We wanted to get out of town by ourselves for an early anniverary weekend without kids and read some great reviews for the Palomar Hotel in Philadelphia. We had an amazing wedding at the Kimpton hotel in Alexandria (the Lorien) last year, so we figured this hotel would be equally nice - we were not disappointed! The Kimpton website is easy to navigate and be sure to check out the specials - two night deal was well worth it; they have a comments section for any special requests and they obviously were well-prepared.
The hotel location is within walking distance to some great sightseeing - about half-way between Independence Hall and the Museum of Art. We opted for valet parking, not cheap but no street parking is available. The friendly staff greeted us having read our comments and we walked into our suite to find champagne on ice with some chocolate-covered strawberries! The Kimpton decor is so nice that my wife would love to redecorate our home just like it - great color scheme and linens, plus extremely comfortable bedding and a huge Jacuzzi tub too.
We had dinner at the restaurant. Square 1682, with some exotic options (though we settled on chicken and pork, which were really good), and also ordered room service for breakfast. I recommend the french toast! The evening wine hour offered red and white wines, plus sangria. The morning coffee bar was generous too.
I found the ice machine on the 4th floor, in the well-appointed fitness center, and wished I remembered my fitness gear.
We often tour the Smithsonian museums in DC and really enjoyed the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you have some flexibility in travel, the entry is "pay what you want" on the first Sunday of the month. We also toured the Rodin gallery but it should be undergoing some long-overdue renovations (we toured just a few days before it was to begin).
This is not an entry-level place to crash but a quite comfortable destination hotel. Overall, our stay at the Palomar was yet another wonderful stay in a Kimpton hotel (we will be sure to look ahead to other Kimpton hotels for future trips) and we whole-heartedly recommend this hotel when you travel to Philadelphia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is the first LEED Gold Certified luxury hotel in the heart of Center City is a testament to superior eco-friendly hotel design, personalized service and genuinely warm hospitality. Hotel Palomar is a unique luxury boutique hotel that features a striking lobby, the critically acclaimed Square 1682 restaurant and on-site fitness center. Throughout our boutique hotel, original artwork dynamically interacts with soft hues, luxurious custom furnishings and original architectural detailing. ... more less
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