Just finished a wonderful stay at the Kimber Modern - what an amazing place! Before we stayed here, I walked past this hotel and was so intrigued by the modern, structural exterior. It's mysterious and interesting but reveals nothing about what to expect once you walk in - it's like you've stumbled into some sort of magical, modern, zen space and garden. Kimber, the owner, and Cassie, are so hospitable, friendly, and genuinely interested in getting to know their guests. They were helpful with all of our needs and were a pleasure to talk to.
I'm usually not a fan of modern hotels and design but Kimber Modern manages to create an incredibly intimate, cozy ambiance akin to the kind you'd experience in a rustic, antique-filled spot. I was definitely surprised in the best possible way. The hotel itself is small - I think there are 7 rooms - which definitely adds to the intimacy factor. I don't know how they pulled off modern yet so cozy but it's really remarkable if you are as into boutique hotels as we are!
The outdoor space is designed for both socializing and relaxing - it's so rejuvenating just to sit outside while listening to and watching the glass waterfall surrounded by all the lush greenery and clean-aesthetic furniture. There is a common kitchen area which has a great coffee machine, superb quality teas, and yummy treats for breakfast and regular happy hours. Such a treat to have access to it at all times and make a cup of hot tea even in the middle of the night.
We stayed in the purple room which had a balcony, nice view of the street in the front, and soothing view of a garden on the other. Bonus points for the hammock just steps from our door. The room itself had a fairly minimalist feel but still very warm. The layout is designed quite well as we had plenty of space after unpacking suitcases and bags all over the room. While this normally drastically alters leftover space in most hotels, we realized just how well-designed the room actually was. The shower is huge with great water pressure and all the essentials you need are out in the bathroom. I am also a huge fan of Malin + Goetz products which is what Kimber Modern carries. And, the bed...so comfortable! I got some fantastic sleep here!
I really don't have enough great things to say about Kimber Modern. I have never written one of these travel reviews before but felt compelled to after staying here. The hotel itself and the hosts create a wonderful experience. It's no surprise they've had write-ups in major publications like the New York Times - although the articles and photos really don't do this place justice. It's an experience that you have to have for yourself to fully understand. I definitely plan on staying here again next time I am in Austin and will be recommending to friends and family. I hope to here more from these hoteliers in the future - they've managed to create a magical brand!
- 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