Kimpton Announces Plans to Expand Southern California Footprint

SAN FRANCISCO—Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants announced today it will expand its footprint in the Southern California market with the management of a new four-star hotel in Palm Springs. Slated for a 2015 opening, the new construction, luxury hotel will feature 190 rooms and a rooftop bar and pool. Located in the epicenter of the city’s newly revitalized downtown, the hotel will also offer a chef-driven, destination restaurant and more than 24,000 square feet total event and meeting space, as well as views of the Mount San Jacinto State Park.

For Kimpton, the new Palm Springs property represents an important expansion of the brand’s presence in Southern California, joining existing hotels in Los Angeles (Hotel Palomar Westwood and the Hotel Wilshire), Santa Barbara (Canary Hotel), and San Diego (Hotel Solamar, Hotel La Jolla, and the Hotel Palomar San Diego). The hotel also signifies continued momentum for Kimpton’s real estate and development team, with this being the fourth addition to the portfolio announced this year, following announcements for new properties in Savannah, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. Overall, the San Francisco-based hotel and restaurant company now operates 58 hotels and 67 restaurants, bars, and lounges in 24 cities.

“Kimpton has established a strong following in the Southern California market with the success of our properties in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego, which makes Palm Springs a natural choice for extending our brand,” said Kimpton CEO Mike Depatie. “It’s exciting for us to be a part of the city’s downtown revitalization as the first new construction property in the area since the late 1980s. We’re confident that we’ll bring something unique to the city as it continues to evolve as a tourist and group travel destination.”

Kimpton was selected for the management contract by hotel developer and owner, Wessman Development Company, one of Coachella Valley’s specialists in developing commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects. “With its reputation for combining upscale design and creative amenities with warm and welcoming customer service and chef-driven restaurants, Kimpton was a natural choice for us with this hotel,” explained Wessman Development Company President and Owner John Wessman. “They are also a familiar and well-loved brand in the Southern California market, and we believe a Kimpton hotel will be especially well-received here in Palm Springs.”

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