Palomar San Diego comes up with a mobile, photo-based scavenger hunt

A hotel in San Diego has initiated a contest, Scavenger Hunt with Friends, in which it is going to send guests and locals alike on a city-wide hunt.

Palomar San Diego, a Kimpton Hotel, is taking this initiative, for which participants need to download the iPhone and Android mobile application, Scavenger Hunt with Friends.

Scavenger Hunt with Friends is a social networking-based game that allows users to create scavenger hunts by selecting a list of pre-determined items or creating their own customised list. As items are discovered, hunters document their progress by snapping photos of their finds through a mobile device’s built-in camera and uploading the image to the game. Scavenger Hunt with Friends is available on both iOS devices and Android devices.

Scavenger Hunt with Friends was created by Asbury Mobile, a Philadelphia-based start-up company.


After downloading the app, participants need to tap on the “Hotel Palomar San Diego” hunt listed at the top of the screen and join the hunt. The scavenger hunt and 72-hour countdown officially kicks-off on January 20 at 8:00 p.m. when the list of clues will be revealed.When an item is found,participants have to take a photo and upload it to the application.To win, contestants must complete the hunt and upload photos to fit the clues. The contest and photo upload ends on January 23 at 8:00 p.m.

“Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants are always looking for fun and creative ways to engage our guests and locals, while utilising new social media platforms and technology. We think this is a perfect way for participants to have fun and experience the nooks and crannies of San Diego, while having a chance of winning some great prizes. We see it as a creative take on our ‘Live Like a Local’ programme, which provides guests with an authentic local San Diego experience,” said Mark Van Cooney, general manager of Hotel Palomar San Diego.

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