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kimpton onsitereview M AY 2 0 13 TAKES CENTER STAGE IN SAN FRANCISCO lane nieset The recently renovated Argonaut Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. K impton and San Francisco go hand-in-hand: Both the brand and the city are a little bit quirky, in a good way, and both are not shy about expressing their whimsical side. But more importantly, Kimpton opened its very first hotel in San Francisco back in 1981. In fact, to this day, Kimpton has quite a stronghold on this California city’s hotel landscape. It’s home to nine Kimpton properties—five of which are right by Union Square—and each, as we learned while touring the different properties over the course of a long weekend, offers its own personality, although we called the newly renovated four-star Hotel Monaco, nestled in the heart of the theater district, home for the duration of our stay. “The Hotel Monaco is a visually stunning hotel. What makes us stand out is our genuine commitment to enriching our guests’ lives when they visit us,” says Troy Jones, area director of sales and marketing for Kimpton. “We want our guests to feel comfortable, have fun and take care of themselves while they are on the road.” The 201-room hotel, located two blocks from Union Square, 24 august 2013 24-27 NA SanFran.indd 24 definitely evokes a grand European ambiance, with its marble staircase in the lobby, and painted ceilings and plush chairs in a cozy area known as The Living Room. While the Monaco has a sophisticated feel, it still has its Kimpton quirks with fun touches like a welcome sign and water bowls out front for the pets checking in, as well as the option of Kimpton providing a pet with its Guppy Love program, placing a goldfish in your client’s room during their stay (don’t worry—the staff will tend to the fish). The new look of the rooms combines modern and luxurious touches, definitely keeping the female traveler in mind—blackand-white bathrooms and rooms with over-the-top mirrors, colorful stripes on the walls and pops of color on the furniture and pillows. While some of the rooms feature street views and nice window ledges one can sit on, our room was tucked in the center of the building with an uninspiring view of a courtyard below. Notwithstanding the view, the rest of the room had everything a traveler could want—a desk doubling as a stand for the flat-screen TV, 7/23/13 7:35 AM

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Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Dan Hotels, Israel
Tour Talk: Jacada Travel
Avalon Expression
Cruising the Rivers of Southeast Asia
Girls & Guys Getaways in Las Vegas
Kimpton Takes Center Stage in San Francisco
South Africa: Bicycles, Horses & Wonderful Experiences
A French Twosome with SLH
Bogota, Colombia
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Westin Grand Cayman
Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin
Aruba Marriott Resort

Recommend August 2013