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“Wonderful rooms, location, food - and bring your dog!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   117 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 83 Hotels in Philadelphia
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“Wonderful rooms, location, food - and bring your dog!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This hotel is centrally located in a former office building. It has classic Kimpton perks - -wine in the afternoon, great fitness center, and nicely appointed rooms. And the bar/restaurant on the ground floor serves exceptional food. On top of it all, it's pet friendly. we've stayed three times - in a suite with our child - and it's always our go-to spot in Philadelphia.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Wendell B, General Manager at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Jeanne H,

Thanks for choosing Hotel Palomar Philly as your go-to-spot while staying here in Philadelphia. We love taking great care of our guests and we can't wait for you to bring the family back for your next visit.


All The Best!


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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My husband decide to go to Philadelphia for one night to celebrate our 11th year wedding anniversary and we pick Hotel Palomar a Kimpton Hotel to stay because last year we stay at Eventi a Kimpton Hotel in NYC and the experience was so wonderful, that we decide to try again and we were not disappointed, service was nice and friendly the room nice and clean, and this time also they send us a bottle wine and chocolate cover strawberries (nice detail from Danita). The drinks at the bar was nice and the wine happy hour really cool. Thanks Hotel Palomar for making our anniversary a nice weekend to remember.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Wendell B, General Manager at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Alba C,


Happy 11th Anniversary, Danita will be excited to hear that you gave her a "shout out" on Trip Advisor for sending up the wine and strawberries. We really enjoy providing those little surprises that help make those special days even more memorable.


You don't have to wait until your anniversary rolls around again, you can always come back to relax and just have fun with your friends here at Hotel Palomar Philly.


All The Best!


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Cheltenham, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

How can a Kimpton Hotel get less than 5 stars? They are wonderful! Staff is always so hospitable and delightful! The rooms are the best and the amenities are awesome. I will only stay in Kimpton hotels for city center overnights! Thank you!

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Wendell B, General Manager at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Kathy S,


Wow, Thank you for being a huge Kimpton fan. We are thrilled that we are your hotel of choice when staying in Philadelphia. You should try our Kimptons Hotels in other cities as well.


Please come back soon and visit your friends here at Hotel Palomar Philly.


All The Best!


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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The hotel was spectacular. This is the first time I have stayed in a Kimpton Hotel and I was thoroughly satisfied. The hotel itself was beautifully decorated and in a great location. We had the spa king room, which I highly recommend - it was spacious and the jacuzzi tub was phenomenal. We checked in to our room and left to grab a bite to eat, when we returned to the room we were surprised to find a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries along with a note congratulating us on our 3 year anniversary from Christina. They This was definitely a nice touch and the type of thing that sets hotels apart from the rest. They also offer a wide array of complimentary in-room items, one of which was a straightening iron, which they were out of. They ended up going to a local store to buy one, yet another sign that they go above and beyond what you would usually expect from a hotel. Thank you so much Christina! I will definitely be returning to this hotel on my next visit to Philadelphia, but will also now consider Kimpton Hotels as my first choice wherever I travel. Thanks again!

Room Tip: Spa King with the Jacuzzi, you won't regret it!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Wendell B, General Manager at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Edward B,

Happy 3 year Anniversary again, We are so glad that you chose Hotel Palomar for your stay to celebrate your special day. Thanks for recognizing Christina; she really enjoys making our guests feel special.

Be sure to check out other Kimpton Hotels but of course, we want to be your favorite Kimpton Hotel.

We can't wait to see you again here at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia.

All The Best!


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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Instantly made to feel welcome and important to the staff.
Reception desk staff were friendly and informative. Our room was very nicely appointed. Wonderfully comfortable bed, loved the bathroom.
This hotel is in the perfect spot downtown to walk out and experience Philadelphia's best.
We will definitely stay here next time.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Wendell B, General Manager at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
RR60SD,

Our goal is to make everyone feel welcome and have great time while staying with us here at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia.

We are glad that you chose us and we would love to have you come back and stay with us the next time your travels bring you to Philadelphia.


All The Best!


Wendell B.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Hotel Palomar is a modern hotel right in the center of Philadelphia, close to Rittenhouse Square with all the nice things in that neighbourhood. Staff really friendly and a wine happy hour to boot.

Room Tip: Try to avoid the first few floors at the front of the hotel. The music was blaring until 2am on Sat...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wendell B, General Manager at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
mgcasvtiany,


Thanks for your kind remarks about our hotel. I have shared your comments with our team and we love to hear feedback from our guests.

Please come back again to visit your friends at Hotel Palomar Philly.


All The Best!


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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

First of all, I am a big fan of Kimpton hotels. The Paolmar does not disappoint. My husband and I stayed there on a Friday night just before New Year. The location is perfect for browsing the shops around the Walnut Street / Rittenhouse Square area. We had a fabulous corner room with great views of the city.

Room Tip: Rooms on the higher floors have the best views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wendell B, General Manager at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
louise_craigen,


Thanks for being a Kimpton fan. We want all of our guests to love their stay so much that they want to stay longer and come back again very soon.

We look forward to your next visit with us.


All The Best!


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Address: 117 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 83 Hotels in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 230
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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