by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 17, 2018
A soft opening has added the 152-room Texican Court in Irving, Texas, to the Valencia Group Hotel Collection, a sister property to the popular Lone Star Court in Austin. Décor throughout the hotel nods to the theme song for the 1966 Clint Eastwood film, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"; art in the guest room that M&C recently visited featured stylized images of major characters from the movie. Rooms also sport full-size Smeg 1950s-style refrigerators filled with better-than-usual minibar options, throwback couches, and 50-inch flat-screen, interactive TVs.
Some 3,500 square feet of on-site meeting space includes the 2,668-square-foot Little Chapel Ballroom. Guest-room verandas surround two courtyards, one with an event lawn and a large fireplace for s'mores and evening fun, the other featuring a circular pool and a firepit.
The menu at the Two Mules Cantina features the requisite Tex-Mex fare, as well as a host of specialty margaritas; guests are entertained with live music on select nights. A tequila "jewel" bar beckons across from the registration area, serving tastings and cocktails by a small fireplace.