Hotel Review: Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar on San Francisco’s Market Street

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We didn’t catch his name. He was one of the few guests we saw as we passed through the Hotel Palomar (see reviews) lobby who wasn’t smiling. He was much shorter than me and had a wrinkled old man look. I think he was enjoying his stay, but it is so difficult to tell with a bulldog.

Suite 812 - Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Suite 812 – Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

The Kimpton Hotels are well known as pet friendly hotels and the Hotel Palomar in downtown San Francisco is no exception. This came as a surprise to us the first time we booked a room at a Kimpton (in Chicago). We did not bring our niece’s dog Addie on this trip. In part because Addie has a habit of peeing when she gets excited and there is much about the Palomar that might have prompted that reaction. We didn’t even borrow a goldfish for our stay, but you can from the front desk.

Golden Gate Suite - Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Golden Gate Suite – Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

The Palomar is one of 9 Kimpton Hotels in San Francisco, each with its own personality. We had been invited to stay in the Palomar for a free night as they wanted to get the word out on their new Golden Gate suite which they created to honor the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge. We didn’t stay in that suite which is room 512 but 3 floors up in another corner room suite. I did love the door to the Golden Gate Bridge suite which is made to look like a toll booth.

Apple Store view from Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Apple Store view from Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

Our corner perch with its round bay window emphasizes one of the best aspects of the Hotel Palomar which is its location. Located at the corner of 4th and Market Street the Palomar is halfway between the shopping and theaters of Union Square and the Moscone Convention Center. It starts on floor 5 in the same historic building as Old Navy next to the high end Westfield Shopping Mall.

Fitness Center - Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Fitness Center – Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

You can borrow one of twelve free bikes to explore the city (first come first serve) although I think I was more comfortable on my own two feet. We walked through Chinatown to one of our favorite restaurants in North Beach in about 20 minutes. The AT&T ballpark is about a 30 minute walk in the other direction. If you do borrow one of those bikes, ride up Market Street north and east towards the Embarcadero. From there you can turn left and ride to Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf or Ghirardelli Square and avoid all the hills.

view from Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

view from Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

I enjoyed looking down on the tourist buses with the out of town guests bundled up for Winter in a San Francisco Summer. The highs in San Francisco average around 67-68 in June through August with morning and evening fog being common. Our warmest days are in September where the highs creep up to 70 on average. Our coldest months are December and January where the highs get to 57 on average but we get more rain. Despite the morning fog, it doesn’t really rain in San Francisco in the Summer. The average rainfall for June-August is a total of .22 inches.

Market Street view from Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Market Street view from Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar – San Francisco California

With as busy as Market Street is I was surprised that the room was actually pretty quiet. Except for a couple fire trucks we really didn’t notice the street noise. I was not sure if there was a reason they gave me a room with a view of the Apple Store, but think what a perfect place this would be to stay instead of camping out on the street before the next big Apple product launch.

Suite 812 - Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Suite 812 – Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

Parking is expensive in downtown San Francisco. It is $45 a night at the Palomar. If you can, don’t bring your car at all as San Francisco is a great city for public transportation and the Palomar is a little over a mile from the Caltrain station and across the street from a BART station.

Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

Like other Kimpton Hotels the Palomar has an afternoon wine reception. We stayed on a Friday night and arrived too late but they gave us drink coupons for the bar to have our own personal wine reception and a free taste from the kitchen. The bar and restaurant on the 5th floor is imaginatively named the “5th floor”. You can also read your newspaper in the adjacent lounge as you enjoy your morning coffee or tea, all complementary. I don’t read the morning paper much anymore but I did enjoy the free Wi-Fi (to Kimpton InTouch members which is free to join) to sit and catch up on my news in a more modern electronic fashion.

Bathrobes - Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Bathrobes – Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

I love what Kimpton is doing. Each hotel has its own personality and the Hotel Palomar (see reviews) is no exception. It is a great boutique hotel chain and I enjoy staying there even on my own dime… but if they need me to review the other 8 hotels in San Francsico I think I am up to the challenge.

Suite 812 - Kimpton's Hotel Palomar - San Francisco California

Suite 812 – Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar

 

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

2 Responses to “Hotel Review: Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar on San Francisco’s Market Street”

Georgia Cross

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Thanks for the review and the tip about the bike ride. I’ll be traveling to SF in August and staying in Hotel Polomar, where I plan to borrow a goldfish for my stay. They have some great tips on their website of places nearby to visit. I’m basing all my plans on what’s nearby. Seems like everything is so close it will be a breeze to stay there (even on a budget!) I think I’m going to like it!

chris2x

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Glad I could help

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