Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
What We Love
- Nightly lobby wine hour from 5 – 6 p.m.
- Indoor rooftop pool on the 17th floor is open year-round
- Inspired cocktails and food at Sable Kitchen
- Personal concierge service available
What To Know
- Valet park for $58 per day; hybrid cars receive a 25 percent discount
- Register for Kimpton’s Karma Rewards program to access free WiFi
- Sable Kitchen typically requires reservations
- Heavy street traffic in River North on weekend nights; the neighborhood fills up with diners and drinkers
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opened in March 2010, this Palomar is a fine-tuned balance of sleek, urban and comfortable. Designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy drew inspiration from River North’s gallery district (which has the largest concentration of galleries in the U.S. outside Manhattan). Modern interpretations of historic art can be found everywhere, from classic Greek busts in the lobby to canvas images of Chicago’s world’s fair.
Bed & Bath
The 261 airy rooms feel serene with creamy neutrals punctuated with pops of crimson and icy blue quilts. Floor-to-ceiling windows invite in city views, which you can take in from your pillowy bed or perhaps from the free yoga mats offered free of charge in each room. We love the water pressure in the showers and the fragrant Etros bath products.
Sable Kitchen & Bar is a smart spot for cocktails and appetizers or a full meal before a night out, but be sure to make reservations; it gets packed, even on weeknights. Start with one of all-star mixologist Mike Ryan’s old-school drinks, which feature rare liquors and housemade syrups and bitters (think Old Heaven Hill whiskey, fig garam masala syrup and Angostura bitters). Chef Heather Terhune’s menu includes a rich cauliflower gratin with taleggio and truffle oil, pretzel-crusted fried calamari, and a flatbread with duck confit, caramelized fennel, dried cherries and thyme.
In the Area
Immerse yourself in the neighborhood’s art scene with a stroll down Superior Street between Wells and Orleans. After checking out the contemporary scene, head to the downtown Art Institute to see famous works including American Gothic by Grant Wood and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. Rent a bike (or a Segway) and roll through the lakefront, past the Chicago River, across the Navy Pier and around some of the city’s famed neighborhoods. Don’t miss the laughs at the world famous Second City, where such luminaries as Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell and Tina Fey have performed. For high-end designer wares, look no further than Ikram and Blake (212 West Chicago Avenue).
How to Get There
We visited this past weekend and the hotel staff was friendly and helpful. This was our first time visiting Chicago, and the staff made a ton of suggestions to do while we were in town. The hotel is in a wonderful location and we were able to walk to different places (clubs,bars, restaurants, etc.). We had a King Spa room and if there was any way I could fit the self cleaning tub in my luggage, I would have taken it home. It was just fantastic after a long day of sightseeing. The only thing is there is nowhere to park, so we had to do the valet parking, however the valet staff was friendly and allowed in and out service for one daily flat rate. Amazing, amazing hotel and we will be returning in the summer.
From the moment you step out of the car, the Palomar staff are there to help you!
Star of the show however is Michael, the reception supervisor - he does take care of people!
Great spacious rooms and very clean in a central location for either business or leisure.
Love all the good restaurants around yet food at the Sable is really good too.
Great score for decor and cleanliness also - great sleeping quality.
I was in town to attend a trade show outside of the city, but spent my first night in the city visiting with some friends. I picked this hotel because I wanted to try a Kimpton and Chicago has a few of them.
You are in the perfect spot for cocktails, dinner, drinks - whatever your night has in store with the location of this hotel.
The rooms are a great size, especially for a boutique style hotel in Chicago. I stayed in three hotels during my visit and this room was the largest.
I wish I could remember the gentleman who checked me in so I could recognize him - but he was incredible. His entire demeanor just made me feel so comfortable and welcome at the hotel. After a day of travel and trade show - that was a perfect intermission between work and seeing friends. Each time I walked past the front desk, it was the same great attitude. That probably made the stay so impressive.
I will 100% be returning to this hotel during my next trip - it absolutely sets a bar in the industry as a clean and comfortable property with incredible employees.
Excellent hotel for a weekend stay in Chicago. Every staff member we had contact with was courteous and welcoming. Any request we made was promptly addressed. I am an early riser and the night doorman, Stan, was really great to talk to and quick to run down a cup of coffee since it was before they brought it out. When we return to Chicago we will definitely want to stay there again.
Absolutely loved my stay there, the service was perfect - everyone I interacted with was incredibly friendly and helpful (front-desk staff, concierge, housekeeping). The room service brought my breakfast within 10 minutes. The on-site restaurants is great too. Rooms are modern and have everything you need.