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Let's just take a quick break right now from the stress and anxiety we're all under on this Wednesday morning and focus on this snapshot of the Today Show's puppy, Wrangler, chilling in a Kimpton Hotels animal-print bathrobe during the "blizzard" the other day. The cuteness, it kills.
There's also another pic of Wrangler "reading" the room service menu. Glad to see someone else feels the same way we do about this supposedly waning hotel tradition.
Kimpton Hotels has long been a fave pet-friendly hotel brand of HotelChatter. We think half of the stories in our dog-friendly hotels section feature Kimpton properties. But now that Kimpton is officially a part of InterContinental Hotel Group, we guess they're able to take their pet-friendliness national now. Thanks, IHG!
[Photo: Kimpton Hotels/Facebook]
Kimpton's Nine Zero Hotel in Boston
Are you betting on the Super Bowl? The Kimpton Hotels in Boston certainly are, offering up a challenge to their Kimpton counterparts in Seattle.
If the Patriots win, Boston proposes that the Seattle Kimpton hotels do the following on the day of the Championship Parade in Boston:
• Serve New England Clam Chowder in their restaurants
• Serve a New England brewed beer and a Boston tea-infused cocktail in their bars
• Replace Seattle’s best coffee with the coffee that New Englanders all run on
• Wear Patriots gear at the Front Desk while checking in their guests
• Rename the hotel’s pet gold fish, "Gronkfish" for the day
• Play music by Boston bands in their hotel lobby all day
No word yet on whether Seattle has accepted or what Boston will do if, gasp, the Patriots lose. So, in that sense, it's not really a bet. We hope Seattle returns the favor with some terms of their own should the Seahawks win a consecutive championship.
Now, to fully grasp the seriousness of this bet, watch this video of Joe Capalbo, Kimpton's Area Director of Operations for Boston, laying down the terms for Seattle, while aboard the Boston Tea Party ship.
Surely there is only one true answer
How d’ya fancy sleeping with David Bowie? No? Would Dave Grohl be more your type? Really? Leonardo DiCaprio? Please, no. Ok, then, go ahead and have the big one – have Tom Selleck.
This will be your choice at the Palladian, Kimpton’s latest hotel, opening in Seattle next month. The hotel has commissioned a whole series of male celebs dolled up in old-style portrait fashion – and, if you’re particular about who you end up in bed with, there’s a package for you. And you know what's even better? This is no sordid one-nighter; you get to take them home once you've had your fun.
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Yesterday when we learned that InterContinental Hotel Group will acquire the 62 hotels that make up Kimpton Hotels, our first thought was, "Nooo!", followed by "Whyyyy?" and then finished up with, "Wait, what happens to the Kimpton Karma loyalty program which was just unveiled this summer?"
As it turns out, the program is not going anywhere. At least not right away. Kimpton Karma will continue to work as it always has with no crossover into IHG's Rewards Club. But you know that won't last. We expect members to be able to use and earn points at both brands sometime in 2015.
With that out of the way, let's look at all the other concerns Kimpton loyalists have about their cute boutique brand being acquired by a big corporation.
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This is major. MAJOR. InterContinental Hotel Group has just announced that they will be acquiring one of our most beloved boutique hotel brands, Kimpton Hotels. Right? We know. We can't even. Someone please start spiking the eggnog. Now.
An agreement was made for IHG to purchase Kimpton for $430 million CASH. IHG said that Kimpton and its portfolio of hotels, restaurants and bars will nicely compliment IHG's own growing boutique business which includes Hotel Indigo and the new fitness-oriented EVEN Hotels. And of course, IHG thinks Kimpton is going to make a lot of money.
Kimpton's Hotel Triton is known for its vibrant lobby
Interest in the American craft beer scene has never been higher, and a San Francisco hotel is looking to draw in the big drinkers this winter.
Kimpton’s Hotel Triton in Union Square has launched its Triton on Tap package that offers guests individual tours of four San Fran breweries: Magnolia Dogpatch Brewery, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, ThirstyBear Brewing Company, and Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room.
Formerly, the Omphoy Resort and before that, the Palm Beach Hilton, The Tideline is still working on its new look (namely expanding the Tideline Spa) but already, the 134-room oceanfront resort has adopted all of the Kimpton brand standards like free WiFi for Karma members, the "Forgot it? We've got it!" toiletry menu, complimentary coffee and tea in the living room, a hosted wine hour in the evenings, and an in-room yoga kit.
So far, we don't see much that's new in the guest rooms as they look very much like they did when the hotel was the Omphoy. But the hotel's existing restaurant, Brandon's by The Beach from Chef Todd Wiss (which has been in business for a while) has consistently good reviews.
Even though the hotel isn't exactly brand new, they are offering a grand opening rate, starting at $319 a night with a $50 credit, complimentary breakfast, an upgrade (if available) and a welcome glass of Prosecco. The rate is valid through April 30 but there are some blackout dates.
[Photos: Tideline Hotel/Facebook]
We've long been a fan of Kimpton Hotels' Forgot it? We've got it!" amenity program, which sends up, on request, any toiletries that guests may have forgotten to pack from contact lens solution to straightening irons. But now at The EPIC Hotel in Miami, the amenity program extends to Halloween costumes.
That's right, if you've forgotten to pack your sexy ladybug costume, or just decided on a whim to go trick or treating, the EPIC Hotel can lend you a costume to wear for the night.
We inquired about the Halloween costume choices and they include the following:
· Clown make up
· Clown noses
· Rainbow bow tie
· Child & adult cat costume
· Bunny ears
· Various mustaches
· Venetian masks
And if you stay at the hotel on Halloween, you can indulge in special pumpkin oil aroma therapies and massages from the hotel's Exhale Spa during the hotel's complimentary wine hour. A Halloween candy buffet will also be on display. Over at the hotel's bars and lounges--LILT, Area31 and a the rooftop pool deck, speciality Halloween cocktails will be served too.
Rooms at the EPIC start at $249 a night.
And by that we mean, the Japanimation-inspired Hotel Tomo in San Fran's Japantown has gone from a Joie de Vivre Hotel to a Kimpton Hotel. (For those not in the know, JDV's loyalty program is called Joy of Life while Kimpton's is called Kimpton Karma.)
So far, it doesn't seem like anything has changed from the JDV days (except possibly the toiletries in the bathroom which were once Japanese but are now from LATHER.) Here's a more in-depth TripAdvisor review from a Kimpton Karma member who stayed there as the changeover was happening:
I was happy to learn at check-in that Hotel Tomo is now a Kimpton Hotel as I'm a huge fan of Kimpton.
The changeover literally took place the day we arrived so there are still many, many things that need to be ironed out before Hotel Tomo satisfies Kimpton's usual standards.
The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We were given an upgrade which was nice. The room was quite large, especially by San Francisco standards. The view from our room on the eighth floor was great.
What Hotel Tomo looked like in 2010 when HotelChatter visited
That old saying, "Three's a crowd", clearly never bothered Kimpton Hotels who have had not three, but four hotels in Chicago for quite some time. And now, the boutique brand is working on their fifth hotel for the Windy City. Fifth!
Kimpton recently purchased a historic office building in the Central Loop neighborhood. Built by architect William Le Baron Jenney in 1894, the building was previously known as the LaSalle-Monroe Building and before that, The New York Life Building.
Kimpton will renovate and refurbish the property to open by early 2016. The hotel will have 281 rooms, 9,500-sq.ft. of retail space on the ground floor, a restaurant and bar and a top floor ballroom with views of LaSalle street. We're guessing that means the Starbucks and Subway, shown in the photo above, will probably move out.
New York-based architect Gensler and Los Angeles-based design firm Beleco, will work with Kimpton's senior VP of design, Ave Bradley, to create a "locally appropriate" style.
And of course, all the Kimpton amenities that we love will be in play like free WIFi for Karma members, complimentary wine hour for guests and fun animal-print bathrobes.
Meanwhile, we hear that Kimpton will make yet ANOTHER new hotel announcement very soon, regarding a new hotel in the South. Our sources say it will be in Palm Beach but a Kimpton spokesperson would not comment on that. We'll just have to wait it out then.
Hotel Palomar Dallas, once known as one of the Best Boozy Hotel Bars (thanks to the tiki bar downstairs) as well as a much better alternative to the nearby W Hotel and the scene of Nicki Minaj's suitcase meltdown, is no longer a Kimpton Hotel.
As of Wednesday, the property was sold to Thayer Lodging Group who have renamed the hotel The Highland Dallas. The will be managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts with the intention of having the hotel put into Hilton Hotels new yet very mysterious Curio Collection. According to the Dallas News, the hotel will be the first "selectively hand-picked" Dallas-Forth Worth hotel in the collection. Interestingly, when the building that housed the Hotel Palomar first opened in the 1960s it was known as the Hilton Inn.
Already, the Palomar is gone from the Kimpton website yet we couldn't find a new website for the Highland, except for a mention on Curio. That will probably be forthcoming. In the meantime, you Kimpton Karma kids can stay at the Hotel Lumen near SMU.
Wine hour at the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia
By now, Kimpton's signature hosted wine hour between 5 and 6 p.m. for hotel guests is no secret, and it's one of the best efforts around when it comes to perks included in a stay. Not only because you get a few glasses of free wine, but because it's a chance to meet other guests and get a feel for the hotel's personality.
With that in mind, you can imagine that many guests make it a point to attend. On a recent stay at the Hotel Monaco Denver, we were bummed when our schedule didn't allow us to check into the hotel until about 6:30 p.m., after the wine hour had ended. But without any prompt or mention of wine hour from us, Kimpton threw out a solid gesture we never expected: The front desk agent acknowledged we had missed wine hour, and then offered us a coupon for a free glass of wine at the hotel's restaurant, Panzano.
A little surprised, we inquired. Turns out, if you miss wine hour at a Kimpton, whether it's because you check in late or because you're out enjoying yourself, you can ask for a voucher at the front desk that will get you a free glass of wine at the hotel bar or restaurant.