Hotel Palomar Washington DC

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You can’t miss this hotel’s huge sign on the side of its building—you can see it from blocks away. The Palomar is the flagship Kimpton hotel in Washington, with 335 upscale rooms, a 24-hour gym, and meeting floors. Their theme—because every Kimpton hotel “tells a story”—is Art in Motion. This means there’s art in the two-story lobby, French Moderne decor, and every hotel worker is considered an artist—under each staff member’s real name on his or her name tag is the staffer’s “artist name,” from Quentin Tarantino to Jim Carrey.

Ask the fun, light-hearted staff about the complimentary wine hour from 5 to 6 pm and coffee receptions from 6 to 9 pm. In their sleek bar and lounge, Urbana, you can find food of a Western Mediterranean persuasion, a pizza bar, and a raw oyster bar. It also has a great happy hour, and its non-steakhouse vibe is prime for business dinners.

Insider tip: To find deals and promotions, consider joining the free Kimpton In Touch Guest Loyalty program, which gives members perks such as complimentary room wi-fi, breakfast, and mini-bar freebies, and which allows you to set preferences for all your stays at Kimpton hotels. It’s free to sign up here.

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