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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Expanding into
New York, Boston and San Diego
San Francisco, CA – March 23, 2004 – Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of stylish hotels coupled with fine chef-driven restaurants, announces expansion plans for 2004 and 2005.

Upcoming openings include: Onyx Hotel and Ruby Room lounge in downtown Boston in June of 2004, 70 Park Avenue Hotel in New York City in July of 2004 and the Hotel Solamar in San Diego in April of 2005. 

“Since 2001, Kimpton has opened 11 new hotels in six new markets and we continue to grow rapidly.  It is our goal to eventually have a Kimpton Hotel in every major city across the U.S.,” said Tom LaTour, chairman and chief executive officer of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.  “We look forward to bringing Kimpton’s signature elements -- care, comfort, style, flavor and fun to these new cities.  Each hotel we create tells a story and provides guests with highly personalized service as well as unique amenities in keeping with its character.”

Kimpton currently has hotels and restaurants in San Francisco and Cupertino, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Salt Lake City; Denver; Aspen; Chicago; Washington DC; New Orleans; Cambridge, Mass.; as well as Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia.

“San Francisco, Kimpton’s home base, continues to be an important market for us.  We currently have 13 hotels and 11 restaurants in San Francisco, including the recently opened Argonaut Hotel and Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar at the San Francisco Maritime National Park,” said LaTour. “We are a national company and the largest boutique hotel operator in the country and our development team is focused on expanding into additional markets with four-star Kimpton hotels.  Key cities targeted for expansion include Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami Beach and Southern California. Kimpton is also pursuing additional projects in New York, Boston and Chicago.”

Upcoming Openings

Onyx Hotel and Ruby Room will open in June of 2004.

As Boston’s massive Big Dig construction project nears completion, the Onyx Hotel and Ruby Room will be the first property to open in the North Station area, bringing savvy design and contemporary flair to this newly discovered Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood. The Onyx is Kimpton’s second property in the Boston area -- joining Hotel Marlowe and Bambara Restaurant, which opened last March, in nearby Cambridge. The hotel’s interior look and feel, created by Boston designer Lynn MacMurtry of Group One, is representative of the creativity of design for which Kimpton Hotels are known.  Inside, the Onyx is intimate and plush, combining Boston’s sense of place and tradition with a distinctively modern view.
Location:  The Onyx Hotel and Ruby Room are located at 155 Portland Street, central to the history as well as the future of Boston.
Phone: (617) 557-9955, toll free at (866) 660-ONYX
Opening Date: June 2004 

70 Park Avenue Hotel opens its doors in July 2004. 

It will introduce Kimpton’s distinct sophistication and flair to New York City.  The 205-room hotel is currently undergoing an extensive $19 million renovation under the direction of renowned residential designer Jeffrey Bilhuber. The property, formerly the Doral Park Avenue, will offer a haven of warm, gracious hospitality along with a stylish “Park Avenue pied-a-terre” ambiance.  Adjacent to the hotel will be a full-service 74-seat restaurant and a separate 40-seat lounge designed by Bob Puccini of The Puccini Restaurant Group of San Francisco.   The hotel and restaurant’s Murray Hill neighborhood underscores 70 Park Avenue Hotel’s residential feel.  Yet its location on the corner of Park Avenue at 38th Street puts guests in the heart of midtown.
Location: 70 Park Avenue New York, NY  10016
Phone: 212-973-2400
Opening Date: July 2004

Hotel Solamar is slated to open in Downtown San Diego in April of 2005.

The 235-room Hotel Solamar marks Kimpton’s entrance into the San Diego market. The vibrant décor and ambiance of the hotel will appeal to both leisure and business travelers.  Susan Caruso of Intra-Spec, Inc. Design, a notable Marina Del Rey-based interior design firm, has created a sense of urban style.  Adjacent to the hotel will be a full-service restaurant designed by Bob Puccini of The Puccini Restaurant Group.  A second 120-seat restaurant, a casual rooftop bar and grill  – is destined to be a local hotspot.  This high-energy restaurant and bar will feature social food and creative cocktails.  Additionally the 10,000 square foot rooftop will include a pool, cabanas, fire pits and outdoor fitness center.   Hotel Solamar is located next to Petco Park, the new home of the San Diego Padres, and just three blocks from the convention center.
Location: The hotel will be located on the highly visible corner of Sixth Avenue and J Street – the official gateway to the popular Gaslamp District and new Ballpark area. 
Opening Date: April 2005



Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Kathleen Bertolani
Andrew Freeman
Phone:  415.397.5572

Also See: Joseph Long Named EVP of Acquisition and Development for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants / Aug 2003
LaSalle Hotel Properties Acquires the Hotel George for $24.1 million; Kimpton Group Named Manager / September 2003

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