The 13 Best Kimpton Hotels To Book With Points [for Max Value]

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Booking your hotel room with points is a great way to save money on your next vacation. However, there are so many hotel brands and loyalty programs out there that it can be hard to know which ones offer the best value for your needs. That’s why we’re breaking it all down here at Upgraded Points.

In this post, we’ll focus on the boutique hotel brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which is a part of IHG Hotels & Resorts. We’ll also detail the best Kimpton hotels to book with points for maximum value.

Here are the guidelines we used when creating this list:

  • IHG Rewards points are worth ~0.5 cents each. This list includes locations where the points value exceeds this average.
  • Peak travel dates for each location were determined using Google Travel.
  • Cash rates were based on the cost of a weekend night during the peak travel season for each destination.
  • The cents per point value was determined using the average cash cost and average points cost of a room over a 2-month period.

Hotel room costs can vary throughout the year, so these numbers are just an example of what you could expect when traveling during a peak season for your destination. It’s always good to familiarize yourself with the cash and points costs of your hotel before booking so you know when you’re getting a good deal.

Everything You Need To Know About Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a boutique hotel brand within the IHG family of brands. Each location is thoughtfully designed to be anything but a cookie-cutter hotel.

Since Kimpton hotels are all unique, amenities can vary by location. However, many of Kimpton’s unique perks are offered at every location:

  • A pet-friendly policy with no limit on breed or size of the pet
  • Nightly social hour
  • Complimentary custom-designed PUBLIC bikes
  • In-room Peloton bikes (at select locations)
  • Yoga mat in every room
  • Spas at select locations (IHG Rewards members will get a $30 credit that can be used toward any 50- to 80-minute in-room spa treatment at participating locations)
  • Raid the Bar: a $10 credit that members can use at the hotel’s restaurant bar/lounge or the in-room honor bar
  • Kid-friendly perks like a kids’ welcome gift and kids’ happy hour
  • “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” Program: guests can request many common items at the front desk free of charge

IHG Rewards Club

Kimpton is part of the IHG Rewards loyalty program which means you can earn and use IHG Rewards points at any Kimpton location.

Since IHG does not have a set awards chart, the cost of a hotel night in points can vary quite a bit and the points cost doesn’t necessarily correlate to the cash cost. IHG Rewards points are valued at ~0.5 cents each, so you can always do some easy math to figure out when you’re getting a good deal.

You can earn IHG Rewards points by staying at IHG properties, using an IHG credit card, utilizing the IHG Rewards Dining program, or transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can then redeem your points for stays at any IHG hotel.

IHG Rewards Credit Cards

If you’re a frequent guest at IHG hotels, having an IHG credit card will offer you extra perks and points earning opportunities. Here’s a quick look at the 2 cards available:

IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card

IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card

IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn up to 15 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2x points on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; then 1 point per $1 on all other purchases.
  • No Annual Fee

With the IHG Traveler card, you’ll earn Gold Elite status after spending $10,000 in a calendar year. While this card doesn’t have many premium perks, it could be a good choice if you’re looking for a card with no annual fee that still offers hotel benefits.

  • Earn 5x points per dollar at IHG hotels and resorts
  • Earn 2x points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants
  • Fourth reward night free

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
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  • Earn 125,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Enjoy a Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide. Plus, enjoy a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn up to 25 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
  • IHG Rewards Club Bonus points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Kimpton®, EVEN® Hotels, Indigo® Hotels & Holiday Inn®
  • Good to Excellent Credit Recommend (670-850)
  • Annual Fee: $89


The IHG Premier card is the top-level IHG card available and therefore it comes with some great benefits. Keep an eye out for when this card offers a big welcome bonus.

  • Earn 10x points per dollar at IHG hotels and resorts
  • Earn 2x points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants
  • IHG Platinum Elite status
  • Yearly anniversary night that can be used at locations costing 40,000 points or less
  • Fourth reward night free
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit (up to $100 value)

Bottom Line: If you want to earn IHG Elite status, having the IHG Premier card is a smart choice since it comes with automatic Platinum Elite status in addition to many other benefits that will appeal to IHG and Kimpton loyalists.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards

IHG is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards which means your Ultimate Rewards points transfer to IHG at a 1:1 ratio. While this can be a good option in some circumstances, it’s generally not the best use of your points since they are valued much higher than IHG Rewards points (~2 cents each for Ultimate Rewards points vs. ~0.5 cents each for IHG Rewards points).

However, if you need a few extra IHG Rewards points for a specific redemption, transferring a small amount of Ultimate Rewards points could make sense. In addition, Chase cards offer different bonus categories than IHG cards, so it often makes sense to have both an Ultimate Rewards-earning card and an IHG card.

Here are our recommended Chase Ultimate Rewards-earning cards:

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card - This is our favorite beginners travel rewards card, which is currently offering a 60,000 point bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

The card earns 5x points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3x points on dining and 2x points on all other travel purchases, plus more. Enjoy a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, and other travel benefits such as excellent travel insurance coverage, including car rental insurance and no foreign transaction fees, this card is a very rewarding card.
Chase Sapphire Reserve® - This premium card will get you access to 1,300+ airport lounges. as well as a number of other card benefits. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $550 annual fee. As an extra bonus, until 12/31/21, gas station & grocery store purchases will also count towards earning your Travel Credit.

Earn big with this card, earn 5X total points on air travel and 10X total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3X points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A solid, no-annual-fee card that earns you a $200 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months. Earn 5% cash-back on grocery store purchases (not including Target or Walmart purchases) on up to $12,000 spent in the first year, and 5% on travel purchases through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Plus, earn 3% cash-back at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery services, and drugstore purchases, and 1.5% cash-back on all other purchases.

13 Best Kimpton Hotels To Book With Points

1. Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa (Grand Cayman)

Pool at Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa Grand Cayman
Relax by the pool at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman. Image Credit: Kimpton

If a Caribbean getaway is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. This is one of the best Kimpton hotels to book with points because the cash cost is high (over $1,000 per night) and you’ll get an incredible value — 1.8 cents per point! 

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is Grand Cayman’s first boutique resort. It’s a contemporary oasis on the famed Seven Mile Beach and is full of open-air spaces and lush gardens. With multiple pools and restaurants, plus amenities like daily fitness classes, water equipment like kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, and complimentary use of GoPro underwater cameras, it’s a vacationer’s dream. There’s even a kids’ club, Camp Seafire, offering activities for 3.5- to 12-year-olds, making this a great family destination.

All rooms at the resort have a private balcony and most also have spectacular water views. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a spa minibar are just some of the features that round out the modern guest rooms.

Points Required: 70,000 per night

January to March Cash Rate: ~$1,276

Points Value: 1.8 cents per point

2. Kimpton La Peer Hotel (West Hollywood, California)

Guest Room at Kimpton La Peer
Guest rooms at Kimpton La Peer are designed with art, architecture, and fashion in mind. Image Credit: La Peer Hotel

Another great Kimpton points redemption is at Kimpton La Peer Hotel. Located in the Design District of West Hollywood, this hotel draws inspiration from design, fashion, art, and architecture.

The Kimpton La Peer Hotel offers unique services to make your stay spectacular. You can arrange a custom picnic basket, a personal shopping session, or an appointment at a professional hair salon. Additional amenities include complimentary Uber transportation to any destination within 1 mile of the hotel, a heated outdoor pool, and a fitness center with on-site personal training.

Points Required: 48,000 to 71,000 per night

January to March Cash Rate: ~$718

Points Value: 1.3 cents per point

Hot Tip: When you have the IHG Traveler card or the IHG Premier card, you’ll get the fourth reward night free when you book a stay of at least 4 nights. This increases the value you’re getting from each point!

3. Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa (Vero Beach, Florida)

Kimpton Vero Beach Resort and Spa
The Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Resort has direct beach access. Image Credit: Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Located along Florida’s central coast, Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is an oceanfront oasis for travelers. Guests looking to relax can choose between the heated oceanfront pool, the beach, or the spa. Things like beach chairs and umbrellas, towels, a game room, and even parking are included in the guest amenity fee ($35 plus tax, nightly).

There are lots of options for guest rooms including great options for families. You’ll find rooms that come with kitchens and there are 1- to 3-bedroom suites that can accommodate up to 8 people. Most rooms also have a private balcony.

The value you’ll get when booking this hotel with IHG Rewards points is excellent — ~1.2 cents per point, which is over double what they are usually worth.

Points Required: 60,000 to 63,000 per night

January to March Cash Rate: ~$750

Points Value: 1.2 cents per point

4. Kimpton EPIC Hotel (Miami, Florida)

Pool deck at Kimpton EPIC Hotel Miami
The 16th-floor pool deck at Kimpton EPIC Hotel is second to none. Image Credit: Kimpton EPIC Hotel

If exploring Miami sounds good to you, consider staying at Kimpton EPIC Hotel. Located in downtown Miami, Kimpton EPIC Hotel is conveniently located close to lots of restaurants and shops, the trendy Wynwood neighborhood, and it isn’t far from Miami Beach (one of the best beaches in Florida).

The Kimpton EPIC Hotel is packed with luxury amenities that can only be found in Miami. For starters, the hotel has its own private marina. There’s not 1, but 2 rooftop pools, complete with private cabanas. Guests can dine on the rooftop as well at Area 31, or opt for modern Japanese cuisine at Zuma. Maison F.P. Journe is an intimate “rare spirits bar” and outdoor cigar lounge, or if you prefer, there’s Avant Gallery, which showcases contemporary art along with small bites and coffee and tea.

The hotel’s 411 modern guest rooms and suites come with luxury bath products, curated minibar snacks, and private balconies with either city or water views.

Understandably, cash rates can be high at Kimpton EPIC Hotel, but the good news is that you can get great value by using your IHG Rewards points to book your room — ~1.1 cents per point!

Points Required: 62,000 to 85,000 per night

January to March Cash Rate: ~$703

Points Value: 1.1 cents per point

Hot Tip: While you’re visiting Miami, why not take the scenic drive from Miami to Key West on the Overseas Highway? Check out our guide to the best road trips in the U.S. for route highlights and a map.

5. Kimpton Canary Hotel (Santa Barbara, California)

Bedroom at Kimpton Canary Hotel Santa Barbara
Every guest room at Kimpton Canary Hotel features a luxurious 4-poster bed. Image Credit: Canary Santa Barbara

Kimpton Canary Hotel has the elements of a great points redemption — a high cash cost and a great cent per point value. When you book this hotel with points, you’ll get ~1 cent per point in value (we even saw nights with a points value as high as 1.4). The bad news is that, while the value you’ll get from your points is high, award availability can be sparse during peak season. However, if you can find award space, this is a great location to use your IHG Rewards points at.

In addition to the largest rooftop pool in Santa Barbara, guests will be able to relax at FLOAT Luxury Spa, enjoy local cuisine at Finch & Fork, work out at Gold’s Gym (including classes), or cruise around Santa Barbara on a custom Kimpton bike.

Guest rooms feature 4-poster canopy beds, luxury linens, Atelier Bloem bath products, a gourmet honor bar, and hardwood floors. Suites include soaking tubs with separate showers, Nespresso coffee makers, and separate work areas.

Points Required: 70,000 to 89,000 per night

June to September Cash Rate: ~$853

Points Value: 1.0 cents per point

Hot Tip: If you’re looking for an award night in Santa Barbara and have World of Hyatt points, check out our review of Mar Monte Hotel, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

6. Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman (Bozeman, Montana)

Rooftop Pool at Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman
Enjoy mountain views from the stunning rooftop pool at Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman. Image Credit: Armory Hotel

As Bozeman’s only 4-star hotel, Kimpton Armory Hotel has turned the landmark Armory building into a contemporary boutique hotel that exudes a “mountain chic” vibe. The hotel boasts luxury amenities to make your mountain getaway a truly unique experience — local treats in the minibar, hosted evening social hour, complimentary coffee and tea in the morning, rooftop pool and bar, Armory Music Hall, 24-hour fitness center, stunning mountain views, and even some guest rooms with Peloton bikes.

Guests at Kimpton Armory Hotel will have access to the area’s many outdoor activities including skiing and hiking, plus the hotel is less than 80 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

When you book Kimpton Armory Hotel with points, you’ll get on average almost 1 cent per point! That’s the good news. The bad news is that award availability can be sparse during the high season. However, if you can find a night that’s bookable with points, it will most likely be a great value.

Points Required: 50,000 to 75,000 per night

January to March Cash Rate: ~$564

Points Value: 0.95 cents per point

7. Kimpton Vividora Hotel (Barcelona, Spain)

Rooftop pool at Kimpton Vividora Hotel Barcelona
Take in the views of Barcelona from the rooftop pool at Kimpton Vividora Hotel. Image Credit: Kimpton

The Kimpton Vividora Hotel, located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter neighborhood, combines the area’s old-world feel with modern style to create a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel experience. Guest rooms feel more like a luxurious Barcelona residence than a hotel with a modern Mediterranean style and upscale amenities.

In addition to standard amenities, Kimpton Vividora hotel has 3 dining options, complimentary coffee in the lobby, and a rooftop pool.

Kimpton Vividora Hotel is a great way to use your IHG Rewards points for maximum value since you’ll get an average of 0.90 cents per point!

Points Required: 33,000 to 37,000 per night

April to October Cash Rate: ~$322

Points Value: 0.90 cents per point

8. Kimpton Da An Hotel (Taipei, Taiwan)

Kimpton Da An Hotel
A guest room at Kimpton Da An Hotel. Image Credit: Kimpton

The Kimpton Da An Hotel is a tranquil escape in the middle of Taipei, Taiwan.

Guests will feel the sophisticated, modern design style throughout the hotel, from the rooms to the restaurant, to the 24-hour fitness facility. This pet-friendly hotel also has complimentary bikes available for use so you can explore Taipei on 2 wheels.

With an average point value of ~0.87 cents, Kimpton Da An Hotel is one of the best locations to book with points — you’ll get over 50% more value from your points here.

Points Required: 26,000 to 30,000 per night

April to November Cash Rate: ~$253

Points Value: 0.87 cents per point

9. Kimpton Aertson Hotel (Nashville, Tennessee)

Rooftop pool at Aertson Hotel
Relax at the rooftop pool at Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville. Image Credit: Aertson Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee has become a popular U.S. tourist destination because of the area’s good-times vibe and vibrant music scene. Located in Midtown, across the street from Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Kimpton Aertson Hotel is convenient to many of Nashville’s top attractions.

The hotel features The Henley Restaurant, serving modern Southern cuisine and craft cocktails. In addition, there’s a full-service spa and a seasonal rooftop pool. The 180 guestrooms are thoughtfully appointed with eclectic materials like Cararra marble, concrete, and leather. 12 separate room category types are available to suit everyone from single, business travelers to large families.

Points Required: 40,000 to 49,000 per night

May to August Cash Rate: ~$384

Points Value: 0.87 cents per point

10. Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)

Kimpton Maa Lai
The Kimpton Maa-Lai’s modern, edgy interiors are surrounded by lush gardens outside. Image Credit: Kimpton Maa-Lai

If traveling to Thailand is on your bucket list, the Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok hotel offers a great value for your points!

This hotel combines fresh, modern interiors and lush, outdoor gardens to create a peaceful oasis in the middle of Bangkok. Guests can dine at the hotel’s 4 restaurants and bars, enjoy a workout in the fully-equipped gym, relax in the luxury spa, or enjoy the gardens and pool outside.

The Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok has 131 residences and 231 guest rooms and suites ranging in size from 517 to 3,400 square feet, offering something for every type of traveler.

Points Required: 21,000 per night

April to November Cash Rate: ~$179

Points Value: 0.85 cents per point

11. Kimpton Charlotte Square (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Garden Room at Kimpton Charlotte Square
The Garden restaurant at Kimpton Charlotte Square. Image Credit: Kimpton

The Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel mixes old-world charm with modern Edinburgh style. In addition to standard Kimpton amenities like a nightly social hour, this hotel includes a full-service spa, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and even Tesla chauffeur service. In addition, there are 3 unique restaurants to choose from — BABA, Aizle, and The Garden.

Kimpton Charlotte Square is unique because instead of being 1 building, it’s actually a series of 7 interconnected townhouses that overlook a private garden. Its location within Edinburgh is in New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Points Required: 44,000 to 77,000 per night

May to August Cash Rate: ~$438

Points Value: 0.84 cents per point

12. Kimpton St. Honoré Paris (Paris, France)

Bathroom at Kimpton St Honore Paris
The guest rooms and bathrooms at Kimpton St. Honore Paris exude a minimalistic, yet elegant style. Image Credit: Kimpton

Kimpton St. Honoré Paris is a brand new boutique hotel that takes its design inspiration from both California and France. Each of the 149 guest rooms is done in a minimalist Art Nouveau style. The hotel itself has luxury amenities like a modern spa with an indoor swimming pool plus a rooftop bar and garden with spectacular Paris views. Plus, guests will enjoy perks like free specialty coffees in the morning, an evening social hour, and complimentary bikes.

Located in Paris’ Opera district, this hotel is close to popular Paris attractions like Place de la Concorde, Tuileries Gardens, and the Louvre.

The average cash price at this hotel is high, averaging ~$431 per night, so this is a great option for your IHG Rewards points.

Points Required: 60,000 to 69,000 per night

April to November Cash Rate: ~$431

Points Value: 0.65 cents per point

13. Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)

Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo The District outdoor terrace
The District restaurant at Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo has an outdoor terrace for dining al fresco. Image Credit: Kimpton

The Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo brings New York vibes to Tokyo with designs inspired by Manhattan’s art and fashion scene. Located in the Shinjuku district, this hotel is close to many of Tokyo’s top attractions including Shinjuku Gyoen (a great place to see cherry blossoms) and the world-famous Shibuya Crossing.

Inside the hotel, guests will find The Jones Cafe | Bar for coffee in the morning or a cocktail in the evening, as well as The District, a contemporary restaurant with an outdoor terrace serving brunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

The good news about Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo is that it’s a great place to redeem your IHG Rewards points — the cash prices are high and the points value is good. Unfortunately, reward night availability is sparse, so while this is one of the best Kimpton hotels to book with points, it’s going to be harder to find award space here versus other locations. However, when you do find rewards nights, the value is good — none of the availability we found had a points value that dropped below 0.6!

Points Required: 61,000 to 78,000 per night

April to November Cash Rate: ~$425

Points Value: 0.64 cents per point

Final Thoughts

Kimpton Hotels is a great option when you’re looking to get maximum value from your IHG Rewards points! You’ll find many locations that will beat the average redemption value of ~0.5 cents per point, with some locations offering double that value.

For even more options for your IHG Rewards points, check out our guides to the best IHG luxury hotels, best InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, and best Hotel Indigo hotels to book with points.

The information regarding the IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card and Chase Freedom Unlimited® card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and was not provided nor reviewed by the issuer. 

Frequently asked questions

What hotel chain is Kimpton?

Kimpton is part of IHG Hotels & Resorts. That means you can earn and use IHG Rewards points at any Kimpton Hotels location around the world.

How many Kimpton hotels are there?

Currently, there are over 75 Kimpton locations across the world. Over the next few years, about a dozen more locations will be added.

What are the best Kimpton hotels to book with points?

The best Kimpton hotels to book with points are those that have a high cash cost and a low points cost. IHG Rewards points average ~0.5 cents per point in value, so you’ll want to look at locations that give you a higher cent per point value.

Some of the best options are Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman, Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, and Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa in Florida.

How many points do you need to book a Kimpton hotel?

The number of IHG Rewards points you’ll need to book a Kimpton hotel varies by location. You can expect to pay anywhere between 21,000 to 89,000 points per night.

Katie Seemann

About Katie Seemann

Katie is an Ohio native who caught the travel bug after spending a semester in college in Nottingham, England. In addition to exploring England, she visited Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands during that time and loved every minute of it (everything except the hostel in Scotland – that’s an experience she doesn’t intend on repeating!) In 2015, Katie discovered the world of points and miles, and since then she’s earned countless points and has an embarrassingly large number of credit cards in her wallet (which she needs a spreadsheet to keep track of!)

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