Use the Kimpton Hotel Secret Password to Get Upgrades, Free Drinks and More

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Kimpton Hotel is known as a funky boutique hotel brand. One of many aspects of its charm is a “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?

Now through February 14, 2021, the Kimpton Hotel secret password is “Lift Your Spirits”.

Kimpton Hotel Secret Password "Lift Your Spirits"

Kimpton Hotels have had a seasonal or monthly secret password for years, even before they were acquired by IHG in 2014. Some of the secret passwords have been phrases such as “flip flops,” “baby, it's cold outside,” “chilled to perfection,” and even “marshmallow.”

This winter, Kimpton Hotel is reusing a classic secret password “lift your spirits”. It is valid at all their locations (hopefully) until February 14, 2021. Kimpton Hotels have stated that every hotel honors the secret password differently, so it will be a surprise what you'll get.

However, note that some travelers have reported not getting any bonus when using a secret password. But, it's unclear if the receptionist just wasn't in the know or if that particular hotel didn't participate.

What Secret Password Perks May You Get

Plenty of bonuses have been reported by guests using Kimpton Hotels' secret password. Here are some examples:

  • Free parking (regular or valet)
  • Free breakfast
  • Free upgrade
  • Wine
  • A whisky tasting tour
  • Cupcakes
  • A movie night in your room
  • Free drinks at the bar
  • Surprise gift-wrapped presents
  • Drink kits (like a Bailey's hot chocolate)
  • Mini-bar credit

The bonuses aren't always at the hotel, as some hotels have partnered with other companies, such as another restaurant or perhaps a whisky distillery.

Sometimes you can even get multiple bonuses!

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:

IHG elite members get a “Raid the Bar” credit as a benefit when staying at Kimpton Hotel. By using the secret password,┬áyour Raid the Bar credit could be doubled.

Our Take

We had a few months in 2020 without a secret password, so it's nice to see that they're 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 for after February 14, 2021, make sure to check back with us or on Kimpton's social media 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® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. You'll score complimentary Platinum Elite status in addition to plenty of other card benefits.

Have you used the Kimpton Hotel secret password before? What did you get?

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    This is a fun thing to participate in and the benefits are pretty cool. I’m glad it’s back.

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    The password works…. I’ve used it several times

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    I have been using the secret passwords ever since Kimpton became a part of IHG. (Reading blogs taught me about this benefit. I hadn’t even heard of Kimpton Hotels until they became part of IHG). Ive gotten some of the gifts described here. Once, a couple of days after the password had expired (with no new one replacing it) I said the password and the manager gave the gift to me anyway. It certainly make the visit a bit more fun.

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    Any more examples of the off-site surprises?

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      I’d say such off-site surprises are unusual. But, the on-site gifts have been incredibly varied over the years, with certainly some stinkers, but also some truly quality stuff.

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    Haha I didn’t know about it but love this idea! Hope other hotels will do something similar in the future to “lift your spirits” ­čśë