Founded in 1981, the Kimpton brand quickly became one of the largest boutique hotel chains in the United States.
Inspired by the artistic flair of small European hotels, founder Bill Kimpton was an early adopter of a locally focused hotel experience, creating a brand known for its eclectic style tied to the culture and vibe of the surrounding neighborhood.
Today, there are Kimpton properties in 52 cities across the world, with over 20 new properties slated to debut over the coming years.
When IHG acquired the Kimpton brand in 2014, the hotel’s portfolio grew in value, too. IHG loyalists were finally able to earn and redeem points for boutique hotel stays, which had been historically a tricky proposition, not only within IHG but with any of the major hotel points programs.
With so many appealing hotels to pick from in some of TPG’s top travel destinations, choosing favorites is never easy. But, from Asheville, North Carolina, to London, England, here are some of TPG’s most loved Kimpton Hotels.
Kimpton Fitzroy London
Bloomsbury, London, England, United Kingdom
Located in the leafy, residential enclave of Bloomsbury, home to the British Museum and multiple universities, the Kimpton Fitzroy London is widely considered to be one of London’s finest hotels — and something of a local institution.
From the jaw-dropping marble lobby filled with life-size statues of British monarchs to the impeccable service from the gracious staff, this century-old property is steeped in history and tradition.
Architect Charles Fitzroy Doll is said to have used the property’s dining room as inspiration for another of his famous design projects, the ill-fated Titanic’s first-class dining room.
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The 334 accommodations range from standard guest rooms to specialty suites and pay homage to the hotel’s glamorous 1920s heyday without sacrificing modern amenities. Expect a soothing neutral color scheme and elegant styling with occasional dashes of British whimsy (pillows detailing “Lucky George,” the hotel’s so-called resident dragon, for instance), a Nespresso coffee machine, luxurious Azzi Glasser toiletries, rainfall showers and heated bathroom floors.
Make time for a delightful afternoon tea in the Palm Court, and for a perfect preamble to a night on the tiles, slink into a velour sofa at Fitz’s and order a Burnt Ice cocktail.
Rates at the Kimpton Fitzroy London start at $261 or 55,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Best for: Bringing your dog along to explore this city and its surroundings without sacrificing luxury.
Why stay here: For a heart-of-town location with Spanish Colonial-inspired rooms, friendly service and a sweet little rooftop pool, not to mention Kimpton hallmarks like nightly wine hour.
The 97-key Kimpton Canary Hotel is in downtown Santa Barbara, a 6-minute drive from West Beach. Recently renovated, the property’s charming Mediterranean design runs through the public spaces with original terra cotta floors, exposed wooden beams, wrought-iron fittings and brass fixtures.
Up in the guest rooms (which start at 300 square feet), the Spanish theme continues with luxe touches, including romantic four-poster canopy beds dressed with Italian linens, dark wood floors, and beautifully tiled bathrooms with Atelier Bloem bath amenities. Yogis will also appreciate Kimpton’s complimentary yoga mat for practicing their sun salutations.
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Besides the prime location, thoughtful amenities and warm design, the Kimpton Canary’s main calling card is its rooftop pool — the only one in the city. The hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant, Finch & Fork, is also a relaxed spot for dinner after spending a day out on the Urban Wine Trail.
While there is no spa directly on the property, the hotel partners with Float Luxury Spa, which offers experiences ranging from massages to a multitude of body treatments.
Rates at the Kimpton Canary Hotel start at $360 or 60,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Kimpton St Honoré Paris
Second Arrondissement, Paris, France
Located in the central Second Arrondissement, Kimpton’s flagship Paris property, the St Honoré, is the definition of chic. A francophile’s dream, the 149 guest rooms range between 200 and 300 square feet (typical dimensions in this neighborhood) and are designed to resemble stylish Parisian apartments, with high ceilings, hardwood floors, art deco accents, plush cream-colored drapes, and a soothing white and beige color palette with pops of pink and red.
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After a day exploring the city, unwind at the on-site spa, which offers custom massages and treatments that incorporate products from French skincare brand Codage. The spa also has a small indoor heated pool and sauna, and there’s a fitness center with treadmills, ellipticals and free weights.
Guests can also make use of complimentary bespoke Infine Cycles bicycles to explore the neighborhood. Kimpton brand devotees will be pleased to know that its customary drinks reception and social hour is hosted in the lobby daily.
Don’t miss a ride in the wrought-iron elevator up to the California-inspired Sequoia Rooftop bar, where you can enjoy 360-degree views of the City of Light while sipping on a glass of rose.
Rates at the Kimpton St Honoré Paris start at $509 or 74,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach
South Beach, Miami, USA
There are a few things that aren’t negotiable if you want to be considered one of the best hotels in Miami: a rooftop pool, beach access and an effortless mix of relaxation and upbeat vibes. Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach checks off all three in a setting fit for everything from a quick weekend getaway to a posh stay with a side of soaking up the rays.
Redesigned in 2019 with a Mediterranean inspiration, this South Beach hideaway has a plethora of amenities that give any stay a glow-up. The rooftop pool and bar area is strictly adults-only, and venues like Minnow Bar and Seawell Fish N’ Oyster feature locally sourced seafood and refreshing cocktails.
If you want to step things up for a truly memorable stay, there are a few private villas and bungalows that come with secluded rooftop terraces or private outdoor hot tubs. You don’t have to worry about missing out on cardio while here, as the hotel offers guests complimentary bicycles to pedal around the beach. You’ll even find yoga mats in every guest room and suite for morning or sundown stretching.
Not ready to check out? We love how the hotel offers complimentary 2 p.m. late checkout to anyone who is a member of the IHG One Rewards program.
Rates at the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach start at $130 or 28,500 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Do being the first and being the best go hand in hand? The Kimpton De Witt Hotel certainly has a strong case. The hotel was Kimpton’s first foray into the European boutique hotel market after opening its doors in 2017.
This 274-room hotel in Amsterdam’s City Centre manages to feel like a more intimate boutique hotel thanks to its attention to detail and amenities like Frette bathrobes, an evening wine reception and blue-and-white-tiled bathrooms with rainfall shower heads. Don’t forget to say hello to Max, the hotel’s adorable four-legged director of pets, but be careful if you’re carrying food: He’s a fan of cheese and always welcomes a shared nibble with guests!
With minimalist modern decor throughout the hotel, including tiles inspired by Dutch florals and brass finishings, there’s a refined elegance and sophistication that pervades the public spaces.
When checking in, you really can’t miss the neon-lit Super Lyan cocktail bar, which is a concept by noted nightlife maven Ryan Chetiyawardana. For those looking for a more laid-back night out, Celia, the hotel’s California-inspired restaurant, is an inviting space with special events like Margarita Monday and Taco Tuesday.
Rates at the Kimpton De Witt Hotel start at $300 or 59,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Best for: Families, thanks to a kids club with lots of programming, an action-packed water park and special family suites complete with bunk beds.
Why stay here: The cuisine is farm-to-table at all three of the resort’s restaurants — and kids younger than 5 eat for free.
The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa was Kimpton’s first true Caribbean resort property, and it remains one of our favorites in the entire brand portfolio thanks to its personalized service and postcard-worthy beachfront location. Complete with two pools, a host of restaurants and the Spa at Seafire, there is a wide array of ways to unwind and relax during your stay.
From the minute they step on the property, guests are enveloped in tranquil blue Caribbean waters. If the warm weather and beckoning sea aren’t inviting enough, your guest room or suite will surely do the trick. Every accommodation has its own private balcony, and almost all come with a beachfront view. With all it has to offer, the Kimpton Seafire is ideal for anything from family vacations to romantic honeymoons or solo spa trips.
For those looking for the ultimate decadence, some suites are far larger than the average home: The more-than-4,200-square-foot 2-Bedroom Presidential Suite Oceanfront comes with a private wraparound balcony and an outdoor kitchen to dine alfresco from your top-of-the-hotel perch.
Downstairs, combine a love of books with a love of a great cocktail at Library by the Sea. We especially appreciate the Agatha Christie-inspired, Champagne-based Murder in the Afternoon, a sultry sip fit for the Orient Express (just hold the murder, please). Coccoloba is the hub of beachfront dining with plenty of delicacies to dabble in after splashing in the waves: chips and salsa, ceviche and a healthy lineup of tacos (the charred octopus ones are scrumptious) amid a wide range of Mexican street food.
Avecita is the hotel’s formal Spanish tapas-style restaurant and is great for date night with dishes like grilled branzino and crab claws.
Rates at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa start at $522 or 70,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Kimpton Margot Sydney
The only Kimpton Down Under, and a rather new one to boot, the Kimpton Margot Sydney takes up space in a 1939 art deco building that used to be the Sydney Water Head Office in the Central Business District (often referred to as the CBD).
There’s lot to enjoy at this CBD Kimpton, like a stunning lobby full of seating vignettes and soaring columns, and an eclectic mix of art, knickknacks, patterns and designs.
One major highlight is the hotel’s food and beverage scene, which is especially exciting due to the presence of Luke’s Kitchen from celebrated Australian chef Luke Mangan. Throw in a chic art deco lobby bar and a rooftop pool bar, and it’s guaranteed you won’t go hungry or thirsty.
In the rooms, guests will find large accommodations with high ceilings, big windows, touchscreen buttons to control the lights, USB chargers, Nespresso machines and minibars stocked with Australian favorites. And though this hotel might not be near the waters of Bondi Beach, a quick trip from the guest room to the rooftop pool is surely the next best thing.
Rates at the Kimpton Margot Sydney start at $190 or 32,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Kimpton Hotel Arras
Asheville, North Carolina, USA
In bohemian, craft-beer-loving Asheville, no hotel stands taller, literally, than the Kimpton Hotel Arras, which happens to be the highest building in town and all of Western North Carolina. It’s also one of the city’s most popular hotels thanks to gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a downtown location near great restaurants, bars, breweries and shopping, not to mention its own North Carolina-infused Mediterranean restaurant, Bargello.
In the rooms, guests will find art from local artist Catherine Murphy, floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light, large desks and Kimpton’s signature yoga mats. In the accommodations and throughout the hotel, more local artworks abound, and the reception desk can even provide a detailed brochure about all of the pieces.
After an art crawl through the property, be sure to stop by District 42 for a craft cocktail like the Sage of 6 Paths ($18) that’s made up of sage-infused Altos Reposado, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Licor 43, lime juice, simple syrup and egg whites, plus a hearth-fired pizza to round it out.
Rates at the Kimpton Hotel Arras start at $275 or 42,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Kimpton Hotel Eventi
Chelsea, New York City, New York, USA
With a handful of Kimpton hotels in New York City, it’s tricky to know which one to pick, but our top choice is the Kimpton Hotel Eventi in Chelsea, near major attractions like the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. Its central location also makes it a breeze to get across the city.
Inside the hotel, which takes up an entire city block, guests will find calming neutral colors and inviting velvet furniture, which is only enhanced by the natural sunlight pouring in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, in addition to a small fitness center, bikes to explore the city and a daily happy hour in the lobby.
Dining is an event at Eventi thanks to a slew of bars and restaurants, including the all-new steakhouse Skirt Steak, an Italian restaurant from Laurent Tourondel and American food with international influences at The Vine. Combine that with all the dining options that make up New York City and, no matter what you eat, your head will hit the pillow with a full stomach.
Rates at Kimpton Hotel Eventi start at $206 or 40,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Housed in a magnificent Victorian-era building in the heart of Manchester, this welcoming Kimpton retains a down-to-earth vibe despite its imposing public spaces.
The property’s thoughtfully designed rooms and ornate spaces stay true to Manchester’s industrial roots while reflecting the city’s two-decade-long evolution from gritty industrial center into a cutting-edge hub of art, culture and music.
The 281 loft-style guest rooms (including 11 suites) channel a warehouse-chic aesthetic and are stylishly appointed with soaring ceilings, cushy headboards, embroidered throw pillows, exposed tiles and gleaming bathrooms with white subway-style tiles and deep soaking tubs.
There’s a surfeit of excellent bars a short walk away on Canal Street, as well as myriad dining options nearby, but the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel’s on-site restaurant and bar, Refuge, is one of the best in town, serving a crowd-pleasing menu of light bites and entrees that take inspiration from the culinary heritage of Manchester’s multicultural denizens.
Amenities include a fitness center equipped with a range of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, a yoga mat in every guest room, complimentary bikes to explore the city and, best of all, a new tailor-made Music Concierge service: Guests choose their own soundtrack in advance of their stay, and a record player and selection of vinyl will be delivered to their room on arrival.
Rates at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel start at $196 or 36,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.