This sleek little mid-century hotel offers a quiet compound, tucked under the branches of big shady oak trees. On a sloping hillside street just behind the Continental Club, the Kimber Modern is close to all that the popular South Congress Avenue area has to offer, although in spirit it's miles away from the bustle of the SoCo strip. The property combines all the comfort of a fine hotel with the intimacy of a bed and breakfast. There is something so clean and deliberate about the design of each space here. The owners say their goal was to create an exceptional architectural work of art, tailored toward the independent urban traveler. A multi-level courtyard deck under a canopy of live oaks anchors the hotel's five rooms and two suites. The courtyard has comfortable conversation-area seating beside a 25-ft. all-glass water feature. In the common area indoors, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors bring nature inside. You can sink into one of four enveloping Arne Jacobson egg chairs nestled around an Eames surfboard coffee table and help yourself to the hotel's free Wi-Fi, computer, scanner, and printer. In the kitchen, guests can make coffee with the Franke Flair self-serve coffee system and enjoy local organic breakfast items. The concept here is all-inclusive amenities with self-service-style: Everything is included in your stay, but the staff doesn't hover. It feels more like you live here, or you're a celebrity who wants her privacy. Guests are given a keyless-entry digital code when they make their reservations so they can come and go without stopping at the front desk. This is a great place to relax and enjoy a little leisure time, which the hotel encourages by offering a complimentary beer and wine happy hour. In 2013, the Kimber Modern opened a 2-bedroom, 2-bath cottage off-site (but close by) for guests with young children. Four more Kimber Modern suites are opening in a nearby property behind South Congress hot spot Guero's Tacos. Like the original Kimber, the suites will feature the award-winning architectural design of Burton Baldridge, although they will be ultra-modern rather than mid-century in style.
- Janis Turk