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What's Going On With Personality Hotels?

March 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM | by | ()

The Hotel Frank

UPDATE 3.14.10:It looks like Personality Hotels has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Usually, the only sort of bad news we ever hear about the San Francisco boutique chain of hotels, Personality Hotels, is that there's always an anti-view or two to put up with. Other than that, these hotels are known for being quirky yet reasonably priced hotels with central San Fran locations.

But sadly, there are some more serious issues surrounding Personality Hotels--the expected foreclosure of three hotels. Although the forced sales were delayed Yvonne Lembi-Detert will be able to hold onto the Hotel Metropolis, Hotel Vertigo and our fave, Hotel Frank. Unfortunately, it looks like the renovations to the Vertigo and the Frank may have taken its toll on Personality's bottom line.

While Personality is trying to find a way to keep the hotels in their portfolio, they are also looking for a way to keep the management contract if the hotels end up with new owners.

We wish Personality the very best. After all, where else will we go for cheating spouses and cougar packages?

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Figure Out Whether to Dump Your Cheating Tiger at Personality Hotels

December 21, 2009 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

Mull over your alimony options at Hotel Diva.

If you're feeling Elin Nordegren's fidelity pains, you can hide out at Personality Hotels to figure out whether to ditch your cheating Tiger. The female-owned-and-operated company wants to show some women solidarity with its Love Him or Leave Him package.

You can nurse your broken heart at one of the brand's six San Francisco hotels—Hotel Diva, Hotel Frank, Hotel Vertigo, Hotel Union Square, Hotel Metropolis and Kensington Park Hotel—for an evening and bring your girlfriends for support.

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Hotel Diva Sets a Cougar Trap

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  Site Where: 440 Geary St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
September 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

Oh lordy. That’s the required reaction when a press release’s subject line reads “Calling All ‘Cougars with Personality.’”

No stranger to horrifically cheesy gimmicks, San Francisco-based Personality Hotels is unleashing a package “designed to free your inner urban cougar.” And by cougar, we obviously mean “all fabulous, independent and sexy women over 40 who love men in their twenties!”

Package offerings include a one-night stay at Hotel Diva, two Hanky Panky animal print thongs as “cub bait” (excuse us, but, ew), two lemon drop cocktails, two $25 gift certificates at Epi Med Spa, pro bra fittings for two at Nordstrom’s, and a list of San Fran’s “hottest Cougar Bars.”

One thing we can’t help but wonder: If your cougar prowl is, er, successful, how’s that going to work if you’re sharing your hotel room with your girlfriend? We sure hope that 20something guy doesn’t live in his parent’s basement. Otherwise the package seems a little like you’re setting yourself up for failure—or a really awkward evening.

But we digress. The package is available through March 31 and goes for $199. Or, if you think you’re truly a top-tier cougar, you might want to enter the “Cougar Contest” to win a two-night stay in a Diva Suite with the package perks included. To enter, write a 150-word-or-less scribe about why you belong in their “cougar den,” along with “your best cougar photo” to cougar@personalityhotels.com. Contest runs through Oct. 9.

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Personality Hotels Puts All 7 of Their Hotels On Sale For 7 Days Only

August 6, 2009 at 1:13 PM | by | ()

The Hotel Frank, a Personality Hotel

We love saving money and the kitchy Personality Hotels in San Francisco is putting all seven gems of its hip hotel collection on sale for seven days only, starting August 16, 2009. So mark your calendars and set your alarm so you don't forget.

Here are seven reasons why to book a stay at one of Personality Hotels today:

· Literary buffs will love the Dashiell Hammett Suite at Hotel Union Square.

· In-room safes at Hotel Diva have condoms that promote “Safe Sex.”

· Fashionsista’s can max out their credit card at posh retailers Saks, Louis Vuitton, and Armani right near Kensington Park.

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We'll Be Frank: We Liked Staying at the Hotel Frank

Where: 386 Geary Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States
May 19, 2009 at 6:23 PM | by | ()

Yesterday we teased you by saying that the Hotel Frank in San Francisco may have been one of our favorite hotel rooms all year and then we made you wait for the full review. Well, wait no longer--here it is.

Checking In
We pulled up to the Hotel Frank and noticed it still had a marquee alongside the building that reads Hotel Maxwell. In front, however, a banner announcing the Hotel Frank was strung above the entrance. We had arrived at the right place. Although, our arrival was no grand entrance.

Another car was in the valet parking loading zone and when we hopped out to inquire about parking while our "driver" waited in the car, a bellmen told us we could self-park around the corner. Ooookay. That's not quite valet but it was cheaper than the hotel's parking of $35 a night.

The lobby was small but stylish with funky black and white carpeting (that runs throughout the hotel) and a few colorful places to sit and mingle. It's also attached to Max's diner next door but fortunately, there was no greasy bacon and eggs smell wafting through the lobby. We received our room keys and headed up to the 10th floor.

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Inside the Hotel Frank in San Francisco

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  Site Where: 386 Geary Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
May 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

This past weekend we hit up San Francisco for the 98th Annual Bay to Breakers Race, probably one of the craziest, coolest races we've ever "run." Actually, we just tagged along with a couple thousand unregistered partyers who followed the race route in costumes and dragging beer in kegs and cases behind them. Needless to say, after all this madness we needed a hotel room for the night.

We can't quite remember how we found the Hotel Frank but we think it was probably spotted first on Expedia. The hotel room pictures made the rooms look all shiny and new, leading us to think a new hotel opened in SF's Union Square 'hood. Then we remembered: the old Hotel Maxwell on Geary was acquired by Personality Hotels a while back and the Thomas Schoos-designed renovations were finally completed last Fall.

We ended up springing for a junior suite room on the 10th floor (via Quikbook.com) for about $190 a night and we have to say this might be one of our favorite hotel rooms that we've stayed in all year. Here's a quick video tour and tomorrow we'll hit you with the full review.

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Do It Up Tanner-Style in San Francisco For Memorial Day

May 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM | by | ()

If you're not so keen on doing a whole big family excursion full of face-painting, arts and crafts, cover bands and fireworks in the desert for Memorial Day, go for a Full House-style family time in the San Fran Bay Area — you know, you can picnic in Alamo Square just like the Tanner family during the show's opening credits. Hopefully you've got a little Michelle-looking family member to set the pie on the picnic blanket.

Rates in the Bay Area are pretty decent for Memorial Day weekend (Memorial Day is Monday, the 25th), especially since Expedia has compiled a nice little list of hotels that are all 40-ish percent off for the holiday weekend. Some of your best, most centrally-located deals are going to be at the JDV boutiques in the area: Hotel Rex is going for $114 on Friday and Saturday, and $104 on Sunday night with the Expedia sale. Hotel Adagio is going for $113, while you can get Personality Hotels' Hotel Union Square for $137 each night from Friday through Sunday nights (and they have free WiFi, just in case you don't get Monday off).

If you really want to score a major deal, the primarily-for-biz-travelers Sofitel San Francisco Bay is going for only $80, but it's located in Redwood City, which is smack in the middle between San Fran and San Jose. You might spend that extra savings on transportation, though — but that's a pretty posh property.

Check out the whole Expedia Memorial Day Sale here.

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Hotel Diva Strikes Again

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  Site Where: 440 Geary St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
March 12, 2009 at 1:04 PM | by | ()

You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.

We hesitated when we came across this shot. First reaction: ew. Second reaction: Wait, isn't that...?

Yes. It is. It's the Hotel Diva in San Francisco. Sigh.

It is rare that an anti-view strikes thrice 'round these parts — usually there are only a couple of rooms with not-so-nice views on one property — but this is the third anti-view we've seen from the Hotel Diva. We had one alleyway shot and one straight-on window/wall. What's the deal?

The funny this is, we took a quickie glance at TripAdvisor (and looked back on our own Diva experience) and it seems that most people can agree that this is an outstanding hotel for the price; a lot of customers rave about the value, comfort, decor and service... it's just too bad about the views.

[Photo: London Dave]

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Go "International" Girly-Style at a San Fran Personality Hotel

February 11, 2009 at 12:36 PM | by | ()

Okay, ladies. Let's just accept a couple of realities: first, we may never live in a world in which movies like He's Just Not That Into You are not made for our mindless enjoyment. We are girly girls! We are supposed to enjoy girly things (and sometimes we do)!

Second, we may never get to take that 'round-the-world trip of self-discovery and delish dining a la Eat Pray Love — at least not in this economy. So, you know what? Let's just go with it and do what we can with what we've got: embrace the girliness being offered to us and find creative ways to get around the lack of funds to travel 'round the world.

Enter Personality Hotels' "Girls Gone International" package. Though horrifically cheesy, this is pretty clever and creative — and, frankly, kinda sounds fun. The package promises "a girl can zip from Italy to Mexico in just 15 minutes" without ever leaving the city of San Francisco.

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Hotel Diva is a Repeat Anti-View Offender

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  Site Where: 440 Geary St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
October 30, 2008 at 11:50 AM | by | ()

You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.

We're not usually ones to let photos speak entirely for themselves, but really. Look at this photo. This is a view from out a guestroom window at the Hotel Diva in San Francisco's Union Square.

And this isn't even the first time we've heard of Hotel Diva offering up offensive views. Our own Markj stayed there back in '07 and was less than impressed with the (entirely different) scene out the window of room 616:

If you get a room at the front of the hotel you will have a view up and down Geary, but that is hardly a reason to specially request such a room.

And then we came across this mess on Flickr: JasonEscapist stayed in a room with a view of an alley. But not just any alley, people: apparently, it was "the ugliest, scariest, loudest alleyway you could ever hope to see" leading directly up to the window. Yikes.

He also says of his stay:

Everything was broken or missing. The television remote could handle channel+, but no channel-. There was a dark, echoing alley immediately outside my window. They told me they were overbooked and could not move me. I thought evil, mean, nasty things about them to myself, and was convinced that made us even.

Oh noes. For what it's worth, we think posting incriminating photos to your Flickr account also helps get even, too. Check out another shot of the classy alley here.

[Photo: JasonEscapist]

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Hotel Vertigo Makes Us Dizzy With Excitement

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  Site Where: 940 Sutter Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
October 15, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

We love us some shtick--like when that mental-hospital hotel opens, we're so there--which is why we're really excited for Hotel Vertigo (formerly Personality Hotel's York Hotel), officially opening in San Francisco in December.

For starters, the 97-room hotel has myriad references to its namesake Alfred Hitchcock movie starring James Stewart and Kim Novak: the movie will play on the white Carerra marble floors, guests will be offered "Madeline" cookies at check in (the name of Novak's character) and in 2009, Hotel Vertigo will host readings and movie showings of Hitchcock's films.

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Hotel Union Square Gets Some Much-Needed Upgrades

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  Site Where: 114 Powell Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
May 14, 2008 at 4:50 PM | by | ()

San Francisco's Hotel Union Square just finished an "extensive modern makeover" this April, incorporating brick walls, mosaic murals and custom furnishings, like platform beds, into its 131-room hotel. Seems it may have needed the upgrade.

One guest who stayed as recently as March said "never again" about his stay, thanks to a small room and air-conditioner that didn't work, two of the more common complaints among other guests. But come April, that had changed--at least according to the sole reviewer who stayed at the hotel since the start of its renovation: "Our room on the fifth floor was plenty big enough for four of us," said one, who did note that the clan was used to smaller European rooms.

Renovated or not, guests do seem to enjoy the pleasant staff (that counts for something doesn't it?) and Hotel Union Square's central location. Also, the hotel is part of Personality Hotels so you know free WiFi is guaranteed.