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This Grapevine Hotel and Food Hall Showcases The Best Aspects of Texan Wine Culture

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by Molly O'Brien Dec 7, 2023

The upscale but unpretentious 120-room boutique Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection, is an elegant and approachable hotel at the edge of historic downtown Grapevine, Texas. Grapevine is known as a prominent wine-producing region, and home to the largest wine festival in Texas — GrapeFest® — and the hotel encompasses this aura in a classic, discreet (but not unnoticed) way. It’s a wine lover’s dream hotel.

It’s aptly named Hotel “Vin” as it’s an Autograph Collection hotel, a brand famously known for paying homage to their locations by emitting luxurious feelings and distinctive personalities. Hotel Vin’s signature touch is its robust wine offerings, including local, national, and international wines at its restaurant, decor, and a lineup of wine-centric programming on-site.

Hotel Vin sits just steps from Main Street and adjacent to the new TEXRail line, which connects DFW International Airport to downtown Fort Worth — making it an ideal place to set a home base on a trip to Grapevine. While visiting the property, I didn’t need a car because the 15-minute railway ride from the airport was a seamless way to get around — and the hotel is walkable from town.

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At the front desk, guests can grab complimentary wine each evening, and it’s high-quality stuff, which I appreciated. As a Marriott Bonvoy member, I was entitled to another glass of complimentary wine at the bar with a gifted token upon check-in (even though it was considered the “house” wine, the Food and Beverage Director, Kalyana Krishnamoorthyd, did not skimp out on hosting guests with the best).

There’s also an exclusive wine club downstairs at CaveSociety. It’s a members-only wine cave destination hidden in the depths below the bustle of the hotel above, catering to wine aficionados with a world-class wine selection in an intimate setting. Club members will gain exclusive access to limited production and highly-rated wine varietals. It’s an ideal opportunity for those seeking a community of similar-minded wine lovers who share a passion for trying new wines, learning about winemaking and viticulture, and learning the stories behind each bottle.

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Dining on the property at Hotel Vin

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Visitors won’t go hungry at Hotel Vin. The property is attached to Harvest Hall, a bustling European-style food hall serving up nearly a dozen different types of food and drink including a stellar coffee shop, a noodle shop, gourmet sliders, and Latin cuisine, among other choices. It’s an easy, casual, and quick spot to grab a tasty bite.

On-site, dine at the property’s signature restaurant, Bacchus Kitchen + Bar – named after the Greek god of wine and vegetation. This all-day restaurant and full-service bar is led by Executive Chef Juan Pablo Silva and features a range of tasty (and tasteful) dishes crafted using a range of native, seasonal ingredients. All of this is paired with an impressive selection of wine, spirits, hand-crafted cocktails, and craft beer.

Outside, WineYard Grille + Bar is a separate, casual (but still chic-ly classy) eatery sitting on the lawn adjacent to the buzz of the historic Grapevine Vintage Railroad, acting as an outdoor entertainment venue and eating space. The joint serves tasty Texas meets Mediterranean-style barbecue dishes, including smoked meats, burgers, and fresh salads. I devoured the hot and toasty Yucca Fries so quickly that they burned the roof of my mouth. They were delicious. During the winter, this restaurant hosts cozy igloo-style “bubbles” adorned with ski-lodge-style decorations with fur blankets, heaters, and seasonal treats.

There’s also a stylish rooftop bar on the fourth floor called Rioja Rooftop Terrace, which serves tapas-style shareable plates.

But my favorite spot to spend time at the hotel was grabbing a drink at Magnum. This secret speakeasy-style bar can only be accessed with a secret code via a nondescript entrance seemingly hidden in plain sight. This cozy spot serves a rotating lineup of drinks expertly crafted by cocktail connoisseur bartenders in a sultry indoor space.

At all the spots I visited and dined on-site, the team and Chef Juan were accommodating to my dietary restrictions, which I appreciated.

Those who like to stay active while traveling (and balance out all the eating and drinking you’re bound to do) can visit the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center on the second floor. There’s cardio equipment, weights, and it even has a view of the railroad.

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Rooms and suites at Hotel Vin

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Retiring to any guest room Hotel Vin at the end of the day makes exploring the city a comfortable affair. The Deluxe Queen room can sleep four guests in two Queen Beds, along with a living area with a flat-screen featuring a smart TV, refrigerator, and dedicated workstation. The Deluxe King sleeps two guests in one King Bed in a stylish, spacious layout featuring a dedicated workspace, a flat-screen Smart TV with streaming capabilities, and a refrigerator.

The slightly larger Executive King room features a studio-style layout with a separate living and sleeping area. The Executive Suite, which is nearly 800 square feet, is a premier suite-style accommodation with a king-sized bed and similar amenities but with more space.

The Presidential Suite, which is on the top floor and is nearly 1,200 square feet in size, sleeps two guests in a king bed with elevated comforts like a wet bar with microwave and refrigerator, a large living room area for entertaining, two televisions, boutique-inspired bathrooms, and a special “VIP” turndown service.

Hotel Vin has eight meeting rooms for those seeking to host an event. It has over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and an additional 38,000 square feet at the outdoor plaza. The grand Bordeaux ballroom on level four showcases impressive views of Main Street and the community plaza below.

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Other “must-see” attractions and experiences across the city

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Off-site, there’s a seemingly endless amount of entertainment in Grapevine — from live music to favorite annual festivals, wine-tasting opportunities, and plenty of shopping. Check out YaYaYum Boards, a local, woman-owned business just off Main Street, and indulge in an organized charcuterie board-making workshop, where you’ll learn the techniques of creating a perfectly balanced board. Wine aficionados can’t miss checking out Grapevine’s legendary local wineries — whether by the Urban Wine Trail or just by making stops at specific spots.

The family-owned Messina Hof Winery is right downtown, existing in a gorgeous replica of the historic Wallis Hotel and offering more than 50 wines from 28 varietals and expertly organized tasting experiences. This spot is one of Texas’s most highly regarded and well-awarded wineries and has been creating wine for over four decades. While I was visiting in the fall, they hosted a “Halloween candy wine pairing” offering.

Or, venture outside of downtown to visit Cross Timbers Winery, set in the historic Dorris Brock home (one of the oldest structures in Grapevine) — home to the award-winning Texas Blush. Visitors will drink wine in a relaxed outdoor setting featuring a barn and spacious patio area. Art aficionados will love the Grapevine Mills Meow Wolf location, which serves as the fourth permanent art installation in the Meow Wolf universe and is an incredibly mesmerizing experience for appreciating the works of Texas and Santa Fe-based artists.

Back by the hotel, take a trip up to the Observation Tower, located inside Harvest Hall, connected to the property, and admire panoramic views of the DFW region from 150 feet up in the air.

After a day of exploring, hungry adventurers can’t miss the legendary Weinberger’s Deli on the main street in the historic downtown area. This eatery serves seemingly endless sandwich choices and is owned and operated by a local named Dan Weinberger, who is somewhat of a full-fledged “sandwich scientist.” He knows how to mix and match the different meats, bread, and toppings to create flavors that have been hypothesized, experimented with — and confirmed — to taste out of this world delicious.

Travelers lucky enough to visit during the holidays can enjoy abundant seasonal joy since Grapevine is known as the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” The city hosts roughly 1,400 festive Christmas events over 40 days during the festive season — meaning there are dozens of different seasonal events to attend each day.

One specific element of the property I admired is how Hotel Vin seemingly offers leisure and business travelers alike (the access via railway from DFW is seamless) a refined and comfortable spot to stay in a great location.

The atmosphere balances sophistication with fun in a way that can be enjoyed by vastly different types of travelers — from families with younger children to couples seeking a romantic escape, groups who want somewhere classy to spend their girls’ weekend getaway – and even business or solo visitors.

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