• Treat Yourself Like a Rock Star During ACL at Hotel Van Zandt

    POSTED December 23, 2016

Come to town and stay like a rock star in one of Hotel Van Zandt’s five presidential suites. The 319-guest room Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is inspired by the Austin’s vibrant live music scene and provides the perfect home base for exploring the city.

The suites at the boutique hotel include Lefty’s Suite, Loretta’s Suite, Pancho’s Suite, the Rainey Suite and the Hotel Van Zandt Suite. All feature a record player and an assortment of albums and each is equipped with different musical instruments for guests to use. Geraldine’s restaurant and bar offers live music Monday through Saturday evenings and Sunday during brunch. Even more live music can be found in the Rainey Street District, which is located just steps from the hotel entrance.

For those who need to conduct business while in the Live Music Capital of the World, the hotel offers 11 dedicated event rooms totaling 12,000 square feet of space. Smaller rooms such as the Red River, Davis, The Republic or Armadillo can accommodate from 10 to 40 guests. The first-floor junior ballroom, The Meriwether provides more than 1,700 square feet of space for as many as 180 guests. The main ballroom, The Lady Bird, is tucked away on the second floor and offers more than 5,200 square feet of event space for up to 570 guests.

For meeting and event planners, the Hotel Van Zandt offers a range of services including high-speed Wi-Fi, AV Bluetooth connectivity, business concierge services and seasonal chef-driven catering menus. Additional property amenities include yoga mats in every room, a 24-hour fitness center, a full service third floor rooftop pool, and a complimentary social hour every evening. Located at 605 Davis Street in Austin, the hotel is within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center and the 6th Street entertainment district and a short cab ride from Zilker Metropolitan Park, where the ACL festival is held.

The historic Austin hotel, The Driskill, has appointed Nori Meisner to its staff as historic tour guide and special events concierge. In her new role, Meisner will bring to life the stories of the hotel, which was built by cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill in 1886. Among the many memories she’ll share with guests on the history tour is the first date between former President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. The two met over breakfast on that fateful day.


When it comes to meeting at the Austin Convention Center, the numbers are forever in your favor. Let’s start with six. That’s how many full city blocks the convention center extends in the heart of the downtown business district. Or 12,000—the number of hotel rooms within a two-mile radius of the venue. Twenty-thousand is how many wireless devices that can be simultaneously connected, ensuring all of your guests won’t miss a meeting, Zoom call, presentation or email.  



Keep your eye on the skyline of Austin. The sustainably focused hotel brand, 1 Hotels, is coming to a mixed-use hotel, residential and retail project currently under construction at the meeting of Waller Creek and Lady Bird Lake. The property will be the tallest tower in Texas and will overlook the historic Rainey Street district.