Kimpton’s 5-star culture

July 21, 2011, 1:00 PM UTC

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants delivers top-tier service to its guests, but it gives its employees — and their pets — white-glove treatment too.

By Christopher Tkaczyk, reporter

FORTUNE — To business travelers, Kimpton, the privately owned operator of 55 hotels across the U.S., may be best known for its boutique properties like the Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco and the Epic in Miami. But among its employees, the company is highly regarded for its workplace, which offers generous benefits, ample perks, and a particularly pet-friendly environment. Animal owners can take advantage of discounted pet insurance, and employees are free to bring their dogs to work every day — as long as they stay out of guest rooms. Here, general manager Mark Fischer and Brady take a break at the Ink48 hotel in New York City.

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For rank: 83
  • Headquarters : San Francisco
  • Employees: 7,200
  • Revenue: $687 million
  • Fun fact: Founded in 1981 by investment banker Bill Kimpton, the company was one of the first operators of boutique hotels in the U.S.