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
Great place. If you’re looking for anything, see Stan and/or Blue our front. Great guys, amazing service. Never written a review on TripAdvisor before but logged on specifically to call out their service. Thank you gents.
I was originally booked the two queen bed room which can stay up to 4 people. But when I arrived at the hotel at around 10:00pm, I was told that all the rooms were sold out that night and I will be instead arranged to stay in a two sofa bed room and the front desk staff also asked if we need roller bed and offered $75 credit for us. After we got into that room, we found out that it was not a standard room. Instead, it was just a huge lounge room. The two sofa beds were arranged at both ends of the room, awkwardly facing each other. Sofa cushions were randomly set aside of the beds. Even though the room was spacious and there was a bar table, there were no seating and we ended up finishing our late night dinner from Shake Shack sitting on our luggage cases. After dinner, I went to the front desk to see if they have a one king bed room since we only have 3 people and we can put a roller bed inside the room. At first, they said they do not have any room left at that night. But after I complained again and again, the manager was able to arrange a one king bed room for us. At least, it was better than staying at a creepy lounge room for a night. On the first night, one of the staff was kindly offered a nice tea kettle, several blankets, and 3 pairs of slippers for us. The next morning, when we stopped by the front desk at noon, we were able to get a new room that has two queen beds. However, when I asked for 1 tea kettle and 3 pairs of slippers that night, I was told they ran out of slippers. At the end, I got one pair of slippers without any packaging, which made me wonder if that was used or not.. And the tea kettle that I got was completely different from the one I got for the first night, which was much worse in its appearance and functionality. What I would expect was at least the brand/look of the tea kettles would be the same for a hotel but it was apparently not the case for this hotel. Air conditioning was not very good either. It was either too cold or too warm, but I was too lazy to deal with their staffs again. Also I would like to point out the shower rods in both of the rooms that I stayed were a bit rusty. When we checked out at the front desk, I was even given a bill that charged for our in-room dining which was supposed to be covered by the $75 credit that they promised at the first night. If I didn't point that out, the front desk staff would just charge that amount to my card. Since we had a flight at night, we stored the luggages at the hotel. But when we came back and picked up the luggages, one of them was very dirty with some cracker crumbs/dirt on it. Overall, this was the worst hotel experience for us. And that would be our first and the last time staying at this hotel.
We stayed at the Palomar for 1 night. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The location is good, easy walking distance to shopping, many sites & restaurants. Bonus: there is a stopping point directly in front of the hotel, easy to get cabs/uber. The decor is new, sleek & boutique. Our room on the 15th floor was spacious with all amenities. A first for me, the A/C was a bit too cool! We didn't have much of a view, the window washers gave me a fright in the morning lol. The restaurant/bar was large, busy and lively. Our room service breakfast was delivered hot and exactly when We requested. The french toast brioche was hands down not only the best we have ever had...it might have been the most delicious good I have ever tasted. Amazing...fluffy, crispy & full of flavour. We will definitely stay again.
This place was recommended by a friend. It was nicely furnished clean offered everything we needed. It was in a good location we could walk too many things. The restaurant attached to the hotel was very good too! Would stay here again.
My daughter, niece, and I had an amazing stay here. Bleu Ragsdale, the doorman, made us feel especially welcome. Every staff member was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the pool, the wine reception, and the great view from the top patio. We only stay at The Palomar when we visit Chicago!