HOTEL LOBBY HALLMARKS: When you roll your luggage in the entrance, and look around for the concierge or front desk, what do you see in a hotel lobby? Perhaps a few couches or chairs, and a bouquet of flowers, and some tables, and the bell stand, and an area where brochures for area attractions may be easily browsed. What you don't see as much, if ever, is a record store, the kind with old-school vinyl and listening stations. That is, however, just what people arriving at The Goodland Hotel in Goleta are seeing when they take an initial spin around the inn's stylish lobby.
A BRAND-NEW RECORD STORE... called VNYL just debuted in early April 2016, and it lends the 158-room Kimpton property some visual, aural, and hipsual cachet. (True, "hipsual" isn't actual a word, but it applies to the ocean-boho building and its design-centered details.) So how does a record store in a hotel lobby work? Well, there are a couple of different routes to enjoying VNYL, once you've stowed your suitcase in your room and headed back to the lobby for a libation and a look-around. There are...
"DOZENS OF TITLES"... at the shop which "can be enjoyed during one's stay and purchased for the road." Or, of course, you can visit a listening station to find a heart-beautiful ballad or rocking anthem, maybe one that can serve as the theme to your road trip to Goleta. VNYL, by the by, is a "music discovery subscription service" based in Los Angeles. Adding to the offbeat experience? The shop'll keep a 'round-the-clock schedule, so swing by at 3 a.m. if you can't fall asleep.
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OPENING PARTY: A tune-filled happening on May 19 will summon several artists for live performances as well as a "surprise guest." If you can't make the party, book the package, which kicks off at $199 and is on through the end of the year. Positive Spin nabs you a night's stay, two cocktails when you arrive, and, you betcha, whatever album catches your fancy. For more vibes, more flow, and a peek at this new way of thinking about a hotel lobby, check out the album-laden spot now.