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

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

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IHG initially announced that it was purchasing Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants back in 2014, but up until a few years ago the brands continued to operate separately. Then in 2018 the Kimpton Karma Rewards program was finally 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 it takes care of guests, and even though there are several dozen locations, properties still maintain a boutique feel.

The good news is that for the most part I think Kimptons haven’t changed too much, and Kimpton has continued to offer one very cool benefit for guests. 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.

Kimpton has now introduced its new secret social password, valid through September 6, 2021, and it’s “No More Sweatpants.”

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.

Note that there’s a lot of inconsistency when it comes to this benefit. Some hotels provide meaningful benefits, while other hotels provide a 19 cent branded koozie. I guess with social media becoming increasingly popular more people are aware of these, and as a result they’re less special.

You can combine this with other opportunities to maximize Kimpton stays, from IHG’s current global points promotion, to the Amex Offers deal for Kimpton stays, to the InterContinental Ambassador enrollment offer.

If you have the chance to use the Kimpton social password in the coming months, please report back on what you get!

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  1. Hank

    I just stayed at the Kimpton Goodland in Goleta, CA (just outside of Santa Barbara). I received a $10 credit.

  2. Matt

    Stayed at La Peer in LA, got waved resort fee. Better then nothing

  3. ChrisC

    !I guess with social media becoming increasingly popular more people are aware of these, and as a result they’re less special."

    Says the man posting the 'secret' password on his website!

  4. Roberto

    Posting live from Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam:

    Mentioning the secret password at reception,

    got us a hipflask delivered to the room,

    filled with an alcoholic cocktail called "Cosmo Daisy", strong enough for 2

    And being InnerCircle got us an extra monogrammed copper hued cocktailshaker.

    Very nice surprise and great that they remembered our preferences!

  5. M

    The last two rewards we got for the secret password were a really crappy bar of soap and something worse by enough I don’t remember it making it past the lobby trash can.

    Forgetting the secret password is fine.

  6. TheTruthIs

    Someone is playing with your site. I did not write "jews". Everything else was correct.

  7. TheTruthIs

    Stayed at the Sawyer Kimpton in Sacramento, recently. Way over rated. Way over priced. Stained and dirty carpets. Uninteresting rooms. jews. Basic SE Asia style rooms. Had to beg for coffee. Terrible service.

  8. TheTruthIs

    Just stayed at the Sawyer Kimpton in Sacramento. Way over rated. Way over priced. Stained and dirty carpets. Uninteresting rooms. jews. Basic SE Asia style rooms. Had to beg for coffee. Terrible service.

  9. catherine taylor

    “The good news is that for the most part I think Kimptons haven’t changed too much....”

    Well, come on down to the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, run by Kimpton. We first dined in Cobalt, their main restaurant, in 2015. The food was quite good, in fact it became one of our “go to” restaurants for entertaining out of town guests, special occasions, etc. It was a welcome venue in a small town with not...

    “The good news is that for the most part I think Kimptons haven’t changed too much....”

    Well, come on down to the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, run by Kimpton. We first dined in Cobalt, their main restaurant, in 2015. The food was quite good, in fact it became one of our “go to” restaurants for entertaining out of town guests, special occasions, etc. It was a welcome venue in a small town with not a lot of fine dining options.

    In the past three years the quality has gone steadily down hill and has shifted emphasis from seafood to, inexplicably, given locale, steak and chops and those aren’t done particularly well. Menu by corporate mandate?

    Giving it a final chance on Easter Saturday we had indifferent service and even worse food. Never again, secret password be damned.

  10. Sir Walter Raleigh

    The extra secret password gets you even more perks. Say “Lou Bitgood” to the checkin agent loudly.

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Hank

I just stayed at the Kimpton Goodland in Goleta, CA (just outside of Santa Barbara). I received a $10 credit.

Matt

Stayed at La Peer in LA, got waved resort fee. Better then nothing

ChrisC

!I guess with social media becoming increasingly popular more people are aware of these, and as a result they’re less special." Says the man posting the 'secret' password on his website!

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