by Borderstan.com March 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,226 3 Comments

"Borderstan" "Hotel Palomar"

Hotel Palomar  on P Street NW was purchased by  LaSalle Hotel Properties from Kimpton Hotels. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

The ownership is the only thing that seems sure to change after LaSalle Hotel Properties purchased Hotel Palomar from Kimpton for $143.8 million. As reported by Bloomberg, Kimpton will continue to manage the property at 2121 P Street NW, in which they invested a little more than $30 million for renovations in 2006.

Kimpton owns several hotels in the area, including two in the Dupont-Logan area: Hotel Rouge on 16th Street NW and Hotel Helix on Rhode Island Avenue NW — plus Topaz (17th and N NW) and Hotel Monaco near the Verizon Center.

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by Borderstan.com July 12, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,008 0

DoubleTree Hotel DC, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos, doggy happy hour

The DoubleTree Hotel at 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW is one of the locations of three weekly doggy happy hours in the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tori Tyree. Questions? Leave a comment or email Tori at [email protected].

Recently someone asked me what I thought about doggie happy hours in D.C. and I realized I had never actually been to one. In this part of Northwest D.C. — where dogs are sometimes substitute children — restaurants with patios have discovered that a night dedicated to your pooch (with drink specials) is a definite business builder.

So, I decided it was time to check one out for myself and headed to the DoubleTree Hotel at 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW on a recent Thursday evening. The crowd was small, and in a gated patio, all the dogs were off leash. The bartenders knew all the dogs by name and brought them bags of dog treats before getting drinks for their two-legged companions.

There were Pit Bulls hanging out with little Cockapoos. An old Husky was checking to see if anyone had dropped any food, and a Terrier mix alerted the crowd about any newcomers.

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