How Hotel Vandivort Seeks to Bolster Downtown Springfield

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Only a couple of weeks into 2018, Hotel Vandivort is already planning big moves.

The hotel says it will expand and nearly double in size, and it plans to do it with some flair. 
    
 Since Hotel Vandivort opened in July of 2015, the boutique hotel has become one of the hot spots in the downtown scene.
 
With plans to extend their footprint, it should add even more to the aura of downtown Springfield. 

For last couple of years, Hotel Vandivort has helped fill a niche in downtown Springfield: an upscale, cultural hub for both travelers and locals. Tessa Diehl, the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel V says it’s time for growth. 

“Look out for downtown. There is a lot going on. There is a lot of really exciting changes, and we are excited to be a part of it,” Diehl says. “The community really rallied around the project in downtown in general.. and we were a touch surprised at the demand calling for an expansion, but now is the time we are able to get to it.”

The current building is a restoration of the historic Masonic Temple at Walnut and Robberson. The hotel will be transforming it’s current parking lot into a 42,000 square foot addition with 48 additional rooms, and valet service. 

Perhaps the most exciting development is the rooftop-bar called “Vantage”,  4,000 square foot rooftop bar concept that will be accessible anytime. 

“I think I’m with everyone when I say I’m pretty pumped about Vantage,” Diehl says. “It is a four-seasons space, that is available 365 days a year. A brand-new rooftop bar will provide the most unique experience for locals and visitors alike.” 

The addition will be Northwest-adjacent to the current property, and the hotel is looking to minimize the effect on traffic during construction. 

“We want to make sure that we are bolstering downtown and not hindering it,” Diehl explains.  “We have made plans to limit any disruption to northbound traffic on Robberson as much as possible and make sure that we are staying in our own yard so-to-speak.” 
 
Diehl says the thing that sets Hotel Vandivort apart is its culture and vibe: something that they do not plan to stray away from. 

“You can expect the same upscale design with its own personality, the same experience, Springfields’ living room. But I think the biggest take away is the growth of downtown in general.” 

Diehl says the hotel plans to start breaking ground this Spring, with the goal of checking in guests by next Spring in 2019. 

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