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Unlike the majority of my hotel visits, I still remember the first time I stayed in a Kimpton hotel. It was at the Hotel Monico in Portland as part of the Society of American Travel Writers’ annual meeting, and my room came with a goldfish. A goldfish! With a name!

Touches like that are what make Kimpton hotels special, a trait that IHG group no doubt agrees with, as it just purchased the boutique group for $430 million in cash. The Kimptons will be a contrast to IHG’s normal spectrum of mainstream hotels including the Holiday Inn and Intercontinental, providing a unique “boutique” angle to the group’s spectrum of properties.

Everything should be inked by the end of the first quarter in 2015. I for one am looking forward to earning IHG rewards points at the world’s Kimptons.

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