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“Palomar again!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel

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Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
Ranked #10 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Palomar again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We have stayed here quite a few time over the past five years. It is a great location being just a couple blocks north of the river and very convenient for shopping on Michigan Avenue and also on State Street. It is also close to the theater district and weather permitting, you can easily walk to many of the places that you may want to go including Navy Pier and Millennium Park.
There are many good restaurants nearby and the hotel has a lovely pool with views of the city.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Map006
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GMPalChi, Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear Map006,

Thank you for sharing your comments here on Trip Advisor and it is so nice to hear that you have chosen to stay with us multiple times over the past five years! We very much appreciate your high rating and we look forward to your return!

SIncerely,

Adam Gurgiolo
AGM - Palomar Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This Hotel is quietly perfect. Everything is easy and the service unobtrusive. I found the location ideal. As a first time visitor I had no trouble navigating the city with the river and the lake close by and the shopping precinct dangerously so! I particularly liked the common areas where you can sit and relax and watch the world go by. The restaurant next door has a good buzz and nice food.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank RobbieandCarmel
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GMPalChi, Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Dear RobbieandCarmel,

So good to hear that you had a genuinely leisure stay at our hotel! I particularly like your description of sitting in our common space areas to "relax and watch the world go by..." I believe that should be added to our website! I do thank you for sharing your comments with the Trip Advisor community and for your five star rating. Please come back and visit us the next time you are in the States.

Best regards,

Adam Gurgiolo
AGM - Palomar Chicago
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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

First of all, I have never stayed at a Kimpton hotel that wasn't amazing. That being said, the Palomar Chicago is fantastic. The staff at check-in were incredibly friendly, the room was nice, and the location was PERFECT. It was easy walking distance and/or cab ride to anywhere in the city. Anytime we needed help with ANYTHING, the staff was ready and willing. I love the Kimpton wine hour from 5-6pm. It's a great way to unwind from the day, and plan the rest of the evening. Also, the bed may have been the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept in. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Chicago.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Amy P
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GMPalChi, Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Dear Amy P,

Wow! What a complimentary review that we greatly appreciate. It is wonderful to read how nice of a stay you had with us, and have always had with Kimpton Hotels. Please know that we are always here to serve and we look forward to many more visits. Thank you very much for your review and your business!

Sincerely,

Adam Gurgiolo
AGM - Palomar Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I reserved a basic room and I can tell you that it is anything but basic. It is extremely spacious, has floor-to-ceiling windows, has a huge bathroom, and a comfortable mattress. The hotel offers its guests complimentary wine and snacks each evening, and it is located in a great part of town. I highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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GMPalChi, Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Dear Sarah F,

We appreciate your very kind review! Most importantly, we are happy to hear that you had a great stay and truly enjoyed your visit. Thank you for making the choice to stay with us and we certainly hope you will continue to stay at Kimpton Hotels!

Sincerely,

Adam Gurgiolo
AGM - Palomar Chicago
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Gates Mills, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

My husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary with a quick getaway weekend in Chicago. We got a fantastic rate at the Hotel Palomar. It was our first stay at a Kimpton Hotel and absolutely everything was perfect. We had a fantastic room on one of the top floors, giving us a lovely view of the city but sparing us any noise. The room was chic, clean, comfortable and beautifully laid out. The people who worked at the hotel were friendly and polite, but not overly intrusive. A bellhop brought a gratis bottle of wine to our room within an hour of our arrival which was very enjoyable.

Early each evening the hotel offered a free wine social hour (or two) in the lovely reception area. The wine and hors d'oeuvres were plentiful and delicious. This gave us the opportunity to meet other people who were staying at the Palomar and exchange notes on things to do. It was an eclectic group of people and we benefitted from the experience.

The hotel also offered free coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the morning -- we usually got a couple of cups and went back to our room.

The hotel was in a convenient location, near to restaurants, taverns, shops (including Nordstroms), and we felt very safe. The streets always seemed to be bustling with pedestrians and cars.

The concierge was helpful. The car valet was efficient and responsive.

It was the perfect place to spend our anniversary! We'll be sure to try other Kimpton Hotels around the country.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Sharon B
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GMPalChi, Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Dear NW3-6BB,

I must admit, your review and its details really do describe a "perfect" hotel stay! We are humbled to know that it took place here at the Palomar! I cannot thank you enough for sharing these details and recommendations. Please know that your time in doing so is much appreciated and we look forward to your next visit!

Kind regards,

Adam Gurgiolo
AGM - Palomar Chicago
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I have stayed at this hotel several times and have never had a problem. The rooms are very nice, clean and comfortable. The hotel restaurant has a great bar and wonderful food but if dining alone you may prefer another place for dinner as much of the menu is tapas which is better for sharing. The breakfast is good as is the coffee. there is free coffee in the lobby in the morning and a nice wine hour from 5-6 but due to my work schedule I seldom arrive in time to enjoy it. I wish it was from 5-7 as many of us on business work too late to enjoy. I walk several blocks and take the Pink line to UIC to work but cab service is also easily available. There are many great restaurants in the area. The hotel always has a yoga mat waiting if you request it. I love this hotel and wil return.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Tessie73
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GMPalChi, Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Dear Tessie73,

Thank you for such a kind and encouraging review detailing your recent stay. Great to hear that you have stayed with us before and have continually chosen to return! I also appreciate your feedback regarding our wine hour times as well as Sable's menu. These are good points which we can take to the table when discussing our operations. Again, your positive comments are very much appreciated and we certainly look forward to your next visit.

Sincerely,

Adam Gurgiolo
AGM - Palomar Chicago
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Carmel, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed at the Palomar when we made a last minute trip to Chicago. Very nice and courteous staff. Valet parking available, and free wine hour every night and free good coffee/tea service in the morning, along with room service, if desired. The rooms are very well kept and clean. Bathroom was clean with plenty of clean towels. Free wifii. The view was of downtown Chicago but don't pay the extra $20 for city view--it is all the same) The bed was comfortable, room was very quiet, we were on the 11th floor. We did not hear any city noise or sirens at night. The location could not have been better for shopping and was within an easy walk to many different and highly rated restaurants. Will stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank bahlrichs
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GMPalChi, Manager at Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear bahlrichs,

Thank you very much for your positive review here of your recent visit. Glad to hear that you were able to take in our wonderful neighborhood of Chicago and that you were were more than satisfied with our accommodations. We do appreciate your feedback and we certainly hope to see you again for your next trip!

Kind regards,

Adam Gurgiolo
AGM - Palomar Chicago
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Property: Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
Address: 505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654-4803
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Near North Side
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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 #10 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 261
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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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