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Hotel Palomar Washington DC Design

WASHINGTON, D.C.—With an artful blend of 1930s French Moderne style and bold European flair, the interior design of Hotel Palomar Washington DC fairly sizzles with sophistication. Part urban art gallery and all chic hotel, the entire space pops with visual and tactile surprises. Think edgy modern art and the voluptuous feel of a faux lynx throw on a plush bed; French Rouge du Roi crimson marble and soft leather.

Throughout the 335-room hotel, guests are enveloped in a soothing, comforting environment and surrounded by a luxe, but never fussy vibe. Soothing it may be, but with its striking architectural elements and expertly choreographed lighting, there is never a dull moment at Hotel Palomar.

“The idea was to surprise and intrigue guests while still embracing timeless style down to the last detail,“ says designer Cheryl Rowley of Beverly Hills. To set the tone, Rowley plays with rich materials, the effects of light, and the simplicity of clean, geometric forms. The scenes she creates are tailored and finely detailed. They are also underscored with playful elegance—like a lamp base disguised as a mask, and a faux alabaster bedside table that emits a luminous glow from within.

At Hotel Palomar Washington DC the drama begins as guests step into the soaring two-story entrance through simple glass doors with custom-made polished chrome appointments. Inside, the entry space is flanked by two full-height architectural panels, bathed in light, sculpted and finished in a lustrous patina inspired by the idea of a waterfall. Above head, Murano glass chandeliers in cream colored tones draw the eye to a wall of sleek ebonized wood paneling, pierced by glowing white onyx stone blocks.

The registration desk is wrapped in a highly polished dark mahogany punctuated with hand-crafted cabochon and stainless steel panels. Beside the desk, guests will be enthralled by a signature design element of Hotel Palomar—a wall inset with illuminated niches displaying a collection of objects d'art–including handmade crystal bowls with purple sunset coloration and a stylized still life of sculpted birch twigs and rocks. Underfoot, a floor of mocha colored marble inset with charcoal stone creates a loosely geometric pattern, adding to the overall play on light and textures.

Hotel Palomar's lobby offers visitors an utterly inviting gathering space furnished with groupings of Moderne-inspired sofas and chairs with high backs and arms for deep, cozy seating. The focal point is a tall, see-through fireplace outlined in French Rouge Du Roi crimson marble and warmed by the constant flicker of a welcoming fire. A hand-tufted Nepalese rug soothes with a soft palette of plum, cocoa, taupe and straw.

Corridors leading to guestrooms are laid with a rich Axminster wool carpet in an abstract pattern of boysenberry, camel and dark grey. The feel of the space is warm and rich and ultimately removed from the outside world, especially when guests discover the generously sized rooms, often over 520 square feet—some of the most spacious accommodations in the city. The guestroom palette of taupe and golden hues is enlivened by vivid splashes of color such as the vibrant mulberry of a chaise lounge, a fuchsia bolster bed pillow and bold modern art with dashes of magenta. Plush feather beds are swathed in crisp, white Frette linen and backed by beige upholstered faux leather headboards that stretch from floor to ceiling. At bedside a faux alabaster nightstand framed in polished wood is lit from within to create a captivating, soft glow. Flat screen televisions fit right in with the sleek lines of each guestroom.

Guestrooms and suites offer business travelers a private workspace oasis, with a maneuverable custom-designed zebrawood desk, an ergonomic mesh chair, and conveniently located data ports and power outlets with access to complimentary high speed Internet. Memorable down to the last detail, guest bathrooms are lined with Bianco Perla Italian marble flooring and granite stone vanity tops. Showers, tubs and sinks all sport top of the line Dornbracht plumbing fittings.

Public spaces at Hotel Palomar include the stylish Phillips Room, named for the city's nearby Phillips Collection. With a capacity of 300, the Phillips Room makes a simply elegant statement with its grill work ceiling over inset lighting, pearl tone wall covering and sconces of mirrored squares and champagne colored lights. The hotel has over 10,000 square feet of meeting space that may be configured to fit groups from 50 to 300 guests.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the first and leading collection of boutique hotels throughout the United States and Canada. Founded by Bill Kimpton in 1981, Kimpton Hotels offers services and design elements focused on care, comfort, style, flavor and fun. Every Kimpton hotel reflects the energy, personality and pulse of its location, history and architectural style. Each property features personalized guest services, comforting in-room amenities, specialty rooms and suites and provides a range of exciting culinary experiences through affiliated top-rated restaurants. Kimpton takes pride in its commitment to social responsibility and leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare programs. In addition, Kimpton demonstrates a unique dedication to its female guests with the Women InTouch program, offering comfortable and safe environments, in-room fitness and wellness options as well as the company's unique "Forgot It, We've Got It" honor bar, providing essentials that women travelers may have forgotten at home. Among the company's newest properties are the recently acquired Muse Hotel in New York, Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, and the Caleo Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. In Summer 2006, Kimpton will debut the Hotel Palomar Dallas and the Hotel Palomar in Washington D.C. Additional projects are underway in Southern California, Texas, Florida and Virginia. For more information, please visit www.Kimptonhotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

CONTACTS: Laura Westerman, Hisaoka Public Relations; 202-466-6286; Sarah Crocker, Kimpton Hotels, Washington D.C., 202-939-6441; Reservations: 202-448-1800.

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