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 stayed in Room 1211 and it was loud. For some reason, taxis and other cars like to honk their horns in front of this place. Also an alley across the street where loading of stuff in the middle of then night is not uncommon. Fan in the room was not as quiet as I expect from a Top notch hotel. I asked to be moved and the desk clerk said he would move me to the 22nd floor as I had requested a higher room and away from 17th street. So I left for a conference and when I got back, they moved me to Room 1809 which was higher but still a frontage facing room and just a bit quieter but still a fair amount of traffic noise. Lastly, I don't believe the thermostat readings, it was cold in my room and the thermostat said it was like 70 degrees which didn't seem possible. If you just have the fan on, it tends to blow cold air which is not good in the winter. Corner rooms facing the street, are not very big.
Pros: Staff are nice; location is pretty close to things. My room came with breakfast.
Cons: Restaurant was a mixed bag. Ate here like 4 or 5 meals. Breakfast was pretty good as was the steak for dinner. Other dishes were spicy. Can be noisy if facing street. Not a great value.
The deluxe 1 bedroom suite was very nice and the bathroom was gorgeous. Hotel is in a great location - easy to get to the tourist attractions, shopping and food. Staff was very friendly and attentive.
Only complaint is that it was hard to regulate the temperature in the room when the bedroom door was closed. It was very warm in the bedroom and quite cool in the living room.
Really good service, really lovely rooms and the location is brilliant.
My only issue is room service, first of all you have to find the menus on the tv which is clumsy and annoying, the idea isn’t bad but the experience is not great. I ordered food at 9:45pm and was told they had stopped even though it was meant to finish at 10. The choices are also not great. This was my only negative experience, everything else was excellent
My wife and I spend 3days/2 nights at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar and its a hidden gem in Philadelphia. I enjoyed the boutique hotel with its well appointed rooms. The staff members are very friendly. They do have valet parking @$50 a night. they are located closed to several types of restaurants and have one right in the building. they are walking distance to several tourist attractions. They have a nice little workout room.
Was visiting the weekend for the Flower Show along with the Travel and Adventure Show. This hotel was only a few blocks from the Philadelphia Convention Center so perfect location. We arrived later in the evening after a day at the Flower Show so we were tired and hungry. Check in was super fast and easy. The front desk person even gave us some recommendations of some places to eat that were still open. The room was bigger than we expected and very clean. The beds were amazingly comfortable and had a great nights sleep. Also it is a pet friendly hotel that does not restrict the size or number of dogs. While I was not traveling with my dog this time I might next. I completely recommend this hotel when staying in Philadelphia.