AUSTIN, TX—Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants plans to expand its footprint in Texas with the management of a new boutique hotel in Austin’s historic Rainey Street District.
Slated for an early 2015 opening, the new construction, 16-story Hotel Van Zandt will feature 322 guestrooms, more than 12,000 sq. ft. total event and meeting space, a chef-driven restaurant, lobby cafe and a pool deck and bar. The Hotel Van Zandt will be located near to the convention center and other downtown Austin attractions.
Interior designer Mark Zeff will oversee the interior design of the Hotel Van Zandt and its still-to-be-named restaurant. Kimpton was selected for the management contract by hotel developer and owner, JMI Realty, the developers and former owners of Kimpton’s Hotel Solamar in San Diego.
“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,” stated 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.”
According to JMI Realty CIO 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,” Clay said in a statement.
For Kimpton, Austin represents an expansion of the brand’s presence in Texas and the Southwest, joining two existing hotels in Dallas–Kimpton’s Hotel Lumen and its Hotel Palomar Dallas–and the anticipated Roman & Williams-designed Pearl Hotel in San Antonio slated to open next year.