Best Kimpton Hotels in California

In 1981, Bill Kimpton rolled out the group's first hotel in San Francisco. Since then, the company... READ MORE
In 1981, Bill Kimpton rolled out the group's first hotel in San Francisco. Since then, the company has built a chain of leading boutique properties, including more than 60 stylish hotels in 35 cities; however in 2014, the InterContinental Hotels Group acquired the Kimpton brand. Members of the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand are best described as urban and trendy, with fanciful decor and unique amenities, such as complimentary nightly wine hours and a 24-hour yoga TV channel. These accommodations also tout a brand-wide pet-friendly policy, catering to both urbanites and their four-legged travel companions, with pet packages and amenities that include gourmet pet treats, pet massages and more. Kimpton hotels also include the Palomar and Monaco styles; both welcome guests with trendy and stylish rooms and include whimsical decor and signature bath amenities. Plus, frequent Kimpton guests who participate in the IHG Rewards Club program can take advantage of free night credits and complimentary perks like minibar credits and room upgrades. Several Kimpton properties appear on our Best Hotels in the USA ranking list; those properties are listed below.

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    Kimpton La Peer Hotel
    West Hollywood, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 101 reviewsTripAdvisor (101)
    Free WiFi

    Set in Los Angeles' trendy West Hollywood neighborhood, the Kimpton La Peer Hotel opened in January 2018. The hotel's 105 rooms and suites feature cool, neutral tones of white, cream and gray with wooden accents. In-room amenities include minibars, free Wi-Fi access (for IHG Rewards Club members) and yoga mats, and select accommodations feature balconies, terraces or soaking tubs. Those interested in a bit more space (and additional amenities) should spring for a suite: Suites offer separate living areas and bedrooms, plus Nespresso machines, hardwood floors and sofa beds. Recent guests were particularly impressed with the modern, hip vibe of the accommodations and the hotel as a whole. The staff members received high praise from past travelers as well. Outside the rooms, visitors will find a heated outdoor pool and a fitness center. Plus, true to the Kimpton brand, the hotel welcomes pets for no additional fee. This Kimpton also offers unique experiences like privately drawn spa-inspired baths and in-room cocktail service. The hotel's dining option, Viale dei Romani, dishes out creative Italian meals. The only downside a few travelers noted was that a stay here is pricey. Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, this property allows IHG Rewards Club members to rack up or redeem points for stays.

    West Hollywood, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 101 reviewsTripAdvisor (101)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
    Palm Springs, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 345 reviewsTripAdvisor (345)
    Free WiFi

    Stay at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel and you'll enjoy stellar service and a bevy of top-notch amenities, according to former guests. Centrally located in Palm Springs, California, by the Palm Springs Art Museum, this IHG Hotels outpost offers an outdoor pool, a fitness center, two Mediterranean-inspired restaurants and two bars, including the city's only poolside rooftop option. Desert-chic decor is on display throughout the property, from the lobby bar to the pool deck to the 153 guest rooms and suites. Each modern accommodation boasts wooden furnishings, one or more large windows with city or San Jacinto Mountain vistas and a white, gray and blue color palette. Plus, you'll find standard Kimpton room amenities like yoga mats and stocked minibars, as well as Atelier Bloem toiletries, bathrobes and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. Keep in mind, a $35 daily resort fee that covers additional perks, such as in-room Wi-Fi access, valet parking, airport transfers and car service in the downtown area, applies. Some previous visitors bemoaned this extra charge, though most felt the hotel's positives outweighed this drawback. If you're an IHG Rewards Club member, you can help offset the resort fee by paying for your room with accrued points.

    Palm Springs, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 345 reviewsTripAdvisor (345)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Solamar San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2286 reviewsTripAdvisor (2286)

    Marketed to hip business travelers, the Kimpton Solamar San Diego in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is just three blocks from the convention center and a block from Petco Park. The property's convenient location makes it an excellent home base for working guests and sightseers alike. Travelers like the look and feel of the Hotel Solamar, with guest rooms adorned in dark mahogany furniture, funky patterned accent pieces and amenities such as flat-screen TVs and Atelier Bloem bath products. (Plus, members of the IHG Rewards Club can receive perks here, such as $10 credit to the minibar or free Wi-Fi access.) The 235-room hotel also wins points from the pooches  they get to sleep in designer beds just like their pets, ahem owners. Human guests were also pleased with the property's rooftop sun deck and pool, accommodating staff and seafood-centric restaurant, JSix. 

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2286 reviewsTripAdvisor (2286)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Kimpton Canary Hotel
    Santa Barbara, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1205 reviewsTripAdvisor (1205)

    In the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Kimpton Canary has the entire city at its front door. Though they say the ideal location is a definite plus, recent visitors are more charmed by the character of and service at this boutique hotel. A member of the Kimpton brand, the hotel offers unique stylings with hand-painted tiles and wrought-iron accents throughout the property, and guest rooms house elegant four-poster beds and hardwood floors. Accommodations also come equipped with amenities such as HD flat-screen TVs, rainforest showers and high-speed internet (which Kimpton Karma loyalty club members can access for free). The hotel's rooftop pool is also a hit with guests, who describe the views as spectacular. What's more, you can take in the scenery with a drink at the rooftop's lounge. If you're craving something more filling, try the farm-to-table cuisine served at Finch & Fork.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1205 reviewsTripAdvisor (1205)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Kimpton Shorebreak Resort
    Huntington Beach, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1307 reviewsTripAdvisor (1307)

    Guests are quick to fall in love with this pet-friendly, beachfront hotel in Huntington Beach, California. For some, it's the property's easy beach access, and for others, it's the soothing atmosphere found around the firepits that pepper the hotel courtyard. But everyone seems to agree that the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort's customer service is phenomenal. Previous guests were also more than satisfied with this Kimpton hotel's spacious rooms, which are dressed in blue and white decor and equipped with private balconies, Frette linens and flat-screen TVs. When they aren't lounging on the beach or prepping for a good night's sleep, travelers enjoy spending time at Pacific Hideaway, the in-house bar and restaurant that earns praise for its accommodating wait staff and casual American cuisine. The Kimpton Shorebreak Resort also treats guests to a complimentary wine hour daily.

    Huntington Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1307 reviewsTripAdvisor (1307)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Kimpton Everly Hotel
    Los Angeles, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 403 reviewsTripAdvisor (403)
    Free WiFi

    This Kimpton outpost appeals to travelers seeking stylish, pet-friendly digs. Each of the Kimpton Everly Hotel's 216 guest rooms and suites features a gray color scheme with modern wooden furnishings and a large picture window overlooking the Los Angeles skyline or the Hollywood sign. Amenities like yoga mats and Atelier Bloem toiletries also come standard, and Kimpton Karma Rewards members receive complimentary extras like Wi-Fi access and in-room spa credits. Visitors with pets have access to additional perks, such as loaner Casper dog beds, water bowls and mats. But for those who desire a VIP experience fitting of a stay in La-La Land, only one accommodation option will do: the LOLA Suite. Offering up to 1,026 square feet of space (when combined with an adjacent bedroom), this suite boasts a sun deck with a fire pit and direct access to the rooftop pool. Travelers will also find a fitness center, a spa, a bar and an American restaurant on-site. Some past guests reported minor room issues like limited wall outlets and malfunctioning air-conditioning units, but overall, most appreciated the hotel's contemporary vibe and pool. Others praised its prime Hollywood location near attractions like Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Bowl.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 403 reviewsTripAdvisor (403)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1440 reviewsTripAdvisor (1440)

    Like most Kimpton brand properties, the Hotel Palomar San Diego offers guests a stylish retreat in a convenient location. Situated in downtown San Diego, the Hotel Palomar is described by recent visitors as classy and cool. Accommodations here feature Italian Frette linens and a muted yet elegant color palette. Rooms also include high-speed internet access (which Kimpton Karma members can use for free), ETRO bath products and plasma TVs. When they're not out enjoying the bustling nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter, Hotel Palomar visitors can take advantage of the hotel's on-site spa or relax by the outdoor pool. And though numerous eateries sit within walking distance of the hotel, previous guests strongly recommend savoring the craft cocktails and farm-to-table fare served at the Saltbox restaurant.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1440 reviewsTripAdvisor (1440)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
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    Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
    Sacramento, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 231 reviewsTripAdvisor (231)
    Free WiFi

    At the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, you'll find sophisticated digs in the heart of Sacramento, California. Adjacent to the Golden 1 Center, where the city's professional men's basketball team plays, this Kimpton property impresses visitors with its attentive employees, clean and well-equipped fitness center, free nightly wine reception and comfortable accommodations. Designed to complement Sacramento's natural beauty, every guest room and suite boasts modern furniture, Atelier Bloem bath products, a yoga mat and bathrobes. All IHG Rewards Club members enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access, and elite members also receive a minibar credit. If you're craving a bite to eat, head to one of the two on-site restaurants for seasonal American fare in an elegant dining room or casual comfort classics while bowling, playing billiards and more. Or, venture to the third-floor pool deck's Revival at the Sawyer lounge for shared plates and craft cocktails. The venue offers a sophisticated atmosphere with fire pits, VIP cabanas and DJ-spun tunes.

    Sacramento, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 231 reviewsTripAdvisor (231)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Beverly Hills
    Los Angeles, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1848 reviewsTripAdvisor (1848)
    Free WiFi

    With any Kimpton brand property, it's the attention to detail that really keeps lodgers loyal, and the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Beverly Hills is no different. Guest rooms are funky yet comfy, draped in bold prints and bright colors, and outfitted in Atelier Bloem toiletries and flat-screen TVs. Kimpton Karma rewards members can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi access in the accommodations. For travelers with dogs, the hotel offers collapsible water dishes, animal beds and complimentary pet-sitting services. And for those with no one to worry about but themselves, recent guests recommend taking advantage of in-room spa treatments or lounging by the outdoor pool. The in-house eatery, Double Take, earns high marks for its locally sourced California cuisine.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1848 reviewsTripAdvisor (1848)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Sir Francis Drake
    San Francisco, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 3739 reviewsTripAdvisor (3739)

    Exceptional service defines San Francisco's Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, ideally located near Union Square. From the front desk employees to the doormen, recent guests say the staff consistently impresses visitors with its friendly and professional manner. And the physical structure, particularly the lobby with its gilded ceilings, achieves a regal atmosphere that guests relish. Scala's Bistro and Bar Drake also make sure that visitors want for nothing, providing gourmet treats (made from seasonal, local ingredients) and drinks. Recent travelers claim that their fairytale stays at this Kimpton brand hotel were only disrupted by noise (coming from the outside surrounding area) and the somewhat small room size. But even despite the somewhat cramped conditions, most travelers found the accommodations to be visually appealing – with rich jewel tones and retro furnishings –and the in-room amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and iHome stereo systems, to be convenient. The hotel also provides high-speed Internet, which Kimpton Karma loyalty club members can access for free.

    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 3739 reviewsTripAdvisor (3739)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Kimpton Buchanan Hotel
    San Francisco, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 869 reviewsTripAdvisor (869)
    Free WiFi

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    San Francisco, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 869 reviewsTripAdvisor (869)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Hotel Wilshire
    Los Angeles, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 788 reviewsTripAdvisor (788)

    Located about a half mile from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits, the Kimpton Hotel Wilshire is a convenient place to rest your head close to Los Angeles' Miracle Mile. The Roof on Wilshire, the hotel's rooftop restaurant, offers panoramic views of L.A.'s skyline and the Hollywood Hills, not to mention new American cuisine produced by celebrity chef, Eric Greenspan. Inside each of the hotel's 74 rooms, you'll find LCD TVs, iPod docking stations and complimentary Wi-Fi access (for Kimpton Karma rewards members). Some guests say that though the lobby of this Kimpton brand property was quite posh, the rooms felt a little cramped and late-night noise was a problem. What's more, many visitors noted this property has great strides to make to meet the expectations of its Kimpton brand name.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 788 reviewsTripAdvisor (788)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Kimpton Goodland
    Goleta, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 578 reviewsTripAdvisor (578)
    Free Parking

    If you're looking for a hotel that embodies the laid-back SoCal spirit, The Kimpton Goodland is for you. Situated in Goleta, California, about 9 miles west of Santa Barbara, the hotel features rooms outfitted with unique accents like a framed California state flag, eccentric textures and coastal wood furnishings they also come equipped with flat-screen TVs, yoga mats and record players. Forgot to pack your vinyl? The hotel's Record Concierge is at your service. When you're not grooving to tunes in your room, see what the DJ is spinning at the outdoor pool. Though most recent guests appreciated the Kimpton Goodland's fun, funky vibe, others found all of the on-site events (especially the poolside DJ) to be a bit too noisy. A tip from past guests: ask for an inward facing room to avoid the commotion. Some reviewers even used the term "yuppie" to describe their fellow travelers, but most were charmed by the retro surf decor and especially loved the on-site restaurant, Outpost. Here again the hotel stays true to its location, serving up California cuisine made from local ingredients. Another caveat past guests highlighted: the $25 resort fee, which covers self-parking, evening cocktail hours, fitness classes and access to live music events, among other amenities. The fee doesn't cover Wi-Fi, but if you're a member of Kimpton's Karma Rewards program, you'll receive complimentary Internet access.

    Goleta, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 578 reviewsTripAdvisor (578)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking

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