Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt opened its doors on November 16, 2015, as Kimpton’s first hotel in Austin, Texas, and as a product of Austin-based real estate developer JMI Realty. The hotel’s name is loosely drawn from its historic Texas muse, Isaac Van Zandt, the Republic of Texas Ambassador to the U.S., as well as his third great-grandson, and music legend, Townes Van Zandt.
The hotel’s design showcases one-of-a-kind Texas accents, antiques and décor by internationally acclaimed designer Mark Zeff that pays homage to Austin’s music-embracing culture. RewardExpert recently had the pleasure of speaking with Chuck Moses, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, about what makes this unique hotel stand out amongst the rest.
Why Hotel Van Zandt?
Austin is a popular getaway for many travelers, especially during the right season. The Texas state capital is a huge college town, known by many as the music capital and a great place to get away from it all. Lake Travis is the most beautiful man-made lake in the state, and many festivals are held throughout the city all year long. So what makes this hotel stand out amongst all the rest?
“The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is the ideal gateway to Austin for anyone seeking to experience the best of Austin’s renowned personality coupled with Kimpton’s “surprise and delight” service,” explained Moses. “Our guests range from music aficionados to business and wellness travelers, and it’s no surprise to find locals enjoying a stay-cation. The hotel’s swoon-worthy design is also popular for weddings and for a romantic getaway.”
The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is very close in proximity (a five-minute walk) to the Austin Convention Center and downtown business district, making it the perfect place to stay for people away on business.
“The property has beautifully designed spaces for multiple group sizes that aim to inspire and boost productivity,” Moses explained. “The hotel also has the fastest Wi-Fi and Internet speeds in town and a great staff that understands the needs of a business traveler. Lastly, we are thrilled to see people doing business in Austin and are excited about the possibility of contributing to the city’s overall success.”
Mixing Business and Pleasure
With the trendy Rainey Street Historic District only a block away, visitors are sure to enjoy a night out on the town when they stay here. The famous bungalow bars and food trailers make it a truly unique experience. “Guests even have access to free bikes so they can explore beyond Rainey Street to Lady Bird Lake, Downtown or East Austin.”
“Inside the hotel, music fills the air in each and every public room. Chill out and meet new people during the hotel’s social hour, featuring local beer and handmade margaritas, every evening. With the most amazing sound technology in town, Hotel Van Zandt also features live performances from the hottest up-and-coming and local acts every night. And if you need a place to crash for the night, the hotel’s 319 rooms will make you feel right at home!”
There’s always something going on at Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt. Janice Bond, the Director of Music and Social Programming at the hotel, curates live music every day at Geraldine’s, the restaurant located inside the hotel. Bond has been able to curate music throughout the property that vibes with the times of day, weather and overall mood.
“We also have a band playing weekly during our social hour, which is a free hosted happy hour for our guests held in our Living Room daily at 5 PM. This summer, the hotel is going to be bringing our guests and the local community some fun local wellness events.”
The Hotel’s Unique Design
Designed with the intention of immersing guests and locals into its musical culture, everything from the décor to playlists to food is meant to deliver an authentic Austin experience topped with unparalleled hospitality.
“Throughout the hotel, guests will find features that deliver a unique look into Austin’s musical personality,” said Moses. “Guests will find an installation of repurposed vinyl record birds in the lobby Living Room, trombone-inspired chandeliers throughout the property, five luxurious presidential suites that offer record players and instruments for use, a pool that has an underwater playlist and live music playing every night. In addition to that, guests can add musical elements to their meetings with features such as music-themed games and dedicated playlists.”
Award Winning Excellence
Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt was voted the #1 Hotel in Texas in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. This year they have already accepted their second AAA Four Diamond Award.
To learn more about the hotel or get information on booking, visit hotelvanzandt.com.