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It's no surprise that Cali is always on the cutting edge when it comes to technology, but even we were stumped when we first heard about Hotel Abri's "iPad wall". We knew it had to be gimmicky in some sort of way, but hopefully helpful, too.
The "wall", which is located in the hotel's lobby, holds five iPads loaded with the latest and best apps out there to help guests tour San Francisco. There's a bunch of best of lists, links to Alcatraz tickets, details on Napa tours, games and more.
Along with the iPad wall, Hotel Abri has a "Tech Menu" for guests who've forgotten important items at home. Need to borrow a phone or laptop charger? They've got it. How about some ear buds, speakers, or a flash drive? Yeah, they've got those for you, too. All for free. Love it so much you want to keep it? They'll sell it to you, no problem.
And of course, your room, with its free 100 Megs of WiFi, will be laced with all the bells and whistles, from the in-room iPod/iPad docking clock radio to the new iPhone 5 adapters (whew!).
Rates at Hotel Abri begin at $279 per night in February.
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San Francisco has been on our radar lately. There just always seem to be a question of where to stay. We’re always being asked. Well, now there’s more news to add to the mix, the under-the-radar Hotel Adagio has undergone a seven-million dollar renovation which will make it more appealing for those looking for a Union Square-area option.
Opened in 1929, the historic Spanish-Colonial style hotel was once lauded for its great penthouse views, but over the years it's struggled in its theater-district location, which can be hit or miss depending on who you talk to. And despite being part of California's popular Joie de Vivre boutique hotel brand, Adagio parted ways with the company and has joined with the Evolution Hospitality management group, which has San Diego's Hard Rock Hotel under its wings. So, who knows perhaps the hotel's future may be brighter.
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We once told you about the amazing views from an executive suite at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. But to be honest, there's some photo-worthy action going on downstairs too, in the hotel's gigantic lobby (that also doubled as our office for an afternoon).
From quaint seating areas like the one above to funky art and free internet, the lobby at Parc 55 is the perfect fun-filled hotel pit stop to break up your walking tour of San Francisco.
Click through our photo gallery below!
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We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a hotel package capitalizing on the New York Times' #1 bestselling “Fifty Shades of Grey” novel. And lo’, a special just appeared in our inbox!
San Francisco’s female-owned Personality Hotels company whipped up (cough) a “Fifty Shades of Women” package designed to encourage ladies to take control of their lover.
First, you'll choose deluxe accommodations at their Hotel Diva, Hotel Union Square, or Kensington Park properties. Then, you’ll get an intimacy kit from Minna Life filled with a black satin scarf, an Ola vibrator, lube, limited edition designer condoms by Art of Lust(limited edition condoms? say whaaaat?),and, of course, the obligatory pompom feather (OK, does anyone really like feathers? Please, weigh in on this, y'all).
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In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
We caught Conan O'Brien with his goofy hotel cookie last week, so we thought we'd change the mood today with something a little more...picturesque. @dens, also known as Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare, tweeted this shot from his room at San Francisco's Parc 55 Wyndham last Wednesday morning, capturing some brilliantly illuminated boats out in the bay.
It says 'I left my heart in San Francisco' and, in tiny lettering on the back, simply 'Clift'. So cute and cozy! The same could be said for the hotel itself...
People are buzzing about Bristol Palin's possible plastic surgery. But the hotel nerds that we are, we're less interested in the baby mama's new face and more into the facelift at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.
The renovations to the rooms in the 1928 hotel won't be done till mid-June—and the lobby and Harry Denton's Starlight Room won't be ready until August—but you can get a sneak peek at the new guestrooms for as low as $149 a night.
The best way to explore a city is on foot, but a bike works just as well. The Clift Hotel wants to make it easier for guests to get around San Francisco by offering free bikes.
You won't have to worry about lugging around a heavy bicycle, since the hotel has a fleet of Public J7s, lightweight two-wheelers designed for stop-and-go city riding. Plus they come in fun colors like the above orange European-looking design.
To celebrate the impending royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the San Francisco hotel will give you British favors like Union Jack condoms. We're guessing these aren't the rubbers of choice for British royalty, but they sure sound, um, festive.
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You know that old proverb that says, "Give a man a drink and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to mix drinks and you feed him for a lifetime?" Okay, we're taking some liberties there, but drinks, fish, it's all the same. If you want to feed yourself drinks for a lifetime, you can start by taking free mixology classes through the Hotel Adagio's Cocktail College program in Bar Adagio.
Not only does the Union Square hotel open the free monthly cocktail classes to guests, but the public can enroll, too. Cocktail College students get schooled by mixologists, brand ambassadors and Bar Adagio's own bartenders on how to shake up new and classic libations as well as how make bitters, infusions and edible garnishes.
If you head to the Sir Francis Drake for brunch, you might make the mistake of hitting up Scala's Bistro to taste former season-four Top Chef contestant Jennifer Biesty's rustic Italian fare. But those in the know head to the hotel's Harry Denton's Starlight Room to share their eggs with a bunch of drag queens.
The five-year-old "Sunday's a Drag" adds some flair to the weekend brunch routine. Mimicking the old-time variety shows, "Sunday's a Drag" features decked-out drag queens performing stand-up comedy, doing impersonations and lip-syncing ditties.
If you are looking to ring in the Lunar New Year, San Francisco throws one of the best Chinese New Year parades in the world: the night-time parade features floats, elaborate get-ups, firecrackers and a 250-foot-long dragon manned by 100 martial artists. And, to lure Year of the Rabbit revelers, the Westin St. Francis is running a special for the February 19 festivities.
The hotel is offering rooms starting at $179 a night, and they are still up for grabs for that price. Rooms usually begin at around $255. The rate is good from February 17 to 20, just in case you want to have extra days to keep the party going.