The Valencia Group will break ground this month on Lone Star Court, an upscale hotel with a retro and Texas Hill Country feel, which is expected to open in early 2013.

The hotel, planned for the corner of Domain Drive and Amy Donovan Plaza, will have 123 rooms with high-tech amenities. Guests can enjoy live music by the outdoor fire pit, and the dipping pool will resemble the Hill Country’s swimming holes. A restaurant and bar are also planned for the hotel.

The Valencia Group, a Houston-based company known for its Hotel Valencias in San Antonio, created the concept for the hotel, and the company intends to replicate the concept in several other locations.

“Lone Star Court in Austin will be the flagship of what will eventually be a series of court concept hotels across the southeastern United States,” Valencia Group President Doyle Graham Jr. said in a news release. “Each of the court concept hotels will capture the essence of the cities where they are located. Lone Star Court will be one of a kind and totally unique to Austin, Texas.”

Lone Star Court will have 2,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, a 1,600-square-foot outdoor covered pavilion and an adjacent lawn with 1,800 square feet of meeting available.

The hotel will be reminiscent of mid-1940s roadside motor courts. RTKL Associates in Dallas is the architect for the project.

Lone Star Court will join two other hotels at The Domain, bringing the total number of hotel rooms at the mixed-use development to 604 rooms. Aloft Austin opened in November 2009 with 140 rooms, and the Westin Hotel opened in March 2010 with 341 rooms.

Other construction projects under way at The Domain are the new Whole Foods off the MoPac frontage Road, a two-phase residential project off Esperanza Crossing and a 9-acre park off of Alterra Parkway.

Additional information about the project may be found on the Valencia Group’s website.


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