It may be April Fools’ Day but we’re not pulling your leg — it’s also Kimpton’s birthday. Yup, 34 years ago today our very first hotel opened in our hometown of San Francisco. It was 1981, the days of parachute pants and remorselessly teased hair, when neon spandex and Members Only jackets were accessories of choice, and music played on boom boxes the size of Buicks. And an investment banker named Bill Kimpton decided he’d shake up the hospitality biz by pioneering the boutique hotel concept in the U.S.
Bill’s spirit still truly inspires everything we do. Serving guests complimentary wine in the evening? Bill’s idea. Pet friendly? Bill’s beloved miniature collie, Chianti, was a frequent visitor at that first hotel, greeting guests and essentially becoming our inaugural Director of Pet Relations. Our newest restaurant, BDK, is even named for Bill. So we’re honoring the man and his legacy this year by adding even more touches of his personality at all our hotels today. It will be different from place to place — Bill did love individuality — but look for chocolate cigars (he loved a good stogie, too); Chianti, his favorite vino, at wine hour; or employees donning Bill’s trademark crewneck sweater and corduroys.
And we hope you’ll join us in sharing the love at #KimptonLove, where we’ll be posting and retweeting your thoughts on our birthday activities around the country. If you ever had a chance to meet Bill back in the day, we’d love to hear your stories in the comments below.
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