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Hillside Boutique Hotel

Revealing Valley Vistas, Modern Comforts

Written by: Lisa Y. Taylor
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    Hillside Boutique Hotel

    When the sun sets on the Hillside Boutique Hotel, it illuminates a verdant terraced lawn that meets an arbor overlooking the treed landscape of the Medina River Valley. It’s no wonder that brides and grooms choose to say, “I do,” at this idyllic setting.

    “Resting on the edge of a hill above the valley, panoramic and breathtaking views are the hallmark of our hotel. Hillside is a natural fit for our name,” says Leahandra Rymers, the hotel’s general manager. 

    Only 25 minutes from San Antonio in the cozy community of Castroville, Hillside gives couples and their guests a destination wedding experience that blends a picturesque country location with modern comforts.

    “Hillside offers scenic indoor and outdoor event spaces with magnificent views and deluxe accommodations featuring high-tech amenities,” Rymers says. “Plus, an upscale restaurant and bar and luxurious spa and pool are all found on our lovely property.” 

    Rustic Chic Ballroom 

    After exchanging vows under Hillside’s terrace arbor or at other ceremony venue, the couple and their guests can retreat to the airy ambiance of the Hillside Ballroom. 

    “An antique wood and stone fireplace, stained concrete floors, three vintage chandeliers, high ceilings and plentiful windows create rustic chic ambiance,” Rymers describes.

    The ballroom hosts as many as 120 guests for a seated dinner with dancefloor or as many as 200 guests when using connecting restaurant and meeting space. A wall of windows unfolds valley vistas in addition to views of Castroville’s historic buildings. For couples desiring a dinner spot for 50 or fewer guests, the restaurant’s upper-level Tasting Room displays spectacular scenery and a handsome floor-to-ceiling wine rack.

    Wedding packages include banquet tables and chairs, basic linens and a complimentary one-night stay for the newlyweds. Hillside provides customized catering and bar services, and its restaurant is a popular choice for rehearsal dinners. 

    “Our catering and restaurant cuisine is known for combining Texas favorites with a modern twist,” Rymers says. “Superb ribeye steaks and brisket are purchased from a local meat market and accompanied by sides, such as Mexican street corn and German roasted red potatoes that infuse regional influences.”

    Fun-filled Weekend Escape

    Recently having undergone a multi-million dollar renovation by local owners, Hillside exudes a contemporary Hill Country motif. Each of the hotel’s 36 lavish rooms and two suites features French doors that open to a private balcony with valley views, sliding barn doors, rustic headboards, hand-woven rugs and blankets with rich textures and thoughtfully curated décor, such as driftwood accents.

    The two-bedroom luxury suite sleeps up to six guests and boasts vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceilings windows and a balcony with sweeping vistas. The suites and some rooms provide Bose Bluetooth speakers and large HD smart TVs. 

    “The hotel’s spacious rooms, on-site amenities and local excursions make it a fun-filled destination wedding getaway,” says Rymers who suggests this sample weekend itinerary:

    Family and friends arriving on Friday can unwind with a massage, facial or manicure at the Hillside Spa or take a dip in the pool offering generous cabanas. In the evening, guests can mingle and sip a drink in the hotel’s Barrel Room, a relaxing lounge featuring plush leather sofas, wood flooring and aged whisky barrels. For the rehearsal dinner, everyone can relish the valley scenery, breezy wraparound porch and regional fare at the on-site Texas Bistro.

    On Saturday, guests can take a winery or historic home tour, hit the golf course or visit a local park for fishing, boating and hiking. Then everyone can return to the hotel and prepare for the ceremony and reception. The weekend culminates with the restaurant’s Sunday brunch serving local items, including Texas omelets with smoked brisket and grilled chicken with avocado and cilantro.

    “Everyone can effortlessly come and go to Hillside without the hassle of city traffic,” Rymers says. “The wedding couple, their family and friends can stay all weekend, celebrate, relax and go home with wonderful memories.”

     

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