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Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
Ranked #12 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

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.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear kayakthearkansas:

Thank you so much for such a detailed review - sounds like had a really fun time in Chicago and were able to do so many things. We are glad you shared the secret.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago

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Reviewed 13 July 2012 via mobile

Great location, very nice and helpful staff, and nice rooms. Bobby and Bleu were very helpful. We will be back for sure!!!

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Reviewed 13 July 2012

This is the place to stay in Chicago! Don't worry about it
Nice rooms , excellent location and great staff

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear Andresb1:

Thanks for the short but sweet review. We love it. See you soon.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

The hotel is ideally located in downtown Chicago. Easy walking distance to anything you'd want to explore. An extra plus is that you can take the train and subway from the airport and get off at a stop right across the street. Easy, easy.

The staff, as with all Kimpton's, is friendly and helpful. Our room was very comfortable. What is outstanding at this location is the restaurant: Sable. The food is delicious and made with love. You can taste it. The wait-staff really enjoys working here and it shows. We were planning on visiting a lot of different restaurants, but kept coming back here because we just had to try another dish (or have seconds on the blueberry pie with roasted corn ice cream). Please, please check out the menu before going any where else. We enjoyed dining in the intimate outside "patio" by the dining-room (it's quiet if the noise of the popular bar is too much for you).

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear SWriter:

Thank you so much for your review. we truly apreciate it and could not agree more - Sable is one of the best restaurants around - in fact Tripadvisor readers named it the 8th best in Chicago. What an honor.

We hope to see you again soon.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago

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Reviewed 12 July 2012

We had our first visit to Chicago two weeks ago for 48 hours. Although short our hotel was a perfect location for sightseeing 5 min from the Magnificent Mile and 15 min from Millenium Park on foot. The hotel was beautifully decorated with well appointed rooms and contemporary decor. We loved the 5-6 pm cocktail hour. Yummy appetizers and drinks. Get there early and get a spot. Staff were friendly and concierge helpful with great recommendations for restaurants and tours. Take the architecture tour from Ogden Slip! It was one of the highlights. Overall highly recommended hotel!!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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GMPalChi, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2012

Dear CherylToronto:

Hi Cheryl from Toronto - my home town. We are thrilled you had such a good time at the hotel and in Chicago and were able to enjoy all we have to offer.

We hope to see you again soon - after all Toronto is not too far away.

All the best,

Nabil Moubayed
GM - Palomar Chicago

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Additional Information about Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago

Address: 505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Near North Side
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range: ₹ 7,871 - ₹ 24,452 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago 4.5*
Number of rooms: 261
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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