I scheduled a Tour of The Villa De Cortez in Weslaco last week. This is a Villa with a very rich history. They offer a wonderful luncheon menu and if you have 30 ladies present, they will also arrange a style show with several of the stores down town. Then you are also given a tour of the beautiful former hotel.
The elegant Cortez Hotel, of Spanish Colonial design, was the landmark on Main Street in Weslaco during the 30’s and 40’s. The hotel was diagonally across the street from the railroad station. The modern hotel of its time, was a home to several businesses and a favorite spot for entertainment, celebrations and various events. The three top floors each had 25 bedrooms with bathrooms. It is also rumored that Al Capone had stayed their. Eventually the hotel fell into a dilapidated state. Only a few business existed. In 1998, Patti and Larry Dittburner, decided to renovate this landmark and return it to its beauty of the past. After many months and some set backs the renovation was completed. The Villa now offers retail space on the 1st floor, consisting of a café, a barber shop, tuxedo rental, as well as a beautiful restaurant right off the courtyard. The 2nd floor offers a Spanish style décor ballroom, several bar areas, and elegant ballroom seating. It is used for Weddings, Celebrations, and Receptions. The menu is catered by the onsite catering business. The 3rd and 4th floors are offices and business spaces. The basement has been made into a special party room called, “The Wild Thing”. It actually consists of the whole basement. The Villa is decorated with many of the arts and momentos that the Dittburners collected in their travels around the world.
We all met at the South Hall, 38 of us, and carpooled the half hour drive to Weslaco. We ordered from their luncheon menu which consisted of soup, a sandwich plate with tea or coffee. Most of us had Chicken Salad Croissant, with chips. I was delicious, and only $9. While we were eating, Sandy, the owner of Lionels’ Western wear came in with another lady and modeled some clothing. Their clothing was very stylish and fun. We then was given the tour of the building. It was so amazing.
We took the elevator to the second floor. This is the entrance on the second floor from the 2nd floor parking garage. Beautiful wrought iron gates, grape ivy and lights hanging from the ceiling.
We walked through the elegant dining area to the ballroom.
This is the view from the dance floor into the dinning area. It has beautiful white drapes hung over the arches of brick and white banisters.
The dance floor is several steps lower, and has 2 huge glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
Here is a close up of the chandelier. Notice the wire in the center of the glass arms supporting the glass structure, with its many hanging glass crystals.
Another Chandelier in the Dinning Area.
Here is the main Staircase from the Main Floor.
This is the Staircase from the 2nd floor dinning room.
Many of the pillars were made to look like book shelves loaded with books. They were really faux. If you looked closely, it even looked like worn areas on the books. Amazing….They were like this on all four sides.
This is a cozy sitting area on the way to one of the Bar Rooms. Now on through the French doors on the right of the picture to one of the bars.
This was so elegant. The base was made with carved wood.
Now when we turned around, here was another room.
It was a much smaller wine room. The waiter was ready to take your order….lol…
Of course I had to add the elegant powder room. Finally, we took the elevator to the Basement……..WOW……Another Party Area……
The Entrance to …….The Wild Thing”……
The Dinning Area
The Dance Floor
The Spiral Stairway to the Main Floor
After an Amazing Tour, we thanked the Guide and planned to do this again next year. This was an amazing Villa. It was so amazing to see all the things that the Dittburners have collected and worked into the theme of the design. The rooms are filled with elegance and reflect the beautiful history of the past. What a wonderful job they have done. Weslaco has the honor of hosting a beautiful Historical Landmark in their city. We left through the court yard, and walked down the street to check out the store that did the modeling. Lionels’ is a Western store for men, and a beautiful line of clothes for women. They carry boots, purses, shoes and any kind of beautiful jewelry you can imagine. Many turquoise pieces.
But, What did I try on????? Cici and I tried on Hats…….””””BLING”””
THE END OF A WONDERFUL DAY……..