First time at the Palomar and first time at a Kimpton Hotel. We got a great weekend deal with the Toast to Chicago rate. The hotel is right in the heart of it all, close to fabulous restaurants, bars and of course shopping on the magnificent mile. Check-in (and check-out) was a breeze. The staff was very welcoming and helpful (even before we arrived). If you drive to the hotel, Valet Parking is the only real option (at a steep $48/day), but if you need access to your car it is only 5-10 minute wait for pick-up. The rooms were spacious, clean and very comfortable (although police sirens were often heard at night from 15 floors up,,,but that is probably same for anywhere in this city). There was a large flatscreen TV, mini-bar and safe, but no coffee maker in the room. However, a coffee maker can be requested. Plenty of fresh coffee is also available in the lobby at breakfast time and complementary wine hour in the evening. (There is also a Starbucks just a block away). I recommend you join the Kimpton Loyalty program before you go (it's free) ...as you will get free WiFi, $10 freebies from the (very expensive) mini-bar and a free newspaper in the morning. You can also make you room preferences known..and they do the best to accommodate.
We did not dine at the hotel other than Sunday brunch, but the quality and service was very high. Like most places, the bar was extremely busy in the evening, but had an excellent selection of wines, beers and spirits.
For the value we got out of our stay, we would definitely return here again !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Palomar is a luxury, boutique hotel in Chicago's River North surrounded by the city's top attractions, restaurants & destinations. Guestrooms offer stunning contemporary decor and hotel guests enjoy the 17th floor pool & terrace with workout facilities. Guests also delight in the Sable Kitchen & Bar featuring new American cuisine, one of the city's hottest bars and a popular weekend brunch. ... more less
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