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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Awful company. I gave it a 4 just so you’ll read this.
Long story. Had reservations for Kimpton Topaz on November 11 and on a lark called to confirm and was told the hotel is no longer accepting patrons as of November 11. Corporate IHG says they truly were open!!!!
So now IHG is totally unsympathetic and in fact lying by but.... you experience what you will.
Outstanding customer service I left jewelry in hotel safe I was contacted within hours to arrange the return location is fantastic...the wine tasting in the evening was very delightful
Used the fitness equipment was nice and room very clean
I don't know much about the nuances of operating a hotel but I do know great service, and the team at the Palomar Chicago property should bottle and sell what they serve. From the front desk, bell captain, restaurant service (the breakfast potatoes are perfect), to housekeeping and front door attendants, they nailed it. Friendly (not overly), professional, helpful.
I requested a feather free room (bad allergies) and it took longer than expected to prepare. I received a text to let me know when the room was ready, and an apology for the delay. My room was feather free and very clean. A handwritten note and a bowl of m&m's arrived shortly thereafter.
Did they win me over? You bet. But it wasn't just that they treated me well. I watched, and they treat ALL hotel guests well.