Hotel Vandivort was named the 2016 Boutique Hotel of the Year by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Assoc.
The owners of the upscale boutique hotel and restaurant were honored to receive the national award signifying the highest quality of amenities and guest dining and lodging experience within the hotel industry.
“We are thrilled to have Springfield and Hotel Vandivort recognized on this prestigious national stage,” said co-owner Billy McQueary. “It’s an honor that our passion project can be a point of pride for our city, and hopefully, an inspiration for the continued revitalization and development of downtown’s cultural renaissance.
JP Roberts, general manager at Hotel Vandivort, said the award wouldn’t have been received if not for dedicated staff and visionary owners.
“On behalf of Hotel Vandivort, we are truly grateful for being recognized at the BLLA conference with the 2016 Boutique Hotel of the Year designation,” Roberts said. “Given the distinguished competition that was up for this award, we are beyond humbled that we are able to bring this back to Springfield, Missouri.
“We would be remiss if we didn’t thank all of our extremely talented, dedicated associates that share our passion and vision when they come into work day in and day out and give it everything they have. This award is truly a result of what can be achieved, regardless of location, when you have passionate visionaries for owners, and an incredibly talented, dedicate group of associates.”
Susan Wade, public relations manager for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau said Hotel Vandivort is deserving of the award, noting the hotel achieved a Four-Diamond distinction three months after it opened in July 2015.
“Hotel Vandivort is an innovator in the hospitality industry,” Wade said. “Our community is honored the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Assoc. is giving it the recognition it deserves.”
The BLLA awards recognize innovators in the hospitality industry who are moving the boutique lodging niche forward. The organization is the world’s leader in independent boutique and lifestyle hotels and has over 750 members from around the world.
The award was presented to Hotel Vandivort at BLLA’s Leadership Symposium in October in West Hollywood, California. Previous award recipients include the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, A Destination Luxury Hotel, in Kirkland, Washington.
A complete restoration of the 1906 Masonic Temple at 305 E. Walnut St. in downtown Springfield, the Hotel Vandivort and its restaurant, The Order, are a cultural hub and gathering place for area residents as well as an upscale lodging option for visitors. The property offers 50 well-appointed guest rooms, including three suites, two high-tech meeting rooms and the spacious Vandivort Ballroom.
The building is on track to receive a LEED Gold certification in recognition of its environmentally conscious design. Its décor is a contemporary take on a vintage, industrial space with comfortable gathering places in the open-concept lobby and restaurant.
The hotel is conveniently located near many of downtown Springfield’s businesses, universities and visitor attractions.
Learn more about Hotel Vandivort at www.hotelvandivort.com. Hotel Vandivort is managed by IDM Hospitality Management. IDM was founded in 1999 and specializes in hotel management and development for planned and existing properties with an emphasis on independent and boutique hotels. For more on IDM, visit www.idmhospitality.com.
For more information about Springfield, visit www.SpringfieldMO.org or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767.