Hotel Helix

A Kimpton boutique hotel with surprisingly large rooms—some with kid-friendly bunk beds—and a welcoming attitude to pets.

By Nora Krug, Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 1:00 PM

A bedroom at Hotel Helix.

(Courtesy Hotel Helix)

Hotel Helix

About this Hotel

Price From $129

’Hood Logan Circle, home to eclectic shops and restaurants—and a Whole Foods if you’re looking for the familiar.

The Vibe This boutique hotel’s theme is “15 Minutes of Fame”—meaning guests are invited to think of themselves as celebrities. When you enter the lobby, red drapes open as if you’re stepping onto a stage, the check-in desks look like podiums, and the walls are lined with Pop Art–style photos of actual celebrities. The lobby Helix Lounge is popular with guests and locals alike, thanks to its fun drinks and, during happy hour, half-price burgers; in winter, its spacious outdoor terrace is kept cozy with heat lamps.

Rooms Surprisingly large—from 400 to 800 square feet—and even the smallest options have separate dressing areas. The modern decor of hard, sleek surfaces and bright colors still manages to feel homey. A bonus for families: Some rooms have bunk beds fitted into an alcove with a second flat-screen TV, so the kids can watch cartoons while parents tune out.

Plus Your pets are more than welcome: Treats, beds, bowls, and even bottled water are provided for Fido, and in the summer, the hotel hosts a pet “Happy Hour” in the courtyard. At the daily (human) Happy Hour, Wii is available for kids of all ages.

Minus Pets, kitschy decor, and the lively bar scene might make for a less-than-serene stay.

Free Wi-Fi? Only for members of Kimpton InTouch, a free loyalty program. Otherwise it’s $10 a night or $7 to log on at the business center.

Credit Cards Accepted All.

Details Rates fluctuate wildly depending on the season. You might find rooms for $99 or as high as $500. Weekends tend to be cheaper, as do low seasons like late summer and Dec–Jan.