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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a brand of boutique hotels that is part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts family. It combines a whimsical yet sophisticated sense of design with unique amenities to deliver a one-of-a-kind guest experience.
While Kimpton doesn’t have as large a footprint as some other IHG brands, you’ll find its properties in many big cities and tourist destinations across the globe.
In this post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, including locations, amenities, the Kimpton-only elite status level, and how to use IHG Rewards at Kimpton Hotels.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants started with a single location in San Francisco in 1981. Since then, the company has grown to include 77 hotels and 86 restaurants in 52 cities across the world.
Each hotel is unique and strives to feel like a comfortable and stylish home more than an impersonal, cookie-cutter hotel.
Kimpton Restaurants, located in 48 cities across the world, isn’t your average hotel dining experience. It combines fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients in creative ways to provide a memorable dining experience. Pair that with a creative cocktail from the bar or a wine suggestion by the sommelier and you’ve got a great place to entertain clients, gather with friends, or enjoy a quiet meal on your own.
Hot Tip: Kimpton Hotels are all unique and thoughtfully designed. Check out what one of our writers thought of the whimsical and colorful interiors in the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia.
There are currently over 75 Kimpton Hotels worldwide with plans to add over a dozen more in the next few years. A majority of Kimpton Hotels are in the U.S., but there are international locations in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.
Kimpton also has a number of new hotel locations in the works.
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Hot Tip: Kimpton Inner Circle members get a free night at new hotels. Click here to see current participating locations.
Kimpton Hotels’ properties are all unique, so amenities can vary by location. However, 1 thing is clear — when you stay at a Kimpton hotel, you’ll receive a variety of unique and industry-leading perks.
The Kimpton pet policy is one of the most generous among IHG brands. All pets are welcome regardless of size or breed. Even better, Kimpton doesn’t charge a pet deposit, and there is no limit on the number of pets you can bring in. Kimpton goes even further by offering additional perks for guests traveling with pets, including pet beds, food and water bowls, a list of nearby pet-friendly businesses, and even custom door hangers that alert other guests and staff to your pet’s presence in the room.
Every Kimpton hotel hosts a nightly wine social hour to help bring guests together in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Kimpton Hotels offers unique wellness perks to help you keep your health on track while you’re traveling.
Guests will love taking one of the custom-designed PUBLIC bikes out for a spin, complimentary at every Kimpton location. If you prefer to stay stationary while you bike, you’ll love that some locations have in-room Peloton bikes.
You’ll also find a yoga mat in every room, and some locations offer pool-side or roof-top classes. During the summer, guests may see things like fresh juices and granola available, as well as jogging stations at select hotels. These jogging stations may include amenities like fruit-infused water and chilled towels.
In addition, many locations offer free fitness classes, either at local gyms or the hotel’s own facilities. Whatever your fitness goals, Kimpton Hotels can help you stay on track.
Select Kimpton locations have a full-service spa on-site to help you relax and unwind. In addition, 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 is the IHG One Rewards elite welcome amenity for Platinum and Diamond Elite members at Kimpton Hotels. It’s a $10 credit that members can use at the hotel’s restaurant bar/lounge or the in-room honor bar. You can’t use it for dining at the restaurant unless you are sitting at the bar.
If you choose to not use your Raid the Bar amenity, you can opt to receive 600 IHG One Rewards points instead.
Kimpton Hotels offer extra amenities for even the youngest travelers. Next time you’re looking to book a family vacation, check out these kid-friendly benefits available at Kimpton:
Hot Tip: One of our writers loved the kid-friendly amenities at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman.
Kimpton hotels offers a fun way to earn perks by using the Kimpton social password. This password rotates seasonally and when you use it at the front desk you’ll get unique perks that vary by location but could include anything from free points or free breakfast to room upgrades.
Even the most seasoned travelers forget something from time to time, but at a Kimpton Hotels, it’s not a problem. Guests can request many common items at the front desk free of charge.
Hot Tip: Check out our printable packing checklist before you travel so that you don’t forget anything.
Kimpton participates in IHG Business Edge, formerly the Kimpton Global Business Program, which caters to small and medium business owners.
After registering for the program, you’ll get perks like 10% off at Kimpton Hotels (and other IHG hotels) and IHG One Rewards Gold Elite Status for your employees after their first stay. In addition, you’ll be able to easily track your company’s spending with Kimpton and IHG through a personalized travel portal.
Kimpton is more than just hotels and restaurants. There’s a calendar of Kimpton events for you to enjoy whether you’re a hotel guest or not. Events can range from things like culinary demonstrations and wine dinners to live music and even a luau.
Click here for a current listing of Kimpton events in the U.S.
Kimpton Hotels participate in the IHG One Rewards program, so you can earn and use IHG One Rewards points at Kimpton Hotels.
You can earn IHG One Rewards points in a few ways, including staying at IHG properties, using the IHG dining program, or using a credit card that earns IHG points (or points that can be transferred to IHG).
Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to IHG at a 1:1 ratio. While this is great if you need to top off your account for a specific redemption, you’ll get more value out of your Ultimate Rewards points by transferring them to the Chase airline partners or even using them in the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Keep in mind that IHG Rewards points are valued at ~0.5 cents each while Ultimate Rewards points are valued at ~2 cents each.
Hot Tip: When it comes to redeeming your IHG One Rewards points at Kimpton hotels, you’ll find that award night prices will fluctuate dynamically depending on the cash price of the hotel, seasonality of the location, and other factors.
If you’re a frequent guest at IHG hotels, having an IHG-branded credit card could be a great way to earn points and get extra benefits and perks. Here’s a quick look at the 3 cards available:
Earn up to 17x when you stay at IHG hotels, 3x on monthly bills, at gas stations, and restaurants, and 2x on all other purchases.
If you’re someone who is looking to enhance your IHG stays by earning more points and benefits, without paying an annual fee, then the IHG One Rewards Traveler Credit Card might be the perfect fit for you.
In this guide, we will provide a detailed view of what the card can offer so you can decide if it makes sense to add to your wallet.
With the IHG Traveler card, you’ll get automatic Silver Elite status and have the ability to earn Gold Elite status when you spend $10,000 in a calendar year. This card has no annual fee but the benefits are a bit limited:
The perfect card for IHG fans, offering a free night every year, automatic Platinum Elite status, and your fourth night free on award stays.
If you regularly visit IHG hotels throughout the year, then the IHG One Rewards Premier Credit Card is probably a perfect card to have in your wallet.
The IHG Premier card offers a great bundle of perks and benefits, including automatic Platinum elite status, an annual free night certificate, and travel protections.
The IHG Premier card comes with some nice benefits that will appeal to IHG and Kimpton loyalists:
The new IHG Premier Business card is a great option for business owners who want IHG status since it comes with Platinum Elite status automatically. Some of the card’s other benefits include:
Hot Tip: While it’s great to be able to earn IHG elite status with your credit card, it’s not a great idea to spend $10,000 on the IHG Traveler card to do it. If you want IHG elite status through a credit card, you’ll be better off with the IHG Premier card or IHG Premier Business card.
Because Kimpton is part of IHG, your IHG One Rewards elite status will be recognized at Kimpton Hotels. Here’s a quick glance at the benefits of each level of IHG One Rewards elite status:
Silver Elite — 10 qualifying nights
Gold Elite — 20 qualifying nights or 40,000 qualifying points
Platinum Elite — 40 qualifying nights or 60,000 qualifying points
Diamond Elite — 70 qualifying nights or 120,000 qualifying points
Intercontinental Ambassador — a “status” that you can buy for $200 per year that comes with perks at Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts as well as IHG Platinum Elite status
Kimpton Inner Circle is the highest elite level available within IHG One Rewards. This invitation-only elite level doesn’t have published requirements, however, it does state you’ll already need to have Diamond Elite status and stay at Kimpton Hotels frequently. Invitations to Kimpton Inner Circle are sent in January each year.
In addition to any benefits you would get as an IHG One Rewards Elite, you’ll enjoy the following perks as a member of Kimpton Inner Circle:
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a boutique hotel brand within the IHG Hotels & Resorts family. Each unique location is thoughtfully designed to create a unique experience for guests.
Guests at Kimpton Hotels will enjoy unique amenities during every stay like a nightly social hour and complimentary bikes.
IHG Diamond Elite members who stay at Kimpton Hotels often can become Kimpton Inner Circle members, an invitation-only status that comes with even more benefits and perks.
Yes, Kimpton Hotels is part of IHG Hotels & Resorts and therefore you can earn and use IHG One Rewards points at Kimpton locations around the world.
The exact requirements of Kimpton Inner Circle are unpublished, but the brand does disclose that potential members need to have IHG Diamond Elite status and show loyalty to Kimpton Hotels. Invitations for membership are sent out each January.
Yes, all Kimpton Hotels are pet-friendly. You can bring any type of pet, regardless of size or breed, to stay with you at any Kimpton location, and there isn’t even a pet deposit required.
Kimpton Inner Circle is an invitation-only elite status that’s offered to Spire Elite members who stay at Kimpton Hotels often. Benefits of this status include unique welcome amenities, a free night at participating new hotels, Chef’s Taste, free high-speed internet, early check-in, late checkout, and a 1 category room upgrade.
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