Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    Kimber Modern

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    Sage Hill Inn & Spa

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    The Ashton Hotel

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    Heywood Hotel

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    Heywood Hotel

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    The Lumen

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    The Lumen

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    Kimber Modern

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    Hotel San José

  • Boutique Hotels and Inns Prove to be Small but Mighty

     These venues are ideal selections for intimate gatherings paired with strong customer service.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    Hotel San José

Most corporate-owned hotel properties come with turnkey meeting and event options, but with a plethora of boutique hotels and inns in Texas, it’s worth taking the time to look beyond predictable locations and consider hosting your next meeting or event at one of these unique properties. You can’t go wrong with any of these boutique options, which provide charm and memorability without sacrificing top-notch customer service.  

It’s not atypical for boutique hotels and inns to have individual designs or themes for each guest room, making your stay anything but cookie-cutter, and their common spaces and meeting rooms aren’t your average conference room or ballroom. Plus, they’re owned and managed by people who have a true heart for their establishments, aiming to ensure guests have a top-notch experience both within their hotels and within the cities where they’re located.

Here are just a few of the one-of-a-kind options that exist in our state. Consider one for your next meeting or get-together, or look into similar accommodations in your city if you don’t see one included here.

Sage Hill Inn & Spa

Sage Hill Inn & Spa, located in Kyle, about a half-hour south of Austin, is tucked away on 88 acres of Hill Country land. The inn has 10 standard guest rooms, two suites and four cottages, making it an intimate environment meant to balance the rustic charm of its B&B roots with the updated appeal of a modern spa resort. 

For those looking to host meetings or events on-site at Sage Hill, the inn offers two meeting spaces—The Library and The Ranch House. The Library boasts about 421 square feet of space and can be set up with soft seating or like a conference room. This room is perfect for smaller gatherings of 12-18, and rental includes the use of the room’s projector screen, notepad easel and projector to make meetings seamless. The Ranch House is a slightly larger space at about 504 square feet and is able to accommodate 20 people at the most. Like The Library, rental of this space also includes optional access to a projector screen, notepad easel and projector. 

“We’re lucky to have many groups who come to stay with us yearly and quarterly for their off-site leadership and management meetings,” says Michael Roberts, the inn’s meeting and event planner, and guest services manager. “We even have yoga retreats and artisan jewelry makers who stay with us. The thing that keeps them coming back is often the feeling of spaciousness our land affords us, being surrounded by beautiful views, eating delicious and responsibly sourced cuisine, and the high caliber of service we provide to all our guests.”

When your group isn’t busy meeting, there’s plenty to enjoy at Sage Hill. The inn is located just minutes from several wine tasting rooms as well as attractions in nearby Wimberley and Driftwood. There’s also plenty to keep you busy on-site, with 8.5 miles of hiking trails, a pool and hot tub, a full library, game courts and a scenic patio to just relax. Each night’s stay includes a three-course, farm-to-table dinner as well as a full breakfast.

The Ashton Hotel

The Ashton Hotel, which opened in 2001, is situated in the heart of Main Street right in downtown Fort Worth, within easy walking distance of area attractions like Sundance Square, and several museums and shops. The boutique hotel has a decidedly elegant feel and is comprised of two renovated buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings were restored to retain their original charm while also being updated to allow guests to experience a comfortable and modern stay.

The hotel offers 39 spacious guest rooms— including six suites—each outfitted with custom-designed furniture. The hotel’s restaurant, the Six 10 Grille, offers afternoon tea and also serves up favorites like huevos rancheros and bananas Foster French toast, making guests’ stays both comfortable and memorable.

The hotel is well equipped to meet event and meeting needs, offering three unique spaces for gatherings totaling 4,853 square feet. The Winfree Ballroom can accommodate up to 120 seated guests with a dance floor or 150 seated guests without a dance floor. Original iron columns add to the elegance of the space. The Winfield Scott Room overlooks historic Main Street and can fit up to 90 seated guests with a dance floor and up to 110 without a dance floor. The room can be split into two separate spaces, one accommodating up to 50 seated guests and the second allowing for up to 60 in attendance. 

The hotel is well equipped to meet event and meeting needs, offering three unique spaces for gatherings totaling 4,853 square feet. The Winfree Ballroom can accommodate up to 120 seated guests with a dance floor or 150 seated guests without a dance floor. Original iron columns add to the elegance of the space. The Winfield Scott Room overlooks historic Main Street and can fit up to 90 seated guests with a dance floor and up to 110 without a dance floor. The room can be split into two separate spaces, one accommodating up to 50 seated guests and the second allowing for up to 60 in attendance. 

Finally, The Wine Cellar is described by hotel staff as “a hidden gem” where up to 20 people can dine elegantly while surrounded by the hotel’s impressive wine collection. 

“Our event and meeting space is intimate in feel, with great architectural details and with large windows giving natural light in some rooms,” says Bruce Mangual, director of catering and conference services. “Each space is varied in design and décor from each other to give each room a distinctive and upscale feel.” 

Heywood Hotel

If you need to host a small team meeting or creative retreat in Austin, look no further than the Heywood Hotel in East Austin. The area is a vibrant one, booming with independent shops, restaurants and craft cocktail lounges, and the hotel is located just a mile from downtown Austin. With close access to the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail, too, guests will have the ability to have easy access to outdoor activities. 

The hotel has seven guest rooms, each of which offers a custom experience. The space started as a craftsman home, creatively reimagined and remodeled into a seven-room boutique hotel. The hotel incorporates many locally sourced products, and prides itself on “being 100 percent Austin, inside and out.”

Though the Heywood doesn’t have dedicated meeting space, any of its seven rooms can be reserved for a private gathering and, additionally, the hotel has successfully set up its space as a full-property rental or a lobby or courtyard rental. A full-property rental can accommodate up to 15 people, the lobby can seat up to 10, and the outdoor courtyard can hold 12-15 people comfortably. Meeting space fees are affordable and include support staff, whiteboards, coffee, tea and water service, and catering assistance if needed.

“Prior to opening the Heywood, I worked as a designer for one of the world’s largest software corporations for more than decade,” says Kathy Setzer, owner and general manager. “I experienced my share of standard, windowless meeting rooms with buzzing fluorescent lights that hindered more than helped my team’s ability to collaborate effectively and develop innovative solutions. At the Heywood Hotel, we offer creative teams a space to not just work, but to be inspired and truly connect. With abundant natural light, beautiful furnishings, and all the conveniences of an expert administrative and concierge staff, we allow work teams to truly focus on what matters most: the team-building that unlocks their greatest collective potential. And we’re able to offer a quite affordable meeting package that bundles lodging and meeting space together at an excellent rate.”

Adding to the affordability of this property is the fact that the Heywood doesn’t have catering minimums. It works with indie kitchens in the neighborhood to provide catered meals, giving guests a wide variety of creative cuisine. Private bar space can be set up for guests, as desired. 

The Lumen 

The Lumen is located in the heart of University Park, steps away from Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It offers complimentary car service, making transportation to downtown Dallas a breeze during each stay. Plus, guests are encouraged to rent bikes to explore the area while they’re in town.

On the large side for a boutique hotel, The Lumen boasts 93 guest rooms, studios and premium suites in its midcentury moderninspired property. The hotel also includes a living room lobby lounge, a courtyard pool, a rooftop terrace with a great view, and a collection of art scattered throughout the property. The space was initially built as a motel in the 1960s, and has been renovated to become a modern, sleek setting.

As far as events and meetings go, The Lumen offers 6,616 square feet for such accommodations (and many spaces are customizable). The courtyard pool provides an outdoor space that can include adding an acrylic glass floor over the water to increase the capacity to up to 175 people. The hotel’s rooftop terrace on the fourth floor provides an open, airy venue featuring stunning views, accommodating up to 100 people. The Lumen offers more traditional meeting spaces, too, each with built-in TVs available for presentations. Photon can hold up to 80 people, while the Solar Boardroom and the hotel’s private dining room can each accommodate up to 15 guests. 

“Having the distinction as the only hotel in University Park allows The Lumen to truly serve as part of the neighborhood and offer guests a chance to be part of our community when visiting,” says Casey Burks, director of sales. “For University Park residents, The Lumen serves as an amenity and familiar place to bring friends and family, and to host special moments. We love being part of the community and sharing what an amazing place University Park is with those that we have the pleasure of serving.”

Kimber Modern

Kimber Modern is another Austin-area boutique hotel and, like the Heywood, it’s an especially intimate space with just seven guest rooms. Don’t mistake its small size for a lack of quality, though. Dwell magazine named Kimber Modern as “One of the 10 Best-Designed Hotels.” Each room is distinct but all are linked by their super-slick yet still inviting feel.

The hotel is located right in the heart of the city, with easy access to the Continental Club for music lovers, mouthwatering restaurants for foodies, and iconic shops like Kendra Scott and Heritage Boots for the shoppers. Although the hotel doesn't offer an on-site restaurant, guests do receive a complimentary, locally sourced organic breakfast daily. 

The Kimber Modern staff recommends groups reserving the whole hotel for an event or gathering, making the space easier to use. There are about 600 square feet of meeting space available, containing modern architecture, comfortable seating and three tables. The meeting space can accommodate up to 20 attendees. This space is also the hotel's common room area (and is where breakfast is served each morning), which is what makes is especially seamless for a single group to reserve the hotel for a meeting in order to avoid being interrupted by the comings and goings of other hotel guests. 

"Our hotel is an urban oasis built for the modern traveler," says Dave Hime, hotel manager. "Staying here is like if your friend with the amazing home left town and gave  you the code to get in, but with all the daily amenities and services of a great hotel."

Hotel San José

Given Austin's love for the creative and out-of-the-box, well, everything, it's no surprise the city has such an abundance of one-of-a-kind hotels and inns. Hotel San José is no exception, offering guests a memorable stay in one of 40 rooms. The hotel was originally built in 2003 as a roadside motor court hotel, and has been reimagined to have a distinctly Texan— and specifically Austin—feel. No two rooms are identical, but all feature concrete floors and minimalist interiors, including reclaimed Texas pine handmade furniture, custom-made linens and kimono bathrobes. The hotel’s South Congress Avenue location means it’s within walking distance of restaurants, eclectic shopping and live music. 

For those who meet at the Hotel San José, the property offers a 425-square-foot meeting room. In addition to the conference table space, it includes social seating indoors and on a porch overlooking the courtyard. Audiovisual and catering options are available. For more casual events, other options exist. Two of the hotel’s suites, at 415 square feet apiece, can comfortably accommodate gatherings of up to 16 people. The courtyard can be booked for up to 50 people as a location for a midday professional or social gathering, while the garden is another outdoor space fitting up to 50.

“We love having the ability to host small groups that need a private space to work and create,” says General Manager Erin Lindsey. “Often what people love the most is that we are not your typical boring box hotel conference room. We offer customized food and beverage options, lush gardens and beautiful design at every turn."

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