Our History
1981. The Clarion Bedford Hotel opened in San Francisco. The first in a long line of boutique hotels.
Acclaimed chef-driven restaurants added to the flavor of this unique collection, securing Kimpton's reputation as the hospitality innovator.
Trendsetting services and amenities were next. This forward-thinking tradition has become the company's trademark.
Kimpton became first hotel company to feature complimentary wine hour for all guests every day.
1983. Introduced first "themed" boutique hotel with the Hotel Vintage Court in San Francisco featuring a wine theme.
1989. Launched Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck at Postrio Restaurant, San Francisco.
1991. First adaptive reuse project introduced by Kimpton, transforming the San Francisco Embarcadero YMCA into the Harbor Court Hotel; a model for future Kimpton adaptive reuse properties.
1991. Created first "celebrity suites" - Jerry Garcia and Carlos Santana designed their own rooms at the Hotel Triton, San Francisco.
First expansion outside of California with the Vintage Plaza in Portland, Oregon. Kimpton continued to expand in the Bay Area and throughout the Pacific Northwest by transforming historic buildings and bringing new life to urban communities.
1992. Established Pet-Friendly programs at all Kimpton hotels.
1993. Launched the Hotel Monaco Guppy Love goldfish program to keep guests company while traveling.
1996. First in industry to develop Tall Rooms to accommodate our taller guests at Fifth Avenue Suites in Portland and other properties throughout the country. Tall rooms feature extra-long beds, and higher shower heads and counters.
2003. Offered in-room "Om Away From Home" yoga program including complimentary yoga baskets and a 24-hour yoga channel for all guests.
2004. A banner year for Kimpton. Introduced Kimpton InTouch guest loyalty and Inner Circle programs by offering rewards that emphasize the personalization of the guest experience for all members.
Launched LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) travel program to meet the interests of the gay and lesbian community.
Launched Women InTouch program, designed to meet the needs of women travelers.
Launched Eco-friendly suites; Hotel Triton recognized as the official model "green" hotel by the State of California.
Kimpton is the first hotel company to receive 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index and has earned the score each year since.
Kimpton launched its first national brand campaign, focusing on the original idea that "Every Hotel Tells A Story."
Announced partnership with Dress for Success, supporting the organization on national and local levels.
Announced launch of Red Ribbon Campaign; company-wide HIV/AIDS employee training implemented to reinforce Kimpton's commitment to fighting the spread of AIDS.
2005. Kimpton announced the Kimpton Gay & Lesbian Employee Network (K GLEN) to advise the company on personnel and community outreach efforts.
Formalized Kimpton EarthCare program, making ecological sustainability and social responsibility top priorities.
Announced partnership with Trust for Public Land (TPL) and Parks for People - More than a Dream, an initiative designed to ensure that every person, especially every child, who lives in a city or suburb has access to a park.
2006. Launched Signature Meetings, a program designed to enhance meetings with creative and personalized amenities.
Launched the Mind. Body. Spa. wellness program, which includes full in-room spa services, and free in-room On-demand TV programming for yoga, Pilates, meditation and core strengthening.
Partnered with Martha Stewart Living's Body + Soul magazine to help maintain guests' health and harmony on the road.
Complimentary WiFi offered to all Kimpton InTouch members.
2007. Introduced KimptonKids, a program with special services and amenities for families.