Designer Mark Zeff and his team created both the hotel and Geraldine’s restaurant space – their first in Texas. The hotel’s focus on authenticity, local sourcing and the spirit of travel are apparent throughout its design, amenities and expert services. Hotel Van Zandt, situated in the city’s Rainey Street Historic District, recently opened in November.
Upon first entrance to the hotel, guests are greeted by horn-inspired chandeliers that dazzle like fireworks from the high ceilings. A bright and spacious lobby welcomes guests in true Austin fashion – with modern, high-quality pieces mixed with edgy details such as hand-picked items from top local antique vendors. A complimentary hosted Social Hour will take place in the lobby from 5:00 -6:00 p.m. each evening with cold beer and margaritas. Cozy coffee shop, Café 605, is adjacent to the lobby and opened daily for Instagram-worthy treats like brisket and egg tacos and adult takes on childhood sweets like the Ho-Ho. Guests are free to grab a custom-designed bicycle from the lobby for a leisurely ride through town, or on trails through the Colorado River Wildlife Sanctuary.
Playful notes of music-themed designs are scattered throughout the hotel, along with audible musical notes. Music fills the air in each and every public room in the hotel, courtesy of Lauren Bucherie, the hotel’s Director of Music and Social Programming. Bucherie sets the vibe of each room with curated music that fits with not only the décor, but the time of day. Low, sexy lighting may ensue bluesy notes, while sunrise could easily spark a few mellow indie tunes. The living room provides a hidden common space for guests, and an inspiring haven for musicians to write their next hit.
Kimpton’s mission is to authenticate each boutique hotel by borrowing facets of its surroundings, and the restaurant is no exception. Geraldine’s is helmed by executive chef Frank Mnuk, and embodies Austin’s food scene with crafted cocktails and a menu full of fresh Texas inspired cuisine. The establishment will also double as an entertainment venue where guests can catch the hottest up-and-coming acts every night.
Calm blue and gray hues encase each guest room and suite, blended with brushed bronze and slightly worn wood. Thoughtfully curated local art adorn the walls of each room, providing a peek into another side of Austin. Each room will have a view; either the city itself or gorgeous Lady Bird Lake. The first Austin hotel to offer a fiber internet connection, each room has complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth speakers. Guests will find a complimentary yoga mat in every room. For those traveling with a fury friend…. All pets are welcome and the Hotel Van Zandt staff will be sure to accommodate – no matter if it’s a cat, dog, pig or even a penguin.
Hotel Van Zandt features 12,000 square feet of stylish event and meeting space, capable of accommodating up to 500 people, perfect for weddings and events.
To further the spirit of taking an inside look, guests can take advantage of a “Sneak Peek” rate through February of 2016. Guests can book a night for 25% off Best Available Rate or 30% off Best Available Rate for stays two nights or longer, pending availability.
About Hotel Van Zandt, A Kimpton Hotel
Hotel Van Zandt is a true Texas charmer that’s a refined riff on Austin’s world-famous music scene and offers-up signature happenings and exclusive hideouts geared especially for cultural tastemakers and world explorers. Hotel Van Zandt features 319 rooms and 41 suites and 12,000 square feet of contemporary event and meeting space that can accommodate up to 500 people. Hotel Van Zandt’s designer, Mark Zeff, captures the essence of local culture and fuses it with Texas’ great history of elegance and gentry using high-quality materials, while evoking the edginess of Austin with pristine and sophisticated tones throughout the hotel.
Austin is all about warm people, good times and live music and Hotel Van Zandt’s close proximity to Rainey Street and downtown makes for a cool and comfortable gateway to the best experiences in the city. As a Kimpton hotel, there are plenty of innovative experiences catered to guests that set this hotel apart such as Geraldine’s, the fourth floor restaurant and bar where guests can enjoy authentic tastes of Austin and live entertainment on the hotel’s very own terrace and sound stage.