We spent two nights at the Kimber Modern, and we will definitely return. It is a modern, elegant hotel with only seven rooms, so it is an intimate environment with the comforts of home.
We stayed in the Purple Room. The bed was very comfortable, and we loved the huge walk in shower with the wonderful shower head. Perhaps my favorite thing about the room was the climate control. So many hotels do not have adequate climate control -- even at the four and five star level. And none have ceiling fans. We can never get the temperature right. At Kimber, room has a ceiling fan, and the climate control was perfect -- we were able to set the temperatures right where we wanted them to be. We slept great!
As much as we enjoyed our room, we also appreciated the common areas of the hotel. The public area includes composed of a large open deck with comfortable seating that is shaded by large trees. Even on the warm days, the deck was a great place to relax. They also had two hammocks that were very comfortable. There is also a large kitchen with a fridge that was stocked with beer, wine, and a few snacks. There was also a coffeemaker that provided latte, cappuccino, espresso, or just plain coffee with the touch of a button. The price of your room includes breakfast each day, and a nice happy hour with beer, wine, and snacks. Personally, I enjoyed the breakfast because it had the things I enjoy, but it was not a hot, custom made eggs and bacon kind of meal. If you're looking for a large hot breakfast, there are several nice places within easy walking distance. To me the breakfast matched the class and elegance of the hotel -- just right.
The location is also excellent. Right off South Congress, a major dining and shopping area, we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go. If you need to get downtown, it is an easy, straight shot north on Congress. Since we were not on South Congress, we enjoyed a quiet stay, although there is a large apartment complex next door, and the sound of their trash compactor could be heard during the evening hours. It never disrupted our sleep, but residents were using it until 9 or 10 each night. There is also a distant train that we heard in the early morning hours, but it was more charming than disruptive.
There are five parking spots and seven rooms, so parking could be in issue, but we always had a spot. Plus, there is plenty of parking available on the street. The hotel is accessible only by stairs -- I didn't see an elevator -- so be aware or ask about accessibility if you have limitations.
Overall, we loved this hotel and can't even really think of anything critical to say about our visit. If you like comfort and a unique environment, you should definitely stay at the Kimber Modern.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are places you go. And then there are those indescribably alluring spots that draw you in at first glimpse. For the independent urban traveler seeking a unique escape, the Kimber Modern holds particular appeal. Perhaps it’s the clean lines of this architectural work of art tucked away within the hip, trendy and vibrant SoCo district. Maybe it’s the abundant light filtered through the canopy of oaks in the artfully landscaped Courtyard. Or it could be the absolute comfort and attention to detail found in each thoughtfully designed and technologically sophisticated room in this breathtaking boutique hotel. Regardless of what leads you to Austin, find yourself at the Kimber Modern. ... more less