Kimpton Winter Secret Password 2021

Kimpton Winter Secret Password 2016
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Kimpton normally treats their guests pretty awesome, but a few times a year, they offer a secret password to provide a little something extra.  The Kimpton Winter Secret Password is “Just Chilling”.  When you check in to your reservation, just mention the secret password and you’ll be surprised with a little treat.

What is the Kimpton Winter Secret Password?

The Kimpton secret password comes out twice a year – once in the summer and again in the winter. The Kimpton summer secret password is typically announced in mid-May and they release the Kimpton winter secret password in mid-November.

The Kimpton Winter Secret Password for 2021 is “just chilling.” It is good through Monday, February 21, 2022. This is the perfect time to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to book reservations to take full advantage of this awesome extra perk!

How do you use the Kimpton Secret Password?

The Kimpton Winter Secret Password is simple to use. You don’t even need elite status or be a member of IHG Rewards to benefit from it.

Simply book a stay between now and Monday, February 21, 2022, at any Kimpton hotel or resort. Upon arrival, mention the Kimpton secret password “just chilling” at the check-in counter to receive a special gift.

What do you get with the Kimpton Secret Password?

While many travelers favor consistency, I love that every Kimpton hotel is different. And their execution of the Kimpton secret password is no exception. Every hotel treats the Kimpton Winter Secret Password differently.

Handmade gifts from the hotel

Some provide a unique gift or cocktail made by the local staff. For example, during our stay at the Kimpton Palomar in San Diego in January 2017, we received this drink kit to make a hot toddy.

Kimpton Palomar San Diego Secret Password Feeling Toasty surprise
Using the Kimpton secret password “Feeling Toasty” at Kimpton Palomar in San Diego got me this fancy drink kit in 2017.

Fun games and prizes

When we checked into the Kimpton Journeyman in Milwaukee and used the Kimpton Winter Secret Password, they brought out this goodie basket. It was filled with individually wrapped presents that you can choose from. Although none of the gifts were extravagant, I loved the effort and festiveness.

Kimpton Journeyman Secret Password goodies
Using the Kimpton secret password at the Kimpton Journeyman in Milwaukee brought out this goody basket

Free drink coupon

A free drink isn’t that exciting, but free is free. And when some hotels have pretty pricey drinks on the menu, one of these coupons can save you a bunch of cash. This coupon was given to me at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco a couple of years ago when I used the Kimpton Winter Secret Password.

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Kimpton secret password 2017 drink ticket
Free drinks at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco, CA.

Other Kimpton secret password gifts

Some Kimpton hotels give guests the choice of what they’d like to receive when using the Kimpton Winter Secret Password. A few of the choices that I’ve been offered include:

  • Two free drinks at the bar
  • A movie and popcorn package
  • Dining credit at the on-site restaurant
  • Free valet parking

When offered the choice (or when they offer something I don’t like), I typically request free valet parking. Most hotels charge $30-$40 per night for valet parking, so those charges add up quickly! And when you receive that as a benefit, it is for your entire stay. So, if you’re staying multiple nights, ask if free valet parking is an option.

Upcoming stays to use Kimpton Winter Secret Password

I’m looking forward to using the Kimpton Winter Secret Password during my upcoming stays over the next three months. I only have one stay booked right now, but I need to book some additional visits.

  • Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Atlanta.  Anna is working this weekend, so we’re going to do a little staycation to start off 2017 and begin the process of requalifying for Inner Circle status.

I have a few IHG free night certificates and an Inner Circle new hotel free night certificate that I need to use. Currently, the free night benefit is available at the Shinjuku (Tokyo), Mai-Lai (Bangkok), Vividora (Barcelona), and Alton (San Francisco). Of these options, the most likely opportunity is the San Francisco free night.

It’s time to book some stays to use the certificates before they expire while enjoying the extra goodies that come with the Kimpton secret password.

The Bald Thoughts

I love being able to stack benefits with IHG Rewards and my Kimpton Inner Circle status. While IHG has extended elite status benefits for another year, it is never too early to start accumulating stay credits and points towards renewing status for next year. And with each stay, I’ll use the Kimpton Winter Secret Password of “Just Chilling” to receive a little something extra. Remember, whatever you receive is in addition to the $10 Raid The Mini-Bar benefits (Gold and above members) and the custom Inner Circle Welcome Amenity. Talk about spoiled!

What’s the best Kimpton secret password gift that you’ve ever received?

* First published January 1, 2017, on Updated November 28, 2021.


    • Hi Bee, I haven’t seen the Secret Password for Summer yet. As soon as I hear something, I will be sharing it in a blog post. Please sign up for our newsletter so that you’ll receive it as soon as we know it! Which DC property are you staying at?

  1. Enjoyed spinning the social password wheel at Hotel Fontenot last night. Landed on free upgrade first, but since I’d already thankfully been upgraded to a Spa Suite, I got to spin again. Happily took home the prize: a nice bottle of red wine (didn’t need it during my stay since I thoroughly enjoyed Wine Hour).

    • That’s awesome, Carl. Congrats on the upgrade. I’ve been wanting to visit the Fontenot since early 2020 when my plans had to be canceled due to covid. I’ve heard great things about the property from friends.


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