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
Excellent location. Comfy bed. Interesting and well designed room. Only negative is that my husband is allergic to pets. We had called before reserving and were assured that certain floors are kept pet-free and we would be staying in one of those rooms. Unfortunately, there had been pets in our room and my husband reacted to that. I don’t think loving animals should make us insensitive to very real medical risks.
Our family stayed 2 nights.
Staff members were very kind and training was good.
It was not too small to stay with two children.
swimming pool was located 17th floor, clean and very nice view but there's too much chlorine in the pool so even could not see right in front in the water.
Every day 5pm, they offered free drink next to front desk.
Location of the hotel is very nice. It's a good place to go anywhere.
Eataly Chicago is just 5minutes from this hotel.
if you use uber, not enough space to wait, because the space in front of the hotel is very small.
Great hotel very friendly staff , room comfy and clean.great pool upstairs while it’s snowing outside. Try the PULL APART XMAS DOUGH TREE.
Hotel restaurant very busy and lively great food.....say hello to the young lady from London working in the BAR great service. Thank you.
Check out so easy
We had a great stay at the Kimpton Palomar. Everyone was helpful and friendly, from the doorman, front desk and housekeeping. The room was large and comfortable. The location is amazing. It’s close to shops and restaurants. We’ll be back next time we’re in Chicago.
This has been the 5th year coming to this hotel! We always look forward to seeing the special staff at this hotel with a special shout-out to Bleu the doorman who always makes us feel like family and to Mark in concierge who has always makes us feel special . He know exactly what we like so we always have tickets, recommendations for special restaurants and jazz venues to explore. This is a wonderful hotel !!!!!!! Highly recommend