Kimpton Media Buzz
|KIMPTON 2014 MEDIA PLACEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
— How Kimpton Hotels Scaled Its Culture
"Kimpton Hotels operates boutique properties with distinctive personalities and an emphasis on spontaneous, personal connections between staff and guests. Even with 8,000 employees, it can't afford the
kind of corporate, dehumanizing culture that squeezes the life out of many large companies."
Press Here, NBC Bay Area
— Kimpton Hotels CEO
"Mike Depatie talks about building a boutique brand."
— Hotel CEOs Talk Free Wi-Fi, Twitter, Room Service
"The hotel industry is thriving once again as more Americans hit the road for business and for pleasure. But today's travelers are ever-more demanding and tech-savvy, and they're expecting hotels to adapt.
USA TODAY assembled five of the industry's top executives last month at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles in the L.A."
— A Sweet Finish to Valentine's Day, Red Velvet 'Twinkies'
"One bite and you'll fall in love with this easy-to-make Valentine's Day treat: mini red velvet cakes. Created by chef Roger Waysok of South Water Kitchen in Chicago,
the dessert is a crimson-colored cake with a cream-cheese filling, a tasty departure from original golden sponge cake with vanilla cream."
— 100 Best Companies to Work For: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
"What makes it so great? Employees are the secret ingredient for this chain of unique boutique hotels and restaurants-they're challenged to create special moments for guests."
— Bar Watch 2014: The 11 Most Exciting Venues Opening Now
"Located in San Diego's East Village, Jsix is a bar-centric restaurant serving food 'stripped of unnecessary complexities' alongside cocktails dedicated to different regions of the U.S.
So you can order a Hunt & Gather and get a drink made with cedar-infused Aviation gin and Oregon pinot noir-as tribute to the Northwest. Or try the spectacularly named High 5 with Mittens, a Midwest tribute,
which is a mashup of a Ramos Gin Fizz and Root Beer Float using Death's Door white whiskey and Wisconsin heavy cream. Nice."
|KIMPTON 2013 MEDIA PLACEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
The New York Times
— I'll Have a Glass of Originality: A Flurry of Winter Cocktails from Professional Bartenders
"This drink, simple and direct, is intended as "a cold version of a type of mulled wine, from Nordic or Germanic tradition," said Mike Ryan, head bartender at Sable Kitchen and Bar in Chicago.
"My mother is German - Bavarian, specifically - and around the holidays, the air in our home was always redolent with the scent of baking spices," he said."
— Hotels Expand Children's Programs with Local Adventures
"On Fridays and Saturdays, children take over the living room of Kimpton's Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Va., for a Kids' Hour with games such as Wii, Trivial Pursuit and coloring books, plus fruit snacks,
juice and freshly popped popcorn."
Business Travel News
— BTN's 2013 Hotel Chain Survey
"...Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants bested numerous brands with much wider distribution to become travel buyer respondents' highest-rated upper upscale brand...As many upper-tier hotels now are doing,
Kimpton has evolved its business center and lobbies to reflect more of a "coffeehouse mentality", with communal spaces rather than set-apart areas with computers and printers..."
— Stay Healthy on the Road with These 4 Hotel Juice Offerings
"The Hotel Palomar San Francisco-home to the gluten-free mini bar-has teamed up with Pressed Juicery, which recently opened its first San Francisco location. The 'Pressed, Pampered & Purified'
package includes six daily juices, a cleansing guide, cooler, and complimentary use of bikes."
— Forget Room Service - Order a Bike
"Back in July, Kimpton announced that all of its hotels would now offer free loaner bikes. This Kimpton property happens to be in Portland, one of America's most bike-friendly cities --
boasting miles and miles of well-marked bike paths, including the esplanade along the scenic Willamette River. In addition to a fleet of 18 beach cruisers, city bikes and road bikes for guests to tool around town on,
the hotel has a special bike with a built-in beer tap and coffee spout that's on display when staffers aren't out cruising around in it."
| USA Today
— Hotel Bars Bottle Up Batches of Fizzy Cocktails
"The Red Star Tavern at Kimpton's Hotel Monaco in Portland, Ore., has two bottled cocktails on the menu: a Manhattan and a variation of a Boulevardier called The Midnight Stroll...
they are often served during the hotel's free evening wine hour for guests and are occasionally given as free in-room amenities...The B&O American Brasserie at the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore is offering
the Grape Drink...They are popped table-side and served with a striped paper straw."
| September 2013
The New York Times
— Now Checking In: Pampered Pets
"Kimpton, which does not charge for pets, also has daily complimentary wine hours (known as "yappy hour" at one of the brand's hotels) at which dogs and owners mingle over cocktails as if they were a
New Yorker cartoon."
— 5 Ways to Take Free Yoga Classes This Month
"If you're going on an early fall getaway, Kimpton Hotels provide yoga mats in every room and free on-demand fitness routines for guests all year long."
— Best Hotel Bars in America: 10 Best Readers' Choice Winners
"From old-school classics to cutting-edge mixology, hotel bars have long been at the center of cocktail culture. After four weeks of voting in 10best.com's Readers' Choice contest, your votes
helped identify the USA's "Best Hotel Bars." The winners are..."
| Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
"Kimpton has celebrated diversity throughout its 30-year history, and its KPride employee resource team specializes in LGBT community outreach."
The New York Times — Room with a Bike
"As bike-friendly cities and bike share programs proliferate, the hospitality industry is doing its part to encourage two-wheel travel. Earlier this month Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants began a
bike program in partnership with PUBLIC bikes. All 60 Kimpton hotel properties nationwide offer guests complimentary use of bicycles."
Travel + Leisure — Social Media Tips for Travel
"Savvy travel companies monitor the social media buzz, occasionally rewarding vocal fans with improved customer service, special deals and even thoughtful surprises...
Joe Capalbo, general manager of Kimpton’s Onyx hotel in Boston... (it) gives us an opportunity to create a memorable experience."
|NPR — Beets at the Root of this Honey and Tarragon Cocktail
"Chad Phillips tends bar at the Social Club at the Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. On the Miami bar scene, he's known for his culinary and creative approach to bartending. One of his favorite
inventions is a unique beet-infused gin cocktail he calls the "Beet Me in St. Louis." He created it for his fiancé on her first Mother's Day..."
Forbes — 5 New Rooftop Bars to Hit Soon
"Debuted in fall 2012, Stratus is already one of the hottest spots in the city. The indoor/outdoor lounge on the 11th floor features several unique spaces..."
Food Arts — Hewing to the Vine
"Wines, senior director of national beverage programs for San Francisco–based Kimpton Hotels, is one of only 197 Master Sommeliers in the world. Under Wines' watch, Kimpton’s do-good philosophy
has extended to the beverage program. She spearheaded the launch of the national "Wines That Care" initiative, in which responsibly made wines are spotlighted at a hosted wine hour each evening
in Kimpton hotel lobbies to salute the good they provide."
|SELF magazine — Kimpton Hotels Launch In-Room Yoga Offerings, We Say Om
"Known for its fun, fresh accommodations... Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is now adding some serious om into your stay. (The brand) announced that each of their hotel rooms will be stocked with
a custom-designed Gaiam yoga mat..."
| Fast Company — Talking Yoga Mat Knows What You Need
"A new spot for Kimpton hotels promotes the new "yoga mat in every room" promise with a mustachioed mat that talks guests into good times... in this new ad, a certain amenity playfully tries
to take advantage of a guest."
Travel Weekly — For Some Hotels, Localism a Matter of Simple Economics
"Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, an early practitioner of local food sourcing for its food and beverage programs, has moved its local food-sourcing
emphasis beyond the company's San Francisco area roots. In the Washington area, where Kimpton has eight hotels, its chefs collaborate on sourcing locally for
products such as meat from Virginia farms and oysters from Chesapeake Bay."
TODAY Show Blog — Celebrate Yourself at Single-Friendly Restaurants on Valentine's Day
"Simply observing the mastery that goes on in the open kitchen of Sable Kitchen &
Bar Chicago will keep you plenty distracted while sitting alone, but you'll also have fun perusing the diverse menu, too. Solo diners will be
pleased to know they can order smaller versions of Sable's most popular plates such as bacon wrapped dates, housemade beef jerky, ranch truffle butter burgers or
New England lobster rolls without splurging. One more reason to love Chef Heather Terhune: She even shares her recipes."
FORTUNE Magazine — 100 Best Companies to Work For
"What makes it so great? When workers at the boutique hotel chain put in extra hours, the company sends flowers and gift baskets to their loved ones.
It also hosts fireside chats with top executives and has rewarded great work with spa days, extra paid time off, and flat-screen TVs."