I have always loved Fort Worth. Its rich artistic scene and its historical context have long made the city one of my favorite places to spend the day or the weekend. Whether it’s to soak up the Kimbell Art Museum or catch a Broadway show at Bass Performance Hall with Hamilton), I consider it my home away from home.
My affinity for Fort Worth has grown over the past year as my boyfriend lives in the area and introduced me to his favorite places, such as our new favorite breakfast spot, Esperanzas. The restaurant was opened on the South Side by a family member of local favorite Joe T’s and is everything Joe T’s isn’t – genuine. While we could easily spend an entire weekend exploring different parts of the city (for example, I really want to go to the Drover Hotel, which my colleague mentioned previously), Owen and I recently decided to spend a weekend -end to explore Sundance Square while visiting one of the newest hotels to open in Fort Worth, Kimpton Harper Hotel. This is the second DFW hotel in Kimpton and the third in Texas. (Click here for more about its location in Deep Ellum).
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Located at 714 Main Street, steps from the 55,000-square-foot Sundance Square entertainment center, the Kimpton Harper opened this summer after Memphis-based Development Services Group acquired the iconic building from XTO Energy. Adept at reinvented old spaces, the visit was a must.
Originally built in 1921 by renowned local architecture firm Sanguinet & Staats as the headquarters of the Farmer’s and Mechanics Bank, the redevelopment is both a tribute to its past and a crowning glory to the region’s recent hotel revival.
Upon entering, the hotel entrance has a Grand Central Station feel that reflects Fort Worth’s strong rail culture – elements such as walls clad in white subway tiles and revolving shades add to the feel. atmosphere. An elevator up to the 24th floor takes you to the hotel lobby with stunning views of Fort Worth (one of the tallest buildings in the area) and the Sanguinet Meeting Room, which was named in honor of the original designer of the building. Along with the meeting room, the Centurion Ballroom on the second floor creates 10,000 square feet of event space at the hotel.
Designer Cynthia Forchielli of Forchielli Glynn Interior Design brought the interiors to life. Inside the hotel’s 226 rooms, you’ll find a strong emphasis on local art (like a black panther figurine in every closet) and handcrafted furniture with subtle nods to the roots of Fort Worth. These include handcrafted furniture, brass pendant lights, woven baskets, and local artwork. Expect a feeling of freshness and modernity with a nod to Modern and Mid-Century style.
The Frette bedding, Atelier Bloem bath products, bluetooth speakers, and plush bathrobes gave me a major boutique vibe (which is a hotel trend I’m all for). If you’re staying in one of Kimpton Harper’s 31 One-Bedroom Suites, one of the main wow-factor is its large glass-enclosed shower with freestanding tub.
The hotel also has a fantastic no-charge pet policy which made my baby Dauschund Figaro happy to be able to accompany him.
Other hotel perks include free coffee and tea service, an evening social hour in the lobby from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and an upscale fitness center with Peloton bikes. The hotel also offers free bikes that you can borrow to ride around the city center or explore Sundance Square. My boyfriend and I made sure to go to the Fort Worth Water Gardens for a little outdoor meditation.
During the day, the popular destination is a great place for shopping or a bite to eat, and a short distance from the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Spend the evening enjoying some of my favorite places, such as the Scats Jazz Lounge, Hyena’s Comedy Club or the Jubilee Theater.
As Fort Worth has carved a special place in my foodie heart, I made sure to stop by the hotel restaurant. signature restaurant, Il ‘Modo, run by executive chef and Chicago native Matt Williams. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the site’s original copper doors, which have been kept as a decorative piece near the bar.
The restaurant is somewhat sober in its design, but I think that plays out in all its ambiance. Described as a rustic take on modern Italian cuisine, the menu is short and all dishes are prepared with local ingredients. What to order Made from dry-aged beef, spicy Pomodoro, basil, parmesan, the meatballs on the antipasti menu are a must. I especially enjoyed the roasted Ora King salmon, served with heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and garlic fried bread, as a main course. A bowl of sherbet was a perfect way to end the meal before retiring for the night.