Metro Weekly

Kimpton opens new hotels in San Diego, Portland and South Beach

As they say, good things come in three, so – given that Kimpton has recently opened new properties in San Diego, Portland and South Beach – gay travelers can expect some very good things.

palomar_sandiego.jpgFormerly the Se Hotel, the new Hotel Palomar San Diego boutique boasts 183 guestrooms, including 17 skyline suites and 20 luxury flats, featuring elegant textures, contemporary design and state of the art amenities. Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel also offers a lavish roof deck lounge and infinity-edged pool, a spa and in-room spa services, a dramatic 19-foot floor-to-ceiling ballroom and more than 20,000 square feet of event space decorated with art from a wide array of San Diego artists.

riverplace.jpgRiverPlace Hotel in Portland, Oregon is located on the banks of the Williamette River, and provides guests a choice of 84 guestrooms with either city, river, or courtyard views. With an authentic Craftsman design, the hotel’s amenities include an indoor pool, a children’s pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna.

the_surfcomber.jpgThe best of South Beach Miami is at the doorstep for guests of Surfcomber Hotel. With its preserved original Art Deco architecture, the hotel offers 186 guestrooms. Guest can take advantage of the hotel’s oceanside location with direct beach access or simple enjoy the heated swimming pool, surrounded by cabanas and palm trees.

Kimpton has more than 50 hotels in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Further expansion is expected in 2012, with new hotels in Philadelphia, San Diego and Phoenix on the horizon.

With a perfect rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index annually since 2004 and a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, Kimpton is considered one of the top gay-friendly hotel companies in the U.S.

To learn more about Kimpton, please visit it’s new Life is Suite blog or its website.

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Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at