Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced 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 snack.
Starting this week at participating Kimpton hotels such as the Morrison House in Washington, DC 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.
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.
“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,” said Emily Wines, master sommelier and Kimpton’s senior director of national beverage programs. “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. 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.”