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Kimber Modern Hotel
Ranked #1 of 35 Austin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
california
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Better than home”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We recently returned from a visit to Austin. It had been over 25 years since my last visit and much has changed. There is a lot to do, music to hear, wonderful biking system and super good food. We like small boutique hotels that meet our selective criteria: interesting design, "appropriate chill factor", no kids, and a great location. We selected Kimber after carefully considering San Jose and Saint Cecilia. Nothing against the other two establishments but we were very happy with our choice. It hit all marks and then some.They have incorporated a lot of nice details, including keyless locks, a great center kitchen/commons space stocked with good coffees, brew and munchies (hence better than home!), it is super quiet and the design is perfect. We chose one of the three suites and couldn't have been happier. We felt like family there and spoke for a while with management about the property and future plans. Our only knock is that we were in a queen bed - yes only one of the seven rooms has a king! Definitely something they are well aware of and may change down the road. We understand they are opening a second outpost in Rainey - a very cool area northeast of the Kimber. It will be 4-5 X as large. Let's see if they can translate 7 rooms to 30ish. I think they can!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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KimberModern, Manager at Kimber Modern Hotel, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Thanks for the review! It was wonderful having you stay with us. We hope for your next visit the Kimber Modern Rainey st.will be open. Just make sure you don't stay away for as long, now that you have found your home. :)

Cassie
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Wolfville, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014

What a super location - so close to everything in SoCo, and just a place to be able to pause at the end of a busy day touring about Austin. I loved everything about it (my husband was a tad perturbed that we didn't see any of the on-site Managers for almost two days, and he found the breakfasts less than stellar - I found our needs were more than meet). The coffee machine in the common area (available 24/7) makes amazing beverages, the outdoor lounge area was a lovely place to sit and contemplate, and the happy hour beverage offerings were very generous. The rooms are clean, the beds comfortable, and the decorating very calming, Oh, and the M&Ms were appreciated (it is indeed the little things!).

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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KimberModern, Manager at Kimber Modern Hotel, responded to this review, 4 May 2014
Loved the title of your review! Thanks so much for your lovely review. I hope you will stay again when your travel plans bring you to Austin...Carrie
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Lovely rooms, charming owners. Very easy entry system. Unique austin experience! Very handy for all the cool bars and cafés on south congress. Great dining room and open garden to relax and chill out.

Room Tip: Rooms away from back of south congress may be quieter... Purple room faced into road which had rubbi...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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KimberModern, Manager at Kimber Modern Hotel, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Thank you for staying with us. We hope to see you back again next year! Remember to check out our new location in the Rainey st district opening 2015 !!
Cassie
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

My business group rented the entire hotel and made it our own. From start to finish we had a great experience. Rooms are modern, luxurious and quiet. Staff was above and beyond accommodating. Location was perfect Austin. Highly recommend this delightful hotel.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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KimberModern, Manager at Kimber Modern Hotel, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
We loved having your group stay with us!
Thank you,
Cassie
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

For my partner and I, Austin was the first stop on what would be a 3 week long trip across the US and I can say, hand on heart, that it was, not only the best place we found during the trip, but also THE best hotel I've ever stayed in. For me, they've absolutely nailed the concept of 'invisible service' and the place is an absolute oasis in the sands. I can't recommend the place enough.

The look and feel of the hotel is wonderful, it's easy to find from the airport (useful after 15 hours of travel from the UK) and it's smack bang in the middle of South Congress - definitely the coolest part of an already very cool city. Some other people have noted a touch of noise - we stayed in the Yellow room and heard absolutely nothing, even when the Continental Club was in full swing. Complete peace and quiet. Even the air con is silent.

Breakfast is excellent, and importantly, not too much - given that Austin is such a hotspot for great food. The boiled eggs, bagels, fruit and coffee were just what was needed. Loved the peanut butter and the flavoured salts as well. I really enjoyed their Happy Hour too - it's wonderful to hide under the leaves of the huge tree in the courtyard, with a cold beer, some nuts and reflect for an hour... until more exploring of a truly great city.

The room itself was a good size, extremely comfortable and really well decorated. It's minimal and very chic - suited my partner and I down to the ground. The bathroom is great too, all the things you need, and some wonderful cosmetic products to use too. I thought the pin number entry idea was very neat too.

To Cassie, Carrie & Paco who looked after us while we were there - thank you. We had so much riding on Austin, given it was our first stop, and the Kimber Modern absolutely made it special. The hotel is a fantastic place and I will 100% be back the next time I'm in Austin. (There will be a next time...). Best of luck with the new property downtown!

Room Tip: All the rooms are great from what we saw - our Courtyard room (Yellow) was totally silent and a grea...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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KimberModern, Manager at Kimber Modern Hotel, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Thank you for such an amazing review! It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. We hope the remainder of your holiday in the States is enjoyable and we hope to see you again next visit.
Take care,
Cassie
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

What a great hotel!
My husband and I stayed here a few weeks ago for a friend's wedding. Being our first time in Austin, we were excited to visit all the must-see spots for eating, drinking and fun.
We arrived at the Kimber a few hours early for check-in and we're greeted by Cassie, who was fantastic from the start! She let us stash our bags in the office and invited us to relax in the common area or outdoors. The outdoor space is gorgeous -- couches and a hammock built around old oak trees. It's amazing how peaceful it was considering it's just a block away from the bustling main street. She also had tons of restaurant recommendations and places to go fro music and for a run. Everything we needed she was able to provide.
We stayed in the Blue Room, a modern room with a huge shower and comfy bed. It was perfect, albeit our room was on the side of the hotel facing the street so it was a bit louder at night.
Breakfast the next morning was great. We sat outside and ate yogurt and fruit and bagels. The coffee was also great -- hard to find good coffee at most hotels!
Overall we loved the Kimber Modern. It's convenient to restaurants, bars and shopping and it's just a warm, beautiful place. We'll be back!

Room Tip: request a room away from the street
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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KimberModern, Manager at Kimber Modern Hotel, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
We are looking forward to your return. We are hoping our Rainey St property will be opened in the Spring of 2015,come celebrate with us!
All the best,
Cassie
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san dieog ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

We recently stayed at the Blue House at the Kimber Modern. The house was located a couple of blocks from the hotel in a quiet residential neighborhood 2 blocks off of South Congress. It has 2 bedrooms each with its own bath, complete kitchen even a washer and dryer. The queen bed was really comfortable! Perfect for 2 couples or a family. Breakfast is included, though I was a little disappointed in the offerings. Overall a great place to stay. Cassie (owner-manager?)was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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KimberModern, Manager at Kimber Modern Hotel, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
So happy you enjoyed your stay at the Blue House. Please feel free to offer suggestions to improve our breakfast items. Being a continental breakfast, it can be limiting, even though we try to provide a variety of items, we would like some feed back . You can email me at info@kimbermodern.com We hope that your travels back to Austin allow for you to stay at our new property soon to open in the Rainey St. district. It was great meeting you and your friends.
Cassie
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Property: Kimber Modern Hotel
Address: 110 The Cir, Austin, TX 78704-2485
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Region: United States > Texas > Austin > South Austin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kimber Modern Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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