by Kaitlin Braun
Although most people wouldn’t describe the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt as the most kid-oriented hotel in Austin, families are warmly welcomed and there’s plenty to keep everyone happy. It’s a boutique hotel with a music-scene theme — which you’ll notice everywhere from the decor to the live music at Geraldine’s, one of the onsite restaurants (yes, there’s more than one).
Families, stay in either a deluxe queen-queen room, or live large in one of the hotel’s 41 cushy suites, which include kitchenettes, sitting and dining areas, fantastic views, and, uniquely, fully equipped poker tables. Kids are accommodated with their own menu when dining. There’s also a rooftop pool, which families tend to prefer during the day as it attracts a different crowd at night. To stay fit, you can borrow some of the hotel’s public bikes and take a ride around town, do yoga on the provided mats, or hit the 24-hour fitness centers.
Our Editor Loves
- Rooftop pool
- Onsite dining
- Complimentary bike use
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
This is a fantastic hotel for anyone who is young, trendy and looking to go out on Rainey street.
It’s just behind Rainey’s many bars, clubs and restaurants, so if you are planning to party hard but then retreat to a luxurious and modern hotel at the end of the night - the Kimpton will be perfect for you!
The lobby is very funky and on check in you can get a free watermelon cider - very hipster.
But all staff is very friendly and efficient and our room was even ready early.
We had some French champagne and chocolate strawberries waiting for us in our room as we were travelling for our anniversary - lovely touch!
We also got upgraded to a river view room - very nice!
The room was spacious, very clean and surprisingly quiet despite being just above the pool deck.
They must have good sound proofing which is great if you have a room above Rainey street, especially on a weekend. (Live music everywhere!)
The pool deck is the place to be, all the hot young people hang out there.
Definitely not a place for older people, but we aren’t huge partiers and still really enjoyed it.
Would definitely recommend this hotel.
We had pretty high expectations for such a well reviewed hotel of this class. First impressions of customer service, valet, and lobby were really great. Learned about an upgrade at check-in, which was very welcome, but the upper floor room seemed like it had barely survived a party and being my first Kimpton stay, was not a good representation of its advertised brand (see pics). It was a room with a great view, though!
Walls were scuffed, lamp shades dented, stains on the curtains, and less than functional bathroom door. If this hadn’t been a rewards stay, I would have complained more vocally.
The mattress was average, which we also found disappointing, for a hotel at this price point. I’ll admit, We’re spoiled at home with a very comfortable mattress so it’s rare to be impressed in this category.
They did serve excellent coffee in the ground floor cafe, probably the most flavorful coffee I’ve had of any hotel stay.
We also really appreciated the happy hour, where it was quite busy in a vibrant, comfortable atmosphere.