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Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Why we love it: this 242-room boutique hotel anchors the CityScape development in downtown Phoenix

- a rooftop pool and bar with sweeping city views
- no extra charge for pets or size limits (as long as they fit in the door)
- a welcome break from Southwestern kitsch, while still honoring the area’s roots

The review: This lively $90m Kimpton stands within walking distance of Chase Field, the US Airways Center and the Phoenix Convention Center, as well as the 3rd Street/Washington light rail station. Discrete mid-century modern style dominates the sleek lobby of this urban haven and extends into the oversized rooms, accessorized with portable Bluetooth speakers and pops of local art. Feeling extravagant? Opt for one of the 28 contemporary suites with sitting areas, Japanese soaker tubs and standing glass showers. Some even have west-facing views that catch Arizona’s vibrant sunsets.

Expect the brand’s usual graceful touches, like a warm welcome for pets — who stay for free — and a nightly wine reception. The Palomar also offers guests complimentary PUBLIC bikes to ride, in-room Gaiam yoga mats and use of EōS Fitness, adjacent to the hotel. Also notable is Chef Dushyant Singh’s take on a New American neighborhood joint, the Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, which has a meat-curation program and one of the valley’s largest menus of brown spirits. Its menu ranges from za'atar naan with white bean hummus to cherry-glazed Angostura porkribs and Wild Isles salmon with pistachio puree. The Lustre — downtown Phoenix’s only rooftop lounge —serves casual poolside food like tacos al pastor with pineapple salsa and forest-mushroom-goat-cheese flatbread, along with “craft on draft” beers and cocktails like Sonoran Oasis, featuring St. George Green Chile Vodka and fresh cucumber juice.