My last day at DoHo

Today is my last day as an Assistant Front Office Manager at the Donovan House Hotel. 
Oh what a journey it’s been!


In December of 2010 my grandfather got really sick and died a few days later of hypothermia.  It was a very sad situation.  My momma wasn’t able to get to him before he passed and she had to say goodbye to him on the phone.  When this happened I realized just how far away I was, in Los Angeles, from my family.  At that point I was trying to find any way to get back to the east coast.  I was applying for jobs in my home town, thinking about grad school in my home town, anything to get out of Los Angeles.

In April of 2011, a co-worker of mine at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel mentioned that our sister hotel in Washington D.C. was hiring.  That night, when I got home, I looked up the Donovan House.  I called them the next day to see if the position was still available and it was!  My transfer went through over the next 3 days.

I left Los Angeles on April 14, 2011 and headed back to the east coast.  My dad flew out to help me drive back.  We packed up my car, shipped a bunch of my stuff, and hit the road.  It was a road trip that I’ll never forget!

I started at Donovan House on April 25, 2011.  I was new to the city and had no idea where I was going.  There were rumors circulating about me faster than I could blink. Because I was coming from L.A., someone assumed I was a porn star! HAHA…SOOO NOT TRUE!!!!!!!! Thanks Clay!

A year went by and the company went through a massive transition.  DoHo was a Thompson Hotel when I started here (as is HRH…that’s how I transferred) and in April 2012 it became a Kimpton Hotel.  That was a rough period.  We’re talking 15 hour days of training and then going straight to a regular work shift.  Things definitely improved once it calmed down.  I could see that becoming a Kimpton was going to be a good change that Donovan House needed very badly.  They have tons of hotels all over the country and 9 in D.C. alone. 

I have met some awesome and not so awesome people.  You learn a little bit from everyone and everyone comes into your life for a reason.  I firmly believe that.  But, let’s focus on the awesome ones; you know who you are! ;-)  Tonight, two of those awesome people are hitting the town with me for a Last Night Soiree.  I don’t know what I’m doing, but I know it will be a night I’ll never forget!

Until next time ~ *erica*



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