The Hotel Palomar-Keeping it Local in Philly
While I’m pretty good at sussing out a comfortable, clean spot, it can be difficult to know how local the hotel will be until you arrive. Using artwork and and furniture made by area residents definately gets bonus points. Can you guess if I had a smile on my face when we checked in and saw Benjamin Franklin peering over our shoulder?
The story for Hotel Palomar is Art in Motion and this is evident right from the start with this sculpture from a local artist hanging in the lobby.
The room was luxurious and full of details I’ve come to recognize when staying at a Kimpton property, and who doesn’t love a faux tiger robe hanging in their closet? The public space was filled with accents that connected it with the history the city of Philadepphia is known for.
It was hip and chic at the same time without being over the top, and a sense of humor was evident in more than one spot in the building.
This is the elevator’s interior. They all had a different theme.
How lovely after a day of walking the streets to come back to a wine hour and relax in front of the fireplace before getting ready for dinner.
Having an adjacent restaurant that features small makers and produce from the area is another way to make a connection. Square 1682 does just that with their menu. What luck to be there during restaurant week, here was an opportunity to try several courses during lunchtime. High marks all around. The bar was voted #1 Hotel Bar by USA Today.
Localizing a hotel by featuring artwork that is familiar and related to the history and culture of a destination is one way for hotels to differentiate themselves and make guests feel right at home. Combining that with a eco-friendly practices and a restaurant that features a local and seasonal menu makes Hotel Palomar a winner in my book, and a place I’d love to call home for a few nights again.
And if you’re so inclined, they have bikes available for their guests!