Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
What We Love
- Hip artwork that updates classic American themes (e.g., a mint green bust of Ben Franklin)
- Square 1682 (Phillly's first LEED-certified restaurant) has a shared-plate New American menu
- Wine reception in the lobby every evening
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What To Know
- Square 1682 can be a bit of a scene, so don't necessarily expect a quiet dinner for two
- Valet parking is available for $48 per night (with in and out privileges)
- WiFi is free but requires signing up for Kimpton's loyalty program (it's free)
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Until recently, Philadelphia’s hotels fell into one of three categories: quaint inn, large-scale budget or uber-upscale. Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar changed all that to deliver an eco-friendly boutique sleep, where modern art mixes it up with the city’s historic charm. Near Rittenhouse Square, blocks from City Hall, the Hotel Palomar puts you in the heart of the action. Guests are a ticket’s toss to the best theater, music and restaurants, not to mention the square itself.
Bed & Bath
Originally built in 1929 in true Deco style, the hotel has 213 rooms and 17 suites. Awash in beige and green earth tones, the decor is punctuated with flashes of colorful one-of-a-kind artwork that take historic American themes and flip them on their heads — rainbow-hued busts of Ben Franklin, for instance. Guestrooms feature spa-like elements like Etra bath products.
Downstairs, Chef Guillermo Tellez’s sleek two-story (and LEED-certified) restaurant Square 1682 showcases a shared-plate, New American menu with world flavors. Translation: a whole table can dig into the likes of ahi tostadas and gnocchi with truffles and parmesan. An impressive floor-to-ceiling wine display is backed by an exhibition kitchen that turns cooking into a kind of theater. After dinner, take a walk past the historic buildings of the neighborhood. Rittenhouse Row has the high-end shops; the grassy square is perfect for a picnic under the trees with some takeout from Square 1682. And for those who can’t go anywhere without their pets, Hotel Palomar treats them like VIPs: leashes, pet massages and pet sitting services are all on the menu.
In the Area
Head to 13th Street, off Locust, which buzzes with new restaurants that span the continents: Lolita for Mexican and upscale Sampan for Asian. Or go microbrew sampling at the city’s many pubs serving top-notch drafts. A few not to miss: Tria Cafe (for the sophisticated pours and mind-blowing cheeses), Eulogy Tavern (for anything Belgian) and the two-story Standard Tap (for a warm neighborhood feel and great people watching). The Philadelphia Art Museum, one of the country’s largest museums with a phenomenal permanent collection, is “pay what you wish” minus the huge crowds on Sundays. And, yes, this is where Rocky ran up the stairs. For a free day of sightseeing, take a stroll along the city section of the Schuylkill River past Boathouse Row, for one of the most beautiful views of the skyline and (in spring) huge bursts of cherry blossoms. And don’t miss the walk along Avenue of the Arts (or Broad Street), where the stunning capital building looms over blocks of restaurants, historic theaters (Wilma, Suzanne Roberts, Merriam) and music venues (Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts).
How to Get There
The beds were so soft. We had snacks and water ready to keep us energized and hydrated. The staff was lovely and accommodating. I honestly couldn't ask for a better stay. We discovered a Federal Donut, an Insomnia Cookies and Bluestone Lane Cafe, which is the second reason to stay at the Kimpton. It's close to everything delicious.
This is a fantastic hotel. I was a little hesitant when I first walked by because it is very nondescript from the outside. But from the very beginning, the service was friendly and efficient - the doorman held the door open for me, and the gentleman who checked me in was friendly and very efficient. He also didn't hesitate for a second to use my last name (which is a very difficult one), and came soooo very close in pronouncing it correctly! I had a corner room on the 18th floor in the front of the building - so the corner was rounded with windows the entire way, and it was like being in a glass castle tower. The room was very nice (not terribly large though) and the bed was very comfortable. The shower was amazing! Not that the physical shower was spectacular, but the water pressure and shower head were amazing! The shampoos etc that were in the shower were in the large-size bottles, not the little tiny ones you usually see. I've stayed in "fancier" hotel that does this as well (in another city), but in that hotel, when you try to pump out shampoo, you get like nothing out. These dispensers gave you plenty, and they were very nice quality shampoos, conditioners and soap gels. I had a wake-up call for the morning of my departure, which didn't come, and I thought alas, something to ding them for. When I checked out, the clerk noticed my room number and said something about the wake-up call - they had tried to call, and then knocked on the door. Apparently the phone wasn't working correctly, and I didn't hear the knock (probably because of the amazing shower). But really outstanding and unusual that they cared whether I got up on time, and also that the clerk made the connection between the failed wake-up call and my check-out room number. Not many employees would care that much, or pay enough attention to notice that. Just outstanding, in every way.
Cool hotel in the perfect spot. Can't recommend it enough. City Center, Rittenhouse Square steps away. Our only issue was when we called the valet for the car, they forgot and we had to wait a long time - but when informed they comped our parking, which was very nice.
I have been staying here since the Palomar opened, some months more frequently than others. I like too many aspects of the hotel to list here (excellent location in walking distance of all the sites, delicious food in the restaurant, clean and updated rooms, quality linens and towels, super friendly and helpful staff, value...), but one of my favorite, and one of the main reasons I stay here, is the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, especially those at the front desk. Today was a perfect example. I walked up to the front desk and was recognized by Jordan, a sure-to-be future executive who has checked me in and helped me many times on previous stays. She gave me a warm hello (it's important that hotels notice regulars), thanked me for returning, asked about my trip in to Philadelphia, checked me in without a hiccup, made sure I had a great room, and said to let her know if I needed anything. Just great service, really top-notch, and the right way to start a 5-night stay. Thank you Jordan. Thank you Kimpton for hiring such a sharpie.
We have always loved Kimpton‘s and the Palomar in Philadelphia didn’t disappoint. From the start, Christine at the front desk, we were treated royally. She was gracious, helpful, and efficient. 5 minutes and we were off to our very nice room. Location, location, location. Philadelphia is right outside the front door. Highly recommended.