I have stayed in Kimptons in several cities - D.C., Dallas, Chicago, etc. I have also stayed at the Palomar in Rittenhouse Square. This new location in Old City may just be my favorite yet!
Everything, from the room comfort, to the décor, to the location, to the friendliness of the staff was amazing. The front desk staff upgraded me to a King Spa room when they learned I was traveling solo for business on my birthday and they also extended me a delayed check out. Staff very helpful and courteous when it came to asking for dining recommendations and just being friendly with a 'hello' when you passed by. The room was so comfortable...I think I could live in it - so roomy and very 'homey'. As is standard in the Kimpton hotels, a goldfish 'buddy' can be brought to your room upon request. This hotel is very close to many restaurants and attractions in the Old City area - it doesn't get much more central to that area than this.
I had breakfast in the Red Owl Tavern - everything was good and the service was efficient. As always, the wine-tasting in the living room each evening is a welcome dose of relaxation after a busy day of traveling and meetings. I checked out the rooftop lounge briefly, but it was quite crowded. I didn't linger since I don't think I would have been comfortable there on my own - I heard there had been a private event earlier in the evening, so maybe some of that crowd lingered on. I was hoping for a quiet place to have a glass of wine on a Wednesday night....but it was not to be.
Was my short stay perfect? No - but my gripes are only minor, and to be fair, I am starting to think I hold the Kimpton brand to a higher standard than I would if I were staying at another popular chain hotel. My room key didn't work at noon my last day, despite my approved late checkout. I had stored my bags with the front desk after I checked out so I could grab lunch....and it seemed a bit hassled/disorganized to retrieve them - maybe they were short-staffed? Also, when I left the lobby, there was no bellman...so there I was juggling my bags trying to get out the door to find a taxi to the airport. I found that almost ironic, as there was always a friendly face (sometimes two!) to hold the door for me every other time I came and went (when I was hands free!).
Would I return? Absolutely. I am already hoping that my next trip to Philly, whether it be business or pleasure, comes up very soon.
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