Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia has undergone a meeting place makeover including design changes and the addition of new group amenities. Now available are offsite wedding receptions in nearby Collins Park in the middle of Center City, Philadelphia for up to groups of 100 and on-site group sound meditation sessions.
Palomar made changes to the color tones and their furniture, having some neutral earth tones contrast with bright colors to create an urban oasis. Sleek is here with bright light fixtures and modern accents.
“With the redesign we incorporated a lot of residential and flexible seating,” says Carol Watson, general manager. “We saw the need for business traveling during meetings to want to have more flexibility in the way they meet.”
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia has 6,000 square feet of flexible event space and 230 alluring guest rooms.
“We wanted to offer traditional settings but also incorporate some soft seating to be more flexible in the types of meetings people are having,” says Watson. “It was about thoughtful consideration to the colors and tones to play off the natural light of our hotel.”
Hotel Palomar was originally the Architects Building constructed in 1929. Walk into Kimpton Hotel and find prized remnants of its past. Art Deco detailing such as original crown molding paneling, tile mosaics and meeting spaces named after renowned architects.
“We wanted to embrace the building that we were in and really incorporate the elements of not just architecture but the art that plays into that,” says Watson.
The renovation of the hotel is documented in the AIA library, a warm meeting space where local art pieces are housed. Head out the French doors of the library, and guests will find a natural herb garden and Square 1682, the hotel's fine dining restaurant.
The group sound bath meditation sessions are for groups up to 6 and are conducted by sound healer Luna Maye. Maye brings hollow instruments, crystals, blankets, and incense to immerse guests in sound frequencies to cleanse the soul.
“At Kimpton we try to incorporate wellness to what we do,” says Watson. “The inspiration behind sound meditation was to incorporate a wellness element into meetings and events and something that a group could participate in. We thought, ‘How could they re-connect, be centered and recharge?’”