like Jason Dady, Damien Watel, John Brand and most notably Thomas Keller of The French Laundry (the latter after whom he named his 3.5-year-old son, Keller). Local San Antonio foodies will remember that Chef Nowlin won the Chaîne des Rôtissuers competition for best young chef three years in a row.

“I have always liked a good challenge,” Chef Nowlin said. “I just felt it was time and that I was ready to be an executive chef of a four diamond hotel, especially one as sleek, modern and sexy as Valencia.”

When he is isn’t conceptualizing Citrus’ new brunch menu (coming this fall), the 30-year-old dad loves sharing cheese plates with his son, dishing about his philanthropic project Hot Wells, and tasting some of the newest creations by other chefs around town.

To find out more about Citrus or to make a reservation, call 210.230.8412. 

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Book Smart at Valencia Group Hotels

Join Hotel Valencia Riverwalk for the seventh annual summer “Book Smart” promotion by bringing in a print or audio book to benefit non-profit groups in the communities where you find Valencia Group boutique hotels.

We look forward to seeing you this summer and contributing to literacy in San Antonio! In return for your donation, we will toast your donation with a voucher or credit for a complimentary adult beverage in Vbar.

Valid for stays June 1 – August 31, 2014. Limit one voucher or credit per visit.

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Stephen Bilby, named Director of Sales & Marketing

Stephen Bilby has been named Director of Sales & Marketing at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. Bringing  more than two decades of hospitality experience to his new role,  Bilby’s skill at leading and managing teams to reach revenue goals was key in his hire.

“My desire is to see the entire Hotel Valencia team succeed. If the team is successful, the property will be too,” said Bilby. “Delivering a quality experience to all guests will keep the Hotel Valencia top of mind when people choose a place to stay in San Antonio.

Bilby started his hospitality career at the Hilton Hotel San Antonio as the Business Travel Manager, moving on to to the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau where he led Corporate Sales efforts for the city into the vital Northeast area of the United States, becoming the Associate Director of Sales.  He became the Director of Sales for The RK Group, the caterer at the San Antonio Convention Center where he went on to open the RK office in Phoenix. Coming home to San Antonio, he returned to Hotels at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk and then joined Omni La Mansión del Rio/Mokara Hotel as the Senior Sales Manager.

According to Chad Taylor, General Manager of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk- “Stephen’s leadership skills and zest to engage in Valencia Group’s culture makes him a great fit here at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. We are thrilled Stephen is a member of our team. He takes opportunities and makes great things happen.”

Bilby holds a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Parks and Marketing from Texas A&M University and  volunteers with the Special Olympics and the 100 Club of San Antonio. He has completed two full Ironman competitions: Idaho 2009 and Arizona 2011.  He is married with two children, Addyson and Ryder.

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Holiday Special | Stay 2 Nights, 3rd Night Free!

Capture the magic of the Holidays at our boutique Hotel on the River Walk and enjoy our seasonal San Antonio Hotel deal of Stay 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night FREE! Our River Walk hotel is steps away from dining, shopping and the magical Holiday events that only the famed San Antonio River Walk can offer.

Book Now or find out more about this Special Offer and other offers and packages at our boutique hotel in San Antonio.

*Rates from $149, subject to availability, black out dates and restrictions apply. Not valid for all room types.

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Lone Star Court, coming to Austin this Fall

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is proud to welcome Lone Star Court to the Valencia Group family of hotels. Opening this fall at the Domain in Austin, about 2 hours from our San Antonio Hotel, Lone Star Court is a retro inspired concept, taking guests back to a simpler time when travel was an adventure.  Read what General Manager Marcus Latner has to say about the opening and sign up to receive information and special offers.

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Summer Savings at our River Walk Hotel

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk kicks off the summer right by offering San Antonio hotel deals with savings of up to 35% when you stay 1, 2 or 3 Nights.  Stay at our boutique hotel and enjoy all the action that the River Walk has to offer: dining, shopping, events and more.

BOOK NOW or visit our website for more information about these Special Offers at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk.

* Offer is based on availability and subject to restrictions and black out dates.



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