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A true icon in Chicago's hotel scene, Hotel Burnham has at last given its guest rooms and its equally iconic restaurant, Atwood, a contemporary new look. This is the first time since 1999 the hotel has seen a refresh, replacing classic turn of the century decor with a more modern style.
As one of the America's first skyscrapers, the hotel retained its history as an architectural wonder by using rich woods and sophisticated colors in each of the 122 guest rooms, with bright artwork added to give it some whimsy. The rooms still feature usual Kimpton touches like Frette Linens, a stocked mini-bar and the in-room yoga mat for getting your chi on.
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So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!
HOTEL TOMO TO TURN INTO HOTEL BUCHANAN, A KIMPTON HOTEL: Back in September, we told you how the Japanimation-themed Hotel Tomo in San Francisco would turn into a Kimpton Hotel but we had no idea the place would get a full-on rebranding. It will now open in June as the Hotel Buchanan, and it looks completely different. Gone is all the kitschy decor, replaced with more masculine yet stylish furniture and amenities.The only nod to the hotel's former history is a light-weight, Shibori-print Kimono, which will be placed in the guestrooms instead of the usual Kimpton animal print robes. No exact opening date is set but we'll be sure to let you know when we have it.
Good news for those heading to Washington, DC anytime soon, as the hotel scene just got that much better thanks to the kind folks over at Kimpton. The boutique hotel chain just acquired two new properties: sooner than later they’ll be taking over The Carlyle and the Savoy Suites Hotel.
For those in the know, the Carlyle does its thing over in Dupont Circle, and the Savoy Suites Hotel calls the city’s Glover Park neighborhood home—for everyone else just please refer to your favorite mapping software.
Ink48 Hotel claims "unobstructed, panoramic views" of the City and the Hudson River and you know what, they may be right – especially if you’re sitting on this amazing penthouse terrace.
Take for example, Ink48 Hotel, a former printing house with a front-page position to take in the Midtown urban scenery and the Hudson River. With spring in full swing, and Cinco de Mayo around the corner, Ink48 has just the spot, so to speak, for your special whatever whenever – the “Heaven Over Hell” Penthouse Suite.
One of Chicago's very first trendy boutique hotels is getting a bit of a facelift as they look to celebrate their 17th birthday this year. In the heart of the theater district, Hotel Allegro is planning to unveil a bit of drama in May with renovated rooms, a completely new lobby with communal lobby bar and enhance public "chill" space.
In a grand to attempt to reconnect with the building's 91 years of history, the Kimpton property is is embracing an art deco design for all areas of the hotel. From being greeted by a glimmering flapper girl painting and original light fixtures in the lobby to a sleeker and more cosmopolitan styling for the rooms, we were giddy with excitement on a recent hard hat tour.
The 100-room creek side hotel is located near Uptown Sedona and positions its rooms to face Bear Wallow Canyon and its infamous Mitten Ridge. But the best views might come from the courtyard that splits the property in half and extends outward from the lobby and its adjoining restaurant and patio, continuing on and fanning out as it approaches the creek.
A grassy sitting area occupies the middle ground while the pool and hot tub give you a front row seat to take in the creekside trees (which were still a few weeks away from blooming during our visit) and mountain views. It is especially nice during Kimpton's free wine hour.
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Looks like Kimpton is wasting no time snapping up new properties now that it's got a bigger hotel company behind them.
Sources tell us the management change happened while the hotel was in escrow with new owners. Apparently, JDV Hotels was supposed to manage the property but Kimpton swayed the new owners. Right now, the hotel's JDV website is dead. But the new Kimpton website is up and running.
The property first opened in 2009, but now with a new owner and a new managing company, we wonder if a renovation will be coming soon too. Rates start at $254 a night this weekend with breakfast included. Also included is free WiFi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members and a hosted evening wine hour. Oh and a selfie stick too.
Read our review of the Shorebreak Hotel HERE
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The staff at the Hotel Monaco Philly demonstrates their selfie stick prowess.
Our brother site Jaunted defended the Selfie Stick last month, and it looks like Kimpton Hotels took that to heart, because now the boutique hotel brand recently acquired by IHG is offering all guests at all their hotels selfie sticks during their stay.
The sticks will be available to check out at the front desk, much like when you check out their free bikes. Kimpton promises their front desk staff is "well versed in selfie stick strategy and is happy to help you with a little Selfie Stick 101." (But we presume that if you take the selfie stick home or lose it you will probably be charged.)
And where there is a selfie stick there is a chance to win something, thanks to Kimpton. The hotel chain is offering guests who borrow the selfie stick during their stay a chance to win a $150 Kimpton gift card plus their own personal selfie stick. All they have to do is take a pic with the selfie stick, upload it to Twitter with the hashtag #AdoreThySelfie and wait for their name to be announced.
The contest will be happening on a monthly basis, culminating in a year-end raffle where the 12 winners are entered to win a grand prize two-night stay at the Kimpton of their choice. So get snapping. #selfiesforever #andever
[Photo: Kimpton Hotels]
Pittsburgh is definitely a town on the up. Want proof? Look no further than the Hotel Monaco, which opened last week.
248 rooms including 13 suites are what’s available, and the Pittsburgh theme (yes, there’s a Pittsburgh theme) is strong, if subtle- think a lamp in the shape of a penguin (hockey), meeting rooms named after notable locals (including Scott Fahlman, who invented the :) smiley face emoticon (for real)), and the Rebellion Suite, named by locals for locals, which harks back to the "great whiskey rebellion of western Pennsylvania".
Rooms are your typical Kimpton riot of weirdness, including jade-colored headboards, black paisley carpets, yellow cushions, houndstooth curtains, feature wallpaper and gilded cages for the pearl-effect chandeliers. That’s all good; what’s less so are the “glass showers” that the hotel describes (there are no photos, but we assume that means peekaboo. Peekaboo is not sexy. It's gross).
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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
UPDATE: THE CHALLENGE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED!
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.