Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Chicago Schedules March Debut

Its newest hotel, Hotel Palomar Chicago, will open more than a month earlier than expected, on March 24, 2010, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced last week.

The art-themed hotel, which originally was set to open May 1 in Chicago's River North neighborhood, will have 261 guest rooms and 5,800 square feet of meeting space, including a 2,555-square-foot ballroom.

"The Hotel Palomar will introduce an original perspective on Chicago hospitality," General Manager Nabil Moubayed said in November, when the hotel announced its original May 1 opening. "The hotel conveys an inviting presence with a sophisticated yet imaginative experience that aims to invigorate everyone who walks through its doors."

Along with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, the hotel's planned amenities include pet-friendly guest rooms, a green roof and a rooftop indoor pool offering expansive city views of downtown Chicago.