The hand-blown works of art inside Hotel Valencia Riverwalk tell the hotel’s juicy secret: It’s the hot spot for celebrities from Yo-Yo Ma to J. Lo who are looking to get away in San Antonio.

Across the street from San Antonio’s Majestic and Empire theatres, Hotel Valencia Riverwalk offers solitude. This quiet getaway has become a prime stop for celebrities seeking respite from the crowds outside, which is exactly why you’ll find the 10-foot-tall Orange Grove display in the lobby. On its shelves sit the autographs of more than 100 stars, musicians, politicians, and comedians who have stayed at the hotel, including R&B icon John Legend, rocker Alice Cooper, and former NBA superstar Charles Barkley.

But why are the signatures on hand-blown glass oranges, you may ask? The lifelike sculptures by local glassblower Gini Garcia pay homage to Valencia, Spain, the hotel’s namesake and a city known for its sweet, iconic oranges.

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