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 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?

Now through September 6, 2021, the Kimpton Hotel secret password is “No More Sweatpants”.

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 summer, Kimpton Hotel is using the secret password “no more sweatpants”. It is valid at all their locations until September 6, 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)
  • Complimentary 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, your Raid the Bar credit could be doubled.

Our Take

We had a few months in 2021 without a secret password, so it's nice to see that it's 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 September 6, 2021, make sure to check back with us or on Kimpton's social media to see if there's a new password.

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

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  • Stanley Yee says:

    Thanks for the current password. Have a Kimpton stay next week and looking forward to see what bonus I get.

  • It’s an interesting promotion, but it’s a nice bonus for an existing stay, rather than convincing me to make a new reservation.

  • So far I’ve had £75 bar credit, amazing hipflasks, lots of in-room goodies, soft toys and different, free parking and in-room cocktails. Not saying what hotel does what as that might ruin the surprise! I checked out a hotel on 28th and they launched the password a few hours later, but was already checking in to a new hotel that night – they did not disappoint.

  • This is a great tip – wish I would have known about it sooner as my wife and I enjoy staying at Kimpton hotels. They’ve always thrown in extra little perks for us for special occasions when I have asked as well – champagne, wine, free upgrade…I have found their staff very inviting and helpful plus it never hurts to ask! Looking forward to trying out the secret code next time. Thanks!

  • This is amazing, great deal. Kimpton is always providing more value.

  • Darn! I was just at a Kimpton Friday night! I wish I had known this then. I have another stay coming up, perhaps I can switch it to a Kimpton. This sounds like a fun thing to try just to see what they give. Thanks!

  • Good work Kimptons and award wallet. I will stay at Kimpton next month definitely I’ll try a secret password. Thanks for sharing.

  • This just sounds gimmicky to me. Although I guess it does keep them in the conversation so any advertising is considered good advertising.

    • Agree, kinda gimmicky. Does create some buzz, but I do feel there’s better ways to do it than roll with “no more sweatpants” lol…

  • MIchael R Karpiel says:

    Stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Born in Denver May 21-24 so just missed out on this. Kept checking for a new Social Password up to the day of arrival.

    Ah well we have a Kimpton Muse NYC stay coming up in a few months and another Kimpton stay in mid Sept (so hoping for new password for that one).

  • So refreshing to find a hotel chain that still has a sense of fun about travel and vacation….love Kimpton hotels! Wish more hotel chains could/would duplicate this level of whimsy and excitement about something that is supposed to fun in the first place – travel!

  • Yup….I’ve used the secret password and it does indeed work

  • Is this US Kimptoms only?

  • Free breakfast would be of great value if you book a family room. 🙂

  • Bhikhu Shah says:

    I love this, it engages the customer and make you want to go there.

  • Had no idea this was a thing, how fun! Definitely good branding and wish other hotels would do more ‘fun’ things like this

  • Secret password makes everything sound so exclusive!

  • Maryjane says:

    I love Kimptons and the secret password. I have an Amex offer for a Kimpton so I’ll now be able to use the password for a bit of extra value during that stay.

  • Excellent idea! I h ope to visit you soon

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

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

  • 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.

  • Any more examples of the off-site surprises?

    • 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.

  • 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” 😉