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The Hotel Palomar Review - Elegance and Fun in the Heart of San Francisco

By Chase Masterson

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The Hotel Palomar in the heart of San Francisco


Location, location, location! And fun, fun, fun. Those words exemplify a stay at the Hotel Palomar in the heart of one of the romance capitals of the world, San Francisco.


San Francisco...the capital of romance!


This deluxe boutique hotel is situated at the hub of three of San Francisco’s most dynamic neighborhoods, including Union Square, South of Market, and the Financial District. The Kimpton hotel prides itself on its prime setting, which offers the most central view of the city for its visitors.


The Palomar overlooks a city of romance


Famed for its sophisticated and contemporary design, warm hospitality, award-winning restaurant, memorable service, and eco-friendly outlook, this boutique urban retreat has garnered the AAA Four Diamond Award.


Spacious glamour at the Palomar


Here’s a delightful example of the hotel’s playful touches, which invigorate every aspect of the guest experience, from ample amenities to effortless service: the 24-hour gym is complete with hula hoops, which Founder Bill Kimpton has made a part of hotel management training; lightheartedness is part of the very fabric of this unpretentious, yet elegant retreat.


The Palomar's lobby invites upscale visitors with urban chic


A stylish, easy romantic getaway with memorable moments is available with the packages that The Hotel Palomar San Francisco has created for a perfect escape.

Packages include:

A split of champagne personally selected by Master Sommelier Emily Wines to toast any occasion.

A Lover's Guide to the Kama Sutra for a little playfulness.

But even without purchasing a package, the Palomar guest’s experience can be tailored to every whim:

Feeling cozy? Visit the Fifth Floor Restaurant, which received rave reviews by the San Francisco Chronicle, and experience the award winning culinary artistry of Chef David Bazirgan. Voted Eater.com’s hottest chef in America, Chef Bazirgan presents a unique approach by using a classic French twist.

The Palomar's Culinary Star, Chef David Bazirgan: Voted Eater.com's Hottest Chef in America



Accompanying the excellent dishes is a reputable wine list, which received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator. Wine Director and Sommelier Amy Goldberger offers a wide selection of wine, including picks for the discriminating wine connoisseur, as well as quirky and fun picks that you won’t find in many other establishments.


Complimentary wine each evening at the Palomar brings another personal touch


Mixologists tempt with signature cocktails after a day's meetings or tour


Feeling energized? Do something good for your heart and join Palomar’s People in Motion city running tour program to round out your romantic experience.


Sneak away for vacation or business...


Feeling active? DBC City Bikes are available for complimentary day use and are a lovely way to get to the Ferry Building, just a ten-minute ride away.


Amenities around every corner:: Tour San Francisco from the Palomar's complimentary bikes!


Feeling the need to relax? Kimpton’s signature Mind.Body.Spa program features a complimentary yoga basket and On-Demand television channel devoted to yoga, meditation, and core strengthening.

Feeling a need to be pampered? Inquire about the menu of In-Room Spa services featuring Kerstin Florian® organic and environmentally-friendly body and skin care products to further enhance your stay.

Everywhere a visitor may look, we are surrounded by art, from the paintings in the lobbies to the fine art in the guest rooms, adding to the effect of each visitor’s unique experience.

Secluded on floors five through nine of the historic Pacific Place on 4th Street, the boutique urban retreat offers a variety of sophisticated guestrooms and suites. Cheryl Rowley Design of Los Angeles created the hotel’s chic look, which plays on a modern, French look with a pattern of simple geometric forms, which brings a vintage essence to its modernity. Peaceful elegance is the tone, brought about by exceptional service, artful hints and delicate accents.


Luxurious, chic guest rooms


The 195-room 4-star hotel features several distinctive guestroom styles, all of which feature lush down comforters and pillows, TV with on-demand movies and DVD player, luxury Etro bath amenities and two deluxe bathrobes.


Fun and style accentuate every detail


Dietary concerns? No problem!


In-room amenities include an iron and ironing board, hairdryer and magnifying makeup mirrors, and a desk with sufficient amount of workspace.


Meeting space for intimate or larger groups


The Palomar's signature comfort and style


Room options include:

King Deluxe/Double Deluxe, some with views of Palomar’s Zen garden.

Executive King, with lovely exterior views.

Luxury King, complete with a spacious bathroom with a Fuji soak tub, exterior views of San Francisco and an armchair for comfort.

Corner King, with relaxing seating areas and large windows presenting views of San Francisco’s famed Market Street.

Deluxe Suites, with a plush king-sized bed, parlor with sleeper sofa and an oversized bathroom with a Fuji soak tub.


Luxury and comfort with a view


But it’s the amenities that truly set the Palomar apart, which begin with Wi-Fi and wired high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, complimentary to Kimpton InTouch members. Each guest receives a complimentary morning newspaper, along with morning coffee and tea service in the Fifth Floor Lounge.

Beyond the standard, people-friendly amenities, the Palomar is a pet-friendly hotel, and pets stay free.

To please the palate, there is a hosted evening wine reception in the Fifth Floor Lounge, each evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Award-winning cuisine is available 24 hours through In-room dining service from Fifth Floor Restaurant.


Sleek business amenities


While built for comfort, the hotel is all business when it comes to state-of-the-art connectivity, with wireless Internet access and comprehensive multi-media and audio-visual support to make meetings and events hassle free. Professional travel is made easier by a 24-hour onsite business center, overnight shoeshine, laundry and dry cleaning services; valet, hourly and overnight parking are available.


Ample space in guest rooms and meeting rooms alike


The hotel is less than fourteen miles from San Francisco International Airport and approximately twenty miles from Oakland International Airport; it has convenient access to the Moscone Convention Center, SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Gardens & Center for the Arts, Sony Metreon, AT&T Park, Davies Symphony Hall, Candlestick Park, Cable Cars, Coit Tower, Alcatraz Island, Golden Great Bridge, Chinatown, Fishman’s Wharf, Haight Ashbury and the beautiful Ocean Beach.

Palomar is also in close proximity to a vast array of upscale designers, small boutiques, and department stores; San Francisco Centre, which includes a Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdales along with more than 170 other small boutiques, is located just around the corner. The Kimpton hotel is located just two blocks from San Francisco’s renowned Union Square with stores including Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.       

For work or for play, all you need is LOVE at the Palomar! And at every turn, this luxury boutique hotel serves it up in comfort, creativity and style.


Published on Feb 22, 2013

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