San Francisco, March 02, 2015
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today it is introducing a new Nightcap Program that will treat guests staying at 17 of its hotels to a “wee dram” or small pour of a nighttime libation paired with a special snack.
Starting this week at participating Kimpton hotels such as the Morrison House in Alexandria, VA and the Surfcomber in South Beach, Kimpton guests will be invited to sample a tasting of a traditional nightcap spirit or liqueur such as brandy, cognac or port, paired with an accompanying bite such as a shortbread cookie, nuts or chocolate. Nightly samplings will vary from property to property and might include tawny port and blue cheese, scotch and shortbread, or cognac and crystalized ginger.
In keeping with Kimpton’s spirit of individuality, hotels participating in the Nightcap Program are encouraged to interpret the offering in a way that makes sense for their unique travelers and location. For example, while most of the hotels will offer nightcaps during the evening hours from 9-10:30 most nights, at the Sky Hotel in Aspen, the tastings will likely be offered earlier to accommodate the après-ski crowd. At locations such as the Hotel Monaco Denver and Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, guest service staff will pass out “speakeasy” cards inviting guests to visit the front desk for a special pairing that evening.
Kimpton plans to roll out the Nightcap Program to additional hotels within its portfolio over the year ahead. Current participating hotels include:
- Surfcomber (South Beach, Fla.)
- Morrison House (Alexandria, VA)
- Topaz (Washington, DC)
- Hotel Madera (Washington, DC)
- Hotel Monaco Alexandria (Virginia)
- Hotel Monaco DC
- Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
- Hotel Allegro (Chicago)
- Hotel Monaco Denver
- Sky Hotel (Aspen, Colo.)
- Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
- Hotel Monaco Portland
- RiverPlace Hotel (Portland, Ore.)
- Canary Hotel (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
- Hotel La Jolla
“At Kimpton, our nightly Wine Hour has always been a very popular feature and provides us with a wonderful opportunity to engage with our guests in a meaningful social way. The new Nightcap Program takes this a step further, allowing us to honor a much loved tradition, showcase our fantastic selection of delicious spirits and innovate on how we interact with our guests,” said Master Sommelier and Kimpton’s Senior Director of National Beverage Programs, Emily Wines. “It’ll be fun to see how different hotels bring this to life from location to location. For example, a beachfront hotel or resort might offer an ice cold limoncello with skewers of frozen berries, while a mountainside hotel might sample sherry or port and chocolate -- the creative combinations are endless.”
Wines added that Kimpton guests who miss the hotel’s evening Nightcap, “are still welcome to join us at the bar.”
ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading brand of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travellers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.
Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” seven times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.
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