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Review: Kimpton Palladian
One of the greatest benefits of being a Kimpton Inner Circle member is the fact that they give you a free night in all of their brand new hotels. While the night can only be redeemed within a several month period, I’ve found very good availability and have even planned trips around their use. The Palladian offer in Seattle expired May 31, 2015, and I had use for a stay in Seattle on May 30. Perfect. Along with receiving a free night, you also receiving a $50 food and beverage credit for the hotel’s restaurant.
After arriving into Seattle from my flight from Honolulu, I made my way to the center of the city using the railway, which is cheap and convenient, though it does take a bit of time. There’s a train stop about a block or so away from the hotel, so as far as accessibility, it’s in a great spot. Since I only spent a few hours at the hotel before departing early the next morning for Dallas and then onward to Washington DC, I didn’t really get to explore much of the area, though what I do know is that the hotel is within easy walking distance of most downtown attractions, including Pike Place Market, which is just steps away.
Since I was arriving after 10p, and the restaurant closed around that time, I thought I’d be out of luck using my food and beverage credit. I contacted the hotel telling them about my arrival off of a trans-pacific flight to see if there was anything they could do, and to my surprise they came through…big time. More on that in a bit.
Checking in, I was offered a nice one-bedroom suite as a complimentary upgrade, which is standard (though, not required), amongst Kimpton hotels. My room had a large entry area, where off to the left was a massive bathroom. It had a nice “old-school” feel to it, but with all the modern amenities. By most respects, this bathroom was about two times the size that you’d find in a normal hotel room.
Inside the suite, there was a small living area, complete with a couch, chair and cabinet, where you could find your standard mini bar and snacks, of which Kimpton members have $10 to use there, which is always generous.
In the bedroom, on the desk, is what blew me away. Kimpton had left me a club sandwich, salad, cookies, mojitos and more, knowing my late arrival. To make things even more surprising, they classified this as my “welcome amenity” and didn’t even charge my $50 food credit, which is just over the top. I can’t say most other brands would do this, but with Kimpton, I’m honestly not surprised. That’s what makes them so great.
The bed was rather comfortable, but with a bit of jet lag behind me, I didn’t get the amount of sleep I should have.
I found the service at this hotel to be top-notch, with the front desk agent that assisted me in both the evening and morning over-the-top helpful. While I didn’t get to try the restaurant and use my credit due to the timing of my flights, the menu looked rather good, and if its any indication based on the sandwich they left me, I’d say they do a pretty good job in the kitchen.
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