My wife and I visited Austin for a four-day weekend and stayed at the Kimber Modern after reading such good reviews on tripadvisor. I really like the check-in procedure (non-existent). When you make a reservation, you provide a 4-digit code which opens the appropriate doors when you arrive. The off-street covered parking (free!!!) is a big plus in this part of Austin due to the local night life. The entry is at street level and leads to a stair well which opens to the courtyard. The hotel which is three years old, was built on a "difficult" lot, sloping, lots of nice live oak trees, etc. and the architect did a wonderful job on the design. Our room, the Red Suite, was situated at the rear corner of the three-cornered structure. It was adjacent to the common area, so there was no noise from the adjacent rooms. In fact, we found the room silent with the door closed, even with seriously loud music from the Continental Club which is very close. The room has a sitting room with floor-to-ceiling glass, a contemporary sofa and a small round table with three Eames style chairs. There's a wet bar in the room with minimalist shelving with modern architecture books for your enjoyment. There are excellent black-out curtains over the glass. The floors are a light colored 12 x 24 tile throughout. There are a couple of small rugs (the tile floors can be cold). The bedroom is roomy with nice closet and plenty of space for your suitcases. There's a flat-screen TV in the bedroom. The most architecturally interesting space for me was the glass-walled bathroom. The wall and door separating the bedroom and bathroom is frosted glass which takes on a pleasing green tint from the green tile used throughout the bathroom walls and floors. There is a section of that wall that is tiled on both sides that contains the sink and large mirror. There's a large shower with clear glass on the bathroom side and a large soaking tub which I used a couple of times. Breakfast is continental style served in the common room. They have a great coffee machine from Switzerland that grinds the beans and makes any drink you might want with the press of a button. The common room is always open, so if you want a snack or a cup of tea, it's readily available (including free M&Ms). In the afternoon, they set up a happy hour with beer, wine, sodas or mineral water available as well as nice snacks and cheeses. The courtyard is very pleasant with the big trees, lots of seating and an interesting water feature. We were greeted by both of the managers after we had been there for a while and they were quite cordial. I can fault the hotel in only two places: My wife didn't like the light through the bathroom walls when I got up before she did. I found the beds less than comfortable. I would have preferred a king bed (there's ample space) and something a little softer. Overall, this is a very good place to stay in Austin, much more inviting than the big chains downtown. The view to the north at night on Congress is amazing with the skyline of Austin framing the capitol building.
- 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
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