[Expired] Kimpton secret password Fall 2022: Pick-a-stick

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Update: We have received word that this secret password is no longer active.

Kimpton hotels has a new secret password that’s been out for at least a week: pick-a-stick. Mention this code at check-in at a Kimpton hotel or resort and you’ll get some sort of special surprise.

Sometimes you’ll get a free cocktail or two at the bar with the Kimpton secret password.

Kimpton has long (but only intermittently) taken to social media to share a special secret password that will get customers some special benefit when they say it upon checking in at Kimpton properties. The value of the surprise you receive can really vary (as can its value to you personally). For instance, Greg and I both stayed at the Kimpton Surfcomer in Miami Beach last weekend. Upon uttering the secret password, we were each prompted to quite literally “pick a stick” from what resembled a Jenga setup, with each stick having a corresponding prize printed on the bottom.

Greg got a hat:

a black hat on a wood surface
It’s both authentic and adjustable.

Truth be told, he wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about his hat. On the other hand, I got a free cocktail. As someone who typically does not drink cocktails, that didn’t excite me all that much. I bet we both would have been happier if the tables were turned and I probably should have thought about making a trade as my cocktail voucher went unused and I’m betting Greg’s hat has thus far gone unused as well. I’ll note that my cocktail voucher was valid for a drink — alcoholic or non-alcoholic — up to $13 in value. There were some fancy juices on the breakfast menu, but those were $14.

Sometimes secret password prizes include mini bar credits or free parking. Again, whether or not those things matter to you will vary, but it’s always worth giving the password and seeing what you get. I’m not sure when the current password ends, but if you check into a Kimpton in the near future, try saying “pick-a-stick”.

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Interesting! The Kimpton Kitalay Samui did accept the password. I hided it in a phrase something like, if they have playing games like Mikado, you know the one where you pick a stick. And the agent was immediately aware of this secret code. Next to some chocolates as my elite welcome gift, I received a box of 3 macarons with a tag “Enjoy secret code. 🙂 Pick-a-stick…”

So there is something to it!

Maybe you need to get creative and wrap the code.

Kevin Fedigan

Thank you for the heads up. We are headed to Kimpton Alton in San Francisco in a little over a week. Will definitely try out the secret phrase. I will say that check-in will be busy for me this time. Being Diamond Elite with IHG, hoping that they offer free breakfast (already emailed them and they said they would), then I also signed up for IC Ambassador program which “might” get us a room upgrade (never hurts to ask), and now to remember the secret phrase. Might need to make myself a checklist, lol


At the Kimpton Hotel Vintage in Seattle they are not aware of this secret word. They said the secret word they know is “stay cool.” They offered me some pretzels. But I politely decline them as I dont eat gluten. lol


Stayed at the Kimpton Monaco in Chicago this summer, gave them the secret word. The first pick was something we didn’t need, like free parking. So they let us pick again, and it was something like late checkout, but we already had Platinum status, so they let us pick again, and we got a snack, lol.

The following day they did give us a complimentary bottle of wine (which is what we really wanted) =)

I really enjoyed our stay, they made a great effort, and the free wine hour is fun.

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I stayed at the Kimpton Grey last year in Chicago and received a small bottle of grey goose, branded luggage tag and maybe some snacks. It was fun and honestly a delightful surprise.


Umm what’s the source for this? It’s not on either FB or IG.


Last time I stayed at a Kimpton during the summer and said the secret word, I got a little mug with some chocolates, balloon, and local honey sticks. Nice little gesture, but I wouldn’t expect something fancy. Just a nice little extra.


when does it end?



Also, last year I got $50 off the bill & another time 5k IHG points so really just depends!