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News & Notes From Our Collection of California and Oregon Hotels

Welcome to the Greystone Hotels blog! Stay up-to-date on everything that's going on with our independent, boutique, West Coast hotels. Featuring 11 hotels in California and Oregon, our blog keeps you current on the latest happenings, news, specials and more. Check out the most recent posts below or sort entries by category using the menu on the right side of the page. Please feel free to also follow us on Twitter @GreystoneHotels.


 

Hotel Griffon Named Top 3 Waterfront Hotels in San Francisco

Hotel Griffon featured as Top 3 Waterfront Hotels in San Francisco

Hotel Griffon, a Greystone hotel, was recently featured in a post on “Top 3 Waterfront Hotels in San Francisco.” The writer, Jane Seo, of the blog “Nosh on me (nom.)” listed her top three hotels with spectacular views of the city from your own room.

“Boasting spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay and Bay Bridge, Hotel Griffon allows you to experience the city in comfort and style.”

To read more, click on the following:

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Dad’s Day Giveaway Stay at the Bristol Hotel

Dad’s Day Giveaway Stay Facebook Contest

From the surf to the city to all in-between, San Diego has it all! San Diego will be the perfect destination to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day. The Bristol Hotel will be giving away a one-night stay with complimentary valet parking, as well as a 6-pack of local craft beer! Show Dad your appreciation by entering to win the perfect Dad’s Day Giveaway Stay, San Diego Style! Head to the Bristol Hotel Facebook Page and share any post by the Bristol Hotel from May 19 – June 10th to earn your entries!

Click Here to Begin Earning Entries.

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For Complete Contest Rules:

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary for entry to win.

“Bristol Hotel – San Diego: Dad’s Day Giveaway Stay” is sponsored by the Bristol Hotel, San Diego, a Greystone property. The contest is governed by these official rules. By participation in this contest, entrants and participants agree to abide by all official rules as determined by Sponsor.

Acknowledge that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated with, Facebook. All questions and comments will be directed to the Sponsor, not Facebook.

Eligibility:

Contest is open to legal residents of the United States who are 21 years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access. Sponsor has the right to verify eligibility of each entrant.

Contest Rules:

Contest begins Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Noon PST and ends Friday, June 10, 2016 at Noon PST. All entries must be entered on or before the time stated contest period. Sponsor reserves the right to start and/or end contest at own discretion.

How to Enter:

You can enter the contest through the Sponsor’s Facebook Page by sharing any Facebook post posted by Sponsor during the contest period (Noon, May 19, 2016 – Noon, June 10, 2016). Each shared post is an automatic entry. May enter as many times wanted.

Winner Selected:

All eligible entries received during contest period will be gathered at end of contest period. A winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be selected by 5PM PST on Friday, June 10, 2016. Winner will be announced by or around this time through Sponsor Facebook Page and winning recipient will also be sent a direct message via their Facebook Page. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring their own Facebook Page for announcement of winner. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within six days, recipient forfeits the prize.

Prize:

Grand prize is a one – night stay at the Bristol Hotel in San Diego on June 18, 2016. Along with a one night stay, free overnight valet parking and a 6-pack of locally craft beer chosen by Sponsor will be included.

Additional Limitations:

Terms and conditions may apply. Any incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses not specifically listed as part of the prize are the sole responsibility of winner, not Sponsor. Not transferable. Not exchangeable for cash.

Publicity:

By participating in contest, entrant is granting permission for Sponsor to use his/her name, likeness, comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration.

Contest Sponsor:

Bristol Hotel

1055 First Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

Any questions, comments of contest should be directed to marketing@greystonehotels.com.

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Press Release: San Francisco Sales Team New Additions

Greystone Hotels Adds Two Hospitality Veterans to
San Francisco Sales Team

 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels, is pleased to announce the newest additions to the Greystone Hotels Team by naming Richard Cole as Senior Sales Manager and Susanna Wong as Sales Manager. Cole will focus on the King George Hotel, while Wong will be responsible for the Hotel Griffon and Inn at Union Square.

Cole joins Greystone directly from his most recent stint at the Best Western Las Brisas, Laguna Beach, CA, where he served as Senior Sales Manager. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Richard began his hospitality career in the reservations department at the Regent Beverly Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, and has worked in hotel sales in Chicago, Palm Desert and Palm Springs, CA.

A native San Franciscan, Susanna Wong graduated from UNLV’s Hotel Management program and spent her first decade in hospitality in Las Vegas working for the MGM Grand Hotel, Wynn Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, and the Venetian & Palazzo Hotels. She most recently served as Area Sales Manager for two San Francisco hotels, the Harbor Court Hotel & Hotel Triton.

“Richard and Susanna are two great additions to the Greystone family,” Greystone Hotels President, Eric Horodas said. “These two sales professionals are poised to ensure Greystone’s San Francisco properties continue to grow and thrive. It’s a competitive market, but we feel we’ve got some of the best here at the King George, Hotel Griffon and Inn at Union Square.”

About King George Hotel:
With 153 rooms, the recently renovated, historic King George Hotel is a charming boutique hotel that features modern travel amenities like valet parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, and business and concierge services. Beautifully renovated rooms with contemporary décor and vintage accents offer a European-inspired ambiance anchored by exceptional service. Located just one block from Union Square in Downtown San Francisco, the King George Hotel features over 500 sq. ft. of meeting and event space perfect for receptions and corporate meetings for up to 40 guests.
Originally built 1914, in time for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, the historic building is centrally located within close proximity to myriad shopping, dining, and iconic attractions. The Hotel’s location offers convenient access to both San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK) airports via fast, easy public transit on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, Powell St. Station).

About Hotel Griffon:
Established in 1906 on the Embarcadero waterfront, and recently voted “Best Boutique Hotel” and “Best 24 Hour Getaway” by San Francisco Magazine, The Hotel Griffon features 62 elegant guestrooms and luxury suites, meeting facilities, spa services and much more.

In the heart of downtown San Francisco, “The Griffon” is a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program that affords guests easy access to AT&T Park, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building, the San Francisco Museum of Art and various restaurants, shops and entertainment.

Enjoy spacious, well-appointed accommodations with luxurious amenities including high thread count linens, flat-screen televisions, nightly turn-down service and the classic San Francisco eating and drinking establishment, Perry’s located on the lobby level.

About Greystone Hotels:
An independently owned hotel and hospitality management company with 11 West Coast properties in California and Oregon, Greystone Hotels was founded in 1995 by Eric Horodas (President) and Peter Trethewey.

Dedicated to superior customer service and eco-friendly hospitality management, the Greystone Portfolio consists of 8 independent, non-branded boutique hotels and inns, and 3 flagship affiliated properties (Best Western International and Marriott International).

Greystone’s management focuses on providing exceptional guest experiences for discerning business and leisure travelers. All of Greystone’s hotels offer great value, thoughtful amenities, and a comfortable, relaxing environment. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our guests, “Experience Exceptional Service.”

In 2009, all seven of Greystone’s California properties were certified by the California Green Lodging Association for our sustainability efforts, while Greystone’s eight non-branded independent boutique hotels are all members of the L.E. Hotels family – a global hotel representation company.

Actual Publication Release Date: May 11, 2016

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Press Release: Carolina Perez-Lopez – New Sales Manager at Creekside Inn

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Creekside Inn’s New Sales Manager

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels, is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Greystone Hotels Team by naming Carolina Perez-Lopez as Sales Manager at the Creekside Inn. Perez-Lopez brings over 15 years of sales, catering, wedding, and hospitality experience to the 136-room Palo Alto property located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

As both a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and Certified Wedding Planner (CWP), Carolina has years of California hospitality experience that has included Front Desk Agent, Sales and Catering Coordinator, Sales and Catering Manager, and Catering Sales Conference Service Manager. The mother of two has worked in such well respected properties that include, the former Hilton Burbank Hotel, Burbank, CA, the Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Santa Clara, CA, the Los Gatos Lodge Hotel, and the the Beverly Heritage Hotel in Milpitas, CA.

“We are pleased to announce our newest addition to the Greystone Hotels family,” Greystone Hotels President, Eric Horodas said. “Carolina joins our gorgeous property on El Camino Real in Palo Alto, and we could not be more pleased with what she brings to an already successful team and beautiful property.”

About Creekside Inn (Palo Alto):
Nestled along Matadero Creek amidst a lush landscape of gardens and oak trees, the Creekside Inn is a peaceful escape for vacation, business travelers and special events. A short jaunt from downtown Palo Alto, and 2 minutes from Stanford University, our eco-friendly hotel is more than a place to rest your head; it’s a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, guests can enjoy hiking and biking trails, wine tours, golf courses, concert venues and Bay Area attractions, including Shoreline Amphitheater. Relax in our heated outdoor pool, get recharged in the 24-hour fitness center and enjoy the serenity of our beautiful gardens. Enjoy California cuisine with a Mediterranean twist at Cibo Restaurant & Bar. Hop on our free Tesla shuttle to and from CalTrain, Stanford University, local restaurants, and select shopping!

Whether you are traveling for business or vacation, our Palo Alto hotel offers a refreshing mix of tranquility, high-speed hospitality and exceptional service!

About Greystone Hotels:
An independently owned hotel and hospitality management company with 11 West Coast properties in California and Oregon, Greystone Hotels was founded in 1995 by Eric Horodas (President) and Peter Trethewey.
Dedicated to superior customer service and eco-friendly hospitality management, the Greystone Portfolio consists of 8 independent, non-branded boutique hotels and inns, and 3 flagship affiliated properties (Best Western International and Marriott International).

Greystone’s management focuses on providing exceptional guest experiences for discerning business and leisure travelers. All of Greystone’s hotels offer great value, thoughtful amenities, and a comfortable, relaxing environment. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our guests, “Experience Exceptional Service.”

All of Greystone’s eight California independent properties are certified by the California Green Lodging Association for our sustainability efforts, while Greystone’s eight non-branded independent boutique hotels are all members of the L.E. Hotels family – a global hotel representation company.

Actual Publication Release Date, May 11, 2016

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Greystone Hotels Makes Donation to Nature Conservancy

On Friday, April 29th, 2016, Greystone Hotels President, Eric Horodas presented a $2,500 check to Jennifer Marlow of The Nature Conservancy. The contribution was part of an Earth Day Celebration that included community service in all 11 Greystone Hotel local communities. The check presentation took place in San Francisco at the Hotel Griffon and included property GM, Ramon Serrano.

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From L to R, Ramon Serrano, GM Hotel Griffon and Inn at Union Square, Jennifer Marlowe, The Nature Conservancy, Eric Horodas, President, Greystone Hotels

 

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Hotel Los Gatos featured in Metro’s Best of Silicon Valley

Metro’s Reader’s Pick: Hotel Los Gatos featured in the Best of Silicon Valley 2016

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Hotel Los Gatos, a Greystone Hotel property, located in charming downtown Los Gatos near the base of the Santa Cruz mountains in the heart of Silicon Valley, was recently featured in an article by Metro. In the article, Reader’s Picks: Best of Silicon Valley 2016, Hotel Los Gatos was one of three hotels listed under, “Best Luxury or Boutique Hotel.

Metro’s “Best Of” list is “the longest continuously running guide to local discovery in this strategically important part of the world.” To see what else was named “Best of Silicon Valley,” you can view the rest of the article, here.

 

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Best Western Seven Seas Completes Restaurant & Bar Renovations

Seven Seas Cafe and Zack’s Bar Complete Renovations for a New Look at the Best Western Seven Seas

 

The Best Western Seven Seas-San Diego, a Greystone Hotels property, recently completed renovations to their on-site restaurant and bar. Guests can look forward to a refreshing new look with a floor-to-ceiling mural in the Seven Seas Cafe, along with new details throughout the cafe. Adjacent to the the cafe, guests can relax at Zack’s bar, where they can watch a game on t.v. or play a game of pool.

Take a quick look below at the new look for food and beverage at Best Western Seven Seas – San Diego:

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The Bristol Hotel, San Diego – A Video Slideshow

Greystone’s Bristol Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, next to the Gaslamp District, near everything you could ever want from a San Diego business or leisure experience – food, music, art, business, theater, and on and on!

This recently completed 81-second video slideshow provides beautiful insight into what makes The Bristol Hotel in Downtown San Diego such a special experience.  Check it out when you have a free minute-and-a-half!

 

Special thanks to Milestone Internet Marketing for producing the video.

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Earth Hour 2016

Greystone Hotels Participates in Earth Hour 2016

 

Earth Hour takes place on Saturday, March 19. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement that began in Sydney, Australia as a lights off event. It will occur from 8:30PM to 9:30PM in your local time zone. This one hour event is a movement that creates awareness to protecting the planet organized by World Wildlife Foundation.

Greystone Hotels is committed to eco-friendly hotel practices and is dedicated to “green” initiatives. In honor of Earth Hour, Greystone Hotels will be donating $5,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit conservation and education organization, which is the largest membership organization committed to planting trees.

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Press Release: KEYPR Launches at the Elan Hotel in Los Angeles

Greystone Hotels Announces In-Room Technology Partnership with KEYPR’s Integrated Guest Experience and Management Solution
Pilot Program to Launch at Elan Hotel in Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco based Greystone Hotels has announced a strategic technology partnership with KEYPR to begin offering the Los Angeles based company’s cloud-based management solution in all eight of Greystone’s independent boutique hotels.  Featuring wireless, customized, interactive tablets in each guest room, KEYPR allows hotel guests to order and schedule services, room service, view hotel and nearby information, access to customized, relevant promotions, and mobile check-in and check-out (keyless entry will also be added as part of “Phase 2” implementation). While increasing the ease and efficiency for travelers, KEYPR’s technology also allows hotel management and staff to offer greatly improved efficiencies and access to important guest data, preferences and marketing information via a customizable web-based dashboard.

Greystone owns and operates eight independent boutique hotels throughout California. The company has launched KEYPR in their Los Angeles property, the Elan Hotel. Launch in their other locations including properties in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, San Diego and La Jolla are planned to follow.

“With a continued forward focus on implementing new technologies to both enhance the guest experience and increase operational and service efficiencies, we could not be more excited about launching KEYPR in the Elan Hotel,” said Greystone Hotels President, Eric Horodas. “Staying on top of the latest technologies and keeping our ears open to what our guests are looking for in an exceptional boutique hotel stay has allowed us to continually stay ahead of the curve when it comes to service.  Adding KEYPR to our portfolio of boutique hotels is the perfect next step!”

Nizar Allibhoy, KEYPR’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Greystone Hotels and are proud to have our solution debut at the beautiful Elan here in LA. We look forward to enhancing the guest experience in not only the Elan, but all of the Greystone Hotel properties in California.”

ABOUT GREYSTONE HOTELS

An independently owned hotel and hospitality management company with 11 West Coast properties in California and Oregon, Greystone Hotels was founded in 1995 by Eric Horodas (President) and Peter Trethewey.

Dedicated to superior customer service and eco-friendly hospitality management, the Greystone Portfolio consists of 8 independent, non-branded boutique hotels and inns, and 3 flagship affiliated properties (Best Western International and Marriott International).

Greystone’s management focuses on providing exceptional guest experiences for discerning business and leisure travelers. All of Greystone’s hotels offer great value, thoughtful amenities, and a comfortable, relaxing environment. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our guests, “Experience Exceptional Service.”

In 2009, Greystone’s seven California independent properties were certified by the California Green Lodging Association for our sustainability efforts, while Greystone’s eight non-branded independent boutique hotels are all members of the L.E. Hotels family – a global hotel representation company.

ABOUT KEYPR

KEYPR provides a cloud-based management solution that integrates the hotel experience for both guests and hotel management through mobile technology. The system will allow guests to have instant mobile check-in/check-out capabilities, keyless entry via smartphone and the ability to schedule, order and track service requests such as cleaning and room service. Additionally, guests will be able to personalize their entertainment experience and access a directory of hotel services on-premises through an in-room tablet provided by KEYPR or using their smartphones.

KEYPR joins established players in the hospitality industry that have built billion dollar businesses and are realizing savings of hundreds of millions by using technology to push self-service tools to consumers (OpenTable, Uber, Zipcar).

KEYPR offers hotels the ability to utilize a digital solution to enhance the guest experience, reduce the administrative burden on staff, improve operational efficiencies and increase revenue. Further, it allows hotels to proactively anticipate and address guest needs while offering management real-time access to operational metrics through an integrated dashboard. This kind of real-time business insight is not currently available to hoteliers.

ABOUT ELAN HOTEL

Ranked #5 out of 339 hotels in Los Angeles on TripAdvisor.com, The Élan Hotel boasts a cutting-edge address at the crossroads of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, blending contemporary design with desirable function for a guest experience steeped in convenience and comfort. Featuring 49 sleek rooms and suites, the Élan Hotel offers the perfect home-base for business or pleasure when visiting the LA area.

Guests enjoy a host of amenities that enhance their boutique hotel stay here in Los Angeles, including complimentary expanded continental breakfast, an evening hosted wine reception in our lobby, plush bedding, contemporary décor, eco-friendly bath amenities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Élan Hotel is also a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program.

Actual Publication Release Date: March 8, 2016

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