I am full-out obsessed with Kimpton hotels and have a personal goal to try to take advantage of as many of the “New Hotel Offer” free nights as possible. This is an awesome benefit for Inner Circle members, which I am because I’m a badass. Actually I just matched to it from Hyatt’s Diamond Status through a Challenge, which is BACK, by the way, and you should totally do it if you can swing 12 nights in a six-week period.
Anyway, the new hotel offer is an almost too-good-to-be-true benefit offering Inner Circle members a free night at all new Kimpton properties AND a $50 food and beverage credit to try out the restaurant. In addition to their boutique rooms and stellar service, Kimpton is known for having great restaurants, often with popular chefs and experienced bartenders.
My first opportunity to utilize this offer was with The Goodland Hotel, a new property in Santa Barbara, CA. I invited my girlfriends to tag along and then there were three. They were Kimpton virgins but I’m pretty sure by the end of the stay they were hooked!
One of the best surprises is that on this comp night all normal Inner Circle benefits apply. We ended up in a large two-bedroom suite with two bathrooms. There was a king bed in one room and a pull-out in the living room. There was a full-size table with chairs, two separate entrances (which led to us locking ourselves out on more than one occasion) and a working record player with a few records. For the amenity there was champagne, chocolate and a cheese platter, and of course we got the $10 Raid-the-Bar credit. And you can be sure we hightailed it from the airport to catch the tail end of the free wine hour.
By far the best feature of the hotel was the pool, and most, if not all, of the rooms had a pool-view. On Saturday there was even a DJ by the pool in the afternoon.
Dining: The Outpost is the attached restaurant and we split several great appetizers and mix-and-match street tacos, including a duck taco that was one of the greatest things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Our $60 in total credit covered our meal, so the prices were actually pretty reasonable. We were there late and forgot to ask about the Inner Circle ‘chef’s taste’ until after the chef had apparently left, so we were offered a free dessert instead. There were was a separate area called The Good Bar, which we didn’t make it over to but appeared to be pretty busy and also to have a great happy hour.
We loved our night at The Goodland and I’m already trying to make plans to take The Villain back, and perhaps tie in a visit to Kimpton’s other Santa Barbara property, Canary Hotel. It’s no wonder Conde Nast voted The Goodland one of the best new hotels of the year! We loved our time in Santa Barbara in general, and appreciated the recommendations of our server to hike to Inspiration Point and to check out the wine tasting rooms in the Funk Zone area of the city.
Note: There is typically a $25 resort fee which includes parking, exercise classes, entertainment, etc. but we were not charged using the free night. The ‘Courtyard Deluxe Parlor Suite’ we were upgraded to typically goes for over $400 a night. I did hear at check-in a staff member tell another guest there was a special to book an additional night (Sunday) for only $99, which is a pretty fabulous deal for any Kimpton property. No idea what room type that referred to, but presumably a basic room.
Just last week I used my second free night offer at the Palladian in Seattle. I’d actually stayed at the property once before, but it was fun to revisit and I got to introduce my parents to the wonder that is Kimpton on that trip. The Palladian offer supposedly expired May 31, but somehow I was able to book it for June 5 on accident. The other available offer right now is for the Monaco Pittsburgh + The Commoner restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA. I’m trying to talk The Villain into flying to Pittsburgh for one night (I’m that obsessed), but so far no luck. You can check available offers here, and be sure to continually check back for new options. New hotels in the works in Austin, Nashville, Denver, Winston-Salem and Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Yes, please!