We stayed at the Hotel Palomar for two nights in July, 2013. My boyfriend has never been to Philadelphia before, so we were in town to do all the tourist-y things and the location of this hotel was spot-on for all of our endeavors. We arrived around 8:00 on Friday evening for check-in - the front-desk staff was so unbelievably friendly that I wanted to hug her. She gave us a walking map, and then essentially helped us plan all of our travelling (we didn't want to drive anywhere) for the rest of our weekend. She explained SEPTA to us, gave us walking directions for the historical stuff, showed us the easiest way to get to the Phillies stadium, etc. Then to top it off, because we missed the wine reception earlier in the evening and would be missing it the following day too due to the game, she gave us vouchers for free wine in the attached restaurant.
The decor is very cool and trendy. I was particularly delighted with the busts of Ben Franklin in the lobby, whose hats change daily. It was such a fun change from the typical stuffy hotel interior design.
We had a "normal" room and it was plenty big and comfortable enough for our 2-day stay. We were on the 5th floor and heard no street noise, but we were able to hear the TV in the adjoining guest room. So you may want to bring ear plugs if that is a problem.
If you are a Kimpton Rewards member, there is free wi-fi and you get to raid the mini-bar for free (up to $10), which was a very nice perk.
Parking (valet only) is a bit pricey at $42 a night.
The concierge was always helpful with restaurant options. The attached restaurant was pretty good for breakfast, but we enjoyed some of the others that are nearby a bit more.
We will certainly stay again when we return to Philly - any other hotel would have a difficult time competing with the delightful staff. They have certainly earned their stripes as one of the top-rated hotels in Philadelphia on Trip Advisor.
- 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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