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KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS LLC

www.kimptonhotels.com Headquarters: San Francisco Employees: 8,207
Specialty: Hotels and restaurants

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants manages a portfolio of 63 hotels and 70 restaurants in major markets.

Distinguished Luxury

Kimpton sets itself apart with boutique hotels that adopt the identities of their regions. BY ALAN DORICH
Ron Vlasic

vice president of hotels
"We're currently in 29 cities right
now, and continuing to add hotels in
strategic markets."

When it comes to its locations,
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants LLC
identifies historical icons of that city
and creates individual identities for
each property. The local community
embraces this idea and is able to eas-

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ily identify with the Kimpton brand,
Vice President Ron Vlasic says.
Based in San Francisco, the company operates boutique hotels and
restaurants across the United States.
Founder Bill Kimpton started the company in 1981 after many years as an
investment banker in San Francisco.
Because his job required him to
travel, Kimpton spent much of his
time in many European cities. "When
he was traveling to Paris, he found
these intimate boutique hotels with

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great restaurants in vibrant neighborhoods that celebrated the culture
of that community," Vlasic explains.
What particularly impressed Kimpton was how the hoteliers were front
and center. "They were typically in the
living room during check-in periods,
providing guests with great local information and cultural significances of the
neighborhood they were staying in,"
Vlasic says. "They would also give some
great insight to locally famous restaurants or places off the beaten path."


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