FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Westwood

Jun 1, 2013
2013 / June 2013

Arrival/Check-In: Before the airport shuttle van had even come to a complete stop, a valet and a bellhop stepped forward to greet me, relieving me of my luggage and accompanying me to the front desk. Check-in was swift and pleasant, with the clerk reminding me of this Kimpton property’s evening hosted Wine Hour in the lobby and complimentary coffee and tea service there every morning. The friendly bellhop escorted me to my room, relating features of the hotel and my room along the way.

Guest Quarters: My Vista room provided an extremely comfortable king-sized bed, loaded with pillows and soft linens; two bedside tables with reading lamps and an iHome docking clock radio; and a stylish chaise longue and standing lamp strategically positioned beside the floor-to-ceiling window with a genuinely stunning view. The towers of Century City in the immediate foreground gave way to downtown L.A. skyscrapers farther south, while off to the west I could see the blue Pacific shimmering in the afternoon sun. Opposite the bed a large console housed a well-stocked minibar and refrigerator; a safe; and the large, flat-screen television. I really appreciated the adjoining large desk and ergonomic work chair with easy access to multiple power outlets.

The roomy bathroom offered a generous single-sink vanity stocked with Etro from Milano toiletries, created exclusively for Kimpton in support of Dress for Success. The mild, unscented formulas would be pleasing to men and women alike. The tub/shower combo boasted responsive controls and good water pressure. Like the bedroom, the color palette included neutral walls and floor with pops of color in the accessories and original artwork.

Services/Amenities: The Palomar offers BLVD 16, a lounge and restaurant just off the street-level lobby. Although off-site business meetings and dinners didn’t afford me the opportunity to sample that menu or room service, I appreciated the swift and courteous tableside service of the continental breakfast (complimentary to Kimpton InTouch loyalty members) I enjoyed each morning there. I did sample the atmosphere in the hotel’s “living room,” the aptly named lobby area furnished with cozy chairs and sofas, an open-sided fireplace and soft lighting. The Wine Hour offers guests the opportunity to enjoy several bottlings chosen by Palomar’s master sommelier while visiting with work colleagues, meeting other guests or simply enjoying the live music (never so intrusive as to make conversation difficult). I found it to be a comfortable, relaxing setting, even for a solo traveler.

The hotel offers on-site parking, a small but pleasantly sited outdoor heated pool and deck area, ballroom and meeting space, two computers and a printer in the business center, and a fitness center. Although it lacked weight machines, the other equipment was up to date, and the sixth-floor windows provided distracting views overlooking Wilshire Boulevard. Note to animal lovers: The Palomar welcomes four-legged travelers with several pet-friendly features at no fee, no matter the size of your companion. I took advantage of the property’s car service, offering complimentary drop-off within three miles of the hotel. This encompasses the shopping and luxury hotels of Beverly Hills as well as the U.C.L.A. campus — what more could a girl need?

The Experience: The Hotel Palomar offers boutique-style, comfortable accommodations in a pleasant, convenient location with every amenity a business or leisure traveler could want. Every staff member I met seemed genuinely eager to assist me, greeting me warmly each time I arrived “home” and seeing me off cheerfully on each departure. I would highly recommend a stay here if your travels take you to Los Angeles.

GT Checklist

  • Doorman/valet
  • Less than 10 minutes for check-in
  • Separate tub and shower
  • Large vanity
  • High-quality towels
  • Powerful, unattached hair dryer
  • High-quality bed linens
  • Large, flat-screen television
  • Large desk with convenient outlets
  • Large, complimentary laptop safe
  • Complimentary in-room WiFi
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Stocked minibar
  • Ample lighting
  • In-room coffeemaker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • State-of-the-art fitness center

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Westwood

10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
tel 310 475 8711
kimptonhotels.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Feb 8, 2023

Maastricht is for Art Lovers

The southern Dutch city of Maastricht is one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands, and home to many art institutions and art fairs, including TEFAF Maastricht, Europe’s premier trade show for fine art.

Discover Seoul’s Sustainable Side

Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.

January/February 2023
Feb 8, 2023

Sum of Its Parts: Discover the True Pulse of the City in Chicago’s Diverse Neighborhoods

Without visiting, it’d be easy to throw Chicago into any number of categories. Everyone thinks they know Chicago; after all, it’s the third-largest city in America, the most prestigious foodie city in the country, the city of jazz, a comedian’s playground, an architect’s dream, a writer’s paradise. The list goes on. Only when walking the streets themselves do you realize there’s nothing categorical about the Windy City, especially as it continues to evolve.

75 Years Connecting the Americas

Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.

eFlyer Deals
Feb 8, 2023

Regent Romance at The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough, one of London’s most luxurious properties and part of Oetker Collection, offers a romantic afternoon tea experience alongside a hotel stay just in time for Valentine’s Day. Available Feb. 11, 12 and 14, Valentine’s Afternoon Tea features Rosé Champagne and a rose cake to share with that special someone.

Hit the High Notes in Nashville

Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.

eFlyer Lead
Feb 8, 2023

Devastating Türkiye, Syrian Earthquake: How to Help as Death Toll Rises

A deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Türkiye and Syria Feb. 6, with more than 11,000 fatalities thus far reported. That number is expected to grow as rescue operations continue.