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Best Western Seven Seas Getaway Facebook Contest

With average temperatures in the mid-seventies and over 250 days of sunshine per year, it’s always the perfect time to take a vacation in sunny San Diego! This winter, escape to San Diego and enter our Facebook Contest for your chance to win a 2-night stay at the Best Western Seven Seas and 2 tickets to the world famous San Diego Zoo!

The Best Western Seven Seas is the largest BEST WESTERN on the West Coast and is centrally located in the heart of Mission Valley. Our San Diego hotel features comfortable accommodations and a host of complimentary amenities including a heated pool, 2 hot tubs, a fitness center, ping-pong table, guest parking, shuttle service, Internet access and an onsite restaurant and bar. Our convenient location in Hotel Circle offers easy access to the freeway and we are just a short drive from the top attractions in San Diego from SeaWorld to Balboa Park and more. Hop on our complimentary shuttle and explore it all!

The San Diego Zoo is one of the top attractions in the Southern California. This impressive zoo spans 100 acres and is situated right next to Balboa Park in downtown San Diego. Over 4,000 animals reside at the zoo, which also boasts all types of attractions, everything from animal exhibits and shows to special events and educational programs.

Entering the contest is easy, just visit our Facebook Page and click the link to our contest. Then enter your name and email address and you’re in! Be sure to share the contest with your friends and family for more chances to win!

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Inn at Union Square Holiday Getaway Facebook Contest

Who doesn’t love a holiday getaway? Your very own holiday retreat is just a few clicks away! Enter the Inn at Union Square’s contest on Facebook for your chance to win the ultimate holiday vacation in San Francisco featuring an overnight stay, two tickets to see “A Christmas Carol” at the ACT Theatre, and a $100 Visa gift card!

Your holiday stay starts right here in the heart of Union Square. The Inn offers charming, boutique accommodations, personalized service and all the complimentary amenities you need for the perfect stay, from WiFi and breakfast to evening wine and cheese and fresh baked cookies. Use your $100 Visa gift card on holiday shopping in Union Square or enjoy a romantic meal at any of the renowned restaurants near our hotel. Join us for our complimentary Evening Wine Reception starting at 5:00 PM before heading off to see the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” at the ACT Theatre located just two blocks from our hotel.

Get into the holiday spirit with ice skating in Union Square or walking hand in hand along the bustling streets of the city. See the Macy’s tree just steps from our hotel decorated and sparkling with lights and ornaments! There’s so much to do and see in San Francisco during the holidays and our central location is the perfect home base for exploring it all. So be sure to enter our Facebook contest for your chance to win a free holiday getaway at the Inn at Union Square! Don’t forget to share the contest with your friends and family for more chances to win.

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Hotel Griffon and Habitat for Humanity

The Hotel Griffon is working with Habitat for Humanity to donate used toilets that would otherwise be sent to a recycling center to be crushed and re-constituted. The 1.6 GPF toilets are being replaced with higher efficiency toilets as part of the Hotel Griffon’s 2014 guestroom renovations.

The Hotel Griffon is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide them these usable resources and to further the Hotel Griffon’s environmental policies by donating usable items to the community instead of disposing of them.

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Always Dream Foundation

Greystone Hotels is thrilled to announce that we will once again be participating in the Once Upon a Time Fundraiser presented by the Always Dream Foundation on October 4, 2014, in San Francisco.  The Always Dream Foundation is a non-profit, charity organization that was founded by Olympic figure skater and Dancing with the Stars competitor, Kristi Yamaguchi, in an effort to help support other organizations that positively impact the lives of children. This annual fundraising gala supports the foundation’s “Always Reading” program, which is designed to raise awareness for and support early childhood literacy. One of the main initiatives of this program involves integrating digital literacy tools such as e-Readers in primarily under served classrooms, starting in Kindergarten, to help enhance and reinforce children’s literacy skills.

Greystone Hotels is honored to be able to donate a total 14 room nights between our hotels to the live auction portion of the Once Upon a Time Fundraiser to help raise funds for this charitable and worthy cause. We’re fortunate to have had the pleasure of having Kristi as our reoccurring guest at the Elan Hotel in Los Angeles and were thrilled to once again be a part of this incredible fundraiser.

If you would like to learn more about Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation or how to donate, please go to

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Bristol Hotel Facebook Contest

San Diego really does have it all; sandy beaches, an exciting nightlife, delectable eateries, family-friendly attractions, and of course, first-class shopping. This summer, the Bristol Hotel is giving away a shopping getaway in San Diego featuring an overnight stay at our boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown San Diego, a $200 American Express gift card to use at Horton Plaza and dinner for two at our delicious onsite restaurant, the First Avenue Bar and Grille! For your chance to win, simply “like” the Bristol Hotel on Facebook and enter our San Diego Shopping Getaway contest.

The Bristol is a premier boutique hotel located in the highly sought-after downtown area of San Diego, just steps from the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and Horton Plaza. The Bristol features a modern style with newly updated hotel rooms, thoughtful amenities, contemporary facilities, and an exceptional staff to ensure each and every guest receives an excellent and memorable stay. Shop ‘til you drop at Horton Plaza, dance and dine in the Gaslamp, or stroll along the breathtaking San Diego waterfront, all located within walking distance from the Bristol Hotel.

Start your San Diego getaway by exploring all that San Diego has to offer from SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo to Seaport Village and the Midway Museum. Then head to Horton Plaza to spend your $200 American Express gift card on the perfect outfit for a night out on the town in San Diego! After you’ve had your fill of shopping, come back and enjoy an unforgettable dinner at our onsite restaurant, the First Avenue Bar and Grille! From BBQ Chicken Sliders to Herb Crusted Prime Rid, the First Avenue Bar and Grille has it all and is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. After your meal, head out for an exciting night in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter where you’ll find bars, nightclubs, restaurants, cafes and more. Then return to the Bristol where a peaceful night’s sleep and your comfortable guestroom with plush linens, spa bathrobes, and luxurious, eco-friendly bath amenities awaits you!

If a San Diego shopping getaway sounds like your ideal vacation, then be sure to “like” the Bristol Hotel on Facebook and enter our contest today. Don’t forget to share the contest with your friends and family!

Click here to enter!

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Bend Summer Facebook Contest

Summer in Bend, Oregon is filled with blue skies, sunshine and outdoor activities galore! The snow is melting, the temperatures are rising and it’s the perfect time to visit this Central Oregon Town, which is why we’re giving away an exciting summer getaway to Bend! For you chance to win, simply “like” the Fairfield Inn & Suites or the TownePlace Suites on Facebook and enter the contest! This complete Bend getaway features an overnight stay at the TownePlace Suites or the Fairfield Inn & Suites, a beer tasting at the famous Deschutes Brewery, and a delectable dinner at Greg’s Grill!

Whether you’re an adrenaline junky or just love the great outdoors, Bend, Oregon has a little something for everyone. Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District are conveniently located just minutes from the Bend Marriotts and offer plenty of unique shopping, dining and entertainment options. If you’re in a more adventurous mood, you can spend the day kayaking or paddleboarding along the Deschutes River, golfing at one of the 25 nearby courses, or hiking and biking at Smith Rock State Park or the Cascade Mountain Trails!

Once you’ve had your fill of exploring Bend and enjoying your beer tastings at Deschutes Brewery, come back and relax in our comfortable accommodations. The Fairfield Inn & Suites offers newly renovated guest rooms in downtown Bend with plush mattresses and luxury linens, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, mini fridge, microwave, flat screen TV and a CD player as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. The TownPlace Suites in Bend also features newly renovated spacious studio suites including a plush king or queen bed with luxury linens, separate work space, pull-out sofa beds, and kitchens with microwaves, refrigerators and every utensil you might need. Both hotels are the perfect choice for ultimate relaxation after a long day of beer tastings and fun activities!

For your chance to win the ultimate summer getaway to Bend, Oregon, just hop on Facebook and “like” the Fairfield Inn & Suites or the TownePlace Suites and enter the “Bend Summer Sweepstakes!” Don’t forget to share this exciting contest with your friends and family for more chances to win!

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Greystone Hotels One Project Hygiene Kit Activity

On Thursday, May 29th, several General Managers and members of the Greystone Hotels Executive Committee joined together in an effort to give back and support a local San Francisco charity. The team built 150 One Project Hygiene Kits, provided by our partners at Clean the World, a nonprofit organization committed to reducing waste and preventing hygiene-related illnesses. The purpose of these kits is to offer necessary hygiene care to those in need.

The One Project hygiene kits included a bar of soap, bottled shampoo and conditioner, lotion, a toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razor, wash cloth, and an inspirational notecard.  Once the kits were built and packaged, they were then donated to Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

Greystone Hotels is thrilled to be able to give back to the local community while continuing our dedication to being an eco-friendly hospitality management company. hygine kit building

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Bristol Hotel Bring Fido Award

The Bristol Hotel is honored to have received the Fido’s Favorite Award for 2014! Bring Fido is a trusted, worldwide pet friendly hotel and dog travel directory in partnership with Travelocity that provides guests with reviews, pet-policy information, and reservations for pet friendly hotels of interest.

The Fido’s Favorite Award is presented to pet-friendly hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts that maintained an “Outstanding” rating on over the past year and less than 5% of all pet-friendly properties receive this honor.

The Bristol Hotel welcomes our four-legged friends and your pet always stays free at our boutique hotel. We also offer a special Pet Friendly Package just for you and your pet that includes a welcome amenity for your pet, pet bowls and bedding, nightly turndown service and no pet deposit!

The Bristol is dedicated to providing exceptional and personalized service and an excellent stay for our valued guests and their beloved pets. As a pet-friendly hotel, we’re proud to have received the Fido’s Favorite Award.

The TownePlace Suites in Bend and the Empress Hotel in La Jolla are also Pet Friendly.

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Greystone Hotels is pleased to announce that seven of our West Coast properties have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for 2014. The properties receiving this prestigious honor include: TownePlace Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites in Bend, Oregon, the Hotel Griffon and Inn at Union Square in San Francisco, Élan Hotel in Los Angeles, the Bristol Hotel in San Diego, and the Empress Hotel of La Jolla, California.  The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this coveted award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four stars or higher, out of a possible five stars, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and they must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria includes volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Greystone Hotels encourages and embraces guest feedback and the General Managers at each Greystone Hotel take time every day to read and respond to guest reviews.

Thank you to all of our valued guests for helping 7 properties from the Greystone Hotels collection achieve the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014.

2014 TA Certificate of Excellence


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Greystone Hotels Earth Day Donation to The Nature Conservancy 2014

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Each year, Greystone Hotels donates a portion of all guestroom and meeting room revenue generated on Earth Day, April 22, to The Nature Conservancy. On Monday, May 12, 2014, Greystone Hotels was honored to present a check to The Nature Conservancy for $2,500 to help support their environmental conservation efforts.

Attending the check ceremony was President of Greystone Hotels, Eric Horodas, General Manager of the Hotel Griffon and Inn at Union Square, Norbert Mede, and Director of Field Marketing at The Nature Conservancy, Jordan Peavey.

Greystone Hotels is an environmentally-conscious hospitality management company. Our boutique hotels and inns on the West Coast are dedicated to following eco-friendly business practices. All of our West Coast hotels follow distinct purchasing habits that take into consideration how hospitality affects the environment.

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