Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group
Private Subsidiary of InterContinental Hotels Group
Industry Hospitality
Founded 1981 (San Francisco, California, United States)
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Key people
 • Bill Kimpton, Founder
 • Mike DeFrino,
Chief Executive Officer
Services Hotels, restaurants, and bars
Revenue $1049.88 million USD (2014)
Number of employees
8135 (2014)[1]
Parent InterContinental Hotels Group
Slogan "Stay True to You."

The Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Inc. is an American hotel and restaurant company. Founded in 1981 by William (Bill) Kimpton and led by Chief Executive Officer Mike DeFrino, it is the largest chain of boutique hotels in the United States.[2] The company's headquarters are in San Francisco, California. All its properties are located in the United States.

Most Kimpton properties are marketed under their own independent names as boutique hotels; however, in 2005, the company launched two sub-brands within the company's brand: Hotel Palomar and Hotel Monaco. Each hotel has a restaurant or bar that is marketed as upscale or trendy. The company's loyalty program is called Karma Rewards.[3] Fortune listed it as the #28 best company to work for in 2013.[1] Under contract, the company also manages and operates hotels owned by other entities.

December 16, 2014, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced it would acquire Kimpton for $430 million in cash. IHG will retain the Kimpton brand within the U.S. and expand it globally.[4][5]

Hotel brands[edit]

Hotel Monaco[edit]

Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City

Hotel Palomar[edit]

Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel at 563 Eleventh Avenue, New York City, New York[8]

Other hotels[edit]

In addition to the Hotel Monaco and Palomar Hotel brand hotels, other company hotels include:

Company programs[edit]


The company's environmental program is called Earthcare. Every hotel adopts standard environmentally friendly products and practices, such as eco-friendly cleaning supplies and recycling.[11]


Every year, the company sponsors a red-ribbon campaign generating awareness and funds for local HIV service agencies. In addition, local hotels make donations to LGBT charities and host events for local community groups. Kimpton formed K-GLEN, the Kimpton Gay and Lesbian Employee Network, to advise the company on personnel and community outreach concerns. The committee meets quarterly and has representation from every region of the country. The company was included as one of the ten best companies for gay and lesbian employees by The Advocate.[12] It has received a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign every year since 2005.[13]

Women InTouch[edit]

The company sponsors Dress for Success Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that provides professional clothing and employment retention programs for women.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Best Companies to Work For 2014". Fortune. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ Raine, George (April 27, 2008). "Joie de Vivre Finds Room To Grow – After Weathering Tumultuous times, Chip Conley's Hotel Company Looks Beyond the Bay Area and Seriously Pursues Food and Drink". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kimpton Hotels: Boutique Hotels, Luxury Travel and Chef-Driven Gourmet Restaurants". Kimpton Hotels. 
  4. ^ "IHG agrees to acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to create the world's largest boutique hotel business" (Press release). Intercontinental Hotels Group. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
  5. ^ Downey, Sean (15 December 2014). "IHG Acquires Kimpton for $430 Million". Lodging. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
  6. ^ Gunts, Edward (July 30, 2009). "Hotel Monaco Baltimore Offers Taste of Luxury". The Baltimore Sun.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel
  9. ^ "Hotel La Jolla". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Cooper, Rebecca (April 15, 2015). "Exclusive: Kimpton Hotels adds two more D.C. hotels to its portfolio". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Environmentally Friendly Green Hotel Practices – Kimpton EarthCare Program". Kimpton Hotels. 
  12. ^ "It's About The Bottom Line." Advocate 1016 (7 Oct. 2008): 55-56. Academic Search Premier. Web. 12 Dec. 2011.
  13. ^ "Corporate Equality Index 2012 | Human Rights Campaign." Human Rights Campaign. Human Rights Campaign, 2011. Web. 12 Dec. 2011.
  14. ^ "Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants – Kimpton Programs – Kimpton Cares". Kimpton Hotels. 

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