Industry Update
Press Release15 February 2019

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Celebrates Top Five Ranking and Ten Years on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List

Boutique hotel brand credits strong workplace rating to culture of servant leadership and empowerment

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Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO -  Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced it was named the fifth best company to work for on the 22nd annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®list, which is compiled based on surveyed employee feedback of their workplace culture. Kimpton celebrates its tenth year on this highly coveted list, a testament to the brand's award-winning culture that has stood the test of time. 2019 marks Kimpton's highest placement to-date, and the boutique hotel brand is honored alongside other organizations renowned for strong company cultures, such as Salesforce and Hilton.

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Kimpton prides itself on creating a welcoming and inclusive culture built on heartfelt human connections. The brand's longstanding ranking underscores its commitment to investing in Kimpton employees and inspiring them to bring their authentic personalities to work. This starts with understanding who Kimpton employees are, and what drives them to be the best versions of themselves. Kimpton celebrates unapologetic individuality and servant leadership, encouraging employees to take ownership of how they live the brand.

Offering competitive benefits is also a key factor to Kimpton successfully retaining top talent and is one of the many reasons why the brand has become the highest-ranked hospitality company in the U.S. for workplace culture. Understanding that different employees are motivated by different benefits, Kimpton offers everything from health care, family leave and tuition reimbursement to child and elder back-up care, complimentary dry cleaning, free fitness classes and professional development courses via Kimpton University.

"We're honored and humbled to be named to the Best Companies To Work For List for the tenth year, and are proud to be ranked alongside so many other incredible and inspiring organizations," said Mike DeFrino, CEO of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. "Our people are what make the Kimpton experience so unique. We encourage our employees to throw away the rulebook and empower them to act in the moment for our guests."

"The 2019 100 Best are the leaders in creating the most innovative workplaces built on trust," said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. "Employees at these organizations feel valued, respected and heard, and are inspired to be their best selves because of the commitment these winning companies have made to creating a great workplace for all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the company."

The 100 Best Companies is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. In addition to the honor of the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For list, Kimpton is also proud to be recognized on numerous other Great Place to Work lists including:

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies produce better business results by focusing on workplace culture. Powered by more than 30 years of research, Emprising®, its SaaS-enabled survey and analytics platform, gives companies access to the assessments, data, and reporting needed to build a high-trust, high-performance culture.

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up and coming markets in the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal.

Kimpton's employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.

In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.

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