Hotel Review:
Kimpton's Hotel Palomar San Francisco celebrates Golden Gate Bridge anniversary with themed suite

NorbayPalomar12-2.jpgSAN FRANCISCO — When mom's favorite activities include eating and shopping, I decided the perfect place to land for her birthday weekend was the Kimpton Hotel Palomar located square in downtown San Francisco. 

We were fortunate enough to snag the “Golden Gate Suite,” appropriately timed to honor the seventy-fifth  anniversary of most iconic landmark in California. The front of the Palomor's newest suite (Rm. 512) reveals a huge a photo decal covering the door depicting the traffic and tollbooth that leads to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The bridge details were a delight for us as we would spend the next two nights here.  Right upon entering, we saw a window of opaque decal panels all lined up to form the famous bridge.

And that's not all. Books about the bridge are stacked nicely along with Golden Gate Bridge bookends. The bed pillows show black and white photographs of the Golden Gate in the early days.  Other touches include a lampshade with historic photos from 1937, when the bridge was being built.  A whimsical wire art sculpture of the Golden Gate Bridge hangs on the bathroom wall.
The nightstands and coffee table are made of Golden Gate Bridge orange steel and were created by local San Francisco artist, Richard Bulan. Side note: since 1994, Richard has been building furniture out of metal taken off the Golden Gate Bridge.

NorbayPalomar12-1.jpgAll graphics and art in the suite, besides the nightstands and coffee table, were created by Creativity Splash in Sausalito, California—Hotel Palomar San Francisco wanted to partner with local artists in the Bay Area to create their vision for the Golden Gate suite.

The room with its Golden Gate artwork is tastefully done, and was an attractive touch to our comfortable weekend. The rooms come with flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Too bad that the hotel does not have a DVD library, and we did not know to bring our own either. However, we enjoyed Pay-Per-View on the television and watched two movies in two nights.

We found out guests staying in the suite get a complimentary Golden Gate cocktail from Fifth Floor Restaurant, the restaurant at Hotel Palomar San Francisco. The cocktail, called Vermillion M.E.S., gets its name from the Orange Vermillion color painted over the steel, chosen by architect Irving Morrow. According to hotel officials, Charles Ellis and Joseph Strauss were also two of the contributing architects.  All three of their last names are used in the cocktail’s name—M.E.S. 

NorbayPalomar12-3.jpgAdditionally, guests receive a complimentary chocolate turndown amenity, a Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon book by Ira Bruce Nadel and Donald MacDonald, and Hotel Palomar luggage tags celebrating the anniversary.  The suite is available from now until December 31, 2012 starting at $439 per night.  Rate code is GG75.

We thoroughly enjoyed our complimentary morning coffee and tea, and being on the same floor as the Fifth Floor Restaurant, walking to have breakfast was very convenient.  Breakfast is not included. 

The parking facility was very convenient with valet parking and in-and-out privileges throughout our stay. 
The location of the hotel is exceptional being close to the major shopping areas and theaters. During our stay, we managed power shopping trips to Westfield Mall, Macy's, and more.

For more information about Hotel Palomar’s programs and other services or to make reservations, please visit or, or call 866-373-4941. 

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