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Hotel Palomar Update ~ Dallas, TX

I was just informed that the Hotel Palomar was the first hotel in Texas to install EV (electric vehicle) Ecotality charging stations! Way to be green and give hotel guests the opportunity to charge their electric cars in oil rich Texas!

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Hotel Palomar ~ Dallas, TX

On a recent trip to Dallas, we searched for green options in lodging and unfortunately not much to my surprise, there weren’t many.  In fact, I could only find one, a Kimpton property called, Hotel Palomar, on Mockingbird Lane.  Luckily, this property is pretty amazing.  I remember when it was a dilapidated abandoned hotel on the outskirts of downtown by SMU.  The Owners did an amazing rehab of the building keeping the existing structure in tact (very green) and doing a multi-million dollar renovation to the interior.    While this property is not LEED Certified like the majority of the other hotels I frequent, all Kimpton hotels do have an EarthCare Program which is a lot better than most and am happy to support while traveling.  Their EarthCare Program ensures that all Palomar rooms are cleaned with ecofriendly products and  have in-room recycling, fair-trade organic coffee, low-flow toilets and faucets, energy-efficient lighting.  As always, I wish even more programs like composting, organic cotton sheets and towels, hybrid car service, etc., but nevertheless it’s a good start in the right direction.

The overall experience was great.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  The rooms were clean, modern, spacious and completed with a very comfortable bed.  The hotel hosts a complimentary appetizer and wine hour in the hotel lobby from 5-6PM which we really enjoyed as a start to our night out.   They also gave you a $10 credit for the minibar if you wanted to enjoy an organic snack or beverage in your room.  We weren’t in town long enough to checkout the restaurant, Central 214,  although it is said to source local organic foods and be worth a visit, maybe next time.