Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix Cityscape
What We Love
- Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Palomar is an easy walk from a Diamondbacks game or a Jimmy Buffett concert at the adjacent U.S. Airways Center
- Nightly lobby wine hour and free use of bicycles
What To Know
- The hotel is located on the lower 10 floors of a 27-story building, meaning there’s no rooftop scene (but there is a midlevel outdoor pool)
- Join Kimpton's Karma Rewards for perks like free WiFi
- As at all Kimpton hotels, pets stay free -- and even get their own beds
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From the outside the Palomar resembles a contemporary high-rise, but its interior shines with smart decor. Overseen by Kimpton in-house interior designer Ave Bradley, it uses desert colors and details — portraits in blue of a longhorn cow, a geode-like lobby fireplace — as a reminder that you are indeed in the American Southwest.
Bed and Bath
The minimalist Southwestern decor carries over into the guestrooms, which, beginning at 410 square feet, are the largest of any hotel in downtown Phoenix. And the recurring blue cow artwork comes to the Palomar courtesy of local artist John Randall Nelson. The bathrooms are equipped with Etro amenities, and some rooms even have a soaking tub that sits within the shower stall area.
The street-level Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails attracts a local happy hour crowd, but come dinnertime it serves up inventive dishes such as Kentucky-fried quail. When the weather is fine (which is almost always), guests (and locals, via an outside stairway) can just as happily gather at the third-floor poolside roof garden, Lustre Bar.
In the Area
Among the entertainment venues within walking distance of the Palomar are Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks), the U.S. Airways Center (Phoenix Suns, major concerts and performances) and Symphony Hall (Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona). For gastronomical diversion, head to restaurants such as Pizzeria Bianco, which makes pizzas the New York Times has called “perhaps the best in America,” and Breadfruit, which offers Red Stripe prawns that evoke the Caribbean even in the midst of the desert.
How to Get There
I was there for a business trip and the rooms were comfortable and the service was good. The meeting space was also comfortable but the sound carried a bit in the meeting rooms. The outdoor bar was is a nice space.
Slept like a baby both nights and did not dinner he yoga mat until I was checking for things I had forgotten. Only think I can say was the pool was for polar bears. I was so looking forward to a refreshing swim and I could not get past the first step. Bellman were the especially friendly and welcoming. Love the environment friendly shampoo bottles.
I called the hotel before arriving and spoke with Sierra. She was very helpful. When we arrived, we checked in with Sierra and she was so bright and bubbley! She quickly checked us in and we headed off to our room. We had a suite on a corner of the 5th floor. A great room with a beautiful soaking tub, beedroom and a large sitting room. So very relaxing. We walked around downtown Phoeniz a bit then went to the room to relax. At 5PM we went down to the Wine hour. This is such a wonderful way to start a fun evening out. From there, it is a short walt to concerts, ball games or almot any venue downtown is close by. After wine hour, we went to the 3rd floor bar and pool. There is lots of sun and also plenty of shade. We enjoyed some small bite dishes. I understand that the pool is on the list of 10 best party pools in Phoenix. It was quite popular when we were there. All of the staff we encountered were geniunely happy and helpful. I will use this hotel anytime we go downtown for a game or concert so I don't have to drive home after. Again I want to thank Sierra for helping to make our night memorable.
The hotel had good amenities, and friendly and helpful staff. We knew nothing of the area in advance (Downtown Phoenix), as our travel agent did all the bookings, but it suited us perfectly, being vibrant, central and close to where we wanted to be. We would certainly return.(And we loved Phoenix!)
We had a good stay, nothing outstanding but good. Check in, check out and our valet service EXCELLENT!!! Actually we loved our breakfast waiter at the Blue Hound every morning and the food. Our room was very comfortable- well I should clarify that- we got a one bedroom suite, it was beautiful and very large but the sofa they have in there is a total joke. Extremely uncomfortable and a weird leatherlike plastic material- SOOOO uncomfortable. The worse part of this place was the 3rd floor pool bar area. Trying to get service here is impossible and this was when it was empty- the waitstaff is TERRIBLE!!! They just stand around chatting with each other rather than helping customers. We were told and they advertise happy hour from 3-6. When you get to Lustre it says 4-6 BUT when you try to order something on HH they say they don’t have a HH. Not only that the first day we went for 3 drinks it was one price and the next day we went for the same 3 drinks it was twice as much. A total rip off. The other problem we had was 2 mornings in a row our doorbell kept ringing at 7am. We assume it was housekeeping yet we had our Do Not Disturb sign out. It happened over and over. We ended up just taking the doorbell off and it solved that problem. We have been to Phoenix many times and stayed at some amazing resorts. I probably wouldn’t stay here unless you have to be downtown for some reason. There are better properties with more reasonable amenities in the area.