I've always been a huge fan of Kimpton properties, and look for them first wherever I travel, whether for business or pleasure; they truly bring together the best amenities of a large hotel chain with the friendliness and personal touch of a mom and pop-owned B&B, and the Palomar was no exception.
Nestled in one of my favorite parts of Philly, everything about my experience at the Palomar - from the warm welcome, the $10 of free mini-bar goodies I received as an InTouch member (Kimpton's terrific free loyalty program, which also offers members free wi-fi, room upgrades when available among other perks) to the comic that was slipped under my door when I mentioned to the concierge that I didn't need my usual delivery of the NYT and jokingly suggested she replace it with an Archie digest. The hotel is brand spanking new (or seems like it is), with the usual quirky chic design that Kimptons favor. (The Palomar sub-brand is about "art in motion," as shown by fun art pieces like little bronze statuettes climbing the walls in various parts of the hotel.)
The only other hotel brand I like as much as Kimpton is Starwood's W properties, and while they're fabulous in a lot of ways, I don't think I'd receive that kind of attention and return of humor from anything other than a Kimpton.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel, is the first LEED Gold Certified luxury hotel in the heart of Center City is a testament to superior eco-friendly hotel design, personalized service and genuinely warm hospitality. Hotel Palomar is a unique luxury boutique hotel that features a striking lobby, the critically acclaimed Square 1682 restaurant and on-site fitness center. Throughout our boutique hotel, original artwork dynamically interacts with soft hues, luxurious custom furnishings and original architectural detailing. ... more less
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