So you’re off to Philly, the City of Brotherly Love, for business, vaca, or maybe a college visit? You want at hotel that’s centrally located, has airy, comfy rooms, great service, and a small, boutique space. The Kimpton Hotel Palomar checks ALL the boxes. Located in Rittenhouse Square, it’s minutes from Center City, all the cafes and shops. (Don’t miss Melt Kraft, across the street from the hotel which serves the best cheese melts you’ve ever tried.)

Hotel Palomar lobby.

Hotel Palomar lobby.

The stunning 1929 landmark building was originally the original Architect’s Building, the GM Mark Hayes tells us on a recent stay:

The building itself is beautiful and has Art Deco details throughout . There was a lot of care taken to preserve original elements, like the AIA Library on the 25th floor.

When you first walk in you’re greeted with a communal living room with a fireplace that is instantly cozy, perfect for drinks or catching up with your work team. The smiling reception desk person takes care of your reservation speedily and seems genuinely glad to see you. Despite the urge to linger in the lobby, go up to your spacious room for the view (most of the 230 rooms have city views), luxurious bed (frette linens) and the roomy bathroom (with luxurious Atelier Bloem bath products! )

King spa room bathroom.

King spa room bathroom.

And if you’re new to the Kimpton chain of boutique hotels, they are some serious perks that come with being a member (sign up online for ‘Karma Rewards.‘) Take the hosted wine hour every evening at 5-6, the complimentary morning coffee and tea, the yoga mat and robes in every room, and public bikes available to guests who want to zip around the city. Kimpton Karma Rewards members also  get a $10 ‘Raid the Bar’ credit, free WiFi, and earn reward nights.Unique to the Philly property is the ‘Asanas and Aperitifs’ yoga class offered every Monday, free for hotel guests, and includes a drink in Square 1682 (the adjoining restaurant ) after class. For the ultimate luxury, sample one of the in-room spa services, like the Aroma Journey Massage.


Like all the Kimpton properties, the hotel is committed to sustainability and eco-friendliness (check out those recycle bins in your room.)

Forget your laptop charger? Not to worry, with the “Forgot it? We’ve Got It!” travel essentials service, they’ll send someone up with a toothbrush, curling iron…whatever you left at home.

Hotel Palomar elevator whimsical artwork.

Hotel Palomar elevator whimsical artwork.

While technically a ‘chain’ (total of 65 properties in 33 cities), the Kimpton hotels are all unique properties with the friendliest staff we’ve ever encountered, all of whom who go out of their way to make sure we have a stellar stay. The prices are reasonable — figure around $168 to $375, depending on your dates.


We’ll meet you in the lobby for the wine hour.



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Evan Hosie has worked as a Women's Lifestyle editor/writer (expert in the beauty and fashion vertical); created the Pop Culture section for; never met a gadget she didn't want; and spends too much time on Social Media.

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