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
I can't say enough about the Palomar in center city, Philly. I travel a lot for business, and they allowed me an early check-in, and made the stay perfect in every way. It is also located near all of the major restaurants, bars and shops in Philly. I would recommend without hesitation.
Easy walking distance to 30th street station. Close to bars, restaurants and shops. Easy to walk to centre and Museums and Rocky. Great room on a high floor. Very clean with soft dressing gowns.
Tea as well as coffee in the morning and hot chocolate with chic chips and marshmallows. This is was one if 3 Kimpton I stayed on this holiday and it was the only one with fresh fruit available in the morning and fresh popcorn in the wine hour.
Good red and white wine in wine hour and warm apple cider with a tot of bourbon if you wanted.
Eagles were playing at home & won so lots of happy fans.
As with all Kimpton hotels it’s great to see guests with their dogs in the lobby. This was a nice seating area with an open fire. Great for wine hour.
Lovely big clean comfortable bed.
If you want an amazing experience friendly staff great food and good drinks , then stay at this hotel. The staff is really what makes this place shine. I have now gone back countless times cause of the energy I get when I stay. The boutique look the great smiling faces with champagne that greet you and the room size ... not to mention the restaurant keep me going back again and again.. from the front desk to the bartenders and servers, this is a place you must stay. When you introduce yourself at check in the staff makes sure never to forget you.
Stayed in King size suite on 4th floor. Room was very big with comfortable chairs and sofa.and a huge ensuite. Room was very clean and bed super comfy. All the staff were very friendly, texting during our stay to check all was ok! Free wine and coffee available at set times.
Only 4 star because air con was very noisy and it was a bit draughty through the windows.
I have NEVER had a better hotel experience in all my travels. While I only had one night to enjoy this prestigious hotel, I can only say good things about the staff and accommodations.
Sure, the bed was comfy, the room was clean and the hotel itself smelled and looked great. These are all things you would expect from a hotel of this caliber. What set them apart in my eyes is that they sent me one of those texts asking if there was anything they could "do for me" prior to my arrival.
As a joke and to see if they would actually come through, I asked for a framed photos of David Hasselhoff and a bag of hershey kisses. Well guess what, THEY DID IT! They even provided me a complimentary bottle of wine.
With this level of customer service and attention to detail, it will be a hotel I will recommend for any and everyone for the rest of my days. Well done Palomar.