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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.
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.
Shaw Dogs reports that Hotel Helix has restarted their weekly Doggie Happy Hours on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm on the Patio. Complimentary doggies snacks are served, and there are drink specials for humans. Hotel Helix is at 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW.