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)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 stayed for just one night and it was brilliant. As a long term member I was upgraded to a suite by a super friendly receptionist and it was great. 2 big rooms and a huge bathroom with a mini jacuzzi.
Two minor things - i would put physical menus in the rooms to make life a little easier than searching on the TV and start doing in room dining earlier than 7am for business travellers.
Awesome hotel to stay at in philly.
Stayed for one night on a business trek. Room was average size, somewhat small given I had been upgraded Very quiet hotel. Wine down time is very busy in the lobby. Check-in and out were very efficient. Elevators are decorated - very interesting. Comfortable bed and pillows - great duvet. TV channels as expected. Bathroom met expectations. Lots of restaurants in the immediate area. Coffee in the lobby, not in the room (so Kimpton). Good location for business along Market Street or downtown Broad Street. 1 mile not too pleasant walk to typical tourist sights (Liberty Bell, Independence Hall). Overall met expectations of a Kimpton brand.
Through the wonder of the IHG program, we scored a free night at the Hotel Palomar for a quick overnight stay in Philadelphia. First impressions were good. They texted me a day before our visit to see if I needed anything. When we arrived, we found the lobby updated and staff well-trained. They even allowed us to check in early by about 3 hours. Very cool. Again through the IHG program, we were upgraded to a suite and the room was very attractive. Shortly after we checked the room out, we crashed on the bed for some relaxation only to be interrupted by someone entering our room without knocking. We called out to the person and they quickly exited and offered an apology from the other side of the door. Not a fan of having unannounced intruders in my hotel room. But by far the more concerning incident happened later. My wife and I returned from the Theater at about midnight only to find the door to our room open. The deadbolt was sticking all the way out and preventing the door from closing. We cautiously entered the room and were relieved to find nothing missing. We noted that the bed had been made so we figured that housekeeping had entered our room (I did not willingly consent to them entering the room). I called the front desk as we were a little shaken with our door being open and the unnecessary risk that created. The front desk attendant was kind, seemed concerned and promised to forward it to her manager for an investigation. I opted not to speak with the manager at that time. When we checked out the next day, I told a different front desk attendant the stories about housekeeping. She expressed concern but gave no indication about the results of any investigation and by the look on her face, I can tell that what I had told the original attendant was not recorded on my record. How disappointing that they took a security problem so lightly. No updates on the security problem but they did "comp" me a whole 1000 points in my IHG program, which is worth around nothing. That really left a bad taste in my mouth. You put our personal belongings at risk but because we earned a free night from IHG, there was nothing they could do to compensate us other than the token 1000 points. Oh and while I'm at it, tell your doormen to get off their phones and open the absurdly heavy doors for your guests.
Spent my birthday weekend here and had a great time in philly. Was a very good stay, but wasn't blown away. Our hot water didnt work second night (didnt have another room to switch too), housekeeping took our wash clothes and didnt replace them or the towels. Tub stopper didnt work. Valet took an hour to bring the car around because after a half hour of waiting I spoke to them and the person responsible for it just didnt go get it, Took another half hour... unacceptable for such a high valet rate. Just little attention to details you wouldnt expect a high class to miss that ive had at lower hotels.
Still a beautiful artsy hotel, the bed was super comfy and relaxing. Last night we decided to just relax and be lazy :) would give the other kimpton in philly a try but would pass on this one.
The huge, marble spa jacuzzi tub with the glass shower is luxurious. The room is spacious and we'll appointed with high-quality furnishings, good lighting and abundant outlets. The exterior is understated and the lobby has a chic lux city charm. The red wine at the free wine hour was actually good, so is the coffee in the morning. The bed and bedding were very comfortable. The city view is gorgeous and location is unbeatable. The bathrobe was nice.
Room service was at very high level. I appreciate the small details such as additional house keeping while I was away replacing towels and leaving a small chocolate on the bed.