As would be expected with any Kimpton Hotel guest experience, the group’s latest addition, Hotel Van Zandt, located in the Texas capital’s Rainey Street Historic District is making sure no detail is overlooked. When the stunning 319-room hotel opens, discerning travelers can expect an exciting range of signature amenities and services that will make their stay “authentically Austin.” From entrance to exit, hotel guests can expect to get equal parts Kimpton and Texas hospitality, beginning with attentive staff warmly welcoming them with cold towels and water bottles – or a frosty regional Tejas Lager brew. Guests will also enjoy music of all genres through carefully curated playlists of tunes in all areas of the hotel befitting Austin’s status as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
The Hotel Van Zandt experience will begin well before arrival. Three days prior to checking in, guests will receive emails detailing upcoming hotel and local events, suggested hot spots, the playbill for events hosted at Geraldine’s (the hotel’s restaurant and live entertainment & music venue), and a space for music preferences that can be turned into personalized set lists, playable via Jamboxes found in each guest room. This personal attention will showcase the hotel concierge’s education on local culture and ability to connect with each and every person, delivering customized service without fail.
To elevate the Hotel Van Zandt story, Director of Music and Social Programming Lauren Bucherie will orchestrate music throughout the entire stay. Need some music to pump you up after a long meeting? Lauren’s got you covered with a revitalizing playlist! The hotel’s personality further shines through with guitar picks for the taking at the front desk, fun facts about local bands, and a classic jukebox in the communal living room.
Like every Kimpton Hotel, the presence of extraordinary gastronomy will be central to the guest experience. Starting with Kimpton’s signature social hour, Hotel Van Zandt will “Tex-ify” the cocktail hour with passed hor d’oeuvres from Geraldine’s, local beer and margaritas on tap, with managers personally salting rims, pouring drinks and showcasing the bar menu two nights a week. A sampling of the specially-crafted food amenities available for purchase in the hotel’s Café 605 include:
· Hill Country ($9)
o Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA, Brisket spice rub, Beef jerky, Spiced nuts
· Old Mexico ($5)
o Traditional Margarita, Corn chips, Roasted tomato salsa, Guacamole
· Milk & Cookies ($4)
o Strawberry cereal milk, chocolate chip cookies
The more fitness minded travelers can tap into the hotel’s health and wellness programs and proximity to Lady Bird Lake. Visitors can take part in guided bike tours, paddle boarding, kayaking and running tours, replenishing with water and fresh fruit upon their return. The mini bar will offer a selection of healthy snacks, including AustiNuts – a locally-made snack varying from roasted nuts and dried fruit to chocolate and Texas-themed treats. The hotel’s fourth floor pool terrace and bar will also provide much needed R&R for guests looking for a cool oasis with sprawling views of downtown Austin.