When you go to South by Southwest, it’s all about the music, food, panels, and countless other activities. Just because you’re rushing around doesn’t mean you can’t rest your head in style. In fact, one of the top suggestions from people we talked to in Austin was to be certain to get plenty of sleep and take quick breaks to ensure you can fit it all in. Nissan sent Brash to Austin with the all-new Nissan Juke to give you the rundown on the best places to stay at SXSW. From super modern to trendy to historic, Austin has it all.
The Kimber Modern was built by Kimber Cavendish from the ground up with the help of architect Burton Baldridge. The idea was to create a working piece of art to suit the modern urban traveler. Our visit made it clear that Kimber achieved her goal. The moment you walk up the stairs, you’re transported into what I can only describe as an adult tree house. A large tree shoots up from the middle of the deck and is surrounded by modern furniture, a soothing fountain, and my favorite: hammocks in Kimber’s signature blue. The entire hotel is built around the idea of creating an experience that provides all the amenities of a state-of-the-art hotel with the comfort of a bed-and-breakfast. Guests are even spared from having to check in and check out. When you book with Kimber Modern, you receive a key code, which grants you access to your room and the facilities for the duration of your stay. We’ve also been told that Kimber has plans to expand, with a brand-new facility currently in the works. You can expect the addition in 2016.
During our stay, we brought a ton of gear, the norm when traveling somewhere for a week. Luckily the Nissan Juke had plenty of cargo space to store all my baggage and more. There’s even a hidden compartment under the floor mat for extra storage, and it’s a great place to hide valuables like the expensive camera equipment we brought along.
The Driskill in downtown Austin has plenty of old Texas charm, and it’s no surprise considering it was constructed in 1886 and holds a membership card to the Historic Hotels of America. It’s an incredibly convenient place to stay, with 6th street on one corner and Congress Street just a block away. You’ll be right downtown, amid all the action, in a legendary Texas landmark. Many of the rooms are currently booked, so you may want to reserve yours for next year during your time at South by Southwest.
The Heywood Hotel in east Austin has plenty of style to go around. This converted 1920s bungalow is situated outside of downtown, but it’s still close to all the action. The small staff is composed of Austin locals, which means you get outstanding service and a native touch during your stay. The staffers double as the concierge team, so finding anything in the area is a breeze. In fact, while we were there, I had a few questions about the area, and Kristin at the front desk knew virtually everything about this unique town. When I mentioned I was having trouble locating a bottle of whiskey, she researched a few local places when I wasn’t looking and even called for me. Still not enough? The Heywood was recently named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s 154 best hotels in the world. Global honors, local charm—how can you go wrong?
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