Kimpton announces the first ever in-room yoga program offered by a hotel company. Guests traveling on the road can now say goodbye to stress and stretch their way to serenity with the new “Strike A Pose” program at Kimpton Hotels. Yoga instruction is made easy and accessible to guests through the Yoga Channel offered on in-room television sets free of charge. A complimentary basket filled with essential yoga equipment, including a yoga mat, block and strap is available to guests during their stay. To obtain the basket, guests can request in-room delivery via the hotel operator.
“Yoga is a popular trend and is practiced by many as a way to combine athleticism with spirituality,” said Tom LaTour, Kimpton`s chairman and CEO. “By offering in-room yoga, Kimpton recognizes the importance of helping guests to maintain various aspects of their lifestyle while on the road. Kimpton has become a leader in lifestyle accommodations.”
Kimpton has partnered with Yoga Site Inc. for the “Strike a Pose” program. Yoga Site Inc. supplies the yoga mats, blocks and straps, plus the Yoga Now instructional CD available for purchase in the honor bar for guests who wish to take their yoga experience home. The yoga programming that plays continuously on Kimpton`s Yoga Channel features The All Day Yoga Workout with yoga instructors Rodney Yee in “A.M. Yoga for Beginners,” Suzanne Deason in “Stress Relief Yoga for Beginners” and Patricia Walden in “P.M. Yoga for Beginners.” Kimpton is the only hotel collection with a Yoga Channel.
“We are partnering with Yoga Site because they are known for their focus on wellness,” said Steve Pinetti, Kimpton`s vice president of sales and marketing. “Whether on a business trip or enjoying a personal getaway, the “Strike A Pose” program is just one of the ways Kimpton provides guests with a sense of health and harmony while away from home.”
Yoga Site (www.yogasite.com) is a popular yoga website offering free information on the practice of yoga, a teacher directory and yoga events calendar, plus yoga props and other products.
“Kimpton is always looking for ways to further our relationship with our guests,” said Pinetti. “Our yoga program is yet another first - such as our goldfish program, special amenities for pets, complimentary wine hour and tall rooms.”
Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of stylish boutique hotels that are coupled with fine chef-driven restaurants. Founded in 1981, the company currently operates 38 hotels and 39 restaurants across the United States and Canada. Kimpton`s combination of boutique-style, four-star service and an adjacent destination restaurant has proven a great success. These popular pairings include the fashionable Hotel Monaco Seattle with Sazerac restaurant, the historic Hotel Burnham in Chicago with Atwood Cafe and the sophisticated, chic Hotel Palomar with the award-winning Fifth Floor restaurant in San Francisco. The company recently opened the Topaz Hotel, the Hotel Rouge, the Hotel Madera, the Hotel Monaco and Hotel Helix in Washington DC; the Sky Hotel in Aspen; the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, Calif; the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mass.; and the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco at Fisherman`s Wharf. The Onyx Hotel in Boston will open in the winter of 2004 and a Kimpton-style hotel will open in New York City in the summer of 2004. www.kimptongroup.com