UPDATED 2/25/2019, 8:30 am CST – Reader Pasha reminded me that there is also a current Amex Offer for $60 statement credit if you spend $300+ at Kimpton that would stack with this promotion. We’ve added a paragraph in our article below about the Amex Offer. This is a great idea to bring your cost down even lower for a stay at one of these Kimpton properties!
Summary of the Deal
Kimpton is offering a 3rd-night-free rate at 7 properties in Seattle, Denver and Portland. You must book by March 2, and your stay can be any time between now and May 5 (subject to availability and blackout dates).
The following 7 Kimpton hotels are participating in this offer:
- Kimpton Hotel Monaco
- Kimpton Hotel Vintage
- Kimpton Palladian Hotel
- Kimpton Hotel Born
- Kimpton Hotel Monaco
- Kimpton Riverplace Hotel
- Kimpton Hotel Vintage
We received an email from IHG/Kimpton suggesting that this is a “Member Exclusive Offer,” but we were able to locate a direct link to access it (no email or member login required):
Is This a Good Deal?
Based on our spot-check, yes. We tried some different ranges of nights at the Kimpton Palladian Hotel in Seattle, and the promotional 3rd-night-free rate was better than any other publicly available rate we checked, including standard discounted rates such as AAA.
In addition, the cancellation policy on this 3rd-night-free rate is generous – free cancellation until 6:00 pm local hotel time on the 2nd day before check-in.
Here’s an example of the results of our search at the Kimpton Palladian in Seattle for a 3-night stay, Sunday 3/17 through Wednesday 3/20:
Note that this “3rd Nights a Charm” rate is almost $30 per night less than the next-lowest rate (the City Lights Sale) – and that rate is a pre-paid non-refundable rate! The promotional rate is much, much better.
UPDATE: In addition, Reader Pasha reminds us that there is a current Amex Offer for $60 statement credit if you spend $300+ at Kimpton Hotels. The Amex Offer runs through May 1, so it covers almost all of the time period of this promotion. In our example above, if you paid with an Amex card enrolled in this Offer, you’d reduce your cost from $483.43 down to $423.43, leaving you with an all-in cost of $141 per night. This is pretty much unheard-of for a high-end hotel in downtown Seattle!
Unfortunately, we also see that the Kimpton Palladian Seattle has a $15/night (plus tax) “guest amenity fee.” The fee covers phone calls, “upgraded” WiFi, access to some fitness classes, and a potentially interesting one – “Car2Go registration with 24/7 access to their fleet of Mercedes vehicles ($35 value) including $10 drive credit.”
This Car2Go benefit seems potentially useful to us (for instance, we might be able to grab a car for a few minutes to drive Philly from the hotel to her office or pick her up; or we might get a car for a couple of hours to have dinner with Middle Age Miles daughter Maria at the University of Washington without needing an Uber). Have any Middle Age Miles readers have used this benefit, and if so, would you be able to shed some light on it for us in the Comments?
Could You Stack This with the Citi Prestige 4th-Night-Free Benefit?
It seems like there’s a good chance that you could do this. The offer is available through a publicly-accessible link. Although the rate says it’s a member-exclusive offer, even if that requirement is enforced it seems like the IHG number can simply be added during the booking process. This would be standard operating procedure for the Citi Prestige Aspire Concierge in our experience. So, we *think* that Citi Prestige 4NF would work here.
Assuming that it does, let’s take a look at our example reservation above, but extend it by one night. It turns out that the 4th night is somewhat more expensive. Here’s what our rate would now look like on a 4-night booking from March 17 through March 21:
Here, we end up with a base room rate of $155.75 per night, which is the amount we’d receive as our 4NF benefit. That would bring the all-in total for our 4-night stay down to $641.80 ($160/night all-in). That’s pretty solid for a nice hotel in downtown Seattle!
Anything Else We Need to Know About This Deal?
Just thinking about our example hotel, the Kimpton Palladian Seattle appears to be a very nice but quirky hotel. The furnishings are unusual – in our house we’d probably call them “hipster.” If that’s not your style, you’d probably be better off choosing somewhere else.
The Kimpton Palladian Seattle advertises a “Hosted Evening Wine Hour” each night. This might be a nice benefit to help wind down your day there. And as we previously noted, it advertises access to fitness classes (“Riot Athletics”) and Car2Go services during your stay. It also advertises complimentary morning coffee + tea service and loaner public bikes.
Stays using this promotional rate will count toward your requirements for IHG’s current Rewards Nights Faster promotion, which runs through April 30.
Kimpton often has a “secret password” that you can mention at check-in and receive a special treat. This applies chain-wide, not just at the Kimpton Palladian Seattle. We checked Kimpton’s Twitter feed, and we could not locate a currently-active password (the last one expired on February 17), but maybe there will be a new one soon.
Can you take advantage of this promotion? Do you have any more information for us on the Car2Go benefit or whether this promotion can be stacked with Citi Prestige 4NF? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!
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