There’s just something about Beverly Hills that makes me smile. Maybe it’s the pretty people, maybe it’s the amazing food, and maybe it’s just the weather. In any case, after visiting the Hotel Palomar you’ll have even more reason to smile.
Typically loyal to Starwood, I had to find a backup for this trip when I found the SLS and W rates were astoundingly high. The Hotel Palomar LA is located in a residential part of Beverly Hills about 5 miles from Rodeo Drive and the heart of the city. The Palomar is a member of the Kimpton Family of hotels and the Kimpton In Touch Rewards program.
Upon arrival, the valet and bell hops were very welcoming and eager to whisk my luggage inside and park my car. Parking costs $35 a night – about average for valet and maybe even low for LA and it’s very convenient.
Instantly you notice the hotel’s pet-friendly philosophy with a bone-shaped water bowl and welcome sign for the four-legged guests. Not being a pet person myself, at a friend’s suggestion, I brought along a stuffed friend. He too was made to feel very welcome.
The lobby is dimly light and decorated with modern flare. There was plenty of chic seating and places to enjoy happy hour. During evening hours, the hotel lobby beckons guests with free wine for In Touch members, a great perk (if you drink.)
The front desk agents were friendly and check-in was quick. As an In Touch member (membership is free) I was offered my raid the mini-bar certificate (a certificate for up to $10 in mini-bar goodies) and free internet access (that might cost you up-to $15 at another hotel that only offers free internet for top level preferred guests).
I was “upgraded” to a room with a view on the corner of the hotel. The room was not large, but had ample space and did have a very nice view. The bathroom was stocked and included a Zebra Print Robe and luxe amenities in the shower. The room was dark but bold and modern – I could have taken home about 10 accessories that would have looked fabulous in my condo. The bed was comfy and there were plenty of soft pillows.
The restaurant in the hotel offered a great breakfast, though the service was incredibly slow every day. If you’re in a hurry, you’re best to tell your server and get your check right away. The servers had a tendency of disappearing for long stints at times.
I had the opportunity to order room service while I stayed at the Palomar. The food was delivered quickly with all the appropriate sides. I ordered fresh-brewed Iced Tea and I was delighted when they brought me two glasses for the price of one. I’ve never stayed at a hotel where room service brought an extra glass of anything without specifically requesting it. That really made a great impression and I haven’t forgotten that little touch.
Overall, I loved the Hotel Palomar and would absolutely stay again next time I’m in Beverly Hills. My stay made me remember that there’s more than the W in the world of trendy, chic hotels. I wish there were more Kimpton’s internationally, but there are many to choose from in the US. I would certainly stay at a Kimpton again based on this visit.