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Loews Hotels to Take Over the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

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  Site Where: 222 Sansome Street [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94104
February 17, 2015 at 1:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

2015 is going swimmingly for Loews Hotels. The Loews Chicago is just a few weeks away from opening its doors while the crazysexycool OE Collection is coming together and now, Loews is keeping on with its growth spurt by purchasing the 158-room Mandarin Oriental San Francisco in the city's financial district.

The deal is expected to close in late March which means a name change will happen shortly after that. Given that the hotel was just renovated in 2012, we're not so sure an extensive renovation is needed but we suspect Loews will go through the property and touch up what they can.

We're sad to lose a Mandarin Oriental for the West Coast (the only other one now is in Las Vegas) but Loews is on an exciting trajectory so we'll have to put our faith in them. Besides, nothing can change this killer view from the guest rooms.

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This New Hotel Brand Wants to Give You a 'Proper' Hotel Stay

January 22, 2015 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in November, we heard a rumor that Viceroy Hotels would be creating a new hotel brand, presumably aimed at Millennials.

Lo and behold, Skift.com has picked up the official scoop on the new brand from Viceroy's founders. And brace yourselves. The new brand is called Proper Hotels, but surprisingly, it's not for millennials but rather folks used to boutique and lifestyle hotels, but more "high-end."

The new brand was created and is being fostered by Brad Korzen, the founder and former CEO of Viceroy (Proper, however, is not a part of Viceroy Hotel Group.) This is a good thing as everyone knows how much The Viceroy in Santa Monica changed the boutique game on the West Coast, bringing together high design, cool style and a sexy social scene. (Unfortunately, service was way off.)

Korzen is also keeping his wife, Kelly Wearstler, as interior designer for the brand. We enjoy Weartsler's colorful and whimsical style but she may need to dial it back a bit as Proper is going after the start-up crowd, who may not appreciate her luxe decor, oft mimicked by Real Housewife-types.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's talk about where Proper will open properly:

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What Did The Westin St. Francis Have That No One Else in America Had?

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  Site Where: 335 Powell Street [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94102
January 8, 2015 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

It might be hard to believe this but up until a few weeks ago, the Westin St. Francis in touristy Union Square in touristy San Francisco had something no one else in America had--a Goyard boutique.

If you're not familiar, Goyard is one of the oldest luxury "trunk maker" from Paris that's still in business. But today instead of trunks, they are most well-known for their pricey colorful tote bags in the signature Goyard print (monogramming is available too and recommended.)

While several high-end department stores like Neiman Marcus and Barney's in New York, Boston and Beverly Hills carry Goyard bags, the Goyard San Francisco store was the only actual Goyard boutique in America. That is, until the Maison Goyard in NYC opened quietly a few days after Christmas.

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This San Fran Hotel Package Gets You Behind the Scenes at Four Breweries

December 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Kimpton's Hotel Triton is known for its vibrant lobby

Interest in the American craft beer scene has never been higher, and a San Francisco hotel is looking to draw in the big drinkers this winter.

Kimpton’s Hotel Triton in Union Square has launched its Triton on Tap package that offers guests individual tours of four San Fran breweries: Magnolia Dogpatch Brewery, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, ThirstyBear Brewing Company, and Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room.

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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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