Best Kimpton Hotels in the United States and Canada

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Kimpton is a well loved chain of boutique hotels, most of which are in the United States.  A few years ago, IHG bought Kimpton.  That made it possible to use IHG points and free night certificates to book Kimpton stays.

Recently IHG moved to dynamic award pricing.  That is, the number of points required for any given night is no longer a fixed number.  Now, the price is whatever IHG decides it is.  This is both good and bad.  It’s bad when IHG decides the price should be higher than usual, but it’s good when the price is lower.  And there are two specific situations where dynamic pricing is particularly good:

  1. Most hotels can now be booked for 40,000 points or less, at least on some dates.  IHG Free night certificates are capped at 40,000 points per night.  Previously that meant that you couldn’t book any Kimpton hotels or other high end IHG hotels with those certificates because they were all priced at 45K points or more.  Now, in almost all cases that I’ve looked at, it’s possible to find at least some nights that are priced at 40,000 points or less.  On those nights, it’s now possible to use IHG free night certificates.
  2. Fourth night free awards, which are possible if you have one of two specific IHG credit cards, can be “gamed”.  If you position your award such that the first three nights are low priced, but the fourth night is high priced, you’ll only pay for the low priced nights.  See this post for details: New IHG Sweet Spot — Dynamic Pricing + 4th Night Free For Huge Savings.

How I ranked Kimpton hotels

For this post I set out to find the best Kimpton hotels in North America.  To do so, I looked up the TripAdvisor ratings and city rankings for every Kimpton hotel in North America.  Since most Kimpton hotels have the same rating (4.5), I calculated each property’s city ranking as a percentage: city rank divided by number of hotels in the city.  For example, for the Kimpton Gray Hotel I recorded a TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 and a city ranking of 12 out of 207 hotels in Chicago.  I turned this ranking into a percentage: 12 divided by 207 = 6%.  I used this city rank percentage to determine the best Kimpton hotels in North America (smaller is better).  Here we go…

Top 14 Kimpton Hotels in North America

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 1 out of 87 (1%)
  • City: Sacramento, California
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): SOPHISTICATED SACRAMENTO HOTEL
    Contemporary style in the lively Downtown Commons development, home of the Sacramento Kings.

Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 5 out of 206 (2%)
  • City: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): THE SHINING BEACON OF UPTOWN
    A chic and modern boutique hotel in the heart of Uptown, Charlotte’s business district.

Kimpton Everly Hotel

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 10 out of 386 (3%)
  • City: Los Angeles, California
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): HAUTE HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
    One block off Hollywood Blvd, Everly has a bright, airy design and inviting lobby & bar that brings authentic luxury to the home of show business

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 6 out of 155 (4%)
  • City: Portland, Oregon
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): OFFBEAT PORTLAND OREGON HOTEL
    Spacious rooms and a dash of history just blocks from Pioneer Square in downtown Portland.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 4 out of 81 (5%)
  • City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): DESIGN-FORWARD DOWNTOWN HOTEL
    A boldly designed Beaux-Arts beauty across from Mellon Square Park in the Central Business District.

Kimpton Hotel Arras

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 4 out of 76 (5%)
  • City: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): A HAVEN IN THE HEART OF ASHEVILLE
    Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this artful haven charms with chic design and Asheville adventures.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 5 out of 93 (5%)
  • City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): EXQUISITE HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN
    A revolutionary Philadelphia boutique hotel on America’s most historic square mile.

Kimpton Gray Hotel

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 12 out of 207 (6%)
  • City: Chicago, Illinois
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): CHICAGO LOOP SOPHISTICATION
    No detail goes unnoticed at Kimpton Gray Hotel, an opulent cultural oasis in downtown Chicago.

Kimpton Riverplace Hotel

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 9 out of 155 (6%)
  • City: Portland, Oregon
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): UNIQUE WATERFRONT HOTEL IN PORTLAND
    Boutique charm and laid-back luxury in a tranquil riverside location close to downtown Portland.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 12 out of 185 (6%)
  • City: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): PRIME DOWNTOWN PHOENIX HOTEL
    Kimpton Palomar Phoenix turns up the heat with cool, contemporary style in the bustling CityScape development.

Kimpton Alexis Hotel

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 8 out of 114 (7%)
  • City: Seattle, Washington
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): LAIDBACK LUXURY IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE
    Laidback luxury and Pacific Northwest cool intermix beautifully at the newly renovated Alexis hotel in Seattle’s downtown.

Kimpton Hotel Born

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 13 out of 174 (7%)
  • City: Denver, Colorado
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): ELEGANT DENVER UNION STATION HOTEL
    Escape to our Union Station retreat where urban sophistication melds with mountain wilderness near a bounty of culture.

Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 12 out of 155 (8%)
  • City: Portland, Oregon
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): BOLD HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND
    Celebrate Willamette Valley wines in an urban-chic environment in the heart of PDX.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
  • Trip Advisor City Rank: 8 out of 93 (9%)
  • City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Property Description (from Kimpton’s Website): SOULFUL IN RITTENHOUSE SQUARE
    Find sophistication with a wink at our luxurious downtown Philadelphia hotel.

Top 5 Kimpton Hotels in the Midwest & Toronto

    1. Kimpton Gray Hotel | Chicago, Illinois
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 12 out of 207 (6%)
    2. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago | Chicago, Illinois
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 22 out of 207 (11%)
    3. Kimpton Saint George Hotel | Toronto, Ontario
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 17 out of 141 (12%)
    4. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago | Chicago, Illinois
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 31 out of 207 (15%)
    5. Kimpton Schofield Hotel | Cleveland, Ohio
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 40 (15%)

Top 5 Kimpton Hotels in the Northeast

    1. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 4 out of 81 (5%)
    2. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 5 out of 93 (5%)
    3. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 8 out of 93 (9%)
    4. Kimpton Marlowe Hotel | Boston, Massachussets
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 2 out of 21 (10%)
    5. Kimpton Hotel Eventi | New York City, New York
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 112 out of 511 (22%)

Top 11 Kimpton Hotels in the South

    1. Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel | Charlotte, North Carolina
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 5 out of 206 (2%)
    2. Kimpton Hotel Arras | Asheville, North Carolina
      TripAdvisor Rating: 5, Rank: 4 out of 76 (5%)
    3. Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel | Miami, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 24 out of 223 (11%)
    4. Kimpton Aertson Hotel | Nashville, Tennessee
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 21 out of 193 (11%)
    5. Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa | Alexandria, Washington DC Metro Area
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 52 (12%)
    6. Kimpton Overland Hotel Atlanta Airport | Atlanta, Georgia
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 1 out of 8 (13%)
    7. Kimpton Cardinal Hotel | Winston-Salem, North Carolina
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 42 (14%)
    8. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt | Austin, Texas
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 40 out of 224 (18%)
    9. Kimpton Epic Hotel | Miami, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 30 out of 136 (22%)
    10. Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa | Vero Beach, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 27 (22%)
    11. Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach | Miami, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 50 out of 223 (22%)

Top 15 Kimpton Hotels in the West

    1. Kimpton Sawyer Hotel | Sacramento, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 1 out of 87 (1%)
    2. Kimpton Everly Hotel | Los Angeles, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 10 out of 386 (3%)
    3. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland | Portland, Oregon
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 155 (4%)
    4. Kimpton Riverplace Hotel | Portland, Oregon
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 9 out of 155 (6%)
    5. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix | Phoenix, Arizona
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 12 out of 185 (6%)
    6. Kimpton Alexis Hotel | Seattle, Washington
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 8 out of 114 (7%)
    7. Kimpton Hotel Born | Denver, Colorado
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 13 out of 174 (7%)
    8. Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland | Portland, Oregon
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 12 out of 155 (8%)
    9. Kimpton La Peer Hotel | Los Angeles, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 2 out of 21 (10%)
    10. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City, Utah
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 8 out of 81 (10%)
    11. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle | Seattle, Washington
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 16 out of 114 (14%)
    12. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel | Huntington Beach, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 3 out of 21 (14%)
    13. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver | Denver, Colorado
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 26 out of 174 (15%)
    14. Kimpton Palladian Hotel | Seattle, Washington
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 20 out of 114 (18%)
    15. Kimpton Hotel Wilshire | Los Angeles, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 68 out of 386 (18%)

All Kimpton Hotels in North America, Ranked

    1. Kimpton Sawyer Hotel | Sacramento, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 1 out of 87 (1%)
    2. Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel | Charlotte, North Carolina
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 5 out of 206 (2%)
    3. Kimpton Everly Hotel | Los Angeles, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 10 out of 386 (3%)
    4. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland | Portland, Oregon
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 155 (4%)
    5. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 4 out of 81 (5%)
    6. Kimpton Hotel Arras | Asheville, North Carolina
      TripAdvisor Rating: 5, Rank: 4 out of 76 (5%)
    7. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 5 out of 93 (5%)
    8. Kimpton Gray Hotel | Chicago, Illinois
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 12 out of 207 (6%)
    9. Kimpton Riverplace Hotel | Portland, Oregon
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 9 out of 155 (6%)
    10. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix | Phoenix, Arizona
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 12 out of 185 (6%)
    11. Kimpton Alexis Hotel | Seattle, Washington
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 8 out of 114 (7%)
    12. Kimpton Hotel Born | Denver, Colorado
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 13 out of 174 (7%)
    13. Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland | Portland, Oregon
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 12 out of 155 (8%)
    14. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 8 out of 93 (9%)
    15. Kimpton Marlowe Hotel | Boston, Massachussets
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 2 out of 21 (10%)
    16. Kimpton La Peer Hotel | Los Angeles, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 2 out of 21 (10%)
    17. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City, Utah
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 8 out of 81 (10%)
    18. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago | Chicago, Illinois
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 22 out of 207 (11%)
    19. Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel | Miami, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 24 out of 223 (11%)
    20. Kimpton Aertson Hotel | Nashville, Tennessee
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 21 out of 193 (11%)
    21. Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa | Alexandria, Washington DC Metro Area
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 52 (12%)
    22. Kimpton Saint George Hotel | Toronto, Ontario
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 17 out of 141 (12%)
    23. Kimpton Overland Hotel Atlanta Airport | Atlanta, Georgia
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 1 out of 8 (13%)
    24. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle | Seattle, Washington
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 16 out of 114 (14%)
    25. Kimpton Cardinal Hotel | Winston-Salem, North Carolina
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 42 (14%)
    26. Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel | Huntington Beach, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 3 out of 21 (14%)
    27. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver | Denver, Colorado
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 26 out of 174 (15%)
    28. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago | Chicago, Illinois
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 31 out of 207 (15%)
    29. Kimpton Schofield Hotel | Cleveland, Ohio
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 40 (15%)
    30. Kimpton Palladian Hotel | Seattle, Washington
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 20 out of 114 (18%)
    31. Kimpton Hotel Wilshire | Los Angeles, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 68 out of 386 (18%)
    32. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt | Austin, Texas
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 40 out of 224 (18%)
    33. Kimpton Journeyman Hotel | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 11 out of 60 (18%)
    34. Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego | San Diego, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 57 out of 292 (20%)
    35. Kimpton Canary Hotel | Santa Barbara, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 12 out of 55 (22%)
    36. Kimpton Hotel Eventi | New York City, New York
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 112 out of 511 (22%)
    37. Kimpton Epic Hotel | Miami, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 30 out of 136 (22%)
    38. Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa | Vero Beach, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 27 (22%)
    39. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills | Los Angeles, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 86 out of 386 (22%)
    40. Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach | Miami, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 50 out of 223 (22%)
    41. Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs | Palm Springs, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 18 out of 79 (23%)
    42. Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle | Seattle, Washington
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 27 out of 114 (24%)
    43. Kimpton Brice Hotel | Savannah, Georgia
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 34 out of 121 (28%)
    44. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor | Baltimore, Maryland
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 22 out of 72 (31%)
    45. Kimpton George Hotel | DC, Washington DC Metro Area
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 50 out of 154 (32%)
    46. Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel | Boston, Massachussets
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 32 out of 93 (34%)
    47. Kimpton Muse Hotel | New York City, New York
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 177 out of 511 (35%)
    48. Kimpton Taconic Hotel | Manchester, Vermont
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 6 out of 16 (38%)
    49. Kimpton Glover Park Hotel | , Washington DC Metro Area
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 72 out of 154 (47%)
    50. Kimpton Ridley House | Key West, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 24 out of 51 (47%)
    51. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC | , Washington DC Metro Area
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 74 out of 154 (48%)
    52. Kimpton Hotel Allegro | Chicago, Illinois
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 100 out of 207 (48%)
    53. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC | DC, Washington DC Metro Area
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 75 out of 154 (49%)
    54. Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel | San Francisco, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 135 out of 246 (55%)
    55. Kimpton Lighthouse Hotel | Key West, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 30 out of 51 (59%)
    56. Kimpton Onyx Hotel | Boston, Massachussets
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 55 out of 93 (59%)
    57. Kimpton Goodland | Santa Barbara, California
      TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5, Rank: 8 out of 12 (67%)
    58. Kimpton Winslow’s Bungalows | Key West, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 37 out of 51 (73%)
    59. Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach | Miami, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 5, Rank: 166 out of 223 (74%)
    60. Kimpton Hotel Fontenot | New Orleans, Lousiana
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5, Rank: 146 out of 177 (82%)
    61. Kimpton Ella’s Cottages | Key West, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 66 out of 79 (84%)
    62. Kimpton Fitch Lodge | Key West, Florida
      TripAdvisor Rating: 4, Rank: 68 out of 79 (86%)

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