Suite Dreams: Helix, DC's Hippest Boutique Hotel
The gay-friendly pet-friendly, everyone-and-everything-friendly Kimpton Hotels has a large number of hotel properties in the DC area. It can be difficult to choose among them. Rising to the top of the cool Kimpton hotels in the heart of gay-popular DC is the recently renovated Hotel Helix .
Known for its large-format 10-foot-tall Magritte-style painting leaning against the building's facade, the Helix serves up a playful demeanor, with an motion-sensitve curtain quickly partying as you enter or leave (making you feel like a star entering the stage); whimsical decorative elements throughout the hotel; a friendly, swanky lounge just off the main check-in area; and a competent, helpful staff quick with a smile or quip.
There are 178 guestrooms with 18 spacious suites which are a good choice for couples or business travelers who may need to stretch out or hold a meeting.
Kimpton Hotels are pet friendly with a nice package of amenities awaiting Fido. If you join Kimpton's In-Touch Loyalty Program, you will receive free WiFi access at the hotel. This is also a nice hotel if you decide to come see the latest gay-themed exhibit " Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture " on view now on exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.