First off, let me say that I had a very difficult time in choosing hotels for the memorial day weekend/my girlfriends birthday mostly because the prices in Philly were so darn good for the hotels (in the financial district especially) and there's several good ones within a 4-6 block radius.
After reading the reviews, and seeing the pictures of the bathroom in the Spa King suite (I believe that's what it's called) it was an easy choice on where we were staying. First off, the hotel is very easy to get to, the valet and doorman were especially professional and greet with the professionalism of a five star hotel, but with the friendliness of a B&B.
Our room, well, in one word our room was spectacular. It wasn't that it was so large in size, but it was the bathroom, the enormous jacuzzi tub and the quality of the materials in the room itself. I know Kimpton Hotel's are high-end, but this was Ritz Carlton high-end (i've stayed in several including all of the ones in/around the Nations Capitol).
The food was beyond what we'd expect. Yes, Philly is known for the cuisine, but the in room menu mirrored the top notch restaurant that resides in the hotel (which again, was spectacular). We didn't even take advantage of the complementary continental breakfast because we so very much enjoyed sleeping in the extremely comfortable bed and just kept ordering room service.
Dinner at Square 1682 was an experience. The restaurant is ultra modern without being overwhelming or overbearing on the senses. The service once again replicated that of the staff that we'd experienced thus far. They took care of us, were treated like VIP's and made it one of the most memorable times that we had together in a restaurant. They when brought out a small cake for my girlfriend after I told them a few weeks before that it was her birthday.
The hotel is close to parks, shops, and just about everything you'd want to do downtown. I can't stress enough how fantastic our experience was at the Palomar, if you're looking for a world-class experience in gorgeous hotel with second to none service and a amazing menu then look no further than this hotel. One last thing, they outsource their in-room spa services......but they've done their homework and our masseuse was gifted, we were set for the rest of the day after the message.
- 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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