Hotel Palomar
Kristen Lubbe
Mar 31, 2010

In a city such as Philadelphia, hotels are a dime a dozen. Nice hotels, however, are not a dime a dozen &mdash which is why we're so excited (albeit a little late), for Kimpton dropping the beautiful Hotel Palomar in the city of brotherly love.

Personally, as a Philadelphian, I don't tire of history and momentos from the past &mdash the more the merrier in my book. The hard part is, finding a common ground for modern design and history to stand on together.

A great example of finding common ground is the lobby of the Hotel Palomar. Ben Franklin takes his stand up top of a few pedestals and keeps a watchful eye over the guests getting ready to check in. Local modern art can be found throughout the hotel, which is extremely important given all of the amazing talent in this city! Also featured in the hotel, Square 1682 &mdash A restaurant named for the year William Penn issued his plans for what is now Philadelphia.

A huge selling point for me on the hotel is the fact that it's a LEED certified luxury hotel. It's important, especially in urban environments for hotels to strive to be LEED certified. Their website explains they were able to achieve the certification through their innovative design, unique sustainable building site, water and energy efficiency, as well as eco-friendly building materials and furnishings. If those amazing green high back chairs and chandelier are eco-friendly, more power to them!

Call us crazy, but we really want to stay here. Yes, we live just a few blocks from the Hotel Palomar, but we can pretend to be tourists and stay in one of Philadelphia's finest hotels.

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