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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.


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.

Greystone Hotels Nature Conservancy Donation
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


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:


Zack’s Bar


Seven Seas Cafe

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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.

earth hour photo

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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.”


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.


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.


Ranked #5 out of 339 hotels in Los Angeles on, 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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Elan Hotel featured as Top 10 Best Boutique Hotels in LA

Elan Hotel, Los AngelesThe Elan Hotel featured in Top 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Los Angeles Area


In the article, “The Top 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Los Angeles” by CultureTrip, it reflects on the best way to experience a new city is by checking out their boutique hotels. This is the best way to experience a city’s own flare with local culture and flavors.

“The Elan Hotel blends contemporary design with desirable function for a guest experience steeped in convenience and comfort. It offers the perfect home base for business or pleasure”

The Elan Hotel, a Greystone Property, is part of a unique collection of West Coast boutique hotels providing guests with excellent service and exceptional experiences.

To read more about the 10 Best Boutique Hotels in the Los Angeles area, view here.

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Empress Hotel Hosts Newest “Murals of La Jolla” Project

Murals of La Jolla’s Newest Installment at the Empress Hotel of La Jolla

“Suns,” the newest installment of the Murals of La Jolla public art project is displayed on the outside of the Empress Hotel of La Jolla, a Greystone Hotel property. Murals of La Jolla is a project initiated by the La Jolla Community Foundation in hopes to demonstrate different artists coming together to enhance the energy and vitality of the community.


“It’s exciting to have two important artists of our time collaborating on a creation for La Jolla,” said Lynda Forsha, Murals of La Jolla curator. “The mural is experimental and the image is very powerful and dynamic. It is a great addition to this collection.” (La Jolla Light)

“To create Suns, the starting image was photographed from the top floor window of the Empress… Its slanted incandescent light as captured on the studio surface echoes the raking light of a La Jolla sunset on the hotel’s exterior walls.” (La Jolla Bluebook)

To learn more about the artists and their collaboration to create “Suns,” check out the article by La Jolla Light and La Jolla Bluebook.


“Pre-Stretched Out” – Empress Hotel, La Jolla


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Another Exceptional Stay at Hotel Griffon

Journalist Reports on “Great” Stay at

Hotel Griffon in San Francisco


Hotel Griffon, San Francisco

Hotel Griffon, a Greystone property, was recently mentioned in a  post by ‘Simply Real Moms’ journalist, Jasmine Risso. Jasmine is resident of Northern California that frequently travels to San Francisco. This past stay, she decided to book her getaway at the Hotel Griffon along the Embarcadero.

“It’s rare for me to find a hotel room that gives off a vibe of true relaxation. A place where I don’t just lay my head at night. A place that I want to spend my time in, and I found that at the Hotel Griffon.”

“Hotel Griffon is everything you would expect from a boutique hotel. Great location, friendly staff, complimentary  tea, coffee and fruit in the morning, and beautiful modern designed rooms.”

Jasmine continues to write of her entire stay and provides pictures of her experience. What is also a great element to her article is that she posts a video capturing the highlights of her stay with commentary at Hotel Griffon (full video below).

To read more about Jasmine’s stay, click here.

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Hotel Los Gatos Named “Best Of” in National Magazine

U.S. News and World Report Ranks “Best Hotels in San Jose”



Hotel Los Gatos, Greystone Hotels property, was recently featured in an article by U.S. News and World Reports. The article ranked the best hotels in San Jose:

“U.S. News & World Report identifies the best hotels using a comprehensive methodology centered on three components: reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews and hotel class ratings.”

With U.S. News and World Report’s own criteria to base their rankings, Hotel Los Gatos was featured at #6 on the list.

To learn more and see the list of “Best Hotels in San Jose,” view here. 

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