Travel is all about the experience. And, increasingly, so are the places you choose to rest your head while on the road. We took the time to explore some of Texas’ coolest vintage hospitality options, which I’ll share in the summer issue of Texas Meetings + Events. In the meantime, here’s a look at two you won’t want to miss.
Kimber Modern, Austin
At the top of the list? The Austin-based Kimber Modern, which won the 2012 Texas Society of Architects Award. Owner Kimber Cavendish describes the hotel as "High-end classic modern yet warm and inviting." At the Kimber Modern, all of the art is sourced by local artists and each hotel room features 11 feet of glass. Design features, says Cavendish, include "classic mid-century modern furniture such as Arne Jacobson Egg Chairs, Eames molded plastic chairs and a Surfboard table, with Artemide lights throughout each room.
The entire hotel can be booked for evening or multi-day events. These exclusive bookings include the Kimber Modern’s seven guest suites and a 600-square-foot common area, which is ideal for a corporate retreat, and a complimentary continental breakfast, happy hour, parking, Wi-Fi and more.
Belmont Hotel, Dallas
What do you get when you revamp a historic motor court? The Belmont Hotel in Dallas. Located on a hilltop, just minutes from downtown, this affordable, vintage-themed venue was originally designed by renowned Texas architect Charles Stevens Dilbeck. Guest Relations Manager Lena Liles describes the hotel’s design philosophy as "simple and efficient." With 64 guest rooms, an in-house barbecue restaurant and a bar with an outdoor terrace, it’s a funky, affordable departure from the everyday meeting and event venue.
The outdoor terrace accommodates up to 200 guests, while an onsite hospitality suite is ideal for cocktail receptions of up to 50. The hospitality suite includes a balcony and a service galley for use by SMOKE, the hotel’s farm-to-table caterer.
PHOTO CREDIT: Belmont Hotel; Kimber Modern