The Kimpton Hotel Group pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the U.S. when it opened its first property in San Francisco in 1981. Since then, its stylish hotels have popped up in 29 cities across the country. And there's more on the way: Properties will open in Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, and even the Cayman Islands, to name a few, within the next two years.
With two hotels welcoming visitors in the "City of Brotherly Love," we took the opportunity to check in at the Palomar, Kimpton's first Philadelphia hotel, which which debuted in the Rittenhouse Square area in 2009.
The upscale boutique hotel chain has a knack for converting historic buildings into stylish accommodation, and the Palomar Philadelphia is no exception. Located in the 1929 Art Deco Architects Building, some of the original features, such as its ornately decorated elevator doors, have been preserved and integrated into the hotel’s modern look.
Guest rooms at the Palomar, which received its AAA 4-Diamond award earlier this year, are held in warm colors of purple and green. The King Spa or Deluxe One Bedroom Suites enjoy spacious, spa-style bathrooms with soaking tubs.
While many of the city’s main attractions, such as the Liberty Bell and leafy Rittenhouse Square, are easily accessible by foot, guests can borrow vintage bicycles free of charge to explore some of the vibrant neighborhoods that surround downtown Philly.
Another great perk is the nightly wine hour (5-6p.m.), which is complimentary to guests. A “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” program for forgotten essentials, free use of the fitness center, and pet-friendly amenities round out the host of services at this stylish hotel.