Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Hotels

222 Kearny Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, California 94108
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Reservation Phone: (800) 546-7866
Local Phone: (800) 546-7866

This San Francisco-based hotel brand was founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton, a banker-turned-hotelier who became a pioneer in the hospitality industry. He was among the first in the United States to pursue the concept of  "boutique" hotels, transforming older properties into stylish oases featuring a high level of service and a more intimate guest experience than the cookie-cutter hotels of the time could provide.

When it comes to dogs, Kimpton again has been a hospitality industry leader. Its hosPETality program ensures that canine visitors are treated like valued family members. There are no breed or weight restriction, and never an extra fee for canine guests. Amenities such as dog beds and treats are part of the package. Many Kimpton hotels even have a "director of pet relations" on staff.

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Arizona at Huntington Dog Beach. Photo Credit: @lismariede
Arizona at Huntington Dog Beach. Photo Credit: @lismariede
Even in November and December, you’ll find yourself humming a Beach Boys tune as you stroll the sands of aptly named Dog Beach, a leash-free segment of a longer strand in Huntington Beach, aka “Surf City USA.” You’ll find a flip-flop casual welcome almost anywhere you go in this quintessential Orange County beach town just 35 miles south of Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highwaymore »
Maverick, director of pet relations at Kimpton's Palomar hotel.Kimpton Hotels and Joie de Vivre, the leading boutique hotel players in Northern California, are also leaders of the pack when it comes to dog-friendly policies. more »
Kimpton and Joie de Vivre, the leading boutique hotel players in Northern California, are also leaders lf the pack when it comes to dog-friendly policies.

JDV in 2009 dropped both weight limits and pet fees at 13 of its 35 properties, including seven in San Francisco, three in the East Bay and Marin County, and one in Silicon Valley. It also perked up in the amenities department to offer in-room dog beds, food, bowls and other amenities, along with lots of suggestions for folks paying the bill.

Kimpton Hotels, with 13 properties in Northern California, was the first full-service brand to go completely dog-friendly. Its HosPETality program makes available everything from beds to travel tags, doggie massage and gourmet cuisine. Lists of pet-friendly businesses are provided at check-in, and many properties have a four-legged "Director of Pet Relations" on site to welcome guests with a wet nose and wagging tail. Another brand that welcomes canine companions at no extra charge is Sheraton, which provides a Welcome Kit at check-in and beds and other amenities on request.
Kimpton couch dogsCanine-friendly hotels abound in San Francisco, but those in the Kimpton chain rate especially high with experienced DogTrekkers. Kimpton kicked off the dog-friendly lodging craze more than a decade ago and pampers pooches with in-room beds, bones, bowls and other amenities at all nine of its San Francisco properties. Some even keep a "director of pet relations" on staff. Best of all, there's never an extra charge for canine visitors.

If you don't have the kibble for Kimpton, consider the Ocean Park Motel, (dog fee $10-$20 per day) a streamline, modern jewel with ship-shape rooms, a grassy courtyard, a romantic hot tub—and free parking. There's lots of history at this 1936 landmark in the Sunset District, but what's best for dogs is a location just two blocks from Ocean Beach and adjacent Fort Funston, a leash-free canine playground that ranks as ranks as one of the premier dog hangouts in the city.

Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotels.
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