this is my 3rd stay and a kimpton hotel and was certainly not a disappointment. for those who are not familiar with kimpton hotels, they are a hip yet extremely professional brand that caters to both business and personal travelers. their fresh approach to hotels are an exciting alternative to the "w" chain which often feels uppity and pretentious. from the moment you walk into the palomar chicago, you feel very relaxed. a gentle aroma of flowers fill the space. a very warmly lit reception desk is open and approachable. the "welcome home" greeting is a nice touch too. i got there very early in the morning and they were very quick to find my room for me. as a bonus, my reservation came with complimentary continental breakfast, which was a step above the typical fruit and toast. table service coffee, and hot / cold breakfast cereals were included as part of the offerings, along with fresh fruit, chobani yogurt, a variety of nuts and cereals as well rounded off the meal.
the room was bright, comfortable, clean and felt very homey. the bathroom was perfectly stocked. the shower pressure was perfect. the bed clean and soft. pillows had just the right amount of support yet were incredibly soft! the fitness center and indoor pool were very nice and larger than what you would expect in a inner city facility.
overall design of the vote was beautiful, as all kimpton facilities are! quirky architectural touches are around every corner. an inviting "living room" is just off the lobby, where they host their afternoon wine down and morning coffee break.
the hotel is conveniently located near the magnificent mile (about 6 blocks away) but there is plenty to do and see right in the area, including Eatily, a must see chef's market / grocery that has at least 19 eateries within it.
next time i go to chicago, i will surely stay here again. need i say more?
- 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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