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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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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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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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Inside the Mouth-Watering Haagen Dazs Suite at the Hotel Triton

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  Site Where: 342 Grant Avenue [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
June 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who knew the Hotel Triton in San Francisco had such a sweet suite? (Literally!)

The Haagen Dazs "Sweet Suite" has been open at the Union Square hotel since at least 2007 (we told you to book the suite to get over a bad break-up)-- but it recently underwent a refresh. It still has the "Sweet Spot", which is an ice cream cabinet full of cartons of Haagen Dazs ice creams along with bowls, scoops and spoons. But now there's new furniture and new giant photographs of ice cream and ice cream ingredients (LOL.) Despite the ice cream obsession, the suite is quite stylish with a residential feel. Don't worry, you can still bring the ice cream in bed with you.

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, which is next month, the Kimpton hotel is offering a Haagen Dazs Sweet Dreams package which includes deluxe accommodations in a recently redesigned room, Haagen Dazs ice cream delivered nightly to the room, a groovy ice cream scoop to take home and a signature Triton rubber ducky. Rates start at just $175 a night with a portion going to the Haagen Dazs's charity of choice, The Delancey Street Foundation. The Sweet Suite is a bit more at $350 a night.

[Photos: Hotel Triton]

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Charlie Palmer's Mystic Hotel Has a (Slightly) New Look

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  Site Where: 417 Stockton Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
June 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Did you know that famed chef Charlier Palmer is also a hotelier?

The man best known for his award-winnng Charlie Palmer steakhouses opened the boutique-style Mystic Hotel in San Francisco's Union Square 'hood last year with his Burritt Tavern, installed on the second floor of the hotel. (He's already opened the Hotel Healdsburg in Sonoma too.)

Now, the property has just completed a renovation of all 82 guest rooms (this place used to be the old Crescent Hotel) and it looks like an ideal place to rest your weary head...and your full stomach. The rooms are small but big on comfort and personal touches like fluffy white beds, exposed brick walls and carefully chosen honor bar selections from local companies such as PopChips, Oaktown Jerky from Oakland and 479 popcorn (note: the fuller-sized bottles of alcohol too.)

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Copy Ritz-Carlton San Francisco's Parallel 37's Exotic Produce Dishes

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  Site Where: 600 Stockton Street at California Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
April 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here's the latest happening in the luxury hotel world as told by JustLuxe's own Lena Katz. Got a question about luxury hotels, the travel biz, and where to stay? Send it in and we'll have Lena answer it.

A recent dinner at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco’s swank Parallel 37 food-geeked us out, thanks to new chef Michael Rotondo’s tendency to incorporate the most exotic produce items in California into his tasting menu. Torpedo radish? Smoked sunchokes? Arugula blossoms? It’s all coming at ya…and it’s good.

Chef Rotondo, who recently arrived from Chicago where he cooked under Charlie Trotter for eight years, admitted when he wanders through the San Francisco area farmers markets, he often doesn't recognize some of the stranger fruits – and when that happens, he usually buys the questionable item, takes it back to the kitchen, and figures out a tasty use for it.

We asked him to identify seven awesome produce items he’s cooking with right now, and tell us what the heck to do with them

Fermented Black Garlic: Ferment whole bulbs of garlic at high temperature, and they’ll turn black and taste sweet and syrupy, with hints of licorice and balsamic. Black garlic isn’t the prettiest veggie in the drawer, but it adds a complexity to a dish that raw garlic can't match. Most Asian markets carry black garlic. We have it on the lunch menu currently - blended into a light aioli and used on our albacore tuna sandwich.

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A Little Bit Of Inception From The Top Of The Mark

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  Site Where: 999 California St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
September 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

How’s this for an Inception moment? There we were, yesterday, having lunch at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco’s Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, looking idly at the view of the Transamerica Building, the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks when we cast our eyes southwest and noticed The Clift. We’d stayed there last week, so that tickled us.

But then our eyes panned a little to the right and saw a tiny rooftop oasis with palm-type plants and bushes and sun loungers. And as we were thinking how cute it was, we realised that it was the penthouse at the Hotel Adagio. And, coincidentally, our room, since we’d checked in at 11pm the night before to find the hotel full. The only room available? The penthouse. So instead of walking us to another hotel, lovely Peter at the front desk did us the honors.

So there we were in the rooftop bar of one hotel, looking at our ex hotel and our at-the-time-current hotel room. Yes, it was as convoluted as a Christopher Nolan script.

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The Grand Hyatt San Francisco Tries to Give New Rooms a Residential Feel

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  Site Where: 345 Stockton St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
July 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Grand Hyatt San Francisco is in the midst of a $70 million renovation, giving its lobby, open-kitchen restaurant and lounge and meeting facilities an upgrade, but the rooms are finished with their makeovers.

All 630 rooms received a facelift, and 21 were converted to hypoallergenic accommodations. The rooms were made to be more residential, but we're especially digging the technology inside them.

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This Hotel Now Has a Dedicated 'Proposal Desk' for Clueless Romantics

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  Site Where: 1 Nob Hill [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
July 13, 2011 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you don't have deep pockets like Kris Humphries to propose to your own Kim Kardashian with a $2 million rock, you gotta get creative. Luckily, you can get some help: Take your smitten self to the InterContinental Mark Hopkins's Proposal Desk.

The San Francisco hotel's new service will brainstorm with you and execute the perfect way to ask your lovey-dovey to marry you. Whether it be filling a hotel room with her favorite flowers, hopping on a hot-air balloon or having an airplane ask the question in sky-writing, the Proposal Desk will make it happen.

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San Fran's Crescent Hotel to Host an Exotic Pop-Up Tea Salon

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  Site Where: 417 Stockton St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
June 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's summer and a hot cuppa may be the last thing you want. But we'll risk overheating to take some sips at Crescent Hotel's pop-up salon, but there won't be an egg salad sandwich or Earl Grey in sight.

Dubbed Kettle Whistle, the exotic three-flight afternoon tea will feature Taiwanese oolong and some untraditional pairings. The event will take place throughout the Bay Area each month. The inaugural pop-up tea salon will take place in the hotel's Burritt Room on June 25.

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We Got The Tonga Itch At The Fairmont SF's Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar

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  Site Where: 950 Mason St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94108
December 14, 2010 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know tiki bars are having a moment, but in the case of the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar at the Fairmont San Francisco, that moment seems to have frozen in, oh, 1984. And it's awesome.

We pretty much built our entire three-day stay in San Francisco last week around a visit to this gem of a place. And while it's technically a restaurant, and there is a comprehensive menu of Pacific Rim dishes available, we didn't even get to the free buffet that was available during Happy Hour. You know us: we were all about the drinks.

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