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Kimpton Hotels have a funky boutique hotel brand image. One of many aspects of its charm is the Kimpton secret password or “social password” that guests can mention at check-in to get a perk, benefit, or bonus. These include items like free parking, a free breakfast, a free upgrade, etc.
What's the Current Kimpton Hotel Secret Password?
It's been several months since the last secret password. The last ended on February 20, 2023. Now, there's a new password running May 26–September 3, 2023. When checking into a Kimpton hotel between those dates, you can use the secret password “no shade” to (hopefully) receive a special perk or privilege.
Kimpton Hotels have provided seasonal or monthly secret passwords to guests for years. The tradition started before IHG acquired the brand in 2014. Some of the secret passwords have been phrases such as “stay cool,” “flip flops,” “baby, it's cold outside,” “chilled to perfection,” and even “marshmallow.”
This summer, Kimpton Hotel is using the secret password “no shade.” It is valid at all participating locations May 26–September 3, 2023. Kimpton Hotels have stated that every hotel honors the secret password differently, so it's a surprise what you'll get.
However, note that some travelers have reported not getting any bonus when using a secret password. It's unclear whether the receptionist just wasn't in the know or if that particular hotel didn't participate.
What Secret Password Perks You Might Get
Guests have reported plenty of bonuses when using the Kimpton Hotels' secret password. Here are some examples:
- Free parking (regular or valet)
- Complimentary breakfast
- Free upgrade
- Complimentary bottle of wine
- A whisky-tasting tour
- A movie night in your room
- Free drinks at the bar
- Surprise gift-wrapped presents
- Drink kits (like Bailey's hot chocolate)
- Mini-bar credit
The bonuses aren't always at the hotel, as some hotels have partnered with other companies. For example, such as another restaurant or perhaps a whisky distillery.
Sometimes you can even get multiple bonuses!
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Many of the hotels try to make their bonus gift quite special. One reported bringing sand from the beach to create a beautiful display, and another provided this:
— Luxitality (@Luxitality) July 1, 2016
IHG One Rewards elite members get a “Raid the Bar” credit as a benefit when staying at Kimpton Hotel. By using the secret password, your Raid the Bar credit could be doubled.
It's been three months since the last password “expired,” so it's nice to see the Kimpton secret password is back. This password will be around for a while, so you don't have to scramble to find out if it's been changed before your stay. If you do have a stay booked this summer, make sure to check Kimpton's social media — or right here on AwardWallet — to see if there's a new password.
If you want more perks when staying at Kimpton Hotel (and other IHG brands), check out the IHG One Rewards Premier Credit Card. You'll score complimentary Platinum Elite status along with plenty of other card benefits.
Remember to check out our complete roundup of hotel promotions if you prefer another brand over Kimpton.
Have you used the Kimpton Hotel secret password before? What did you get?
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