Hotel Vandivort: Uptown Style in Downtown Springfield, Missouri
While in Springfield, Missouri, tooling down Route 66 catching all the best photo ops, end your day on a high note at Hotel Vandivort for a stylish night’s stay, or simply to relax and recount the day’s adventures over handcrafted cocktails, and enjoy upscale bites from The Order’s dining menu featuring local purveyors and uniquely Ozark products.
Guests at Hotel Vandivort are in for a revelation, not only is the hotel imbued with modern sophistication and a hip attitude, the food and beverage program is setting the bar high for Springfield, Missouri. Adding to its allure is the hotel’s striking interior design which combines a modern aesthetic with vintage industrial vibe rooted in the building’s historic past as a Masonic Temple. Recalling its previous life are architectural elements such as original brickwork and tin ceilings, all painstakingly preserved, and an array of images and implements of the mason trade that appear throughout the hotel.
A Historic Endeavor
In the 80’s Hotel Vandivort was renovated into an office building and much of the hotel’s original beauty was hidden by drop ceilings and drywall. During this time, the hotel was placed on the Springfield Historic Sites Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Hotel Vandivort is Springfield’s first urban boutique hotel, yet its story began in 1906 as a Masonic Temple.
A century later, brothers and Springfield natives Billy and John McQueary desired to be a part of the revitalization that was happening downtown and give back to the community that had supported their family’s business across four generations.They recognized downtown Springfield’s robust business, arts, dining, and nightlife scene, yet there was no place for traveling professionals or visitors to stay. The brothers purchased the Vandivort building and began reclaiming the building’s history and original beauty.
Hotel Vandivort opened to much acclaim in July 2015 and an expansion is already underway. Named V2, the new tower building is adjacent to the hotel and, with an additional 48 rooms, will double the hotel’s size. Most exciting is the addition of an enclosed 4,000 square foot rooftop bar called “Vantage” which will join The Order as a second food and beverage option at the certified Silver Trip Advisor GreenLeader hotel.
Slated to open in Spring 2019, Tessa Diehl, the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Vandivort, stated that Vantage provides “the most unique experience for locals and visitors alike, and is a four-seasons space that is available 365 days a year.”
Luxury Rooms at the Hotel Vandivort
In May, I was among a group of travel writers that enjoyed an inventive five-course wine pairing dinner at The Order in conjunction with the National Association of Travel Journalists Association annual conference. Impressed with Hotel Vandivort’s vision for the revitalization of downtown Springfield, I arranged a return visit to spend the night at the hotel so I could share what a gem this hotel is with you.
The rooms at Hotel Vandivort envelope you in a subdued neutral color palette with eye-catching, mod lighting and an array of textures complemented by dark wood, black wrought iron, and brushed nickel fixtures. Attention to detail is evident throughout the room: conveniently located wall plates that control multiple lighting options in one place, locally distilled spirits and salsa liven up the in-room bar and snack options, and Malin + Goetz luxe natural bath amenities round out your boutique experience. The tall ceilings contribute to the spacious feeling of even the standard rooms and the large, original double-hung windows provide abundant natural light.
Hotel Vandivort offers 50 guest rooms, 12 suites, and 2 premier suites to tailor an experience that is uniquely you. Two meeting rooms on the lobby level and complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel. Rates for standard rooms: Modest King and Humble Queen, range from $159-$209 except during holidays or local college events (there are 12 colleges in the Springfield area).
Remarkable Cuisine and Libations
During my stay, I spoke with GM Zackary Oxley about the hotel’s expansion as well as F&B manager Dylan Rauhoff and newly hired Executive Chef Travis Meeks about The Order’s cocktail program and menu additions. The menu will continue to focus on local produce and purveyors and feature weekly specials. The fall menu was in the works and Chef Travis was excited about putting his down-home twist on dishes and continuing the hotel’s mission of doing business with neighbors and celebrating the bounty of the Ozarks.
TIP: The bar at The Order introduced savvy Springfieldians to the Smoky Old Fashioned which, when paired with their Buffalo Burger or one of the premium, organic, grass-fed steaks, makes for an exceptional dining experience. And, don’t leave without taking a selfie in the first-of-its-kind lavatories especially equipped for
taking selfies with LED-Backlit mirrors. If you see more than one person piling into the loo -that’s what’s going on 😉
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305 E Walnut Street, Springfield, MO 65806
This article was a guest post from our intrepid friend Priscilla Willis of She’s Cookin’.