News for the Hospitality Executive
Kimpton Appoints John Douponce the General Manager
of the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA (January 29, 2008) – Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the country’s leading boutique hotel company, today announced the appointment of John Douponce as the General Manager of the new Hotel Palomar Los Angeles, located in Westwood. Douponce, who most recently held the post of General Manager at the Hotel Amarano Burbank, joined the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles in December 2007. Hotel Palomar Los Angeles, located at 10740 Wilshire Blvd., is scheduled to open in April 2008, offering 238 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and 26 suites for a total of 264 rooms all designed by Cheryl Rowley of Beverly Hills.
Douponce will direct operations at the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles to fully realize the new upscale boutique hotel’s potential. An industry veteran, Douponce has held executive positions at Outrigger Lodging Services, Carlson Companies, Radisson Hotel Corp. and Aston Hotels and Resorts.
“John is an excellent addition to the Hotel Palomar team. His diverse background and proven leadership skills will help Hotel Palomar Los Angeles get off to a stellar start,” said Mike DeFrino, senior vice president of hotel operations for Kimpton.
The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles, with its unique approach to the sophisticated boutique hotel market represents a welcome challenge, Douponce said. “I am thrilled to be in a position to offer something truly novel and exciting to an exacting clientele. With its launch this spring, the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles will be recognized as one of the city’s finest boutique hotels and it will stand alone as a destination that truly captures the vibrant Los Angeles landscape,” Douponce said.
The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles is situated adjacent to Beverly Hills in the heart of Los Angeles’ thriving Westwood neighborhood, at 10740 Wilshire Blvd. For more information visit www.kimptonhotels.com.
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