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Spending Father's Day in San Francisco

Posted by Nicole Redding on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

Father's Day is just around the corner. Before it's too late and you end up buying your dad another tie in a different color. Relax and get inspired.

Personality Hotels has gift ideas for every dad's personality...

SOMA StrEAT Food Park

What dad doesn't <3 food? Impress your dad with your Anthony Bourdain knowledge this Father's Day, as you walk through the newly opened SOMA StrEAT Food Park located on 428 11th Street San Francisco.

We guarantee that there is a food cart for every dad's taste buds and most importantly every child's budget!

Dugout Suite

Remember the time when your dad took you to your very first baseball game? Return the favor and get him baseball tickets to see the San Francisco Giants. But don't forget to book Personality Hotels' Dugout Suite for some late night reminiscing.

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Maybe, all your dad really wants is to share an ice cold beer with you...If that's the case instead of a typical 6 pack at home, surprise your dad with a tour of how his delicious beer is made. Anchor Steam Brewing Company offers daily tours however space is limited. So if you are going to surprise your dad, plan ahead. 

Happy Father’s Day from your friends at Personality Hotels!

Tags: Father's Day, What to get Dad, Father's Day in San Francisco

Personality Hotels Shares Summer Beauty Tips

Posted by Nicole Redding on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 @ 01:00 PM

Facebook ContestPersonality Hotels wants your skin to be protected. That's why we are offering a contest on Facebook where you can enter to win a Melvita summer essential gift bag so you can start your summer off right!

Our Friends at Melvita wanted to give you some of their summer favorite tips for the summer.

Ready to bring out the bathing suits and shorts this summer? Before you do, check to make sure that you have taken care of your most important accessory; your skin.  With temperatures on the rise this season, achieving beautiful healthy skin is essential. Check out these tips for radiant sun-kissed skin from head to toe.

Tighten it up: As soon as the weather starts to warm up, the layers of clothes start coming off. Calm your fears of going bare by using a serum or oil and regular massage.

Fight the battle head on with Algascience Contouring serum.  It’s a lightweight serum that minimizes cellulite and gives skin a smoother and more toned appearance.  Use it for two consecutive months and see how quickly your skin improves.  For optimal results, don’t forget to exfoliate before applying the serum.

Say goodbye to dead skin: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! No matter what season it is, this simple task will not only slough away those dead skin cells, it will allow a more youthful version of you to shine through.  If you love the feeling of a fresh buff daily, try using  an exfoliating bath soap.  Daily exfoliation gently removes dead skin while stimulating cells and activating blood flow. For a more rigorous buff, try a scrub with sugar or salt to slough off dead skin and reveal a glowing you.

Don’t forget the glow: Get radiant skin this season the healthy way by creating your own self tanner. Mix two drops of carrot oil in with your body lotion and moisturize your body from head to toe.  Using oil in conjunction with a moisturizer is a great way to give your skin a luxurious appeal with a natural bronzed color.  If you love adding color to your skin the old fashioned way, apply a repairing lotion directly on to your skin after sunbathing to protect and nourish your skin while reducing peeling and redness.

Follow these tips and look fabulous this summer season! And don't forget to enter to win on Facebook!

Tags: Summer tips, Summer essentials, Skin care tips

Spend your Memorial Day Weekend with Boutique Hotels in San Francisco

Posted by Nicole Redding on Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

 You just watched how to spend your 3-day weekend like a San Francisco local, courtesy of Personality Hotels, a collection of boutique hotels in San Francisco.

But how do you spend a 3-day weekend like a CEO/President of a collection of boutique hotels in San Francisco? 

 Like this…

A message from our CEO/President Yvonne Lembi-Detert


Memorial Day Weekend is a holiday I always wait for because it never requires “crunch time” to get things done. In fact, it’s a 3-day holiday weekend that opens up so many opportunities in San Francisco


You can get reservations at your favorite restaurant you have always been dying to try. There are actual parking spots available in SF.  And… almost everything is on sale in Union Square except for Louis, Celine, and Christian & Herman…opps I mean Hermes!


I love to begin my great finds with a stop at the Bio Café right next to my friend’s house… you know Barney’s. The very natural & yummy hemp oatmeal is to die for at Bio Café’. I know it sounds odd but it’s truly… a creamy heaven.  It gives me the energy to go straight & knock on Barney’s door for the beginning of my shopping haven. Can you say, SALE!....40% off on  my favorite designers.


The Coop floor is managed by Michael Feldman. He has the greatest finds for Vince treasures on sale and if you haven’t had enough, Helmut Lang has tons more. If you really want to be a DIVA, book an appointment with Edward Teran for all your personal shopping needs. He’s fast and he gets your style. What more could he offer besides his darling smile & honesty about what you are trying on? What about some delicious infused water by Hint. Hint is naturally flavored water by Kara Goldin, a woman who lives in SF, who might be celebrating her Memorial Day Weekend shopping next to you, if you follow my advice. Edward shares his thirst quenching water with you while you quench your thirst on your favorite fashion buys. Take a hint, and shop away guilt-free!


Next on the holiday agenda is a short jaunt in a cab to 2000 Union Street for a fabulous bistro lunch at Café des Amis. You can sit in the bistro section by the bar & pretend you are in France eating the best French fries with your bistro burger or lounge in the red velvet lounge room and sip champagne. But whatever you do, you must order the blueberry French toast for dessert. OMG!


Now you have a reason to take a long walk along SF’s Lands End. Your urban runway starts from China Beach along Land’s End to the USS SF Memorial. All shopping aside, the reason we celebrate Memorial Day in SF is to honor & remember those who have died in our nation’s service.


Leave your <3 and your weekend plans in San Francisco this Memorial Day weekend.



Tags: Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco, Memorial Day Weekend, Memorial Day in San Francisco

Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge

Posted by Nicole Redding on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Not many people can say they were alive to see the birth of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. But imagine, if you could interview someone that was there. A picture may be worth a 1000 words but a first hand interview is priceless.

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Personality Hotels interview with a San Francisco local,     Mr. Personality.


Golden Gate Bridge and a Sombrero

What was your favorite memory of the Golden Gate Bridge?

On May 27th, 1937, I walked accross the Golden Gate Bridge wearing a Mexican sombrero. I was going north toward Marin County and walking back toward San Francisco.  But, why the sombrero you may ask? Simply, because everyone was wearing different costumes and all I owned was a sombrero. I didn’t go out & buy a new outfit or costumes like everyone does now; I used what I had. A sombrero.


What do you remember most during the time the bridge was built?

As the construction crews were close to the finishing the Golden Gate Bridge, I rode my bike to see the final stages. I knew, I was going to walk this unbelievable monument no matter what! Even, if I had to play hooky from work. I did end up calling in sick that day. Best day I spend sick I ever had!

 Golden Gate Bridge and a Bike

What was it like to be part of such a historical structure being built in your community? 

It was unbelievable, I asked myself how could they construct this to fit within a single span?

Did you go to the "grand opening" of the bridge?

Yes & I walked it alone. I was 19 year old. My family did not want to go, so I went by myself. I remember that it was a beautiful day with lots of people. They were just walking back & forth across the Golden Gate Bridge. There were no vendors. It felt like it was just me and the Golden Gate Bridge enjoying each others company.

Get Golden Package

If you want to make your own memories with the Golden Gate Bridge, now is the time. On Saturday, May 27th the Golden Gate Bridge celebrates its 75th birthday. Don't miss the birthday party. Instead, plan on getting golden with Personality Hotels this weekend!

Our "GET GOLDEN" Package:

 Celebrating 75 years of the Golden Gate Bridge $65 ($90 Value) 

  • Don't ride solo like Mr. Personality instead have a 2 all day bike rentals from Blazing Saddles
  • A Ghirardelli chocolate bridge (to fully appreciate all that is San Francisco)
  • A pack of healthy snacks 
  • Deluxe accommodations

    Click me 
    To book click on the link above or contact us at or call us at 800.553.1900


Tags: packages, Personality Hotels, Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Shopping Guide: Mother's Day Edition

Posted by Nicole Redding on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 04:36 PM

San Francisco Shopping Guide: Mother's Day Edition

This happens every year, you scramble to get your mom the perfect gift. However, this time you don’t have to do it alone.

Here is our San Francisco gift guide: Mother's Day Edition 

Personality Hotels are helping you make your mom feel like a diva this Mother’s Day!


 Cheese School

A class about the Cheese Factor  

For the mom that has taught you everything about cooking. Here is your chance to teach her that cheese, can be a meal in itself.

Mother and veteran cheese instructor Judy Creighton will take you and Mom on a cheese and wine tasting journey of eight cheeses and four wines. Learn the ABCs of great cheese and taste some of Judy’s favorite pairings.

Above all you’ll learn key tasting skills that will enhance your appreciation of cheese for the rest of your life. In cheese as in life, a little knowledge goes a long way.

For more information go to: The Cheese School




(Unfortunately, this is not a scratch and sniff sticker)

Mom, Stop and Smell the Roses

The San Francisco gift guide: Mother' Day Edition even included free gifts for your mom!

Why get your mom a bouquet of roses when you can get her an entire garden at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park? Admission is free but the memories and photos will be priceless. The San Francisco Rose Society hosts an annual “Mother’s Day Rose Show” between 12:30 pm and 4 pm on Sunday, May 13th. On display in the exhibition hall will be a room full of roses, here is tip from a local: Due to San Francisco law, roses cannot be sold in Golden Gate Park. So you know what that means, come after 4pm and free roses for you and your mom!

Hall of Flowers Located at Red Circle
9th Ave. at Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA 94122-2384



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Not just another Spa Day

A customized facial from the experts at La Belle Day Spa (for the mom who is in need of some serious pampering.)

La Belle Day Spa isn't an ordinary spa - Aside from the traditional perks that make a salon, comfy robes, cucumber water and long well deserved massages, La Belle gives  you a very unique experience. Opt for a customized facial where your treatments will constantly be modified depending on how your skin reacts.

For more information:

Maybe all your mom really wants is a little R&R and a good book? Like 50 Shades of Gray?

If that's the case, reserve a night's stay at Personality Hotel today and give your mom what she really wants. A little me time with Christian Grey, at the Kensington Park, Hotel Union Square or Hotel Diva.

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Contact Us: Resevations@personalityhotels or call us at 800.553.1900


Tags: Mother's Day, San Francisco Gift Guide, Mother's Day in San Francisco

A Five Star Yelp Elite Event @ the Hotel Diva

Posted by Nicole Redding on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 @ 05:01 PM

San Francisco's boutique hotel chain, Personality Hotels are known for gaping the distance between residence and hotel: providing guests the best of home life in the most desirable environment away from home. And now thanks to YelpSF, last night Personality Hotels was able to let its hair down and showcase a different side of its "Personality."Yelp Elite Blog image copy resized 600So what is all the Yelping about? 

According to Yelp :
  • Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics

Why we <3 Yelp: Real People, Real Reviews!

The Who's Who of Vendors:

(Following the vendors' photos from left to right)

Picayune Cellars-- Picayune is pronounced {pi-ka-’yun}. Where Picayune comes from is Spain. It is a Spanish coin worth half of the value of a “real” one.

Mission Minis-- Big things, come in small packages! No wonder Mission Minis made it to the television show "Cupcake Wars!"

T-We--T-We Tea's motto is ‘we are tea,’ they strive to create an all-encompassing community of tea drinkers.

Hey Cookie-- is a Yelp 5-star bakery located in the Castro. What's more famous than their cookies is Christa's Personality!  

Blue Moon-- Blue Moon was established in 1995 at "The Sandlot" in Dever, Colorado. It didn't take long before Blue Moon won the World's Beer Championship 3 years in a row for their Belgian White. 

San Franola-- It's all about the granola with these guys. They put the 'goodness' back into granola.

Rosenblumcellars-- Rosenblum Cellars is all about the Zin. Rosenblum Cellars is home of some of the highest rated, most-awarded Zins from California’s most highly regarded vineyards.

5th Stitch Collective-- is a men's and women's clothing store located in the Castro. Ask about their Terrariums!

REMRIDG Wines-- is owned by the husband and wife team Jeff and Karen Roberts and a few long-time friends, REMRIDG Wines is a vineyard-driven wine brand. REMRIDG Wines sources 100% of its grapes from FARM Napa Valley clients.

Farm+Cellar-- is grown organically from the media powerhouse that is Third Street Works, Farm+Cellar represents the combination of several proven talents from the advertising, filmmaking, education, food, wine and hospitality industries.

Sudwerks Brewing-- Since it was established in 1989, Ron Broward, Dean Unger and Brewmaster Jay Prahl have been producing award winning lager.

See what some of these Yelpers had to said about us @ the Hotel Diva:

Maria S. said, "You don't need to be a Diva to go here, but you'll feel like one afterwards."

Moua L. said, "Thank you to the YELP team for making these events memorable and Hotel Diva staff for treating us like royalty."

Noel M. said, "I walk past Hotel Diva daily but never gave it a second thought beyond the burlesque-esk window shades.  Inside the vibe continues, this isn't your everyday hotel.  For instance, the themed room packages are unique and if you put a techno beat in the elevators, you've got a party."

Special thanks to photographers, Jorge Nova and Jeremiah. Thank you to DJ SonnyPhono for all the Diva Classics!  

This all was made possible because of Yelp's finest: Jennifer, Nique and Ruggy!

Last but not least, thank you to our partners Perrier for supplying the sparkling water to all of the Yelp Elite writers!

Like what you've read then "Like Us" on Facebook, "Follow us" on Twitter or simply spend the night at one of our hotels to see what all the Yelping is really about!

Tags: hotel union square, Hotel Diva, Personality Hotels, Kensington Park, san francisco, Hospitality, Boutique hotels, Yelp, Sudwerks, Picayune Cellars, REMRIDG Cellars, Mission Minis, Rosenblum Cellars, Hey Cookie!, Blue Moon, Farm+Cellar, San Franola, 5th Stitch Collective, T-We

Personality Hotels and ATRIO™ Heads Are UP On A Cloud!

Posted by Nicole Redding on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

Last week, our very own President and CEO Yvonne Lembi-Detert, our Director of Revenue and Reservations Stuart Harless, and our Guest Services Manager Domitille Montoro, engaged in a "60 Minute" style interview with ATRIO™ ( a Guest Experience Management platform) at the Hotel Diva in San Francisco,California. Tick, Tick, Tick

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Like 60 Minutes, Here is your sneak peek:

“We sit in the <3 of a city known for technology and innovation and ATRIO fits very well into our vision to lead the industry through service excellence, innovation, and style. We’re very proud to represent the first deployment of the ATRIO platform. It has always been a practice for Personality Hotels to engage with creative and cutting edge companies.” -Yvonne Lembi-Detert, President & CEO, Personality Hotels.

Why Personality Hotels <3 ATRIO: ATRIO offers the industry’s only platform purpose-built for true cloud computing.


Did we mention we are the first ever to use this innovative platform?


What This Means To You: Hotel Diva wouldn't miss a step when it comes to offering you, the guest, the best! Since ATRIO minimizes implementation and training efforts and drastically reduces the technology footprint, Hotel Diva can be up and running within days instead of weeks.

What This Looks Like: A modern modular design, and Hotel Diva has the use of an Enterprise Service Bus. 

There are too many benefits to list but, what we <3ed the most was the true cloud computing and the “zero training” user experience. 

Thanks to our Friends at ATRIO, Personality Hotels are taking hospitality to a whole new level--to the clouds!
Beta Tested, Diva Approved!

Tags: Hotel Diva, Yvonne Detert, Interviews, san francisco, Photoshoots, Great Pictures, Cloud Computing, Engage Hospitality, Hospitality

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