Kimpton Properties' New Bites, Buyouts, and Bloody Bars
As summer approaches, five Kimpton Southern California hotels are spicing up their corporate meetings offerings, incorporating new menus, buyout options, and local team building initiatives for small to mid-sized groups. Hotel Palomar San Diego, Kimpton Solamar Hotel, the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, the Goodland, and the Canary are offering corporate groups a chance to experience new restaurants and hotel offerings while mixing things up with hands-on activities, such as salsa-making competitions and make-your-own Bloody Mary bars, among others.
Hotel Palomar San Diego is heating things up with “¡Caliente!” Utilizing the hotel’s new Mexican-inspired 1,600-square-foot Arriba room, groups can host friendly team building events just above the new Curadero restaurant. In addition to a stylish flex-space layout, the Arriba Room includes vintage video games, a shuffleboard and foosball table. In addition, groups can sample the new flavorful menu from Chef Brad Kraten in a hands-on salsa or Margarita-making contest.
Up the street at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, groups can put their creative skills to the test with a new make-your-own-Bloody Mary bar. Playing off San Diego’s East Village vibe, the hotel will also offer "social plates" at the newly-renovated Upper East Bar, which debuted earlier this month. The 7,500-square-foot outdoor space caters to both small and large-sized groups, with a flexible layout and a shareable menu. Rooftop games include shuffleboard, giant Connect Four, and cornhole.
At Kimpton’s coastal Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, groups are given a taste of island life, courtesy of its new Pacific Hideaway restaurant, which launched this month. The catering menu draws flavors from coastal hotspots throughout the Pacific, with bites such as ahi tuna poke tostadas, fried avocado tacos, and whole fried Tai snapper, served with salsas, fresh vegetables, and other accoutrements. In addition, groups can take advantage of the new state-of-the-art fitness facility “The Gym.” For groups looking to reach new heights, trust-based activities can take place on The Gym’s 40-foot wide rocking bouldering wall.
The Goodland in Goleta now offers a buyout option for large groups. Included are all 158-rooms, two meetings spaces, flexible poolside event space, a customized catering menu, access to the hotel’s VNYL record shop, and organized games, such as corn hole, on the hotel’s lawn adjacent to the pool. Ideal for corporate and social groups, the buyout option offers a private one-of-a-kind experience and 5,000-square-feet of meeting space. Menu items, provided from the hotel’s Outpost restaurant include sriracha fish tacos, pork ribs, and bibimbap.
And, at the Canary Santa Barbara, corporate groups have a choice of partaking in a guacamole and margarita challenge, or firing up their own branded flatbread in Finch & Fork’s state-of-the-art oven. One includes a trip to the local farmer’s market with Finch & Fork’s Executive Chef James Siao, while the latter adds in a business component as teams create, name, and brand a signature flatbread for the win. Groups can also take advantage of the hotel’s famous rooftop, complete with 360-degree views of downtown Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean, as well as 7,300-square-feet of event space.
“We’ve always been passionate about creating initiatives that infuse local experiences into group meetings,” said Jim Hollister, director of operations for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Southern California and Arizona. “The new summer and fall options not only help build camaraderie but also give our guests an opportunity to experience all of our incredible new restaurants and hotel updates. We are looking forward to sharing new elements that continue to make our Southern California hotels the ideal destinations to corporate groups.”