Philadelphia Welcomes First Kimpton Hotel

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced that the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, will open on Oct. 15 in the heart of the city's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is Kimpton's first venture in Philadelphia and the city's first boutique hotel. An adaptive reuse of an architecturally significant building, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is also Kimpton's first hotel designed to receive LEED certification. The Morristown, N.J., office of Gensler architects and designer Dayna Lee of Powerstrip Studio in Hollywood, Calif., refurbished the 80-year-old landmark structure.

Work began in February 2008 to transform the 1929 landmark building, the Architects Building, into the 230-room Hotel Palomar. The 24-story structure, one of the city's most striking examples of Art Deco architecture, is the former headquarters for the Philadelphia chapter of the AIA. The $92.5 million renovation is Kimpton's 11th adaptive reuse development.

Every Kimpton hotel tells a distinct story, and the story of the Hotel Palomar is "Art in Motion," embracing art in all of its many expressions, including visual, film, fashion, dance, and architecture. In addition to highlighting the building's Art Deco detailing, which is prominent both inside and out, the design is respectful of the discipline of architecture by recognizing and emphasizing the lines, weight and era of the building.

The original work of local artists is featured in the hotel's ground floor, living-room-style lobby. A palette of soft, neutral earth tones energized with bright pops of green and purple is employed throughout the hotel. The centerpiece of the living room is a sculpted modern deco white glass fireplace of recycled composite glass. A reflective, glass, folding screen is scribbled with a theoretical argument presented by two architects. Guests walk through installations of two-dimensional brass sculpture inlaid in the wood floors.

"In a city known for its firsts, Kimpton is pleased to be adding a first of our own," says Peggy Trott, general manager of the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. "With its thoughtful, LEED-registered renovation of one of Philadelphia's most significant Art Deco buildings, its original artwork from Philadelphia artists, and its custom furnishings, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia exemplifies artful design."

The 184 guestrooms, 19 spa rooms and 17 suites with Fuji spa tubs, are outfitted with custom furnishings, bedding by Frette, spa-inspired L'Occitane bath amenities, 37-in. LCD flat-screen HDTVs, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel and 24-hour room service.

In addition to the guestrooms, the hotel also features 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including the 2,750 sq.-ft. penthouse ballroom on the 25th floor, with sweeping views of the city skyline.

"We have named the meeting rooms in honor of the many skilled architects who have contributed to the outstanding architecture of this city," Trott explains. Rooms are named for architects Julian Abele, Daniel Burnham, Paul Philippe Cret, I.M. Pei, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Another gathering space is Square 1682, Kimpton's chef-driven restaurant and bar, located adjacent to the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia.

Source: Contract Magazine