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Kimpton Hotels Appoints Sholeh Katherina Kia as General Manager and Vicki Walker
as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Palomar in Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, VA, September 11, 2007Ė Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has named Sholeh Katherina Kia general manager of the 154-room Hotel Palomar Arlington at Waterview and Vicki Walker as director of sales and marketing.  The luxury lifestyle hotel is scheduled to open in October 2007 in Arlingtonís Rosslyn neighborhood.  Kia will be responsible for overseeing all personnel, business development and guest relations at the new hotel. Walker will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing efforts.
 
Sholeh Katherina Kia brings more than 19 years of hotel management experience to her new position, most recently acting as the general manager of The Hotel George on Capitol Hill for four years.  Prior to that, Kia helped launch Kimptonís first hotel on the East Coast, the Topaz Hotel, where she served as general manager from October 2001 to September 2003. Before joining Kimpton, Kia served as general manager for The Canterbury Hotel in Washington DC and the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Northwest. From 1987 to 1997, Kia held various management positions for R & A Hotels, including a position as general manager of the Holiday Inn Beachside Resort & Convention Center in Key West, Fl.  Kia began her career with Marriott Hotels International in Virginia.
 
A native of France, Kia secured her bachelorís degree from the Beaux Arts School in Paris,, as well as a masterís degree from the prestigious University of Sorbonne, also in Paris.  Kia takes an active leadership role in the community, serving as a board member for the Washington DC chapter of Dress for Success and as a team captain for the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundationís Race for the Cure.  She currently resides in Lansdowne, Va. with her husband, Tom and their six-year-old dog, Sparky.

Vicki Walker brings a wealth of hospitality knowledge to her new position with Kimpton Hotels, including twenty years of experience at premier resort and conference centers along the East Coast. Most recently, Walker served as the director of sales and marketing at the Boarís Head Inn, a 4-Diamond resort in Charlottesville, Va, from 2005 to 2007.  Prior to that, Walker launched and managed the sales and marketing efforts for the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center from 2002 to 2005.  Her previous experience includes serving as director of sales and marketing for KSL Resorts, and in various sales management positions for Crestline Hotels and Resorts as well as Marriott Hotels.
 
Walker attended Georgia State University for both undergraduate and graduate school, where she received a bachelorís degree and masterís degree.  She is actively involved in the Arlington Arts Commission as well as the Virginia Wine Society and plans to promote local regional vineyards at the hotelís wine hour and special community events.  She enjoys riding her 2006 Harley-Davidson with her husband on rural roads throughout Virginia.
 
Hotel Palomar Arlington at Waterview will provide business and leisure travelers with a sophisticated, artful sanctuary just across the Potomac River from the nationís capital. The boutique lifestyle hotelís unique location will provide some of the areaís most breathtaking views of the DC skyline. The hotel will also feature a destination restaurant, Domaso, and a gourmet wine and cheese specialty shop.  Hotel Palomar Arlington at Waterview is located at 1121 N. 19th Street, Arlington, VA 22209.  www.hotelpalomar-arlington.com 
 
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the first and leading collection of boutique hotels throughout the United States and Canada.  Founded by Bill Kimpton in 1981, privately held Kimpton Hotels offers services and design elements focused on care, comfort, style, flavor and fun.   Among the company's newest properties are the Hotel Palomar in Washington D.C., which opened in July 2006, and the Hotel Palomar Dallas, which opened in August 2006. Additional projects are underway in Southern California, Texas, Florida and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.KimptonHotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

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Contact:

Sarah Crocker, 202-939-6441, 
Sarah.crocker@kimptonhotels.com

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Also See: Kimpton Group to open first hotel on East Coast; the Topaz Hotel in Washington, DC / Aug 2001
Owned by JBG Companies and Managed by Kimpton the 154 room Hotel Palomar Arlington at Waterview Set to Open / July 2007
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