Palomar Hotel Philadelphia A different kind of Boutique Hotel

Opening on Thursday is the newest boutique hotel in Philadelphia, the serene, sophisticated Hotel Palomar by Kimpton designed by Dayna Lee, of Powerstrip Studio in Hollywood, California.The luxury hotel offers a stylish sanctuary within an exciting urban environment, where high-end, harmonious design, outstanding personalized service and exceptional amenities provide you with a level of comfort that redefines the boutique hotel experience. (from website)
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel, sets “art in motion” in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The first of its kind, our LEED registered luxury hotel in the heart of Center City Philadelphia is a testament to superior eco-friendly hotel design, personalized service and genuinely warm hospitality. The dining room where there will be nightly wine “Happy Hours” for guests.
The Living Room
Where guests can sit and relax Check-In
The elevator lobby on the first floor.
Throughout our boutique hotel, original artwork dynamically interacts with soft hues, luxurious custom furnishings and original architectural detailing.

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.Remember those mosaic tiled elevator murals that hung for 40 years in the elevators, plus weighed down the lifts often breaking for weeks. Well these are two of the newer murals.
They look like real rooms. (Back in August I wrote about the old mosaic city depicted murals that lined the walls of these elevators. All four of them were decorated with intricate mosaics of circa-30s Philly scenes: City Hall, Swann Fountain, the old skyline, the Ben Franklin Bridge. They were carefully removed and are intact and GUESS WHAT THE KIMPTON IS WILLING TO DONATE THEM TO A WORTHY ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD LIKE TO MAINTAIN THEM AND DISPLAY THEM. I had one bite, but as of last week probably because of the budget nothing has been done about it. I would love them to stay in Philadelphia. Can’t anyone step forward and save this piece of art?
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, and 37-inch LCD flat-screen HDTVs.
In addition to the guestrooms, the hotel also features 6,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 2,750-square-foot penthouse ballroom on the 25th floor, with sweeping views of the city skyline, which was full of staff training when I paid a visit. This is the King size room.
The Queen size room with two beds.
This is the view from the 8th floor Queen that I visited. This is looking south towards the stadiums. To the right would be Rittenhouse Square.

Shaking [and stirring] things up in the Center City cuisine scene is Square 1682, Kimpton’s first Philadelphia restaurant and bar. Named for the year that William Penn founded Pennsylvania.When you go see if you can figure out the relationship to the lighted stain glass on the first floor to the one on the 2nd floor

Armani suits are as fitting as blue jeans here, as long as you’re in the mood for a deliciously casual bite and an expertly mixed cocktail. This “Chalkboard” wall design can be changed if the mood strikes.Downstairs, in energetic bar scene with floor-to-ceiling wine display is backed by an exhibition kitchen on left. On the right are low tables and a banquette for easy conversations. I love the very energetic color scheme. Although you can’t see the curtains in this picture they are thin golden sheers which let light in, but not a lot of stares.
Nationally celebrated Chef Guillermo Tellez (Click here for great article in City Paper’s Meal Ticket) introduces a New American menu with world flavors, designed for sampling and sharing on your right shares the kitchen with Michael Franey, Sous Chef and your hostess hmmm

Adjacent to the 1682 are two “Meeting Rooms” or Private Dining & Special Events
A private Chef’s table for 10 plus the second floor dining room provides social and meeting planners special rooms for intimate gatherings. Larger corporate and personal gatherings have six elegantly appointed options available at the adjacent Hotel Palomar. All catering and menu planning is crafted in-house, and menus can be tailored to your affair. To book your next event, contact Jim Weber at or 215.563.5006. A few articles on Square 1682:
Michael Klein has a copy of the Menu
Grub Street Philadelphia