When visiting Springfield Missouri, I highly recommend you stop by the Hotel Vandivort, a luxury boutique hotel that opened downtown in 2015. Even if you’re just passing through or staying with friends or relatives in southwest Missouri, you should stop by the Hotel Vandivort anyway – just to use the bathrooms.
It’s OK, really. A lot of people do it.
But while you’re there, take a look around. Enjoy a meal or a drink at The Order and get to know locals in the lobby space that has quickly become known as Springfield’s Living Room.
Springfield Missouri’s Hotel Vandivort
The lobby level of the hotel was designed to be just that – a comfortable place to hang out, meet with friends or business acquaintances. There are a number of fireplaces, couches, overstuffed chairs and cozy table locations. Lots of books on the wall and other decor makes it as homey as your own living room.
But really take time to appreciate the furnishings. Much of it was made by local craftspeople using wood and other materiasl that were salvaged as the building was renovated into a hotel.
The Vandivort began its life in Springfield in 1906 as a Masonic Temple. Over the years it has served as office space and theatre space and lots of other purposes. Now it has 50 guest rooms, each a little different from the next.
When I told people I was staying at the Vandivort, they all said “You have to take your picture in the bathroom.”
Now, my room and its bathing facilities were quite lovely. I had fun playing with the buttons on the automatic blinds, got plenty of work done with the free wifi and room service, and watched something on the big screen TV whille wishing we had that size at home.
But it’s not often I take a picture of myself in the bathroom and there was nothing about that bathroom that made me want to change my habits.
Then I realized, I was in the wrong bathroom.
Hotel Vandivort Bathroom Selfies
Downstairs in the lower level are the public restrooms for guests at The Order and other special events in the hotel. Without realizing they would create a social media sensation, the designers installed just the right kind of lighting to make everyone look like they’ve been airbrushed and retouched for Cover Girl status.
Except for me. I admit I was having a really bad hair day and was under pollen attack, so my nose was the color of Rudolph’s. I took a photo and although it was greatly improved over real life that day, it’s still not one to share with the world.
So I called my cousin Melissa, a social media junkie, who first told me about #HotelVandivortBathroomSelfies. It’s a thing on Instagram. She enlisted her friends and you see the results!
So, I pledge to return to the Hotel Vandivort the next time I’m having a really good hair day and when I’m not being plagued by allergies. I’ll meet you in the bathroom downstairs.