• Spring Into Style at these Vintage Texas hotels

     
    POSTED May 16, 2014
     
  • Spring Into Style at these Vintage Texas hotels

     
    POSTED May 16, 2014
     

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

When it comes to meeting at the Austin Convention Center, the numbers are forever in your favor. Let’s start with six. That’s how many full city blocks the convention center extends in the heart of the downtown business district. Or 12,000—the number of hotel rooms within a two-mile radius of the venue. Twenty-thousand is how many wireless devices that can be simultaneously connected, ensuring all of your guests won’t miss a meeting, Zoom call, presentation or email.  

 

South by Southwest (SXSW) returned live this year! The 35-year-old festival infuses on average $16-plus million of consumer spending into the Austin music scene over the course of nine days. The festival returned in March after its cancellation in 2020 and virtual show in 2021. Both the cancellation and virtual show were prompted by health and safety concerns due to the pandemic. 

 

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.