Kimpton Firsts & Recent Highlights

Kimpton Firsts & Recent Highlights

January 2012 Named to FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, moving up to #16 on the list
October 2011 First hotel company to be 100% certified by Green Key's Eco-Rating Program.
January 2011 Named to FORTUNE's 2011 "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, placing 83rd on the list
December 2010 All Kimpton hotels Green Seal certified
September 2010 Launched "Life is Suite" blog, offering readers an insider's look at Kimpton
August 2010 Kimpton was named to the 2010 Honor Roll by Center for Companies That Care for its commitment to elevating the quality of life for employees and people in the broader community
June 2010 Kimpton hits a major milestone, with the opening of our 50th hotel and 50th restaurant
January 2010 Launched Wines That Care, a program offering wine hour pours hand-picked by wine director and master sommelier, Emily Wines for the producers' dedication to the earth and local communities

Established that at least 30 percent of wine lists at all Kimpton restaurants feature eco-friendly selections including organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines from small and large producers
November 2009 Palomar Philadelphia is the first LEED-certified Kimpton Hotel, and another in a long line of adaptive reuse projects.
October 2009 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants form a national partnership with The Nature Conservancy to support its Plant a Billion Trees campaign. The campaign will remove 10 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, reducing the impact of climate change on biodiversity and human communities, and restoring or preserving 30 million acres of Brazil's Atlantic Forest by 2015.
June 2009 Partnered with Natura® to reduce bottle usage and provide Kimpton Restaurant diners with in-house purified water

Announced national compliance with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, offering only sustainable seafood selections in Kimpton Restaurants
April 2009 Became first hotel company to make every meeting a green meeting with the introduction of 12 eco-friendly meeting standards
January 2009 Named to FORTUNE's 2009 "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, placing 95th on the list
July 2008 Became first and only hotelier to introduce organic and paraben-free spa products to In-Room Spa treatment program
May 2008 Kimpton launches I Am Kimpton, an interactive Web site, to feature the first-hand experiences of employees who work at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. This new site provides potential job candidates with an authentic perspective on Kimpton as an employer and connects Kimpton employees with one another.

Introduction of KimptonKids, a program with special services and amenities for families, at more than 40 hotels nationwide
April 2008 Kimpton launches "We Got Your Bag" promotion, making us the first hospitality company to offset increases in airline baggage fees.
January 2008 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is awarded the highest ranking in customer satisfaction by the Market Metrix Hospitality Index survey, the most in-depth measure of hospitality company performance available today. Our overall score of 90.6 percent in 2007 surpassed all hotel competitors ranging from economy to luxury brands.
December 2007 Kimpton hotels' green initiatives earn the 2007 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award from the California Environmental Protection Agency.
September 2007 Kimpton launches first hotel online desktop reservation application, called the Kimpton Reservator
August 2007 Kimpton named by USA Today as one of the top 25 "pivotal influences" in the hospitality industry over the last 25 years, jump-starting "...the move toward high style, personalized service and individual design..."
March 2006 Kimpton launches Signature Meetings, a program designed to enhance meetings with creative and personalized amenities, pioneering a new trend in event planning.
July 2005 Kimpton expands the Mind. Body. Spa. wellness program, which includes in-room yoga, Pilates, meditation and spa services. The first In-Room Spa brings guests a full line of spa treatments right in their rooms
April 2005 New partnership with the Trust For Public Land and Parks for People. The Trust For Public Land's program, More than a Dream, is an initiative designed to ensure that every person—especially every child—who lives in a city or suburb has access to parks, playgrounds, gardens and other natural places
March 2005 Kimpton introduces national EarthCare program, making ecological sustainability and social responsibility a top priority.
January 2005 Kimpton announces LGBT employee network (K-GLEN) to advise the company on personnel and community outreach efforts.
November 2004 Launch of Red Ribbon Campaign for National AIDS Fund. Company-wide HIV/AIDS employee training implemented to re-enforce Kimpton's commitment to raising awareness for the cause.

Partnership with Dress for Success, as part of its Women InTouch program; Kimpton Hotels supports Dress for Success on a national and local level.

Kimpton launches national brand campaign, focusing on the original idea that "Every Hotel Tells A Story." The Kimpton brand is based on five signature elements that support all of Kimpton's new programs and essentially all that Kimpton stands for: Care, Comfort, Style, Flavor and Fun.
October 2004 Kimpton is the first hotel company to receive a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index and has achieved 100% every year since
May 2004 Launched Women InTouch program that includes services and amenities created with women in mind, such as the "Forgot It? We've got it!" menu of travel essentials
January 2004 Launched LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) travel program
January 2003 Kimpton is the first hotel company to offer complimentary high speed Internet access in all rooms
January 2002 Kimpton launches Kimpton InTouch loyalty program based on customer preferences, not points or miles.
October 2001 Introduced animal print robes in all Kimpton hotel rooms
September 2001 Topaz Hotel-Washington D.C.—launches first specialty suites: Exercise and Energy Rooms, followed in 2001 by Hotel Rouge with its "Chill, Chat and Chow" rooms.
July 1999 Launched Boutique Hotels of the World, later repositioned as Boutique Lodging International, a referral site for over 400 independent worldwide boutique hotels
July 1998 Created an "incubator" startup facility at the Hotel Bedford, San Francisco
July 1997 Kimpton announces management of its first resort: Summit Lodge, in Whistler, BC - followed by a second in 2000 - Sky Hotel and Bar 39 Degrees, in Aspen, CO

Kimpton launches Guppy Love goldfish program in Seattle's Monaco Hotel; this is now a brand standard at all of our hotels
November 1995 Launched the first 100% "eco floor" at the Triton Hotel, San Francisco. Certified by California EPA as the model green hotel in California
July 1994 Yoko Ono takes John Lennon's art on tour and puts it on display at Alexis Hotel Seattle

Due to Kimpton's persistence, the descriptive term "Boutique Hotel" receives first public recognition as a travel "Accommodations" category by Kuoni Travel. Soon followed by: Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, Worldres, Worldspan, City Search, Quantas Holidays, Trailfinders Tours, North American Tour Company, CTN Consortium, Bonotel Travel, Resorts and Great Hotels, and Luxury Travel Expo
July 1994 - 1996 Sultan of Brunei buys and renovates a floor at Alexis Hotel for World Economic Summit in 1996
September 1993 Prescott Hotel offers in room rowing or bike machines for guests
March 1993 First hotel company to place laptop computers (Microsoft) in our Vintage Court Hotel guest rooms in Seattle for complimentary guest usage
July 1992 Introduced a brand-wide pet-friendly program

Basketball's Dream Team trains and headquarters at Vintage Plaza Hotel for Pan American Games.
April 1992 Hotel Vintage Plaza, Portland, OR, launches first citywide "Grape Stomp" in Pioneer Square
November 1991 Expanded beyond San Francisco with the Vintage Plaza Hotel and Pazzo Ristorante in Portland, OR

Triton creates first Celebrity Suite: Dr. Winkie, followed by Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana, Wyland, and Joe Boxer.
July 1991 First historic adaptive reuse/renovation by Kimpton. San Francisco Embarcadero YMCA becomes Harbor Court Hotel.
May 1990 First Kimpton construction that is new from ground up: Tuscan Inn in San Francisco
April 1989 Kimpton brings on celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, at the Prescott Hotel and Postrio Restaurant
September 1986 The concept of exhibition cooking started in San Francisco at Kimpton's Kuleto's Restaurant
September 1984 Kimpton preserves rooftop park in San Franciso on building adjacent to Galleria Park Hotel
May 1983 First Kimpton boutique hotel with a theme: Hotel Vintage Court establishes wine-related focus

First Kimpton star chef: Masa Kobiyashi shines at Masa's in the Hotel Vintage Court
April 1981 Bill Kimpton hosts Complimentary Wine Hour for all guests every day at the Bedford Hotel, San Francisco

First fully-stocked Honor Bars at the Bedford Hotel, San Francisco

First hotel to call its lobby "The Living Room."

Kimpton introduces the concept of aligning a boutique hotel with an adjacent chef-inspired restaurant and begins to take the idea brand-wide