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Hotel Tomo in San Francisco Trades 'Joy' for 'Karma'

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  Site Where: 1800 Sutter Street [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94115
September 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

And by that we mean, the Japanimation-inspired Hotel Tomo in San Fran's Japantown has gone from a Joie de Vivre Hotel to a Kimpton Hotel. (For those not in the know, JDV's loyalty program is called Joy of Life while Kimpton's is called Kimpton Karma.)

So far, it doesn't seem like anything has changed from the JDV days (except possibly the toiletries in the bathroom which were once Japanese but are now from LATHER.) Here's a more in-depth TripAdvisor review from a Kimpton Karma member who stayed there as the changeover was happening:

I was happy to learn at check-in that Hotel Tomo is now a Kimpton Hotel as I'm a huge fan of Kimpton.

The changeover literally took place the day we arrived so there are still many, many things that need to be ironed out before Hotel Tomo satisfies Kimpton's usual standards.

The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We were given an upgrade which was nice. The room was quite large, especially by San Francisco standards. The view from our room on the eighth floor was great.

What Hotel Tomo looked like in 2010 when HotelChatter visited

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Now There's Walksource, In Case You Ever Get Walked Again

August 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

In a perfect world, this app shouldn't even exist. But alas, hotels are still guilty of "walking" their guests. Enter Walksource to help hotels do the walking much faster.

Here's how TechCrunch described the new software:

Part of the latest Y Combinator batch, WalkSource is a system hotels can purchase a subscription to in order to help them find available rooms in nearby hotels to quickly transfer customers to when they find themselves overbooked.

The software is in place at nearly 200 hotels the Bay Area. A typical "walk" now only takes 10 minutes. Here's a quote from a front office supervisor at a JDV Hotel that was posted on the WalkSource website:

This idea is genius! One of the hardest things to do is walk a guest, especially the call-around. I used Walksource tonight for the first time, and within 5 minutes I had 6 great options!

The subscription service fee for WalkSource is $200, which seems like a nominal fee to keep customers happy. Except, hotels shouldn't have to walk customers in the first place, especially not at luxury hotels.

We share the same sentiment of the TechCrunch writer who wrote that, "by making it easier for hotels to relocate customers, they might walk them more frequently." No and no. Even if the walk is a "good" experience, guests will always remember that hotel that didn't have enough room for them.

To find out more about what is "walking" and how to ensure it doesn't happen to you, read the article from our former front desk agent, here.

[Screenshot: Walksource]

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Funky Friday: The Surrealistic Pillow Revisited at Hotel Triton

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  Site Where: 342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94108
July 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Free-spirited self-expression is alive and well in San Francisco—where it all began—and the Hotel Triton aims to keep it that way. Now a Kimpton hotel, Hotel Triton celebrates individuality and the creative spirit, certainly its own, and invites us along for the ride.

The hotel’s mission, and its interiors, draw inspiration from the city’s culturally rich and colorful past. One would not have to have lived in San Francisco to be affected by its free-mindedness, which spread around the world via icons of 60s and 70s pop culture. We like this hotel for its upbeat, fun looks but also for what it stands for, and find it most fitting for Funky Friday.

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Yotel is Bringing Its Chic Capsule Cabins to San Francisco

June 9, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yotels, the capsule hotel chain that's known for its in-room mood lighting and its Yobot, are making good on their promise from last fall to take the chain worldwide.

The historic Grant Building at Market and Seventh streets in San Francisco, will turn into a 200-room Yotel after undergoing some extreme renovations. No word on the pricing but with such small rooms, one has to expect some small, er, low, rates.

Capsule rooms aside, the news of a Yotel is excellent for San Fran. The city might be home to some of the world's top tech firms (Twitter, Google, etc.), but its hotel scene has been lacking as of late, especially when you compare it to other big cities like New York, Miami and Chicago, which are readying not just new and hip hotel brands (Ace, Virgin, Edition) but also stylish reincarnations of established brands like Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott.

Hopefully, the arrival of a Yotel will spur some other cool hotel brands to come in. Already, the mid-Market area is making way for a Hampton Inn and another 250-room hotel. Fingers crossed a Hotel Indigo or an Andaz Hotel is coming up next.

[Photo via SFist]

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Stanford Court Hotel Now Loaning Guests a Pair of Google Glass During Their Stay

Where: 905 California St [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94108
May 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

As they promised the other month, the The Stanford Court Hotel has now begun offering a Google Glass overnight package for interested guests.

The hotel initially offered free drinks to Google Glass owners but they've now taken the Glass upstairs to the guest rooms. The "Google Glass Explorer Package" offers guests the complimentary use of a pair of Google Glass to use during their stay, along with overnight accommodations in a deluxe room, breakfast in the hotel's Aurea cafe, and a nightly beverage in the Aurea Lounge.

In case you've never tried on Google Glass before, the hotel will give guests a brief tutorial including a creative handout that teaches one how not to be a Glasshole. #sonecessary

The package starts at just $199 a night and is available through the end of the year. Meanwhile, a real pair of Google Glass can set you back a cool $1,500 dollars. Not in San Fran? You can also try on Google Glass during your stay at the ACME Hotel in Chicago.

[Photo: Wikipedia]

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Sir Francis Drake Hotel Launches 'Be a Kid Again' Meetings; Millennial Techies Squeal, Faint.

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  Site Where: 450 Powell St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
May 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is what happens when Macauley Culkin circa 1990 plans your company meeting.

Tech entrepreneurs are sort of like kids, right? They have wild and active imaginations, they love building and playing with new toys, and they frequently rely upon the indiscriminate generosity of wish-granting fairy godmothers. (Except in tech they’re called “angel investors,” and probably dudes, because #sexism.)

So naturally, San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel has created a new series for group meetings, dubbed “Be a Kid Again,” that coaxes out the gold coin-counting, POG-playing Richie Rich that lives within every Bay Area mobile app developer in skinny jeans.

According to a release, the series features “nostalgic catering, thematic décor and playful break-out sessions.” Basically, it's the wet dream of every Gen Y "innovator" patenting million dollar ideas between BuzzFeed quizzes. More from the release: “Harkening back to a simpler, more playful time is sure to increase positive energy, enhance creativity, and draw upon the retelling of childhood memories for a much-needed dose of bonding.”

Translation: Meeting room extras include conference tables covered with paper and crayons, a toy chest’s worth of Silly Putty and Lego’s, and jumbo versions of Jenga and Connect Four.

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Hotel G's Up and Will Open on May 2 in San Francisco

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  Site Where: 386 Geary Street [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94102
April 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

San Francisco's old Hotel Frank in Union Square will re-open as the Hotel G on May 2.

We already told you about what to expect from the hotel here but we're impressed with this latest room shot they've put up. Wow. The hotel has come along way from this.

We couldn't book a room on the hotel's website until May 12 but rooms on that date are available for 30 percent off at $160.10 a night. Regular room rates will run about $229. And of course, there is free WiFi. C'mon, this is San Francisco.

[Photo: Hotel G/Facebook]

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A Historic San Fran Hotel to Re-Emerge in May as The Scarlet Hotel

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  Site Where: 1075 California St [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94108
March 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM | by | Comment (1)

Another San Francisco hotel has gotten a major makeover and we expect more to follow.

The Huntington Hotel in Nob Hill, originally built in the early 1920s, will reopen in May after a rather sexy and racy renovation (to the tune of $15 million) that will also bring with it a name change--The Scarlet Huntington.

The hotel is now a part of Singapore-based hospitality group, Grace International, who have made the Huntington into a spin-off of their Scarlet Hotel in Singapore, a very sexy property which uses words like "uninhibited", "bold" and "naughty" to describe itself.

While the rooms of The Scarlet in San Francisco will have a similar boudoir look to the Scarlet in Singapore (think lots of red, gold, black and "daringly dim lighting") the staff of the hotel will be familiar to previous guests as many of the Huntington's former staffers, including the concierge who has been there for 30 years, are expected to return to the hotel.

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Should This Hotel Be Giving Free Drinks to Google Glass Owners?

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  Site Where: 905 California St [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94108
March 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

We thought it was cool that the ACME Hotel in Chicago was offering Google Glass as an amenity for guests to borrow during their stay but in San Francisco, the odds of guests already owning Google Glass are much higher. So the newly relaunched Stanford Court Hotel decided to offer a free drink to anyone who walks into the Aurea Lounge wearing Google Glass and subsequently uploads a photo to social media with the hashtag #stanfordcourt.

The new management at the hotel (you can read about the new hirings here) said they wanted to do this because, "of the recent string of negative press" against Google Glass. Hmm. So far this is the only tweet with the appropriate hashtag that we've seen. We can't tell if this person was wearing Google Glass or not. We think not.

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San Fran's Hotel Frank To Be Reborn as The Hotel G This Spring

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  Site Where: 386 Geary Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
February 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

We can always count on New York, Chicago and Miami for a new hotel but San Francisco? Those are few and far between. So when we got news that a new boutique hotel was opening this summer in Union Square, we immediately perked up.

The Hotel G, located on the corner of Geary and Mason Street, was formerly known as the Hotel Frank before it closed down in 2012. (We even stayed in it way back when!) So it's not exactly a new build. But after an extensive renovation of all 13 floors and 153 guest rooms, the hotel will emerge with a new design that is "simple yet functional and complements the building's unique architectural environments," said general manager, Steve Rizzo.

The hotel will also get a simple yet functional new name, The Hotel G.

Guest rooms will have "fog-colored walls, wood finishes and earthy fabrics and textiles." Expect some pops of bright color along with cool decor accents like Victorian settees (a nod to the hotel's past), vintage school house chairs, banker's lamps and mid-century writing desks. Modern amenities will include flat-screen SmartTvs, docking stations, Nespresso coffee makers and not surprisingly, complimentary WiFi.

The rooms we've peeped on the website are waaaay more subdued than the Frank's old rooms. We liked the Frank's quirky design but the G Funk Era, er, the Hotel G, is much, much, much easier on the eyes.

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Who Will Run The New Hotel Coming to San Fran's SOMA Nabe?

January 20, 2014 at 3:55 PM | by | Comments (2)

It's been a while but finally, a new hotel is coming to San Francisco's South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood on Channel Street between 3rd and 4th streets and one block away from AT&T Park where the Giants play ball. This will actually be a 15-story, four-star, full-service, "premium-branded" lifestyle hotel with 250 hotel rooms and built to LEED Gold standards.

The only question is--who's going to run it?

The property was acquired by SOMA Hotel LLC, a privately held hotel development company, which is an affiliate of the Stanford Hotels Group, a company with several big hotel brand names in their portfolio.

While we doubt the company will stray far from Hyatt Place, Marriott or Hilton, we kinda hope a cooler brand will go in here like a Virgin Hotel, or an SLS Hotel or even a Public Hotel.

With the project aiming to begin construction later this year (with an opening in 2016), hopefully we won't have to wonder much longer.

Got any insider info on which hotel brand will run this new building? Tip us off!

[Photo: Google]

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It's Now Snowing at The Hyatt Regency San Francisco

December 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

We knew it was snowing on the East Coast but in San Francisco? What's that about?

Well, once again, The Hyatt Regency San Francisco has transformed its lobby, one of the largest in the world, into a virtual, over-sized “snow globe” with 30,000 lights that cascade down the hotel's 17-story atrium, a 30-foot Christmas tree and best of all, daily snowfall.

The snow falls daily at different times throughout the day (see below) which is sure to delight the children (and adults) of the world who don't usually see snow. For the snow-weary folks, don't worry, the snow will only "fall" until December 30th.

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