Kimpton to Expand Palomar Brand

10th May 2005

Kimpton Hotels, a leading player in the boutique hotel segment, today announced plans to expand the popular San Francisco Hotel Palomar into a new brand with properties in Dallas, Texas and Arlington, Virginia, as well as other urban locations to be announced later this summer.

The Hotel Palomar expansion marks the first new sub-brand of Kimpton since its popular Hotel Monaco concept, which currently represents seven properties across the U.S. Unlike the Hotel Monaco, whose bold and eclectic properties are often located in architecturally significant or historic buildings, the new Hotel Palomars will exist in modern structures with subtle, artful settings. Additionally, the two most immediate properties will be mixed-use developments featuring residential, retail and hotel facilities.

The new Hotel Palomar properties, built for business and leisure travelers as well as specialty entertainment groups, will evoke the original design concept of timeless sophistication in architecture, style and design. The overall Palomar tone is modern, tailored and elegant with signature features that will reflect each hotel’s location and surrounding.

“Business and leisure travelers who stay at Hotel Palomar will experience French-inspired decor with a lively, playful and creative atmosphere in the heart of all the action,” said Joseph Long, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “Kimpton’s overall success, with room revenue increasing 17 percent year over year compared with a nine percent average for U.S. hotels, demonstrates proven success and strong demand for upscale boutique properties. We think Hotel Palomar will make a big splash with consumers.”

“As Kimpton continues to actively seek out new growth opportunities, the Hotel Palomar expansion will be one of our key drivers,” said Mike Depatie, CEO Real Estate Development Kimpton Holdings. “We see these two properties, and additional Palomar developments, as indicators of Kimpton’s future direction.”



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