The hotel’s title pays homage to Grapevine’s namesake, said Tom Santora, the managing director of the Grapevine Main development. He added that the hotel nods to the city’s wine history throughout its interior.
“Our mark is all around wine and wine education and education of our staff as well as our guests,” Santora said.
Guests of the hotel’s Bacchus Kitchen + Bar can expect tailored experiences for their wine choices, he said.
“We developed a partnership with Riedel Glassware, ... and they’re the only glassware company that makes wine glasses by varietal type,” Santora said. “Chardonnay comes in one glass, but if it’s an oak chardonnay, it’s a different glass.”
The 120-room Hotel Vin is part of the Marriott Autograph collection and includes a restaurant and event space. It is also connected to Harvest Hall, a 20,000 square-foot food hall that incorporates seven different kitchens.
Harvest Hall is scheduled to open this fall, and sports a design meant to be reminiscent of a train station. The early-20th-century aesthetic is also evident in the nooks and crannies of the hotel, such as its speakeasy-style Magnum room.
“We’re going to store some of our ... reserve Bourbons, and if you were a bourbon drinker, ... we might say, ‘Follow me and go into the into the Magnum room,’ and [we would] showcase this reserve liquor and wine,” Santora said, adding that the room can also function for private events.
Santora said opening plans were much more grandiose before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The original intent ... was to have [guests] walk into the hotel, and music’s playing, and [we would say] ‘Here’s ... your complimentary glass of wine or champagne or water,’” he said. “But guess what happens as soon as you do that? Everybody takes off their mask.”
Located along the Trinity Metro’s TEXRail, Hotel Vin can also serve as a weekend getaway spot for area residents.
“It’s kind of like a throwback where you’re getting on a train and going to travel, and that’ll all be part of the adventure,” he said.