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“Great Hotel. Even better location.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel

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Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 174 Hotels in Chicago
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great Hotel. Even better location.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is our favorite hotel in Chicago. The rooms are beautiful and very modern. The sliding door on the bathroom doesn't make for much privacy, but wasn't an issue even on our family trip. The service is top notch. If you join their club you get free wifi and $10 worth of mini bar (a soda and a bag of chips worth). Great location right off a Red Line station for the subway. Also close enough to walk to the loop.

Room Tip: The king corner room with the soaking tub is a great value and the tub is wonderful after a day of w...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Dear flyerguy8:

Thank you so much for the recent review you posted. We are so honored to be your favorite hotel in Chicago. Please come back and visit soon. I couldn't agree more that the King Spa premiere rooms with the Fuji soaking tubs are worth the little bit extra expense.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago
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Ottawa, Ontario,CANADA
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

3-night stay at the Palomar Chicago. The only word that comes to mind is Wellbeing. A sense of comfort, intimacy, friendliness, peace and quiet, distinction. The location, just across the Magnificent Mile shopping stretch is so practical. The food is great. Most of all, the personal care and attention from any and all of staff members. And if you are a pet lover as us, this is the place. This site is only three years old and kept as if it opened yesterday. You will feel home the minute you step in; and you may even want to try the Happy Hour treats every day, along with homemade warm drinks for the winter and all the amenities of an upper class hotel built for the new Century. Enough said: just go and try it for yourself.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Dear zeniatrips:

I want to thank you for such a kind review and endorsement of our hotel and the Kimpton brand. If a guest could encompass exactly what we are hoping to achieve you said it all. We are so happy that we could resonate so well with what you were looking for.

Now please come back soon, we want to do it all over again.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Just returned from a five night stay in the Hotel Palomar. On arrival we met by Bobby and colleagues at front desk. The level of interest and attention to details within the first few moments of check in, we knew that this hotel was not going to disappoint. The rooms are really spotless and the hotel is in a perfect location ! Every morning we enjoyed the complimentary tea/coffee and the evening kicked off with complimentary wine and pizza in the hotel lobby. We met fellow guests and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. Bobby went to great effort to secure us tickets for book of mormon which was a hot ticket in town and we secured a matinee performance which was brilliant. Again we asked for good restaurant recommendations on we were not disappointed. On departure the staff were more then kind helping to lift the suitcases of four very well able shoppers ! We would highly recommend this hotel and reach out to bobby before you arrive and arrange some restaurant restorations... he knows his stuff. PS the bar called Sable within hotel is great !

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Dear travelbug2009Ireland:

Thank you so much for the stellar review - and also for talking about Bobby, one of our concierges - he is truly our rising star, and was recognized as such at the Concierge Preferred awards ceremony last week. We couldn't be prouder.

We hope your travels bring you back to Chicago soon.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is a wonderful boutique hotel with amazing customer service, comfort and lovely decor (plus fun animal print robes). The beds and bedding are luxuriously comfortable. You'll enjoy the complimentary morning coffee/tea in the lounge and happy hour in the evening. The location is very conveniently located if you plan on visiting the heart of Chicago. There's a fun bar on the first floor. The staff is extremely helpful if you have any questions and they are happy to make dinner reservations for you before your visit (try the Publican).

I will definitely look for Palmar hotels and the other Kimpton owned hotels on future trips.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Dear NYCtraveler9999:

We are so glad you had a fun time with us and were able to experience a Kimpton Hotel. We always try to do things a bit differently but always while having fun and meeting your needs.

Thank you for becoming a loyal Kimptonite - we are so proud and won't let you down. The Kimpton Nation is out there and ready for you to explore.

All the best.

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago
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Belmont Shore, California
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Kimption does it again!! OK, I looked at so many hotels in Chicago before I booked. I have a preference for the Kimpton brand (They deliver...great stays in D.C, San Francisco-two properties there and NOW Chicago) So happy I booked again with them!!
Here is what you will get:
1.Comfortable cozy rooms and robes the rooms are large and beds comfortable.
2.Service: EVERYONE at this property was amazing, great recommendations etc if you sign up for their preferred customer program: an email before you arrive with any requests:newspaper delivery daily, reservations, and a guide to the city written by the hotel employees
3. Coffee in the am and wine at night-I am a coffee and wine snob and still loved both.
4. The lobby restaurant was always packed with a fun crowd and great drinks and food.
5. Heated pool did not even use it but looked great.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear Runderful:

You make us blush with all of the wonderful comments that you bestowed upon us. We truly appreciate it and hope you will do us the honor of coming back and visiting soon.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Palomar and we couldn't have asked for a better hotel. The rooms were beautiful, the location was great, and Sable restaurant was excellent. I have to say though, that the staff really made this hotel special. The concierges, Bobby and Mark truly go out of their way to make sure that your every need is taken care of and all of the front desk staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The entire experience was first class.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear Susan H:

Thank you for the review. We love when we host the girls weekends here. The location is perfect and with the help of Bobby and Mark our concierges, anything is possible. Not to forget Sable, our adjacent restaurant and bar. It is just the right place to get a night started.

We hope you come back and do it all again soon.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We selected The Palomar for our wedding weekend room block because we had a lot of out of town guests, and we wanted to make sure they were in a great location to be able to take advantage of the city while they weren't busy celebrating us.
We always love Kimpton hotels for their level of customer service and their super fun and unique decor. This one is no different.
We worked closely with April, who was such a breeze to work with. With all that goes into wedding planning, things can easily get stressful. This was not one of those things, thanks to April being so friendly, helpful, and communicative.
The Palomar is modern, super clean, equipped with a great lounge area and top notch restaurant (try the truffled deviled eggs).
Our guests LOVED our choice.
I loved that we were on the same floor as the pool and the deck- great way to start your wedding weekend with a refreshing swim! The deck was the perfect setting for our "first look".
Oh, and they allow dogs!! I was so thrilled to have our flower-pug there with me while I was getting ready.

All in all, the Palomar was the perfect choice for our special weekend.

Room Tip: The pool and deck are on the 17th floor. If you want to be able to get some fresh air just by walk...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear marni p:

We are so honored that you spent your wedding weekend with us and to hear that all of your guests had a great time makes it even better.

You are correct - April in our sales department is a gem, we love her and couldn't agree more with what you had to say.

So, congratulations on your wedding and maybe you can come back and have some more fun soon.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago
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Address: 505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Near North Side
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 174 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 261
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Palomar is a luxury, boutique hotel in Chicago's River North surrounded by the city's top attractions, restaurants & destinations. Guestrooms offer stunning contemporary decor and hotel guests enjoy the 17th floor pool & terrace with workout facilities. Guests also delight in the Sable Kitchen & Bar featuring new American cuisine, one of the city's hottest bars and a popular weekend brunch. ... more   less 
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