Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia

Kimpton PalomarThe Michael W Travels family makes it a point to visit Philadelphia at least once per year. At around two hours drive from home, the city makes for a quick and fun getaway.

On previous visits, we’ve stayed at the Kimpton Monaco and a Fairfield Inn & Suites that reminded us of a Kimpton.

We’ve wanted to check out the Kimpton Palomar for quite some time and finally stayed there recently.

At check-in, we got to use the Kimpton Secret Password and were pretty happy with what we received.Before heading up to our room, we checked out the stylish lobby area. We loved the decor which featured three, different color Benjamin Franklin busts. The small seating area and fireplace were very nice too!We found the elevators to be quirky and a lot of fun. This is the view of two of of the four elevators when they open up!Unlike most hotels, the hallway carpet was very nice.Here is the view when I opened the door to our room, located on the 14th floor.Our room had two queen beds. I would’ve preferred a firmer bed but it was still a comfortable room to sleep in. Here’s the view from the far side of the room. The door to the left of the entrance is the bathroom.While I wouldn’t consider this room overly spacious, it was a decent size. The desk got a lot of use and I was able to¬† get some work done.The kids made got good use from the TV, check out the link to my Secret Password post above! It was nice that the mini-fridge was empty (due to COVID-19). We were able to use it without needing to have to emptied first.
The closet is located directly across from the bathroom.The bathroom was large enough with a good amount of counter space to leave our things on. The shower offered good pressure but it was nothing that stood out. I’d expect a hotel the caliber of a Kimpton to have a more high-end shower head.

As I always mention, a hand-held shower head would really be ideal, especially when you’re traveling with kids.

The Atelier Bloom soaps were nice, especially the Oolong Tea shampoo. Full size bottles which were not locked down were in the shower.

Final Thoughts:

We really enjoyed our stay at the Kimpton Palomar. We found the room to be a bit bland compared to the style of the Kimpton Monaco (which is just a 25 minute walk away) but still very nice.

The hotel is in a great location, just a few minutes from Rittenhouse Square. It’s also just a one minute walk to Federal Donuts, a must-visit spot known for its fried chicken and donuts. Many other excellent restaurants are a short walk away.

The Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia is located at 117 South 17th Street at Sansom.

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