My partner and I go to Philly every Thanksgiving for dinner at my family's house, and we always stay in Center City for the two nights. We've previously stayed in the Hyatt on Penn's Landing and the Loews, but now we have a new favorite hotel in town.
As is common for them, the Kimpton folks have taken an old / historic building and created a chic yet very comfortable hotel within. Upon our arrival, the front desk staff was instantly welcoming, yet not over-the-top and cloying. Our room was on the small side (this IS a big city property, after all), but well planned to maximize the space (think pocket door to the bathroom vs. hinged). The colors and decor were lively. The bathroom was a good size to maneuver around and had ample quality amenities. There was plenty of closet and, for a short stay, drawer space. The bed was veeerrrryyyy comfortable!
The lounge was pretty busy, and we met some friends there for a drink. Hard to tell where the lounge stopped and the restaurant began, but the hotel has a small footprint, so they did their best in providing to both types of customers in a rather limited area. We only ate breakfast in the restaurant and it was quite satisfactory (and average-pricey for a city hotel).
The Palomar is located in the heart of Center City Philly, a couple blocks from Liberty Place, Rittenhouse Square, and the theaters on Broad Street. I'm a city mouse to begin with and while I didn't find this neighborhood to be sketchy, if you aren't accustomed to walking in a downtown environment, then certain streets might seem to be a bit more hinkey than others. However, taxis abound. But again, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving isn't the best night to judge the size and scope of downtown foot traffic.
Heads up: valet parking is $37 a night (there is a municipal lot less than a block away, but like all Philly parking facilities is also expensive). Cabs are plentiful and pretty cheap. Also this hotel is pet friendly, and there were some HUGE dogs staying in these rather small rooms! The only complaint: the morning complimentary coffee only went until 9 AM.
All in all, a short but very nice stay. I'm even more of a Kimpton fan today than I was last week!
- 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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