10 Reasons to Keep Kimpton in Your 2020 Travel Resolutions

Room Light Kimpton Schofield Cleveland

If your travels have not yet taken you to a Kimpton boutique hotel, make this the year you give yourself the gift of the experience. Part of IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), Kimpton Hotels offer an intimate, uniquely styled lodging encounter, while offering benefits through the IHG Rewards Club. With 70 properties in 43 cities, all over the world, you should be able to find one near your chosen destination.

Here are some reasons to put a Kimpton visit at the top of your list:

Service – First and foremost, from the moment you step into the lobby, you are treated as a special guest. Checking in is always a breeze and the personal touches you will find in your room are bound to make you feel appreciated. During a recent stay at Oregon’s Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland, a hand-written note was on the dresser stating, “Welcome. I checked and there are no monsters in your closet!” Phew, that took care of one concern!

Kimpton Wine Hour

Wine Hour – Every day at 5 p.m., guests gather in the lobby, to enjoy a glass or two, at Kimpton’s complimentary Wine Hour. Local wines are promoted as well as craft brews, bites and, sometimes, musical talent. It’s a special time to meet fellow travelers or just huddle in a corner and relax. Millions of glasses of wine are poured each year at all of their hotels.

Pet Welcome at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

Pets – “If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.” That’s been the Kimpton philosophy since its inception in 1981. With no extra charge or deposit required, there is no size, weight limit, nor max on number of pets allowed. They are also welcome at Wine Hour to socialize with other furry friends that might be visiting. Several properties employ the use of a Director of Pet Relations to greet your furry friend at the door.

This guy stares at you while in the bathroom!Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland

Décor/Style –Kimpton interiors are always funky and fun, but not at the expense of comfort or a welcoming ambience. Bold color and whimsical patterns are used in both private rooms and public spaces. Make sure you slow down and take it all in or you’ll miss that lamp with the duck legs, or the funky wallpaper in the bathroom. Each Kimpton has its own collection of important art, much of it from local artists of the region. For instance, the Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland carries a wine art theme throughout, even on the elevator doors.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

Dining – Each Kimpton location offers a local restaurant featuring regional, seasonal and sustainable culinary options, whether you just want a drink and a snack or a full meal for the family. Each dining milieu is as unique as the city in which it is located, and features food and drink immersed in that city’s culture.

Il Solito Restaurant Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland

Amenities – Kimpton’s bath amenities include the Atelier Bloem line of soaps, lotions and hair care products. With scents like Kadota Fig, Mandarin & Citrus, Geranium and Oolong Tea, you’ll be wishing you could enjoy the experience all year long. All are available online for purchase so if you get hooked on a particular scent, you can enjoy at home.

Kimpton Hotels Atelier Bloem Amenities (Photo courtesy of Kimpton Hotels)

Multi-generational – While traveling with the grandkids, don’t make the mistake of staying in a boring hotel, decorated in early nursing home. The minute the kids walk into a Kimpton, their eyes will wander from their electronics and curiosity will take over. You’ll be the cool grandparents on the block when they find a special gift on the bed and check out the closet for kid-sized, animal print bath robes (and no monsters).

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland Lobby

Off the Record – Several times a year, a Kimpton location will host a local entertainer or band in concert, as part of their Off the Record Music Series. Seven concerts were scheduled in 2019 and the 2020 lineup is about to be announced. Cuts from these concerts are also available on the Kimpton website along with the opportunity to subscribe to Vinyl Me, Please, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Trevor Project.

The Sisterhood Band (Photo courtesy of Kimpton Hotels)

Last Minute Deals – Look for the Last Minute Deals link on the Kimpton website if you are the spontaneous type who prefers not to plan ahead. Sometimes we just need to drop everything and get away from the stress of everyday life and Kimpton is the way to go. These reduced rates are offered to IHG Rewards Club Members and are good for seven days.

Hotel Monaco Portland

Stay Human Project – In 20 participating properties, Kimpton has launched a social experiment with the purpose of forming deeper human connections among its guests. Examples vary from leaving a message, confession or inspiration on a wall for the next guest, to signing a guestbook with suggestions for interesting neighborhood food or drink spots, to using a typewriter in the room to describe how you engaged in human experiences in the local area. Usually one room in the property is designated as part of the Stay Human Project, so make sure to ask about Room 301.

Kimpton Hotels Stay Human Project (Photo courtesy of Kimpton Hotels)

On several occasions, the Kimpton brand hotels have hosted our stay, but the opinions stated above are my own…just love the brand!

Kimpton Schofield Hotel Cleveland

Awash with memories, this one’s about a special lady

My latest on hypeorlando is about the fantastic Harriett Lake. Settling into our new (old) neighborhood is bringing back a bunch of memories. The memory narrative I refer to is well worth a read, especially if you’ve lived in the area as long as I have.

Photo courtesy Orlando Sentinel

America’s Tiniest State Packs an Historical Punch

Providence River

After a recent conference in Manchester, NH, Charlie and I explored Rhode Island, staying in Providence. You can read a more wordy version in TravelPulse – this is more of a pictorial. We were hosted by the Omni Providence Hotel, a gorgeous and convenient place to stay within walking distance of everything the city has to offer. GoProvidence provided lots of input in terms of what to see in the city including a day trip to Newport.

Love the murals throughout the city

Cool views from the Omni

Omni Providence Hotel

One of our favorite places in town was Federal Hill, Providence’s version of Little Italy. There are tons of stories about this place, sometimes called the “Tri-Guido” area. The food is phenomenal.

Even the lines in the road are Italian

Entrance to Federal Hill, the Little Italy of Providence

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes at Caffe Dolce Vita

Caffe Dolce Vita

Newport is only a 45 minute drive and is worth spending an afternoon, just to see the amazing mansions that serve as summer homes to the rich. Many are open for tours.

Newport statuary

Just a gate house

Would you need any more fireplaces?

Back to Providence…we enjoyed a tour boat ride through the center of town with Providence River Boat Company. Our captain gave us an excellent overview of the history of the city and pointed out info that only a native would know.

Flood levels over the years from the Providence River

Flood gates put in place after recent floods

We wish we had more time in the state as there are over 400 miles of coastline, even though it is only 48 miles north to south by 37 miles east to west.

Loved the architecture

If a New England trip is planned, make sure you include Rhode Island…it has a personality of its own and the food is fabulous!

A tour of Quantum Leap Winery…the only one in town!

Further exploring Quantum Leap Winery, Orlando’s (not so well-kept) secret… Forever Young but Growing Old.

Our town might be growing in breweries but there is still only one winery in the city. Located on 1312 Wilfred Drive, in the Mills/50 District, it’s not far from the Track Shack. A great place to taste a vast collection or pick up the perfect gift. Now with extended hours open to the public, it’s easier to do just that. Enjoy!

Pull off Orlando’s Main Roads for These Fun Spots

Craft beer, independent winery, fried green tomatoes and camellias…Orlando has it all but you have to find them! Check out my latest post in TravelPulse about these hidden treasures.