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Hotel Van Zandt – World-class comfort, Texas-style

New York-based designer Mark Zeff and his team are leading interior design efforts for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ hotly anticipated property – Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas. Slated for an early 2015 opening, the new construction, 16-story hotel will feature 322 guest rooms, more than 12,000 square feet total event and meeting space, an individually concepted, chef-driven restaurant, lobby cafe and an expansive pool deck and bar.

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Located at the intersection of Red River and Davis Streets in the heart of the Rainey District’s thriving nightlife scene, the Hotel Van Zandt will be just minutes away from the convention center and many other popular downtown Austin attractions. Renowned interior designer Mark Zeff will oversee the interior design of the Hotel Van Zandt and its still-to-be-named restaurant.

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“The research regarding Townes Van Zandt helped fill the music palette that we worked with, such as the metal detailing, wood finishes and colors from old LP covers. These all served as inspiration for the spaces all through the hotel. We then took all of that and infused in our own current sense of industrial chic,” said Mark Zeff, the hotel’s designer, adding that the Hotel Van Zandt created a new look and feel for Austin.

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The new-build opened in November and is located in downtown Austin in the Rainey Street District, which is known for its entertainment and restaurants and bars.

The hotel features nearly 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of public space, including a restaurant, writer’s lounge and pool deck.

While the amount of public space is big, just how “Texas” is the Hotel Van Zandt? “We spent a great amount of time working on developing a new Texan aesthetic with the use of old Texan artifacts we found,” said Zeff. This included old leather saddle stitching, currency graphics from the 1800s and tooling on old revolvers that were used to create patterns and design ideas.

The vision for the hotel was to position it as a new style of hotel in Austin and add comfort to every aspect of the hotel, according to Zeff. “Both the atmosphere of the rooms as well as the entrance and all the public touch points needed to be designed to exude comfort and style,” he explained of the mandate he received when designing the hotel.

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“We wanted people to connect to our city in an authentic way. We took it a lot further and ran this city through the bones of the building,” said Moses, who added, “It’s a very musical hotel, starting with the name.”

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To further illustrate the musicality of the hotel, Moses explained that the hotel is adorned with vinyl records. The living room has an “old-school turntable,” and there are vinyl record players in all of the suites.

“Austin is not just the state capitol and location of the University of Texas, but also the heart of a booming live music scene and the epicenter of a thriving technology sector. It’s a perfect fit for our guest-centric, fun and slightly irreverent brand, and a city we’ve been eager to enter with the right opportunity for a while,” said Kimpton CEO Mike Depatie. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with JMI Realty again on this Austin property that will reflect both the city’s historic roots and its current, modern vibe.”

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According to JMI Realty Chief Investment Officer Greg Clay, Kimpton was a natural choice to manage this new Austin property because of the brand’s commitment to personal guest service, creative design, culinary excellence and its sense of fun:

“We’ve worked with Kimpton successfully in the past when we developed the Hotel Solamar in San Diego, and know that this is a partnership that works well. We look forward to bringing the unique Kimpton guest experience to this uniquely Austin hotel.”

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Austin is all about warm people, good times and live music. We just can’t wait for you to experience it all. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is one of those downtown Austin hotels that brings the best boutique hotel experience home for you. Here, you’ll find a classy, laid back vibe that defines Austin cool. A rough-around-the-edges kind of sophistication shows up everywhere from our decked-out accommodations to our splashy pool and deck. We’ve got plenty of cushy, worn-leathery spots for you to gather up before or after a night out. Grab some elevated Austin grub at Geraldine’s or let us bring it right to you with 24/7 room service. Take off your hat – or don’t – and kick up your feet. You’ll definitely want to stay a while.

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About: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants in the United States and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for while away from home through fun and thoughtful perks and amenities, distinctive design at each hotel and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals.

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Kimpton’s award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in eco-friendly practices that span all hotels and restaurants. Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a Fortune magazine “Best Place to Work” four times since 2009. Kimpton operates 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges in 26 cities.

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Project Data:

Project name: Hotel Van Zandt
Location: 605 Davis St, Austin, Texas 78701 United States
Coordinates: 30.260068, -97.739065
Type: Hotel Interior
Accommodations/Hotel Size: 322 guest rooms
Project area: more than 12,000 sqm
Status: Completed
Completion Year: 2015
Opening Date: Summer 2015
Visit Hotel Van Zandt’s Website: here

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Client / Owner / Developer: JMI Realty
Architects: WDG Architecture
Interior Designer: Mark Zeff Design – 20 John St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Text Description: © Courtesy of Hotel Van Zandt, Mark Zeff Design
Images: © Hotel Van Zandt, Eric Laignel

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