• Hotel Alessandra
    Houston,  Texas

    New Hotel Anchors Mixed-Use Development in Houston

    The nation-wide trend of anchoring mixed-use developments with hotels is growing and evolving and this new upscale Houston hotel is no exception. The upscale Hotel Alessandra in Downtown Houston features 223-guestrooms and more than 5,000 square feet of event space. The 20-story hotel, which opened October 1, 2017, anchors the three-block-long GreenStreet mixed-use development. The Hotel Alessandra is one of The Valencia Group’s newest properties and the flagship of its new luxury brand. The 570,000-square-foot GreenStreet development encompasses office and retail space as well as dining and entertainment venues. Midway of Houston is the developer of the mixed-use facility and partnered with The Valencia Group to bring the Hotel Alessandra…

  • Motor Courts
    Texas

    Motor Courts are Seeing a Revival Thanks to Valencia Group

    The golden age of motor courts has come and gone, or has it? One Texas company launches a revival with its modern version The age of the motor court began in earnest with the 1920s explosion in popularity of the automobile, particularly Henry Ford’s Model T. Between 1900 and 1930, the number of automobiles on U.S. roadways jumped from approximately 8,000 to roughly 23 million. With many of these new car owners hitting the highways, the demand for roadside lodging erupted and thus gave birth to the motor court. In the early days, many motor courts featured a collection of boxy cabins around a central landscaped courtyard. Most facilities were locally owned…