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17 Things I Love about Kimpton Hotels

These Kimpton folks…they got it going on! If you’ve never stayed in one of their hotels, you absolutely must put it on your travel to do list. Cross my heart, it will be a treat. I’ve enjoyed sipping complimentary wine at 70 Park Avenue in New York City. I’ve ordered phenomenal room service at Hotel Palomar in Dallas. And, most recently, I checked out the seriously hot doormen at Hotel Monaco in Seattle! (They don’t even charge extra for the eye candy!)

I know I’m gushing right now, but I love Kimpton so much I’ve actually built them into my hotel search strategy…which goes something like this:

  1. Find out if there’s a Kimpton hotel in the city I’m visiting.
  2. Do a happy dance if there is. Sulk if there is not.
  3. Pray to the money Gods that it fits into my budget.
  4. Do a happy dance if it does. Do a flexible dates hotel search if it doesn’t.
  5. Adjust trip as necessary.

Next time you’re heading out of town (or even if you want to indulge in a hotel stay at home), see if there’s a Kimpton in your destination. They will not disappoint. Promise. If you’re not already convinced, I can give you 17 reasons why you should find a reason to sleep with Kimpton.

17 Things I Love About Kimpton

  1. Each hotel is one-of-a-kind.
  2. Your closet comes with a super cozy robe and fuzzy socks.
  3. They have a fun, pet-friendly program.
  4. A piece of eye candy will open the door for you.
  5. Their restaurants and lounges use local ingredients.

    My mouth waters just looking at this Bangkok Melon Salad from Ponzu in San Francisco!

  6. If your pet couldn’t make the trip, you can borrow a fish!
  7. They hire talented chefs that create yummy food.
  8. Free WiFi in most locations.
  9. They have tall rooms especially for those of Shaq-like height.
  10. You can enjoy a pedicure…in your room!
  11. The lobby smells good. What do they pump in there?


    Now, imagine the smell of something yummy filling this lobby at Hotel Monaco Seattle!

  12. Free happy hour!
  13. They’re affordable yet feel luxurious.
  14. Personality! Personality! Personality!
  15. They’ll lend you yoga gear during your stay.
  16. Their honor bar is customized per location and includes novelty items such as glove warmers in Aspen, a blues CD in Chicago and local brew in Boston.
  17. They go green with their innovative EarthCare programs. Find them in Travelocity’s Green Hotel Directory.

Convinced yet? Tell me about your Kimpton hotel stay!

Find me on Twitter @jenngaines.


My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.

(Find me on Twitter @jenngaines)

Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.

Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!

My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!

Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.

View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!



I love Kimpton, too! I tell everyone I know to stay at the Hotel Palomar in Arlington when they visit D.C. It’s stunning.


My parents stayed at a Kimpton a couple of months ago, and I was totally won over by the free wine in the lobby (poured freely for me and my fiance as well, EVEN THOUGH WE WEREN’T STAYING THERE), as well as the plentiful free refills of white cheese popcorn. And you’re not wrong on the eye candy doormen.

Visit USA

Anyone familiar with the Hotel Monaco (Kimpton) in downtown Chicago?
How do you think Hotel Monaco compares with Intercontinental Hotel downtown, in terms of location, niceness, etc. (aside from price issues). Any other suggestion for hotels in Loop or near Miracle Mile? Thanks.

Downtown Hotels

I have stayed there and really enjoyed myself. The rooms are nice, the staff was accommodating and the location is good. I also like The James Hotel on East Ontario. Monaco versus Intercontinental? The Intercontinental could use some updating.

San antonio hotels

Kimpton Hotels are my personal favorites.I’m staying there for the past 10 years

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