What it’s like to stay in one of the Hotel Palomar DC’s Motion Spa Rooms

Kimpton Hotels is one of my favorite hotel brands. I love the boutique-feel of their properties. Plus, the hotels’ public spaces are uniquely decorated with each property having a different look, and the rooms are hip and functional.

On a recent trip to Washington, DC, I stayed at the Hotel Palomar in Dupont Circle. Upon check-in, I was upgraded to one of the hotel’s Motion Spa Rooms.



This was my first time staying at The Palomar as well as in a Motion Spa Room. The first thing I noticed, besides the fluffy king-sized bed, was how spacious the room was. At 500 square feet, the room is about the size of my living and dining rooms back home.

There is plenty of space to spread out at the work desk or in one of two seating areas.

The room had a huge flat screen television and DVD player, lots of drawer space and a fully-stocked mini-bar.

Several of Kimpton’s well-known amenities were located in the huge double door closet, including a pair of animal-print robes and a yoga mat.

Each Motion Spa Room is equipped with a piece of workout equipment. I was expecting to find the equipment pushed into a corner of my room, so I was surprised to find that the elliptical machine had its own separate, dedicated room. The room even had its own wall-mounted television.

The elliptical was perfect for a late night workout session.

The other primary feature of the Motion Spa Room is the oversized soaking tub located in the spacious bathroom.

The bathroom was also stocked with Etro bath amenities, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap and lotion.

In addition to the soaking tub, there is a separate shower shower.

Since I was only staying for one night, I did not have the opportunity to enjoy the soaking tub, but it certainly looked inviting. 

The Hotel Palomar DC’s Motion Spa Rooms are ideal for the traveler who wants access to health and wellness from the comfort and privacy of their own room. It was perfect for my stay and I hope to spend some more nights in this category of rooms.

Hotel Palomar DC
 2121 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

5 Things to Do on Roatan

The first thing that comes to mind when considering a trip to Roatan is sun. Then beach. Then sand. It turns out there are quite a bit of other things to do on the island, besides lounging around. Of course, hanging out by the beach is also much recommended especially when you are coming from and returning to somewhere cold!

Visit a Private Beach

We visited several private beaches during our stay, but my favorite was Little French Key. Our hotel provided free transportation and access to the private island of Little French Key. We took the hotel shuttle and then a 5 minute ferry ride to the island.  
The property was beautiful and cleaner than some of the other beaches we visited. 

While we mostly hung out on lounge chairs and did some swimming, Little French Key has many activities on offer, including snorkeling, kayaking, a mini zoo, massages and dining.

Hug a Sloth

One of my favorite animals has always been the sloth. Getting to see one in person has been a dream of mine. I had no idea that this was going to happen on my visit to Roatan!
We visited Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout and it was definitely the highlight of my trip. We got to hold a gentle female sloth. There claws are killer though and she was digging into my back a little, but it was worth it!

We got to meet a few other animals, including some birds and little white-faced monkeys. They’re super rambunctious!

Eat at Gio’s

Gio’s Restaurant is located in French Harbour, specializes in seafood and is most famous for its king crab. We enjoyed a nice dinner away from the hotel and ate our fill of king crab.

The famous king crab platter was gigantic!

I had king crab with pasta. So delicious, although I did find a couple of shell pieces in my food.

Snorkel the Second Largest Barrier Reef in the World

While I was aware of the fact that Roatan was on a large barrier reef and is known for its high quality snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, I did not realize that it is actually the second largest barrier reef in the world.

I fell ill the day before we were supposed to go on our snorkel excursion and was not able to experience the snorkeling on this trip, but if you find yourself on Roatan, it is a must-do! 

Shop Locally Made Crafts

Spend some time in the West End and you can certainly find some cool locally, hand-made crafts to bring home. 
The Rusty Fish is a cool store that specializes in recycled art, including wall hanging and magnets. 

My best find, however, was this locally made mask that I purchased from Waves of Art. In addition to hand carved wood items, the gallery features paintings by local artists, jewelry, pottery and more. Plus, it is located in an adorable Victorian building.

Even though Roatan was not on my list of places to visit, I am glad I was able to go and see some of what the island has to offer!

Staying at the Clarion Suites Roatan at Pineapple Villas

A while back my sister won a weeklong stay at the Clarion Suites Roatan at Pineapple Villas when she entered a contest at a local travel show. She invited me to spend the week of Thanksgiving with her and her husband, and figuring I would likely never have another reason to visit Roatan, I took her up on the offer.

Roatan is an island belonging to the nation of Honduras and is located in the Caribbean. It was nice to go somewhere nice and warm and hang out at the beach before the impending New Mexican winter arrived.

View from our balcony

For the week, we stayed in one of the Clarion Suites’ two bedroom condos. Each bedroom had an ensuite bathroom.

My bedroom
The condo was super spacious and functional with a large kitchen, dining room, living room and patio. 
Our kitchen was fully stocked which made preparing some of our meals easy and convenient. 

Our condo unit also had a washer and dryer, which was great since we were staying for the whole week. I actually packed lighter than I normally would because I knew that we would be able to do laundry easily.

Dining Options

The Clarion Suites has two dining options on property. Herby’s Sports Bar & Grill offers pub food and drinks throughout the day. It also has themed nights throughout the week, like karaoke and live music.

We enjoyed drinks and a few meals there during our stay. 

The Pineapple Grill is the second place to eat. We enjoyed our first dinner there. I had the surf and turf plate.

We found out before our trip that The Pineapple Grill would be serving Thanksgiving dinner! All of us were so excited. It was nice not having to cook the meal but still be able to enjoy the holiday! 
We had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, veggies, corn, bread, cranberry sauce, and a sweet potato bake. 
And, of course, pumpkin pie for dessert. All of the food was delicious!

We also ate breakfast at The Pineapple Grill a few times. I had a typical Honduran breakfast, which consisted of tortillas, eggs, beans, cheese, avocado, crema and fresh fruit.

The Pineapple Grill is open daily for breakfast but their opening days for dinner seem to be inconsistent, so check with the hotel for the correct days.

Spa and Pools

La Pina Spa & Wellness Center is located on property and offers a full menu of spa services, sauna and fitness center. I had a massage at the spa and it was a nice and relaxing way to spend an hour.

I only visited the fitness center one time during our stay and it was functional. It seemed like a lot of locals use the fitness center as well. They offer monthly memberships. It may even be one of the few gyms on the island.

The property has a number of pools, including a larger one that is located adjacent to the Spa.

Each of the buildings also has its own swimming pool.

We had a pleasant stay at the Pineapple Villas, but I do have two major complaints. First, the WiFi did not work at all in my bedroom. This was extremely inconvenient for me, especially at night. Second, the location of the resort is not ideal. Since we did not have a car, going off property was a bit of a hassle and often expensive. At times, we felt stuck at the resort after we had returned from a day of activity. It would be a long wait and an expensive ride to go out for dinner or do anything else at night, so we usually just stayed at the resort instead.