Free Wi-Fi for Kimpton In-Touch members (free to join)
Daily fee for Wi-Fi — unless you're a Kimpton In-Touch member (it's free to join)
Pricey valet parking
Small bathrooms with shower/tub combos
The 261-room Hotel Palomar is one of the best Kimpton hotels in the city, and the only one in River North, near the Magnificent Mile. Its lovely indoor pool with a sundeck and its free nightly wine hour are both highlights, and the big, stylish rooms are equipped with iPod docks, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and Etro bath toiletries. All in all, it's a great pick for the price.
A warm, stylish boutique within walking distance of both the Mag Mile and the Loop
The Palomar manages to feel both high-style and homey. In the lobby, shiny black-and-rust marble tiles, a front desk with cushioned tan sides and a lit-up yellow counter, and a long, skinny gas fireplace create an atmosphere that is inviting and a little retro. Lots of original art is displayed throughout the property; the hotel honors its neighborhood in arty River North (home to more than 100 art galleries — a higher concentration than anywhere besides New York City) with an "art in motion" theme.
The Palomar is one of several Kimpton properties in Chicago, and it strives to achieve the typical intimate Kimpton experience with a free nightly wine hour, plenty of kid-friendly amenities (kid-size robes, welcome gifts, and even "mocktails" during the wine reception), and a come one, come all attitude toward pets (there are no fees and no weight restrictions).
In vibrant River North, home to art galleries, boutiques and restaurants
Hotel Palomar is located in the bustling River North neighborhood, within walking distance of both the Magnificent Mile and The Loop. The area is home to numerous art galleries, dining options, shops and a vibrant nightlife, and boasts a mix of beautiful historic and contemporary architecture.
9-minute walk to the Loop
10-minute walk to the Theatre District
15-minute walk to the John Hancock Observatory
16-minute walk to the Chicago City Hall
18-minute walk to the Millennium Park
20-minute walk to the Art Institute of Chicago
14-minute subway ride to the Old Town
12-minute drive to Kenwood neighborhood
12-minute drive or 45-minute subway ride to the Museum of Science and Industry
16-minute drive or 20-minute subway ride to the Wrigley Field
Big, comfy rooms with high-end amenities, but bathrooms are small
The Palomar's comfortable rooms start at 325 square feet — large for the price — and are equipped with 37-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and contemporary decor in shades of red, blue and beige. Bathrooms are small, but at least they come with high-end Etro toiletries. Some feature deep soaking tubs with seperate rain showers.
Daily fee for Wi-Fi (but free for the Kimpton In-Touch members, which is free to join)
A smoke-free, pet-friendly Kimpton Hotel with an indoor rooftop pool and a 24-hour fitness center
Daily fee for Wi-Fi, but free for the Kimpton In-Touch members (free to join)
Indoor heated rooftop pool with a sundeck; poolside food and beverage service provided by the hotel’s restaurant
Hosted evening wine hour in the lobby daily
Large 24-hour fitness center with cardiovascular machines and yoga equipment; the hotel also offers weekly yogalates classes on the rooftop overlooking the river through Barre Bee Fit for a seperate fee.