Stayed at the Four Seasons for a conference, but for personal time transferred to the HoteL Palomar, and like every Kimpton stay this was a great choice.
The hotel has the usual Kimpton charm, hospitality and the ability to make travel fun. It is a beautiful space, beautifully decorated, and manages to be modern and hip without being pretentious at all.
At check-in we mentioned the secret word (gleaned from the Palomar's Facebook), and received a choice of complementary breakfast or four drink tickets in the hotel bar. (We opted for the drinks.) Didn't try the restaurant but did like the bar.
In the lobby there is free coffee service in the morning, hot chocolate during the day, and wine social hour in the evening.
The gym was well equipped but small. The business center was perfectly adequate and had free service for airline check in and printing of boarding passes.
The location is perfect. It is in the center of a very well serviced area, with abundant restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacies and retail shopping options.
It's 30 minutes or less to the airport, with a row of taxis in perpetual wait.
Our room was at the very top level for rooms - the 23rd floor - which made for a great view even though the windows were small. There was of course no street noise. It was about as small as most hotel rooms are, but nicely laid out. The furniture was very comfortable and visually appealing as well. As Kimpton In Touch members we had free wifi, and were given a $10 credit to raid the minbar. The television picture was very good and there was a nice range of channels including HBO.
The room had a nice little office of to one side which we actually made some use of, though mostly it was a convenient place to store and charge laptops and other electronics. The bathroom was well sized and the shower did everything I want a hotel shower to do. The towels were a little more sparse than I expected, but this is a modest criticism.
On my last night there I heard quite a lot of noise from the room next door, but I think this had more to do with a particularly loud guest.
Being on the 23rd floor meant an occasional long wait for an elevator, but that was a worthwhile trade off for me.
My only two real criticisms are:
* No in-room coffee - my second Philly hotel without this basic amenity
* The cooling function which I did use at night was pretty loud. But it was not loud enough to make me choose any other hotel.
I don't think there's a better place to stay in Philadelphia. I was torn between the Palomar and the brand new Monaco, and in the end am glad I chose the Palomar. I'm sure the Monaco is beautiful, and its surroundings in the more historic district are appealing, but Palomar wins for restaurant selection and street scene.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia 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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