The Kimpton Hotels Secret Password Experience Thread (2018 Onward)

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A tradition of Kimpton is to have secret social passwords periodically during the year (note - this means there are periods when there isn't a password). Any guest mentioning the password at check-in will be given an amenity at the discretion of the hotel. This thread lists the current password and what members received.

The current password is “Off Duty” and is good until September 2, 2019.

Official postings will come from http://www.facebook.com/Kimpton or Kimpton's Twitter account.
The thread documenting what was offered in previous years may be found here - https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/othe...rd-thread.html

Q. What happens if a property isn't aware of the secret password promotion?
A. If you have a mobile device, go to Kimpton's Facebook or Instagram feed, find their post announcing the secret password, and show it to the uninformed staff member. If needed, escalate to a supervisor. After the fact, send a note to IHG Customer Care or post a message via social media to Kimpton's attention.

Q. Is the promotion limited to IHG Rewards/IC Ambassador members only?
A. No, the promotion is open to any guest with a reservation at the hotel.

Q. Is the promotion good for award stays or is it only for paid stays?
A. The promotion is good for any stay, paid or award.

Q. What if I forget to mention the password when I check in?
A. You can always try and mention it at the front desk later during your stay and see if they will honor it. YMMV.
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Old Dec 28, 18, 10:39 pm
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Originally Posted by tucsnaz View Post
Christmas Eve the Secret Password got us two mini bottles of Ciroc Red Berry Vodka and two $15 vouchers towards breakfast at the Blue Hound. Fair enough I guess, but I prefer my vodka unflavored and having had a lackluster experience the previous evening at the Blue Hound we opted for a different place on our own dime.
That's a weak offer. They gave me free parking during my stay in June.
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Old Dec 30, 18, 7:11 pm
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Hotel Monaco Portland, get to pick items from basket, I could only see a Reindeer Teddy bear, a box that was gift wrapped, I picked the Reindeer for my 5 year old daughter.
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Old Dec 30, 18, 8:09 pm
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I thought I'd just done fairly badly at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, but yours takes the biscuit.

Pick a number between 1 and 9, apparently each one corresponds to a different gift. The check-in assistant went off behind the scenes for a bit and came back with a bath bomb (which was number 8 if the match of number to different prize is genuine).

Zero Spire benefits as well, although I may be able to get a late checkout if I call on the day we leave.
Better result at the Kimpton Solamar San Diego. Select a (plastic) ice cube with some tongs from a number of them in an ice cooler. On one side of each cube is a picture that corresponds to the gift. A bottle of champagne for us. It's likely that you can see some of the prizes if the cubes are facing the right way as you pick from the selection which may help!
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Old Dec 30, 18, 8:20 pm
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Today got to draw a snowman out of a basket and two dots on the bottom got me a $15 bar credit. I’ll take that since it stacks wirh the Raid the Bar card.
Got the same snowman/bar credit. If you take the $10 green no-housekeeping option (Choose to Conserve), as I did, you have a $35 aggregate credit to work with.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 11:05 pm
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At kimpton cardinal in Winston-Salem NC when I checked in I asked "do you still do the password since IHG merger & said the phrase." I was greeted by a smile and yes you said it we do... then asked to pick a candy cane from box, I got late checkout. Then after finishing check in signatures asked would 12:30 be good late checkout? Hmmm really I mean I like Kimptons but even as top teir just don't really get any in stay benefits: I ended with same room category I booked, no upgrade, a $10 raid bar for soda & Pellegrino then gifted 1 hour extension on checkout. Shouldn't a top teir 50+ night a year geust get hmmm i dunno

- guaranteed 4pm checkout
- guaranteed room upgrade, including suites
- lounge

Still, very nice property except thin walls but I was happy with my stay and would book again when in area of course unless they build a westin or even an aloft which honestly is my new brand of choice for leisure staye as travel with pet & like to play pool.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 3:58 am
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Kimpton Aertson Nashville

Got a "scratch off" with 4 options, ended up with either bottle of red, white, or 2 local crafts.

Opted for the beer, and it stacked ontop of my IC amenity.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 12:27 pm
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They were apparently out of secret password gifts, but I was offered 2 x 15 USD vouchers for their new - and unfortunately highly forgettable - breakfast concept in the hotel restaurant. Was also informed that the same vouchers could alternatively be used towards additional "raid the minibar" spending (did receive a 10 USD voucher for that at check-in). In hindsight, perhaps that would have been the best use.
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Old Jan 6, 19, 8:07 am
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Originally Posted by where2travel View Post
I thought I'd just done fairly badly at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, but yours takes the biscuit.

Pick a number between 1 and 9, apparently each one corresponds to a different gift. The check-in assistant went off behind the scenes for a bit and came back with a bath bomb (which was number 8 if the match of number to different prize is genuine).

Zero Spire benefits as well, although I may be able to get a late checkout if I call on the day we leave.
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Pathetic. At least useable. Hope it was at least a good brand.

Monaco DC gave me a branded glass (1) a while back. 👎. They (Kimptonj should either do it properly or give it up. I am surprised by the huge differences between hotels within the group.
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Yup. The Kimpton Minneapolis gave me a straight $45 credit to my bill + a gift basket containing Surly Beer, Gummy Bears, and Popcorn. And this dude gets a bar of soap. That is unbelievable, no excuse for that!
We debated whether to take the soap with us! I suppose that made it a conversation piece, albeit not in the way Kimpton would hope, "Boy, this is the worst ever 'benefit' that's supposed to be cool and fun."

Gummy bears and popcorn sound amazing by comparison.

Oh, and while we aren't Spire and the hotel was packed and we couldn't get much checkout extension (11 --> 12), it was a lovely place. We'd go back. Just wouldn't expect a damn thing from the password.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by rogo View Post
We debated whether to take the soap with us! I suppose that made it a conversation piece, albeit not in the way Kimpton would hope, "Boy, this is the worst ever 'benefit' that's supposed to be cool and fun."

Gummy bears and popcorn sound amazing by comparison.

Oh, and while we aren't Spire and the hotel was packed and we couldn't get much checkout extension (11 --> 12), it was a lovely place. We'd go back. Just wouldn't expect a damn thing from the password.
Very interesting happening place. The chef in their restaurant is a lovely guy. Did a class with him.
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Old Jan 8, 19, 9:13 am
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Kimpton Marlow in Boston. Your gift is awarded based on your random selection of a glass from a tray. I received an "Old Fashioned" Kit. I don't drink them, but maybe will try it. Not much value to me, but cute anyway.
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Old Jan 8, 19, 4:37 pm
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Kimpton Marlow in Boston. Your gift is awarded based on your random selection of a glass from a tray. I received an "Old Fashioned" Kit. I don't drink them, but maybe will try it. Not much value to me, but cute anyway.
Based on yours, and some other "gift" options I've been seeing posted on this thread, it appears IHG/Kimpton have severely clamped down on this. These are absolute crap gifts compared to last year.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 5:41 pm
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Kimpton Everly Hotel (Hollywood, CA).

Offered my choice of gifts out of a basket, including free PPV movie and popcorn, coffee and pastry, and jars of candy. I chose a pop socket.

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Old Jan 12, 19, 8:22 am
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The secret password gift from the Kimpton EPIC in Miami was a small bottle of rum with a south beach design. -Nice touch!

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Old Jan 14, 19, 11:11 am
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Week of 1/7
  • DC Monaco gave me an I Love DC mug, wine opener (Which I had to give away b/c of TSA), Kimpton key chain, and Monaco notebook
  • LA Palomar gave a $15 credit to hotel restaurant
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Old Jan 16, 19, 11:02 am
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This week’s experience:

Philly Monaco - picked a snowman and won a free movie. I couldn’t use this and was t really going to have bar time so passed on their offer of a free drink.

DC Mason & Rook - spun the wheel and won two free breakfasts. They offered a different prize but I stuck with the breakfasts.
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