There are more great Arizona summer staycation deals than there are triple-digit days here in Arizona. Well, maybe not quite, but those great deals help the hot summer days melt away. I continue my roundup of my favorite Arizona staycations today with Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix.

Be sure to check out all of my choices for great Arizona staycations here.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Phoenix

Named one of the best hotel rooftop bars by USA Today and Travel + Leisure, LUSTRE Rooftop Bar in Downtown Phoenix plans to keep things cool this summer with events nearly every night of the week, all summer long with its “100 Days of Summer” event series along with discounted stays at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. I was at Hotel Palomar this weekend and it was such a fun stay right in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

Guest Room at Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Guest Room at Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Perched on the third-floor pool deck of Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with a pool and cabanas that offer sweeping views of the city skyline, craft cocktails, an energetic vibe and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside. By the afternoon, the heat of the sun was blocked by the building, so we sat on comfy sofas with a light breeze blowing as we sipped margaritas and nibbled on chips and guacamole.

LUSTRE Rooftop Bar. Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

LUSTRE Rooftop Bar. Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

During the 100 Days of Summer, there are a ton of events running Memorial Day through Labor Day, including:

  • Mondays are Industry Appreciation Days
    • Pool opens at noon
    • Happy hour all day for anyone with a valid industry ID or business card
  • Sutra Yoga Series on Thursdays
    • Classes 7 to 8 pm
    • Dj spins music during the yoga class to go along with weekly themes, including 80s remix, starry night, 90s hip hop, meditation, reggae, and candlelight yoga
  • Saturdays and Sunday Live at LUSTRE
    • Pool opens at 11 am
    • Live bands and DJs will entertain guests on Saturdays from 2 to 6 pm and 8 pm until midnight and on Sundays from 2 to 6 pm
    • Event is free and open to the public
  • Monthly ongoing events
LUSTRE Cabana at Kimpton Hotel Palomar

LUSTRE Cabana. Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Kimpton Hotel Palomar has some fun specials for those wanting a staycation filled with fun in the sun:

  • $132 and a Bucket of Brew
    • Rates start at $132
    • Includes a bucket of beer at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
    • Available for Sunday through Wednesdays only
  • 100 Days of Summer
    • Rates start at $109
    • Includes a VIP Discount Card good for 10% off both Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and LUSTRE Rooftop Bar
  • Tequila and Tan Lines
    • Rates start at $135
    • Includes a pitcher of margaritas at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar
  • Uber Package
    • Flat room rate of $139 for king/queen and queen deluxe skyline rooms
    • Guest receives on $20 credit to use with Uber per stay

During your stay at Hotel Palomar, be sure to stop by Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, on the hotel's second floor, for a meal to remember. My husband and I had dinner there and it was filled with such great flavors. Everything was a little bit familiar, a little bit comfortable, but also edgy, distinct, and different. That is a rare rare combination for a chef to pull off and Chef Sean Currid does it remarkably well.

The Lawless cocktail at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails offers up the aroma of tobacco. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

The Lawless cocktail at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails offers up the aroma of tobacco. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

My husband had one of the “low down & dirty” cocktails, the Lawless. The waiter brought the drink out in a separate carafe—a blend of Four Roses bourbon, “truck stop” bitters, and wormwood liqueur. He also brought out a glass that was upside down and filled with tobacco smoke. At the table, he turned the glass over and poured in the amber liquid as the steam wafted out. I grew up on a tobacco farm in Virginia and the smell of tobacco is a part of my soul. That drink took me back a few decades with the aroma. The taste was very smooth as well.

Another memory-filled moment was when I bit into the deviled eggs. I've always said no one makes deviled eggs like my mother (those Southern roots again). These weren't like my mother's, but had enough of that old school feel that it made me nostalgic. But tucked under the creamy yolk was a bacon jam to die for.

 

The deviled eggs at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. feature a bacon jam Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

The deviled eggs at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. feature a bacon jam Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

I enjoyed the chop salad that was almost too beautiful to eat. But, I'm glad I did because it was filled with amazing flavors of the desert, from pepitas and dried corn to cotija cheese and fresh avocado.

The chopped salad at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

The chopped salad at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

My main course was the hot game hen, a crispy Cornish game hen with a sweet and sour sauce that had just enough heat to make it full of flavor. It was served with crispy Romanesco, charred eggplant and pickles.

The hot game hen at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is a nice blend of sweet and sour. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

The hot game hen at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is a nice blend of sweet and sour. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix opened June 5, 2012 in the heart of vibrant downtown Phoenix at CityScape, a dynamic new mixed-use development featuring shopping, entertainment and dining. Hotel Palomar Phoenix is an urban retreat that strikes the balance between the energy of its city setting and Arizona's laid-back lifestyle. The boutique hotel offers 242 spacious guest rooms and suites, all with modern interior touches and views of the surrounding city and mountains.

Lobby at Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Lobby at Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Photo courtesy Kimpton Hotel Palomar

In step with the signature style of Kimpton's Hotel Palomar, this Phoenix destination combines contemporary design with an “Art in Motion” theme embracing the undercurrent of artistic energy throughout. Amenities include approximately 10,000 square feet of multi-use space across 10 meeting rooms, which can be customized for social and business events. The adjacent Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails showcases a menu of new American cuisine for lunch, dinner, late-night and weekend brunch and a blazing cocktail program that raises the bar for drink culture in the city's urban core, while the hotel's third-floor outdoor pool terrace and adjacent LUSTRE Rooftop Bar provide a scenic venue for gathering. Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape is located at 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Ariz. 85004. To learn more, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.

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