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How to Hail a Cab in San Francisco

Posted by Nicole Redding on Wed, Nov 07, 2012 @ 03:39 PM

Although San Francisco is known as a walkable city, there are times when you don’t want to force your date, grandmother, or even your dog to walk up a street like Filbert on foot. Filbert Street

In situations such as this one, you should really hail a cab. So you whistle, you a place hand in the air, and you even position yourself slightly 'up-road' from all the other cab waiters and still no luck. Don't worry after you read this blog "How to hail a cab in San Francisco," your luck will change and you will never have to stand on a curb again!

Here are some easy steps on: How to Hail a Cab in San Francisco.

First things first download the app Cabulous. Cabulous is a free mobile app that lets you easily hail a taxi from any smartphone. They even have a state-of-the-art dispatch system that allows real-time tracking and communication between the passenger, driver and dispatch through the Cabulous dispatch platform. Ah,... technology!

CabulousOnce you are in the cab, here are some important things to note:

  1. You should have the address to your destination ready
  2. You should not worry about losing your personal items since with Cabulous you will never lose a forgotten item in a cab again! 
  3. The San Francisco Taxi Commission sets the fares. San Francisco taxis are required to post the fare in clear sight of the passenger. Fares are charged by fifth miles with a flat rate charged for waiting. Drivers will provide receipts when requested by the passenger.

The current fares are:

    • First 1/5th of a mile: $3.10
    • Each additional 1/5th of a mile or fraction thereof: $0.45
    • Each minute of waiting: $0.45
    • Airport surcharge: $2.00
    • Luggage surcharge: None
    • Bridge tolls: Paid by passenger
    • Out of town (distances of 15 or more miles outside the city limits): 150% of the metered rate. A driver may collect the fare in advance for any out of town trip. They will not collect advance fares for trips to either the San Francisco Airport or the Oakland Airport.
    • If the passenger disputes the fare being charged by the driver, the driver must drive the passenger to the nearest police station at no additional cost.
    4. You should tip 15 to 20 percent of the total fare.

                         5. Get to your destination safely. cab



    Tags: How to hail a cab in San Francisco


    Posted by Nicole Redding on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:24 AM

    I Heart

    Dear Fellow Personalities,

    As you know, the storm Sandy has hit the Eastern Seaboard affecting hundreds of thousands of our friends and family, including many of you, we imagine. As we celebrate the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, our hearts and thoughts are with you and your families affected by Sandy.

    In an effort to assist after the devastation of Sandy, we have reduced our rates to accommodate any stranded passengers.

    To contact our reservations department please call 1800-553-1900 or email us at

    Safe Travels,

    Your Friends at Personality Hotels

    Tags: Sandy, Personality Hotels gives back

    How to Get World Series Ready

    Posted by Nicole Redding on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 03:22 PM

    So what happens after you win Game 7, the rain stops and reality sets in?

    First you celebrate. Then you get World Series ready. Lucky for the SF Giants, this is merely a GIANT case of deja vu. Remember 2010? 

    This blog will give you the ins and outs on: How to get World Series Ready.

     World Series 2012

    1. Get Tickets to the World Series in San Francisco.

    This task is easier said than done. San Francisco Giants fans are willing to go to GIANT lengths to get their hands on World Series tickets. According to the Mercury News, "They're willing to go on hunger strikes, drive across the state or even paint your house to get into AT&T Park." Great idea! You could dye your beard like that guy. We aren't a 100% sure this would increase your chances but look how happy he looks!

    *Didn’t get tickets to the World Series? Then skip to Steps 4 & 5 and then repeat!

    2. Find a Place to Stay in San Francisco.

    We suggest staying at Hotel Union Square in the Dugout Suite. Our spacious corner suite features "Fear the Beard" window shades, a king size bed set up that you are sure to strike it rich in and a basket full of baseball treats with cracker jacks, peanuts, bubble gum & more.

    This Suite is all things Orange & Black and is perfect for pre-game fun or to relax and keep the spirit going all night long! Plus transportation from Union Square to AT&T Park is a breeze with a special Metro Ballpark Service which operates on game days only, starting about 2 hours before games, at Embarcadero Station and continuing to the ballpark. These trains have their destination listed as "Mission Bay" or "Caltrain". Any train to Mission Bay, Caltrain or Sunnydale will take you to the ballpark.

    3. Get Geared Up

    Tickets. Check! Warm bed. Check! But what to wear? 

    You aren't World Series ready unless you are dressed to win. Forgot your SF Giants gear at home? Don't worry, Personality Hotels got your back, literally! Get a "Giant Personality" T-shirt from the front desk for $25.

    Or if post-season gear is more your thing, check out the Dugout Store. To avoid crowds, we suggest going to the Giants Dugout store at Union Square on 337 Geary Street (next to Lefty O'Doul's).  

    4. To Pre-Game or Not to Pre-Game?

    Pre-gaming can be defined as consuming alcohol in smaller amounts before a bigger drinking event with the intention of easing yourself into a night to remember or to forget depending on your drink of choice. This is where we strongly recommend that you refer to step 2 in this "How to Get World Series Ready" blog. Now you're game ready! 

     5. To the After Party and Beyond!

    After the game, you'll want to keep the party going and everybody knows that SF Giants fans know how to party! But just in case you are a little rusty or you're new to the city, we have you covered. Want to feel like the MVP of your friends, then choose Tres Agaves, though we must warn you that they have every tequila option known to man and side effects may include table dancing, and an all night long desire to sing, "Don't Stop Believing" karaoke style!

                                                                   Now that's How to Get World Series Ready!

    Tags: Dugout Suite, SF Giants, World Series 2012

    Spending the night at the Hotel Diva

    Posted by Nicole Redding on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 @ 08:44 AM

    Need to getaway? Spending the night at the Hotel Diva can put things into perspective.

    Personality Hotels means it when we say, "We do everything but dream for you!" We leave the dreaming up to you. We can only imagine what so many Divas dream about as they glazed out of our hotel windows.

    Whether they're drawn to the architecture of the Curran theater or they're imaging themselves on the main stage, we guarantee if you look up at the Hotel Diva at any given moment, you'll find a diva or two staring right back at you.

    A.C.T theater

    As soon as a Diva checks in to Hotel Diva, she strolls past the one and only Diva Sidewalk of Fame. This is how she knows, she has arrived. She only has to look down to see the Divas and Divos that came before her, that dared to dream big.

    It's no wonder why Yvonne, our CEO/President was inspired to create her dream hotel--sexy custom shades and stainless steel sculpted headboards setting the stage in your room, for your own Diva experience.

    The only thing left for you to do is dream!

    Tags: The Diva Experience, Spending the night at the hotel diva

    Where The Locals Eat in San Francisco's Union Square

    Posted by Nicole Redding on Fri, Sep 07, 2012 @ 09:06 AM

    San Francisco's Union Square is no doubt the best place to enjoy an afternoon of shopping and people watching. But where do San Francisco locals go for a bite to eat in Union Square? Here is a list of some of the best restaurants in San Francisco, brought to you by our very own employees. Enjoy!

    Nathalie Toribio Local Sales Manager

    Nathalie Toribio
    Local Sales Manager
    Where Nathalie goes for lunch: Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery located on 599 Post Street just 2 blocks from the Hotel Diva and the Kensington Park Hotel.

    What Nathalie orders: Eggs Benedict

    Eggs Benedict at Honey Honey

    She loves to order the eggs benedict. Never had the eggs benedict before ever? Nathalie swears by it. Eggs benedict is traditionally a breakfast dish that consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with your choice of ham or bacon, topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce

    Why Nathalie chooses Honey Honey:

    They're prices are affordable and the service is always friendly. But most of all they serve breafast all day long! According to Nathalie, Honey Honey is where the locals eat in San Francisco's Union Square.Danika Garlotta Marketing Manager and Karloff 

    Danika Garlotta
    Marketing Manager
    Where Danika goes for lunch: Ryoko's Japanese & Bar  located on 619 Taylor St
    (between Cosmo Pl & Post St) just 4 blocks from the Hotel Diva and the Kensington Park Hotel.

    What Danika orders:  She loves to order the Volcano sushi roll, you know the one with the peanut butter and jalapenos. She promises it's good…We're taking her word for it.


    Volcano roll

    Why Danika chooses Ryoko:

    Because where else can you get a large pitcher of Asahi or Saphoro for $6! You can even order the pitchers while you wait :) According to Danika, Ryoko is where the locals eat in San Francisco's Union Square.
    Tyler Crosser Accounting
    Tyler Crosser
    Accounts Recievable Specialist

    Where Tyler goes to lunch: Sugar Cafe is located on 679 Sutter St (at Taylor St) 3 blocks from the Hotel Diva and theKensington Park Hotel. 

    What Tyler orders: The Grilled Cheese. Two slices of white bread followed by melted American cheese in the middle. Heaven on a plate. And on cheat days, he orders the chips and not the salad.

    Gilled Cheese from Sugar Cafe

    Why Tyler chooses Sugar Cafe:

    Because like Cheers,everybody knows your name at Sugar Cafe.

    According to Tyler, Sugar Cafe is where the locals eat in San Francisco's Union Square.

    So now you know where the locals eat in San Francisco's Union Square!   .

    Tags: Where to eat in Union Square

    Pet Friendly Hotels

    Posted by Nicole Redding on Fri, Aug 03, 2012 @ 08:44 AM

    The Pets behind Personality Hotels

    Finding pet friendly hotels can be difficult!

    That's why Personality Hotels doesn't have 1 but 4 pet friendly hotels to choose from. It's true, we have a hotel to fit any pets' personality. Whether your pet's personality is GRAND like the Kensington Park Hotel, AUTHENTIC like the Hotel Union Square, SEXY like the Hotel Diva or TIMELESS like the Steinhart Hotel, we have a hotel for you and your best friend.

    Now that you found a couple of pet friendly hotels, where you and your pet can rest your head don't forget to pack the essentials.

    Personality Hotels' Pet travel checklist

    Listed below is a list of items you'll want to make sure to pack:

    Identification and Photos: Think about it, you wouldn't let your best friend leave without their ID when traveling, your pet's information is equally as important. Pack your pet's most recently taken photo with their license number written down on the back. Also remember to pack your pet's veterinarian's contact information just in case of an emergency.

    Pet supplies: While in San Francisco, you will most likely spend some time away from your pet friendly hotel, so be prepared by having anything your pet could dream of, like a favorite pillow or blanket just in case you decide you want to spend the day lounging at Dolores Park.

    Food and Beverages: We recommend you pack a good amount of dry food. Don't forget the favorite water bowl and if your pet eats canned food, bring along a can opener.

    Collars and leashes: Have you seen those iconic San Francisco hills? No doubt you and your pet will be walking around a lot, so bring along their leash. Pack an extra one, just in case there is a chance of it breaking.

    Forgot something? Or just need an excuse to buy something new... here is a list of our favorite pet friendly boutiques and restaurants:

    Best Pet Boutiques

    Paw printCheeko B

    Score chic collars, leashes, and everything else you never knew you needed for
    your best friend. Bonus: Yappy hour every Thursday from 5-7PM
    611 Post Street @ Taylor 415.440.1221

    Paw printBow.Wow.Meow.

    Grooming available by appointment + a large variety of carriers, leashes, and
    books. 2150 Polk Street @ Vallejo 415.440.2845

    Paw printCatnip & Bones

    This Marina/Cow Hollow boutique features a dog bakery for Fido with a sweet
    tooth! Smaller assortment of collars, but easy to find something worth taking
    home. 2220 Chestnut Street @ Pierce 415.359.9100

    Dog-friendly restaurants & bars

    Paw printBest people (and pooch) watching: Market Bar 1 Ferry Building 415.434.1100

    Paw printBest happy hour: Ducca’s outdoor fire pit…50 3rd Street 415.977.0271

    Tags: Pet friendly hotels

    A Girls Night Out in San Francisco

    Posted by Nicole Redding on Wed, Aug 01, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

    Girls Night OutIn need of some much needed me time, away from the day to day stresses of being SuperWOMEN? Let's face it; even superheroes need a day off...

    It’s time to put the cape away and call your closest friends for a "Girls Night Out!"

    Get ready to spend an incredible getaway in a city devoted to glitz and glamour. With everything you need to shop till you drop, Girls Night Out is devoted to give you all you need to shop and enjoy The City!

    Think about it, you might attend important meetings, carry a large workload or plan play dates for your children but who's planning play dates for you? Plan a play date in San Francisco to shop with your closest friends. You'll try on clothes, share secrets and laugh until it hurts.

    In the evening, maybe you'll choose to travel to the Far East? The newly opened restaurant, Region allows you to feel like you left the country while you indulge in the comforts of staying local. Ah...guilt and jet-lag free!

    At the end of the night, imagine a town car, provided by De Lovely Limo that allows you to take in San Francisco's iconic skyline as you and your girlfriends reminisce on the good ole' days.

    Personality Hotels' Girls Night Out is the perfect escape for SuperMOMs looking to get away.   

    Valid at Hotel Diva, Kensington Park and Hotel Union Square, the Girls Night Out Package includes:

    Tags: Girls Night Out, Ladies Night in San Francisco

    Personality Hotels takes a new spin on traditional meeting spaces

    Posted by Nicole Redding on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 04:25 PM

    Take a break from your traditional conference or “bored” room and experience Personality Hotels’ “Think Tanks”.

    Traditional meeting spaces can be such a bore and at Personality Hotels we believe that in order to create great ideas, you need equally great, unique and thought-provoking meeting spaces.

    We have all experienced going to off-site brainstorming or planning sessions in the sterile confines of a hotel conference room. Sure you were able to escape to a new location, but how creative did you really feel being stuck in meeting spaces that lacked the personality need to inspire?

    Personality Hotels’ Think Tanks are a creative alternative to those monotonous meeting spaces you’re used to.

    As you know, meeting spaces that look and feel creative can energize your leaders and managers to think differently and act differently.

    Get out of the box and come into one of Personality Hotels’ Think Tanks!

    Pablo Lighting Lounge

      Lee Quen Lounge











    The Pablo Lighting and Lee Quen Lounges at the Hotel Diva are styled by San Francisco's hottest artists and designers. Our meeting spaces can be rented as an inspirational space for brainstorming, small meeting with colleagues, or one-on-one interviews.

    Audio and visual equipment & catering is available at an additional cost.

    A meeting and event coordinator will help you create a successful meeting from start to finish.

    For questions about our Think Tanks or to book one of our meeting spaces contact Stephanie Andrade 415.351.4120 or

    Tags: Meeting Spaces, Think Tanks, Meeting Spaces in San Francisco

    SF Pride 2012

    Posted by Nicole Redding on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 01:40 PM

    We have the ins and outs of everything SF Pride 2012

    First thing, first!

    What is SF Pride 2012?

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    Let's go back into time. June 28, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village which sparked the Stonewall riots. This was one of the first well-known instances of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rebellion. One year later to the date, on June 28, 1970 the first Pride was held in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

    Back to the present SF Pride 2012 marks the 42nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. Now, that's what we call history with personality.


    When is SF Pride 2012?

    Saturday, June 23 in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza from Noon to 6:00 p.m.

    Sunday, June 24 in San Francisco's Civic Center from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    SF Gay Pride Map

    Where is SF Pride 2012?

    San Francisco Civic Center --along Market Street begining at 10:30 a.m. on Beale Street on Saturday, June 23 in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza.


    Ok... I am convinced I am going but How do I get to SF Pride 2012?

    Since SF Pride is one of the largest outdoor events, traffic will be at a stand still. Plan ahead. Take Bart or Muni. Both Bart and Muni transit systems serve the Civic Center station. 


    Where should I stay before or after SF Pride 2012?

    If you're the Diva we think you are... Hotel Diva is the place to stay! Sexy, modern and fresh from a facelift, Hotel Diva is the most chic of Personality Hotels. Conveniently located on Geary Street just two blocks away from Neiman Marcus and Saks, Hotel Diva has a style that is attractive and architecturally appealing.

    Or maybe you think you deserve to be treated like American Royalty, if that's the case, we suggest staying at the Kensington Park Hotel. A gorgeous 1925 Gothic style building, the grand and fashionable Kensington Park Hotel revisits an era of elegance, with historic San Francisco charm. The stylish lobby features hand-painted ceilings, modern artwork, and serves complimentary tea and sherry, nightly to hotel guests. Cheers!





    Tags: SF Pride 2012, San Francisco Pride, San Francisco Pride 2012

    The Perfect Pitch

    Posted by Nicole Redding on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

    Last Wednesday night's San Francisco Giants baseball game was perfect!

    Perfect pitch + Perfect game = A perfect start to your weekend.

    Dugout Suite

    So how do you top last Wednesday night? You can start by spending the weekend celebrating in our very own Dugout Suite at the Hotel Union Square. Never before has any hotel company hit a home run with their home team, The Giants, than Hotel Union Square up at the mound, pitching its very own Dugout Suite!

    Like San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain, we like being first. Did you know Matt Cain is the first San Francisco Giants pitcher since the franchise was established in 1883 to pitch a perfect game? This makes Matt Cain the 22nd pitcher in baseball history to pitch a perfect game. We think this deserves a celebration!

    Fear the Beard

    Now time for our Perfect Pitch:

    Our spacious corner suite features "Fear the Beard" window shades, a king size bed set up that you are sure to strike it rich in and a basket full of baseball treats with cracker jacks, peanuts, bubble gum & more.

    This Suite will have you "root, root, rooting for the home team!" Our Dugout Suite can be the perfect pitch to any Giants fans looking for an excuse to extend that perfect game celebration all weekend long!

    Guests of the Dugout Suite will be treated to four complimentary tickets to a tour of award-winning Anchor Brewing Company, a San Francisco original since 1896 as well as a few extra goodies. 

    Again congratulations to Matt Cain the 1st Giants pitcher to pitch a perfect game in Giants history since 1883!

    We clink our frothy Anchor Stream beers in honor of you. Cheers Matt Cain!

    *Please note that the word perfect was perfectly used a total of 11 times in this blog.

    Tags: San Francisco Giants, Perfect Pitch, Dugout Suite

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