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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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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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There's No Writing On Hotel Abri's Ipad Wall

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  Site Where: 127 Ellist Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
January 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

[Photo: Hotel Abri]

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Another Place to Go in San Francisco: The Hotel Adagio

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  Site Where: 550 Geary St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
September 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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5 Steps Around The Lobby At Parc 55 In San Francisco

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  Site Where: 5 Cyril Magnin Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
July 5, 2012 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Personality Hotels' '50 Shades of Women' Package Flips the Script

May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Twitpic of the Week: The Sun Also Rises In San Francisco

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  Site Where: 55 Cyril Magnin Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
December 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Getting Cozy In San Francisco

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  Site Where: 495 Geary Street [map], San Franscico, CA, United States, 94102
August 19, 2011 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We should probably tell you right off the bat: being the hotel geeks we are, the most exciting thing for us about staying at Clift Hotel some months back was nabbing a limited-edition T-shirt.

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...

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Stay at Sir Francis Drake's New Rooms and Save 10 Percent Off

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  Site Where: 450 Powell St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
May 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Coast through San Francisco on the Clift's New Bikes

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  Site Where: 495 Geary St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
April 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Shag Like Royalty with Union Jack Condoms at Kensington Park Hotel

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  Site Where: 450 Post St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
March 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Kensington Park Hotel is really getting a rep for being the go-to hotel for getting it on. First, it introduced Snuggie Sutra, and now comes the Shag Like Royalty package.

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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Drink Up At Hotel Adagio's Free Cocktail Classes

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  Site Where: 550 Geary St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
March 2, 2011 at 9:06 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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