Kimpton plans first northern Californian boutique hotel

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury and lifestyle portfolio, is developing its first boutique hotel in northern California.

Having already broken ground in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula, Kimpton Pacific Grove Hotel is expected to open in late 2025.

Mission style

Kimpton’s first boutique property in the market is designed to exude elevated, laid-back and feature locally inspired restaurant and bar concepts.

Owned and developed by Cypress 16 in conjunction with Interport Capital and L&B Realty Advisors, Kimpton Pacific Grove Hotel will be a newly built, Mission-style four-storey hotel.

Accommodation provision

The site will house 101 guestrooms, including six suites and a hospitality parlour equipped with its own private outdoor terrace.

Rooms situated on the third and fourth floors will provide guests with sweeping views of Monterey Bay.

California setting

The hotel’s expansive 3,650 sq ft courtyard and fireplace will provide travellers with a California setting to host meetings and events or a celebration.

RRM Design Group will serve as the property architect and Narrative Design Studio will outfit the entirety of the hotel’s interiors. Huff Construction Company is tasked as the general contractor for the construction of the project while Johnson Controls Capital will provide financing.

Fresh food focus

Inspired by the California coastline, the hotel is set to become a culinary go-to for guests and locals alike thanks to its restaurant and bar venue’s focus on local cuisine, fresh seafood and locally grown produce. 

As with all Kimptons, amenities and services such as morning coffee and tea service, evening social hour, a ‘forgot it? we’ve got it!’ programme, in-room yoga mats, on-site fitness centre, complimentary bicycles and pet-friendly policies should enhance the guest experience.

One-of-a-kind destination

Mike DeFrino, MD, luxury and lifestyles Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “California has always been home to the Kimpton brand, and we’re thrilled to continue to thoughtfully grow our footprint in this important market.

“Not only is Pacific Grove located on the beautiful Monterey Bay, offering visitors spectacular views of the coastline, but it’s also home to many historic and charming homes and businesses, making it a truly one-of-a-kind destination.”

Beautifully distinct

Gary Roffe, managing partner, Cypress 16, added: “Partnering with IHG Hotels & Resorts to create such a beautifully distinct hotel in the Pacific Grove neighbourhood is an exciting venture.

“There’s nothing like this hotel in the area, and we’re looking forward to building a place that honours this idyllic beachfront city and can become a great contributor to the fabric of the local community.”

Regional footprint

When it opens in 2025, Kimpton Pacific Grove will become the 10 Kimpton hotel in California.

The brand currently has 75 open hotels globally and 50 projects in the pipeline, including Kimpton Hotel Reno, a 270-key property coming to Nevada in Q1 2025, and Kimpton Hotel San Antonio, bringing 347 rooms to Texas in Q4 2024.