Hotel Palomar: Feeling at home in San Francisco

A stay at the Kimpton's Hotel Palomar in San Francisco is as comfortable as a home away from home. Photo: Bryan Kolesar

 Lobby, The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar) Lobby, The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar)

SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2011 — Stepping inside the Hotel Palomar on Fourth Street in downtown San Francisco, you are immediately made to feel at home.

It could be the gracious doorman or the beautiful lobby, or it might be Maverick, a friendly chocolate lab with the official title of ‘Director of Pet Relations.’

The Hotel Palomar is a pet-friendly hotel, perhaps one of the most pet-friendly of any major chains. There are no weight limits or restrictions on dogs in guest rooms and a variety of services can be arranged for guests’ four-legged friends — from dog walks, to room service, to grooming, and other special care packages.

 Maverick, Director of Doggy Relations, The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar) Maverick, Director of Doggy Relations, The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar)

Rooms and Amenities

An upper-end mid-tier boutique hotel with nearly 200 guest rooms, The Palomar creates a welcome respite. Being warmly welcomed by hotel staff, including Maverick, is just the first way in which guests are made to feel at home. After leaving the lobby, guests find themselves transported to plush and comfortable rooms.

Guest rooms with city views are available on the busier street side of the hotel. For optimal relaxation, rooms on the hotel’s interior are often more desired for the quiet and peaceful overlook into the building’s interior ‘Zen Garden.”

At 315-square-feet, even the smallest Deluxe Rooms are designed to give guests a feeling of ease and space for relaxation. Room amenities are generously-sized to make sleeping, desk work, and time in the bathroom comfortable while away from home.  Plush robe and slippers add yet another comforting touch of home.

While room service is available around the clock, getting out the guest room looking for that cup of coffee or tea needed to get the day started does not require leaving the hotel. Beginning at 6 a.m. each morning, newspapers and fresh beverages are available in the comfortable lounge outside of the hotel’s Fifth Floor Restaurant.

Water for two and four legged guests. The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar)

Water for two and four legged guests. The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar)


The hotel offers the requisite services that most travelers expect and rely upon. The fitness center and business center offer the basics necessary to stay in shape and in touch while away from home.

Hotel Palomar takes it one step farther with a complete menu of pampering in-room spa services.

For those looking to get a little exercise outside of the hotel, a running “consultant” leaves the lobby each weekday morning at 7 a.m. for a custom-made run through the City; no reservation required.

Nearby and Around the City

Leaving the hotel for the day to explore the City and beyond, transportation options abound within just steps of the Palomar’s front door. Around the corner on Market Street, the Powell Street BART station is easily accessible and efficiently takes riders to a number of downtown stops or as far as the San Francisco International Airport (approximately 30 minutes), Berkeley (35 minutes), and Walnut Creek (40 minutes).

Future plans include extending service farther south to San Jose.

Just across Market Street from the hotel and the BART station is the turntable for two cable car lines: the Powell-Mason line and the Powell-Hyde line. Watching incoming cars go through the unloading, turning, and reloading process is a near-mandatory tourist sight by itself. If you choose to ride, the two lines take different routes up and over Nob and Russian Hills before arriving at different points near Fisherman’s Wharf.

Taxi, bus, and trolley services are all also nearby, numerous, and very convenient for getting around to explore this rich and visually-stunning 7-by-7 mile city. The number of diverse attractions are too numerous to list but include nearby SF MoMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for the artists, Union Square for the shopaholics, Golden Gate Park across town for the nature- and sports-minded, and Chinatown for the foodies.

 Fifth Floor Restaurant, The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar)Fifth Floor Restaurant, The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar)rdquo;/></p> <!-- p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Fifth Floor Restaurant, The Hotel Palomar, San Francisco (Photo: Bryan Kolesar)

Hotel Restaurant Services

When it comes time to return from a day of exploring the city, the Fifth Floor Restaurant and Lounge will be ready to satisfy your hunger and thirst. The highly acclaimed kitchen staff serves up small plates of food at the bar — like oysters, mussels, cheeses, and Wagu beef tartare — or a more significant tableside dinner may include any number of choices from land or sea.

Seasonal specials are available as well. During a February visit to the hotel, for instance, the specially priced package bought a decadent Fifth Floor Burger — complete with Comte, bourbon onions, and fries — with an accompanying shot of Buffalo Trace Bourbon and a locally brewed Lagunitas IPA, for a very reasonable $25.

But, if staying dressed-down in the comfort of the guestroom is more the order of the evening, any of the menu items are available for prompt and professional room service.

When the time finally comes to check-out and leave the Hotel Palomar, chances are very good that you will feel like you are leaving home to go home.

Read about Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in Travel Baltimore: The Hotel Monaco and the American Brasserie Restaurant.   Read Bryan Kolesar’s After Hours at the Brew Lounge also in the Communities at the Washington Times.

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Bryan Kolesar

Bryan Kolesar has been tracking down great beer for over twenty years. From the most hard-to-find delicately balanced low alcohol beer to the big monsters weighing in at over 10% ABV, he has yet to find a style that does not have a story to tell and a taste to share. Though, when pushed, Kolesar has historically staked a claim to the Saison style as one of the most versatile and his favorite.

In 2005, Bryan co-founded The Brew Lounge blog/website as a canvas to illustrate the best of the craft brewing industry and to document his own travels within it. Though he has lived in Philadelphia and is currently headquartered in the city's western suburbs, Kolesar shares a wealth of information and images that he collects from his travels around the world and some of the best beers that he has tasted along the way.

In 2010, Kolesar came aboard the Communities section of The Washington Times to contribute stories from across the craft brewing industry as it continues more than ever its explosive growth amongst increasingly more of the mainstream alcohol-consuming public. 

While the beer - its tastes, aromas, and incredible pairing opportunities with food - is often the beginning of a story, he often finds it more interesting to dive into the stories behind the people, places, and events associated with the final product. 

Locally around Philadelphia, he has been named a Beer Writer of the Year finalist multiple times, hosted beer/running events during each annual Philly Beer Week, served as a Philly Beer Geek judge, paneled local beers for submission into the Great American Beer Festival competition, judged beer and food competitions, been featured in local publications chronicling the beer scene, and been named the "Best Beer Guy" of 2008. 

In addition to his beer-y pursuits, Kolesar works a professional career in the business world by day and dabbles in distance running, cooking, homebrewing, gardening, photography, and is a staunch advocate for animal rescue/adoption. He lives with his wife, Patty, of fifteen years and has been a long time, mostly suffering, supporter of local Philadelphia sports.

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