This hotel is an oasis centrally located in the heart of Chicago. We chose the Palomar based on other TripAdvisor members and we are thankful we listened. The staff at this hotel is wonderful and extrememly helpful. Thank you Tyler and Beau for never failing to say hi and Danielle who took great care of us at Sable (hotel restaurant)! Please join the Kimpton membership program...it is truly worth the time it takes. (My husband loved saying the "password" for July.) Membership also gives you free internet and includes a daily social hour.
There are a variety of activities at the hotel. There is a morning run with the manager on Tuesdays, Barre Bee class on Wednesdays (combo dance/yoga/ pilates), nice gym, pleasant pool and if you still have energy the hotel will let you borrow their bikes for a cruise around the city. I swear I had so much fun in Chicago my blisters had blisters and I didn't care.
The rooms are very comfortable and clean. I know some guests mentioned street noise and sirens but honestly we slept quite soundly. The rooms have thick curtains so you may want to set an alarm if you count on the sun to wake you up. The furnishings are comfortable and in great condition. We liked the floor to ceiling windows as it was fun to watch people pass on the street below. The hotel is great for families, couples, friends as well as solo travelers.
There are a couple of grocery stores in close proximity as well as a variety of restaurants and shops. Michigan Ave is only two blocks north and the Navy Pier is within walking distance too. There is actually a free bus immediately across the street from the Palomar that will take anyone down to the pier but I preferred walking. There are also water taxis just three or four blocks away too. I have always liked Chicago but this is the first hotel in Chicago that I felt was worth my time to share with other travelers.
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