SAN FRANCISCO (July 16, 2019) -- Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today that the company will unveil their first properties in Mexico in 2020 with the opening of two high-end boutique hotels in the upscale neighborhood of Polanco in Mexico City. Both projects are deemed adaptive reuse, an area that Kimpton holds decades of experience in. The company is known for transforming historic or non-hotel buildings into highly stylized and unique boutique spaces that honor the building’s original character.
The two hotels are owned by ZKC, a real estate investment fund specializing in Mexico City real estate developments. ZKC is developing the hotels in partnership with VineTower Development, LLC (development manager), Ambrosi Etchegaray (architect) and Arquitectura de Interiores (interior designer). True to Polanco’s residential neighborhood, the hotels will feature select room counts: one with 32 guestrooms and the other with 48 guestrooms. Both hotels will offer a signature restaurant and rooftop bar. Additional amenities will include Kimpton signatures such as complimentary bikes, yoga mats in every guestroom, morning coffee and tea, and a nightly hosted social hour.
“Polanco will be home to Kimpton’s first two boutique hotels in the country and illustrates our continued growth in the Americas,” said Mike DeFrino, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ CEO. “We look forward to bringing Kimpton’s irreverent spirit and heartfelt hospitality to life with ZKC and VineTower.”
The dynamic Polanco neighborhood is home to numerous high-end boutiques, restaurants and art galleries, as well as 20 foreign embassies. Culturally diverse and always evolving, Mexico City is an epicenter for historic and modern architecture and world-renowned culinary offerings. It’s also consistently ranked as one of the top two cities in the world with the most museums, including the popular Museo Nacional de Antropología.
“We were looking for a boutique partner who had a track record of operational excellence and a true understanding of modern guest needs” said Mauricio Khalifa, partner for ZKC. “These two projects will complement but be distinct from one another, bringing an award-winning hospitality brand to a highly sought-after location. We’re excited to marry Kimpton’s expertise with our deep knowledge of the region.”
ZKC is a real estate investment fund focused on the acquisition, development, repositioning and rental of commercial, industrial and mixed-use assets in major Mexican cities. ZKC’s portfolio includes 78 properties with 98% located in Mexico City’s Metropolitan Area. www.zkc.com.mx
ABOUT VINETOWER DEVELOPMENT, LLC
VineTower Development, LLC (“VineTower”) is headquartered in Dallas, and focuses on the development of design driven hospitality and mixed-use projects in high-barrier domestic urban markets. VineTower develops these properties with institutional partners and is intentionally positioned as a “low volume, high margin” firm in which flexibility, speed and its critical core competences are emphasized. VineTower uses a “best practices” philosophy and believes in both brand and sponsorship as fundamental aspects of development which occupy equal stature with location and design. VineTower’s current projects include developments in Mexico City, Dallas, Austin and Philadelphia. For more information, please visit www.vinetower.com.
ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal.
Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. As a result, Kimpton has been awarded, “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains” by J.D. Power three times.
In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.
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