Staying At A Kimpton This Summer? Don’t Forget The Secret Social Password

Filed Under: Hotels, IHG Rewards

IHG initially announced that they were purchasing Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants back in 2014, but up until this year the brands continued to operate separately. Earlier this year the Kimpton Karma Rewards program was integrated into the IHG Rewards Club program.

Understandably, many people were concerned that IHG’s takeover of Kimpton would mean that the brand would lose what makes it special. Kimpton has always been known for how well they take care of their guests, and that even though they had several dozen hotels, their properties always felt boutique.

The good news is that for the most part I think Kimptons haven’t changed too much, and now it’s nice to see the return of what was a very cool Kimpton feature. For years Kimpton has seasonally had a “secret social password” that you can provide at check-in to get a special surprise. This password was typically available through social media channels, so it was a way for Kimpton to engage with guests in a different way.

For stays through September 3, 2018, Kimpton’s secret social password is “out of office.” This is according to the Brice Hotel’s Instagram.

So just mention that at check-in at any Kimpton property and you’ll get a special surprise, which could include something like a free upgrade, free breakfast, free parking, or something along those lines. I’ve been impressed by how generous Kimpton has been with this promotion, since they typically provide something of real value. It’s not like they give you a 19 cent branded koozie.

So hopefully some of you can take advantage of this. There have been tons of promotions to get IHG Rewards Club members to stay at Kimpton properties (like a promotion for one free night at any IHG hotel after a two night stay at select Kimptons), so this is something to add even more value to your stays.


  1. damn it, i just stayed at the Kimpton La Peer (in the picture) last weekend. Wish I had known about this.

  2. Kimpton Minneapolis is a straight $45 credit. No restrictions. Pretty nice. Especially for those who booked the Kimpton Flash Sale rate for the free IHG cert.

  3. Chicago Palomar gives you a plastic branded cup…i declined it as I have enough junk. I would have thought there would be some brand continuity.

  4. Thanks Lucky!

    Does that work on stays with the Chase free night very too? IHG usually gives bupkus on award stays which is why I dropped my Ambassador status.

  5. Thanks Lucky! Perfect timing. I stayed at a Kimpton Hotel Saturday night. I said the social password “Out of Office” that front desk clerk looked at me like I was an alien.

    After checking with the Manager, she offered me $25 breakfast credit or a movie.

  6. Thanks for the heads up! I just got a $30 credit at the Huntington Beach, CA location.

  7. Dang, just stayed at the Van Zandt in Austin this weekend, hopefully would have covered the ridiculous $42 a night parking fee. Nice hotel otherwise…minus the stupid new trend in showers that have a fixed glass door that only covers 50% of the shower, so your bathroom gets soaked.

  8. I’ll be staying at Kimpton Eventi in late September. Any suggestions for how I can get the secret social password for after September 3rd??? Thanks!

  9. Mentioned the social password at Kimpton Dewitt in Amsterdam and we were offered breakfast for free (2 nights x 2 persons), which is priced € 21 per person per night.

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