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
The Palomar is terrific boutique hotel conveniently located close to shopping and restaurants. We stayed there when we were in Chicago for a wedding. We were given a room behind the elevator that initially caused us some concern until we realized it was very quiet. It was also a larger room than other rooms our friends had. The staff were very helpful and the hotel provides morning coffee and evening wine in the lobby, a nice touch we all enjoyed. There is a Starbucks a block away and a great Italian shop/restaurant Eataly nearby. Michigan avenue is a short walk. We would stay here again.
I hardly rate a hotel “outstanding” but the Kimpton Palomar was. The location is close to Michigan Ave, Eataly (most importantly) and many other things.
The service was impeccable. Everybody was smiling. No attitudes. The bellman was always smiling. They were always willing and able to help.
The rooms were clean and in good condition. There is ample work space. The air conditioning was cold. Housekeeping was prompt and did a great job.
In the mornings there was tea and coffee available. The iced coffee is by far the best I’ve had (that seriously says a lot).
I was hesitant to stay here since I have Hilton status but I was glad I did.
My only complaint was there were a lot of families and it could get a bit loud.
They provided amazing service on 4th of July weekend and that is impressive.
We’ve had our fair share of hotel stays in Chicago and by far was the Hotel Palomar the best! The amenities were amazing, our view from our very spacious room was breathtaking and the staff went above & beyond to make sure our stay was comfortable. All the staff always greeted you, had a smile on their face and answered all our questions. Our kids loved the pool & the hubby & I enjoyed the gym. We all agreed relaxing on the rooftop terrace was just what we needed after a long day of walking. Speaking of walking the hotel was in the perfect location for short walks to wherever you wanted to go. We will definitely be back again!