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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 Reviewed by Local Journalist – The Mom Reviews

“Weekend Getaway to San Francisco’s Hotel Griffon”


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was reviewed earlier this year by local journalist, “Jen” whose blog is known as “The Mom Reviews.” Jen writes of her recent “staycation” at Hotel Griffon from check-in to check-out. She gives a great review of what to expect from the boutique hotel from room amenities to customer service. She also provides detailed descriptions of what there is to do in the surrounding area.

“Within a mile from Hotel Griffon you can visit Union Square, MoMA and the Moscone Center, North Beach, and Coit Tower.  Within 2 miles, AT&T Park, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and Ghirardelli Square are easy to explore.”

“I scanned the lobby that had a concierge, plenty of modern designed seating, a computer center, and I poured myself a complimentary cup of hot apple cider. For a small boutique hotel, we didn’t feel cramped at all as we gathered our luggage and headed up the elevator.”

Hotel Griffon is pleased to have been able to create a great experience with exceptional service! To read more of Jen’s stay, view her post here.

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Press Release: Temporary Closure for Renovations at the Inn in Union Square

Greystone Hotels Announces Temporary Closure of the Inn at Union Square

San Francisco, CA – Greystone Hotels President, Eric Horodas announced today that The Inn at Union Square will close for remodeling on February 17th, 2016. The temporary closure kicks off phase one of a complete remodeling program which will enhance the 30-room inn’s old San Francisco elegance. The Inn at Union Square is scheduled to re-open in June, 2016.

“Our lovely little inn has such a passionate, loyal fan base and we are excited to begin this first phase of enhancing both the structure and design of one of the classic San Francisco hotels,” Greystone Hotels President Eric Horodas commented.  “We take pride in being ranked as the #3 San Francisco hotel on TripAdivsor.com, and we are continually looking to move even higher. This renovation plan is inline with our company wide commitment to providing Exceptional Guest Service, exceptional comfort and amenities and a Memorable Experience.”

In San Francisco, Greystone Hotels also owns and operates the King George Hotel in the Union Square area (www.kingggeorge.com) and the Hotel Griffon along the Embarcadero waterfront (www.hotelgriffon.com). Both the King George Hotel and Hotel Griffon will be available to welcome guests of the Inn at Union Square during this brief shut down period.

About The Inn at Union Square (http://www.unionsquare.com/)
Ranked 3 out of 235 hotels in San Francisco on TripAdvisor, The Inn at Union Square features 30 well-appointed hotel rooms and suites that exude style and the charm of old San Francisco. Located in the heart of Union Square, The Inn at Union Square is a retreat in the center of it all where guests can experience the exceptional variety of the great San Francisco sights, shopping, attractions and restaurants that make San Francisco so special. Modern comforts like complimentary high speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs, spa style robes, nightly turndown service, luxury bedding, plush pillow top mattresses, and dark wood furnishings make you feel right at home.  Whether you are traveling for leisure or for business, wake up to a delicious expanded continental breakfast, or unwind at our evening wine and cheese reception in front of one of our wood-burning fireplaces.

About Greystone Hotels (http://www.greystonehotels.com/)
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, eight 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.

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Actual Publication Release Date: February 1, 2016

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Press Release: Candice Cancino New General Manager of King George Hotel

Greystone Hotels Names Candice Cancino General Manager of
The King George Hotel, San Francisco

 SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 2, 2016 – Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels (www.greystonehotels.com), is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Greystone Hotels Team by naming Candice Cancino as General Manager of the King George Hotel (www.kinggeorge.com). Ms. Cancino brings over twenty years of luxury, lifestyle, and independent collection hotel experience to the 153-room Union Square property.

A driven, passionate hotelier, Candice has worked for various hotel brands on both sides of the country, mainly in New York and California.  The W, Ritz-Carlton and Unscripted Monterey Bay on the West Coast, and The W, Tribeca Grand, The Row, The Highline, Hyatt Herald Square and Hampshire Hotels on the East Coast, highlight her deep hotel industry experience.

“We are so exited to have Candice join our team here in San Francisco,” Greystone Hotels President, Eric Horodas said.  “Leading one of Greystone’s largest properties in one of the greatest cities in the world is no small task, but having someone with Candice’s vast boutique hotel experience, we know our guests will be in great hands.”

About King George Hotel:

With 153 rooms, the recently renovated, historic King George Hotel (www.kinggeorge.com) 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).

On Twitter at: twitter.com/kinggeorgehotel

On Facebook at: facebook.com/kinggeorgehotel

On Instagram at: instagram.com/kinggeorgesf/

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.

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Press Release: Brayton Gosling Promoted to GM of Hotel Los Gatos

Greystone Hotels Promotes Brayton Gosling to General Manager of Hotel Los Gatos

 SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 2, 2016 – Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels (www.greystonehotels.com), is pleased to announce the promotion of Brayton Gosling to General Manager of Hotel Los Gatos (www.hotellosgatos.com) in Los Gatos, CA. Mr. Gosling has been a part of the Hotel Los Gatos team since 2009, most recently holding the position of, “Hotel Manager.”

Brayton’s hotel career began in 2007 with The Domain Hotel, and has held multiple positions in the business, including Front Office Supervisor, Front Office Manager, Director of Operations and Hotel Manager.  Gosling has played a key role in transitioning the hotel since Greystone purchased the downtown Los Gatos property in October, 2015.

“Brayton has done a tremendous job guiding the Hotel Los Gatos team over the last few months.  We could not be happier to have him officially take on the role of General Manager for Greystone’s newest property in the heart of Silicon Valley,” Greystone Hotels President, Eric Horodas commented.

Born in Rochester, NY but raised in nearby Gilroy, CA, Brayton earned his BA in Communications at UC-San Diego where he was a 7-time, NCAA Division 2 All American swimmer.

About Hotel Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA:

Located in one of the premier communities of the Silicon Valley, Hotel Los Gatos is convenient to the San Jose Airport, minutes away from both the offices of major tech companies and the wineries and attractions of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Atmospheric guestrooms capture the color and detail of a private residence while its, “Mediterranean sophistication” blends with, “California charm” to create a hotel reminiscent of a private villa. Guests can enjoy a sparkling pool, outdoor jacuzzi, tranquil patio areas and warm hospitality, while also being able to reserve a spa appointment (CURE Med Spa) and make a dining reservation at Dio Deka, our on-site restaurant specializing in, “Fine Hellenic Cuisine.” Hotel Los Gatos is Silicon Valley’s premier luxury hotel address.

On Twitter at:  twitter.com/hotellosgatos4u

On Facebook at: facebook.com/HotelLosGatosandSpa

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 of Greystone’s seven 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.

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Popular Local Blogger Reviews Empress Hotel, La Jolla

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The Empress Hotel, a Greystone Hotel  located in beautiful La Jolla, recently had a local blogger stay at the property. Katie Dillon, blogger of La Jolla Mom, wrote a review of her stay at the Empress  noting that the, “Empress Hotel La Jolla excels at value.” She shows what it’s like to book a package from the hotel and the daily activities in the surrounding area:

“I was impressed by how nicely decorated the rooms are, in a neutral palette with coastal accents.  Despite our room facing the street we heard very little noise (though I tend to sleep with ear plugs). Our superior queen room had a closet with an empty mini fridge for storing snacks and leftovers, a microwave, in-room coffee maker and tea, a 37″ flat screen TV and a desk. The bed was also quite comfortable with crisp luxury linens. Small bottles of hotel-branded shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, shower cap and makeup remover towelette were placed in the bathroom.”

Click here to read the entire article featured on La Jolla Mom.

 

 

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Creekside Inn Adds Tesla for Guest Shuttle Service

Palo Alto’s Creekside Inn, a Greystone Hotel, recently added a new mode of transport for their guests with a brand new Model S Tesla. For years, the Creekside Team has been shuttling guests around the immediate Palo Alto area – especially to and from Cal Train – and now they are able to do it in the comfort and environmentally sensible Tesla Model S.

When’s the last time you stayed at The Creekside Inn?  Jump on the Cal Train from San Francisco, San Jose, SFO, or anywhere for that matter and make sure you call the front desk to reserve your Exceptional ride!

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Hotel Griffon Reviewed on “Wabisabi Green”

 Luxury Lodging at the Embarcadero: Hotel Griffon San Francisco

The Hotel Griffon, one of Greystone’s three San Francisco properties was recently reviewed by the website, “Wabisabi Green.”  The article, entitled, “Luxury Lodging at the Embarcadero: Hotel Griffon San Francisco,“gives a great summary of what to expect from the “Embarcadero” based boutique hotel.

Click here to read the full review.

 

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Empress Hotel’s Joel Majors Named, “GM to Watch”

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Greystone Hotels’ Joel Majors, General Manager of the Empress Hotel in La Jolla, CA was featured in Hotel Management magazine as part of their “GMs to Watch” section.

Joel has been with Greystone Hotels for over a decade and is best known for his great work ethic and his genuine care for guests. He was one of a select group of hotel General Managers from around the country selected.

Greystone Hotels is honored to have one of their esteemed General Managers featured in Hotel Management magazine. Please visit the Hotel Management website here for full story and information.

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Press Release: Greystone Hotels Acquires New Property – Hotel Los Gatos

Greystone Hotels Completes Acquisition of Hotel Los Gatos
The 72-Room Property Had Been in Bankruptcy Since 2011  

Los Gatos, CA, – Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels (www.greystonehotels.com) officially announces the purchase of the 72-room Hotel Los Gatos, removing the property formerly owned and operated by Los Gatos Hotel Corporation out of bankruptcy court and into the Greystone family. The final sale price was $28.75 million. Greystone Hotels takes over all management, operations and ownership of the 72-room, full-service hotel as of 12:01am on October 8th.

A deal three years in the making, Greystone Hotels adds its 11th hotel to its West Coast portfolio, bringing the total number of California owned properties to 8. As a part of the acquisition, Hotel Los Gatos will continue to be the home to the Michelin rated restaurant, Dio Deka, and a full service medical spa. The Hotel Los Gatos opened 2002.

“We’ve been working hard for three years to bring this, ‘Gem of the South Bay’ into the Greystone Hotels family,” said Greystone President Eric Horodas. “It’s an exciting time for us and we could not be any happier to take over full operation and management of such a special hotel property.”

There will be no break in hotel services, as Greystone management will seamlessly take over all aspects of the hotel business as of 12:01am, October 8th.  As a part of the deal, Greystone Hotels has extended employment offers to all existing hotel staff.

About The Hotel Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA:

Comfortably nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Hotel Los Gatos is a short drive from both hyper-paced Silicon Valley and the soothing Santa Cruz coast.

Atmospheric guestrooms capture the color and detail of a private villa while its “Mediterranean sophistication” blends with “California charm” to create a hotel reminiscent of a private villa.

Guests can enjoy our sparkling pool, outdoor jacuzzi, tranquil patio areas and warm hospitality, while also being able to reserve a spa appointment (“CURE Spa”) and make a dining reservation at Dio Deka, our Michelin rated, on-site restaurant specializing in “Fine Hellenic Cuisine.”

Hotel Los Gatos is Silicon Valley’s premier luxury hotel address.

About Greystone Hotels:

An independently owned hotel and hospitality management company, now 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 of Greystone’s California properties were certified by the California Green Lodging Association for our sustainability efforts, while Greystone’s 8 non-branded independent boutique hotels are all members of the L.E. Hotels family – a global hotel representation company.

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Actual Publication Release Date, October 8, 2015

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Press Release: Debra Sanderlin Promoted to GM of The Bristol

Greystone Hotels Promotes Debra Sanderlin to GM of The Bristol

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels (www.greystonehotels.com) announces the promotion of former Conference and Administrative Manager Debra “Deb” Sanderlin to General Manager of The Bristol Hotel, San Diego, CA (www.thebristolsandiego.com).

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Sanderlin moved to San Diego in 1997 and began working for The Greystone Hotels property in 2002. Prior to The Bristol, she has held travel and hospitality positions with The Japan Travel Bureau (JTB), Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel, Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, and U.S. Grant Hotel (Downtown San Diego).

The married mother of two graduated from The University of Hawai’i at Manoa and takes over for Greg Rizzi who retired after 5 years with the company including stints as the General Manager of the King George Hotel in San Francisco and the Bristol Hotel.

About The Bristol Hotel (San Diego, CA):

The Bristol Hotel – a part of The Greystone Hotel portfolio – is a premier boutique hotel located in San Diego, California. Taking a fresh approach to modern style, The Bristol Hotel is both sophisticated and casual and offers thoughtful amenities, and contemporary facilities. The Bristol Hotel features a Pop Art collection with original works by artists such as Andy Wharhol, Peter Max and Roy Lichtenstein. The Bristol is conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Diego, steps from the landmark Gaslamp Quarter and the San Diego Convention Center and offers exceptional comfort and service for both leisure and business travelers.

Take advantage of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, in-room dining, valet parking and same day dry-cleaning and laundry services. The Bristol Hotel is one of only seven hotels in San Diego to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating and is also a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. The Bristol is a pet-friendly San Diego hotel, so remember your four-legged friends are welcome too!

The Bristol offers offers full-service catering, event planning services and group hotel rates and boasts of the only meeting and event space in downtown San Diego with a retractable roof!

On Twitter at: twitter.com/BristolHotel

On Facebook at: facebook.com/BristolHotelSanDiego

About Greystone Hotels:

An independently owned hotel and hospitality management company with 10 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 7 independent 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 of Greystone’s California properties were certified by the California Green Lodging Association for our sustainability efforts, while Greystone’s 7 non-branded independent boutique hotels are all members of the L.E. Hotels family – a global hotel representation company.

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Actual Publication Release Date, August 2015

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