OMG Pepper you are the BEST!! Since you mentioned that "hotel on hillcrest", I googled "hotel hillcrest" and came up with some interesting results. It turns out the old Hotel Hillcrest (6101 Hillcrest) was bought and remodeled down to the studs and is now the Hotel Lumen (www.hotellumen.com). In fact, their offical grand opening is Friday April 7, so we're getting them right before that.
This hotel looks very nice from the small webpage they have, and they're pet friendly. With AAA our queen room rate was $134, but suites go up to $300. I'm very excited - we'll be staying there for 3 days, and I'll report back on how it was.
Thanks so much again for the tip!