Kimpton Social Password, And My Experience With It

Kimpton Social Password, And My Experience With It

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Kimpton has a pretty cool “social password” concept, whereby you can receive extra perks for sharing a phrase at check-in. I wanted to talk about what the password currently is, share my experience using it, and also pose a question to Kimpton regulars about the least cringeworthy way to go about saying it.

What is the current Kimpton password?

Kimpton is one of the cooler IHG hotel groups, and there are a variety of things that set Kimpton apart from other IHG brands. One of those things is the social password. The idea is that seasonally Kimpton provides a phrase through social media that you’re supposed to say when you check-in, and if you do that, you’ll receive something extra.

The current Kimpton password is “just chilling,” and it’s valid for stays through February 21, 2022. So just say that when you check-in at a Kimpton property, and you’ll receive a surprise.

https://twitter.com/Kimpton/status/1464279330314330112

My experience using the Kimpton password

I recently stayed at the Kimpton EPIC Miami, which was my first Kimpton stay in quite a while (and it was a good value as well, as I was able to use a free night award earned with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review).

I was curious what the benefit would be for using the password. So I shared the “just chilling” password with the front desk agent. At the conclusion of the check-in experience, he brought out a game show-style wheel. I might have spun too hard, it must have gone around for about 30 seconds. Go figure I landed on the tile that just had me spin again.

Then I spun again, and the prize was free parking. I had a car and was staying for two nights, and parking costs $44 per night. So using the Kimpton password saved me nearly $100 — score!!

Kimpton social password wheel

Based on looking at the wheel, it seems that some of the other prizes include a free welcome drink, free breakfast, free snacks, and a free movie. There were also a few empty squares, where I guess you don’t win anything. And I’m not sure what the alarm clock, car tipping over, or postcard of Miami get you. Regardless, I’d say those are some awesome prizes, and I got a great reward.

It’s cute how the Kimpton EPIC Miami makes a game of this. I know there’s a lot of inconsistency when it comes to this benefit across Kimpton properties. Some hotels provide meaningful perks (an upgrade, free, parking, etc.), like I got here, while other hotels provide a 19 cent branded koozie.

It’s great that this has stuck around, given that it has presumably become increasingly popular. Years ago not everyone was on social media, so it was a good way to encourage people to follow Kimpton on Twitter, Instagram, etc. With the way the internet has evolved, times have changed a bit.

How do you non-awkwardly say the Kimpton password?

I’m hoping some Kimpton regulars can help me out here. As an introvert who finds regular social interactions to be exhausting, I’m curious how other go about using the password during checkin? I find it awkward to just randomly say “just chilling,” so what’s the best way to go about it?

The front desk guy checking me in was polite, and I said “I guess I’m supposed to say just chilling as the social password?” That did the trick, but I’d feel better about doing this in the future if I knew how others go about this. Is there a better way to go about it?

Bottom line

Through February 21, 2022, Kimpton’s social password is “just chilling.” Just state that phrase when you check-in at a Kimpton, and you should get some sort of a surprise. The surprise will vary by property, so there’s no reason not to take advantage of this if staying at a Kimpton.

I used this for the first time during a recent stay. I got to spin a wheel, and I ended up getting free parking, which would otherwise cost $44 per night.

If you’ve used the Kimpton password, what was your experience like?

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  1. Matt Guest

    Just finished a 3-night stay at Kimpton Monaco Philadelphia. Originally booked a standard King, I was proactively upgraded to a Park View King via Plat Elite status. Mentioned the secret pw at check-in, spun the wheel of fortune and miraculously landed on “room upgrade” which got us into a Corner King Spa on the 10th (top) floor for our entire 3-night stay. Sweet deal.

  2. ezra Guest

    I just stayed at the Kimpton Everly in Hollywood and I was given a $20 food and beverage credit. It was a bit cringey but I just said something to the effect of: "I guess I'm supposed to say I'm just chilling" and the person who checked me in was a great sport about it.

  3. glenn t Diamond

    Some of those 'rewards' are just darn insulting~ more like booby prizes!
    As some may be of no value, like free car parking when you have no car, it should be normal policy to offer something of use to the guest.

  4. boulderbri New Member

    Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort - had a dartboard instead of a spin wheel, and won $25 credit at the restaurant.

  5. Tom Guest

    I stayed at the Kimpton Sylvan in Buckhead, GA just the night before last (12/12) and simply worked it into conversation. I said something like "Oh, I live in the area so I'm here, just chilling for the night to relax" at which point the FD associate responded "I've got you, I've got a $15 bar credit for you, and a box of locally-made chocolates". While I do work it into conversation, I usually emphasize...

    I stayed at the Kimpton Sylvan in Buckhead, GA just the night before last (12/12) and simply worked it into conversation. I said something like "Oh, I live in the area so I'm here, just chilling for the night to relax" at which point the FD associate responded "I've got you, I've got a $15 bar credit for you, and a box of locally-made chocolates". While I do work it into conversation, I usually emphasize the phrase a bit, just to make it a bit clearer.

    She actually didn't know how to key it into their system, so she got another associate to key in and when asking the other associate for help she kind of tried to continue the game and not just be like "he has the just chilling coupon".

    I've had good luck with the social passwords in the past; the Kimpton Vero Beach had a prize wheel when I was there 2 years ago (when I spun it I got like a free parasailing rental or something like that, which I didn't want as a single person who was limping on a cane that trip, which the FD associate picked up on, so she slightly spun it one notch over and was like "oh, looks like you've now won free parking for the night"). I also recall using the password at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco just before the pandemic, and they gave me like a $20/night restaurant credit (which basically paid for breakfast every morning).

    Personally, I love the secret social password and I always try to work it into conversation. Its a fun game, and a good excuse to be a little silly.

  6. beachfan Guest

    I guess I don't understand the social anxiety of saying:

    "by the way, the password is...."

    I got 10k points from it when I spun the wheel.

  7. KahunnaTravel Guest

    used the PW this past week at the Kimpton Brice - Savannah. Reached into a box full of folded paper slips and drew out 2 free tickets for the Old Savannah Tours hop-on/hop-off tour bus. About a $77/value

  8. Corey Sacken Guest

    We received two little mini bottles of Bailey's and disgusting looking powdered cappuccino. It was worth maximum $2.

    The hotel itself was nice but that was worth a one-star review by itself if I wasn't a nice person.

  9. Ted Possum Guest

    "I believe the secret password is []"

  10. polarbear Guest

    Kimpton Goodland Goleta -asked specifically if they do social passwords (there's a lot of IHG things they were not aware of). They said yes, $15 off the bill.
    Well, good, except at checkout they tried to ADD a $15 charge.

  11. pbmchenry New Member

    I'm as introverted as they come, but I agree with the "more awkward the better" approach. Any way you do it is going to be awkward, so you might as well embrace the awkward, drop your voice, give an obvious look to make sure you aren't being overheard, give the password with an exaggerated wink and almost whisper the password to the front desk agent. In pre-COVID times I would also cover my mouth. The key is to have fun with it.

  12. Arco Guest

    Just checked into the Kimpton Angler in Miami and they had the wheel too. Free breakfast, Ill take it!

  13. CF_Frost New Member

    Do folks no longer blink at these kinds of expensive parking charges? It feels like parking fees have become unreasonably high all over the place yet we focus on Resort Fees.

    1. Greg Guest

      $44 for overnight valet parking doesn't seem high at all for a downtown location. I pay a lot more than that for a day's parking in a garage in San Francisco, for instance.

  14. Mike Guest

    Kimpton Alton in SF gave me a branded cotton tote, kinda cute but I was kinda hoping to spin a wheel and get free parking lol (especially since they charge $65/night)

  15. Deborah Guest

    This one is easy. When they ask how you are doing...you reply-pretty good, just chillin'. Or I'm looking forward to just chillin' in Miami for a few days.

    We used the password "sweater weather" at the Kimpton Amsterdam. It was December and quite warm so I said it's not exactly sweater weather when we checked in. We received free breakfast (no wheel to spin).

  16. GBOAC Diamond

    This summer we got a bottle of wine at the Bennaker in DC (formerly the Rouge). I have no trouble with the secret password -- after the check in is complete I'll say something like "now it's time for me to tell you the secret password". No big deal at all. Biggest challenge is remembering to do it:-)

  17. Steve Diamond

    Got free cookies at the Kimpton Epic in miami a couple years ago with the password. Not as good as free parking but i didnt have a car so i was happy with a couple of cookies at check-in.

  18. Dan Guest

    I’m looking forward to “just chilling” by the pool.

  19. tuotuo Member

    The more awkward the way, the better. Like, suddenly put on a sunglasses and deliberately whisper. At the end of the day it's a game. Everyone should have fun.A good laugh will do no harm.

  20. Ross Guest

    Ask them directly “are you doing the secret password?”

    They will either say “what’s the password” or say “yes,” to which you reply “the password is …”

    I found it awkward to say “no more sweatpants” a few months ago as well.

  21. Kevin Guest

    I used at the Epic Miami a couple of years ago and I had to pick a piece of paper out of the box. I originally got a bottle of champagne but since I do not drink I picked again and got free parking. Looks like they have stepped up the budget on the social password drawing.

  22. Ben Guest

    Ben - I say it exactly how you do. Got a nice mini cocktail package from the Kimpton in Winston-Salem this summer.

    Mike - that's just an uninformed employee for you - I've gotten a room upgrade at that exact Palomar before as a result. Same thing in San Diego.

    Really wish they had been bought by Hyatt, but c'est la vie.

  23. Nate Guest

    At the Monaco in Philly I got a double upgrade!

    1. kk Guest

      Nate, I'm going there in a week. Is there a wheel?

  24. Jason Guest

    It's not a check in "experience". It's just a check-in. Not everything is an "experience".

  25. Mike Coffey Guest

    I think it should be noted mileage varies tremendously with this thing. My wife and I stayed at the Kimpton Palomar in Philly this summer. I used what was then the "password", and the lady at the check-in desk looked at me like I was nuts and I didn't get anything. So either not all Kimptons participate in this or it's 100 percent a function of whether or not the staff there is properly trained.

  26. Brant Guest

    Write the password on the back of a business card and hand it to the desk clerk who is checking you in.

    Password:
    “Just Chilling”

    1. CJ Guest

      Got 1 oz (30 grams) of bath salts at Kimpton Taipei...

  27. Pam Guest

    Thanks for this! I am staying at the Kimpton in Hollywood later this month and will be sure to work in the password.

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Jason Guest

It's not a check in "experience". It's just a check-in. Not everything is an "experience".

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Tom Guest

I stayed at the Kimpton Sylvan in Buckhead, GA just the night before last (12/12) and simply worked it into conversation. I said something like "Oh, I live in the area so I'm here, just chilling for the night to relax" at which point the FD associate responded "I've got you, I've got a $15 bar credit for you, and a box of locally-made chocolates". While I do work it into conversation, I usually emphasize the phrase a bit, just to make it a bit clearer. She actually didn't know how to key it into their system, so she got another associate to key in and when asking the other associate for help she kind of tried to continue the game and not just be like "he has the just chilling coupon". I've had good luck with the social passwords in the past; the Kimpton Vero Beach had a prize wheel when I was there 2 years ago (when I spun it I got like a free parasailing rental or something like that, which I didn't want as a single person who was limping on a cane that trip, which the FD associate picked up on, so she slightly spun it one notch over and was like "oh, looks like you've now won free parking for the night"). I also recall using the password at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco just before the pandemic, and they gave me like a $20/night restaurant credit (which basically paid for breakfast every morning). Personally, I love the secret social password and I always try to work it into conversation. Its a fun game, and a good excuse to be a little silly.

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beachfan Guest

I guess I don't understand the social anxiety of saying: "by the way, the password is...." I got 10k points from it when I spun the wheel.

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