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.
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.
About Hotel Van Zandt, A Kimpton Hotel
Opening in fall 2015, Hotel Van Zandt is a true Texas charmer that’s a refined riff on Austin’s world-famous music scene and will offer-up signature happenings and exclusive hideouts geared especially for cultural tastemakers and world explorers. Hotel Van Zandt offers 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, intends to capture the essence of local culture and fuse 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.