This year has been a whirlwind of emotions, so the first chance Rose and I got to get out of the city; WE TOOK IT.
While looking for hotels during our ‘Girls Trip Getaway’ we stumbled across Hotel Van Zandt. This hotel’s “vintage meets modern decor style” stood out like no other! As an Architectural Designer, I really enjoyed the ascetics and small details behind the design of this hotel. The earth tones with a mix of contrasted patterns was perfectly chosen.
When you enter the hotel lobby, you are greeted with perfectly pattered tiled floor and trumpet lighting fixtures. Honestly, it’s a lot to take in and the photos don’t do it justice. This seemed like a “once and a lifestyle experience”.
I’ve been to tons of hotels around the world, but the hospitality and customer service here was…just on point! Check-in was super easy and after we received our keys we were offered either water or BEER! Ha! They also detailed the happy hour and the live music that night and for brunch the next day.
So Fresh, So Clean: Kimpton’s Approach to Clean
I was so happy to see HVZ took extra safety precautions during these uncertain times. There was signage everywhere to wear your mask, use hand sanitizer, and even to stay 6′ apart.
I even saw a few workers cleaning periodically throughout the day. You can truly tell that the safety of guest is most important.
I know this is minute, but I really appreciated the signage in this hotel. Rose and I have stayed numerous hotels and resorts and would wander around until someone could assist us. This hotel’s signage directed you in the perfect way to all hot spots. The little sayings are also super cute!
Indulge in more… Amenities :
The amenities in this hotel were endless! From the live band to the private cabanas, and also the the best restaurant I’ve ever tasted in a hotel, Geraldine’s.
Wait, what? I didn’t tell you about Geraldine’s?? Wow, how rude of me.
The restaurant was also beautiful with BOMB pool views! At first glance, the menu was pretty intimidating with all of the “fancy food options”, but our waiter, Keith, explained everything so well! I felt as though I had gone to culinary arts school at the end of dinner!
Sidebar: I’m a ver picky eater. So before Keith explained what everything was, I was clueless and had no idea what I wanted. After his explanations, I wanted EVERYTHING, but settled with 4 dishes.
Can I make a recommendation? If you don’t get anything else at this restaurant, please get the following:
The Hazelnut Dukkah Sweet Potatoes (my favorite)
The Half Roasted Chicken
The Roasted Texas Peaches
10 oz Flat Iron Stake
Let me elaborate.
My #1 Choice: The Hazelnut Dukkah Sweet Potatoes taste like a glimpse of heaven in your mouth. They were perfectly salted, perfectly fried, and it was the perfect serving size.
Also, I forgot to mention that all of the food platters are made to be shared. I’m usually NOT a fan of sharing my food…at all, but the portions are so huge, it makes it impossible to finish alone. So, I had to share.
We didn’t stay for the live music, but a little later we went by the pool and heard the band! They were awesome! Our favorite was the band for brunch the next morning. Rose and I thought there was a great playlist playing, but when we asked the waiter she said it was A BAND!
This dinning experience was defiantly one to remember.
The Stay: Suite 1501
When you enter the suite (suite 1501 that is), you are greeted with more great artwork, a very spacious bathroom with a freestanding tub, and a master suite with breathtaking downtown Austin views. The wardrobe was HUGE and there was also a mini fridge! Together, Rose and I had about 20 outfits (probably more) and there was still extra room. One of my favorite aspects of the room was the barn door outside of the bathroom. I’ve had experiences in other hotels where you could not move freely around the room without closing the bathroom door, but this was not the case at all. We had more than enough room!
We also had the perfect view to the pool area and Lady Bird Lake.
When we settled into the room, the great customer service didn’t end! I received a text message from the hotel asking if we needed anything. The timing couldn’t have been better because we really needed additional towels. Hours later, when we didn’t know the wifi password, I texted the number again and the wifi password was given seconds later. This was a huge selling point for me because I mean, who wants to call downstairs a million times?
This was probably the best hotel experience I’ve had in North America. The hospitality, the customer service, and the quality of this hotel was just impeccable.
Have you experience the beauty behind a Kimpton Hotel? Tell me about it in the comments below!