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Hello Scout Brings Personalized Concierge Messaging to Greystone Guest’s Mobile Devices
Greystone Hotels has officially partnered with Hello Scout, a new concierge messaging service offering on-demand, mobile concierge services to all guests via text message. The service pairs hotel guests with local, knowledgeable “concierges” who provide unique, personalized insight surrounding food, events, and culture in the area. All interaction is done by text message or app so guests can access these experts without hassle.
Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels, on Hello Scout:
“As we continue to focus on bringing in technology that only enhances our guest experience, taking the concierge concept to the digital, on-demand world is an exciting next step for our properties. Hello Scout’s platform and focus on local concierges provides an upgraded personal guest experience that aligns with Greystone Hotels’ commitment to providing ‘Exceptional Service’ to all of our guests.”
Hello Scout will launch at the Hotel Griffon, a San Francisco Greystone property, this week and will be followed by additional properties in the coming months.
Click here to learn more about Hello Scout.
Hotel Griffon Launches New Website
Greystone Hotels is very excited to announce the launch of its newest property website: the Hotel Griffon, voted “Best Boutique Hotel” and “Best 24-Hour Getaway” by San Francisco Magazine. Located along the Embarcadero waterfront, the Hotel Griffon is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers who enjoy exceptional amenities, including onsite dining at Perry’s on the Embarcadero.
The site was designed by TOI and hosted and programmed by Milestone Internet Marketing.
Click here to view the new website, hotel packages, and more!
Empress Hotel Becomes First Greystone Property with Digital Art Gallery
Greystone Hotels is thrilled to announce the completed installation of their first digital art gallery in the lobby of the Empress Hotel in La Jolla, California. The “SmArt Gallery” features four HD digital art screens installed and curated each month by Daylighted, a San Francisco based art consultancy company. The SmArtGallery at the Empress features three 50″ HD portrait screens and one 55″ HD landscape screen.
This installation is the first of many for Greystone Hotels, as they plan to install several more inside their California independent boutique hotels.
Click here to learn more about Daylighted.
Click here to see more photos of the Empress Hotel.
Click here to read the official Press Release in the Greystone News Room.
Popular Travel Blog Reviews Hotel Griffon
Travel with Bender is the ultimate family travel blog and guide. The Bender family has traveled to over 65 countries and provide first-hand knowledge and travel tips wherever they go! Recently, they embarked on a six-day California road trip from Sacramento to San Francisco and shared the details of the trip with us. Their final day included a stay at Hotel Griffon, a Greystone Hotels property, located on the Embarcadero waterfront and minutes away from the city’s greatest attractions.
The Bender family enjoyed their stay at Hotel Griffon, especially with the addition of the amazing KEYPR:
“We checked in early that afternoon at Hotel Griffon, a luxurious hotel in the centre of the city along the Embarcadero Waterfront…My favourite aspect was the in-room tablet which was used for everything from a bedside clock, to a hotel guide, city guide and even for calling your car from the concierge. Genius!”
Click here to read about the Bender’s California road trip, including photos of the Hotel Griffon and more!
Posted in Hotel Griffon
Tagged california, california hotels, embarcadero, Greystone Hotels, hotel deals, Hotel Griffon, hotels, San Francisco, san francisco hotels, travel blog, Traveling
Hotel News Now Discusses Loyalty Programs with the King George Hotel
Hotel News Now recently published an article regarding independent hotels increasing their use of loyalty programs, which traditionally gave branded hotels an advantage over independent ones.
The King George Hotel was interviewed and featured in the article for its use of a third party loyalty program: Stash Hotel Rewards.
Candice Cancino, General Manager of the King George, discussed Greystone Hotel’s experience with Stash Rewards: “…it’s a unique program for us and it is more than building loyalty points…We do cross marketing with our sister hotels in the Stash portfolio. We work with guests and say, ‘If you love the King George, you’ll love other Stash hotels in Nashville.’”
Click here to read “Loyalty Programs Connect Guests with Independents” at Hotel News Now.
Click here to learn more about Stash Hotel Rewards.
Dio Deka at Hotel Los Gatos Named Top 5 Wine List
In a recent article, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley recognized and featured Dio Deka, located within Hotel Los Gatos, for their extensive wine list in the site’s ”Best 5 Wine Lists.”
“Dionysus, Greek god of wine, would covet the selection of 1,200 internationally diverse labels that Wine Director Jeremy Dennis has assembled to complement the restaurant’s Hellenic cuisine…Dennis says Greek wines correlate nicely to their Italian counterparts, and descriptions in the 60-page wine book help diners choose.”
The wine list includes selections from some of the world’s top wine producers including “top Burgundy and first-growth Bordeaux” as well as lesser-known boutique wineries. Dio Deka places an emphasis on offering wines made with varietals typical to a region: Moschofilero from Mantinia in Greece, Albariño from Rias Baixas in Spain, Sangiovese from Tuscany in Italy, and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley, celebrating the distinct terroir and culture of each wine region represented on the list.
Click here to see Modern Luxury’s 5 Best Wine Lists.
Click here to make a reservation at Dio Deka in Downtown Los Gatos.
Élan Hotel, A Greystone Hotels Property, Launches New Website
Greystone Hotels is very excited to announce the launch of its newest property website: the beautiful Élan Hotel. The Élan Hotel is located in Los Angeles, California and offers a premier boutique hotel experience at the crossroads of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. The property is conveniently situated near many Hollywood landmarks and hotspots where the worlds of entertainment and design meet.
Click here to view the new website, hotel packages, and more.
Elena Marinska, SF Area Revenue Manager of Greystone Hotels, Becomes Official Board Member of HSMAI’s Northern Calif. Chapter
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is the hospitality industry source for knowledge, community, and recognition for leaders committed to professional development, sales growth, revenue optimization, marketing, and branding. Elena Marinska, Area Revenue Manager for Greystone Hotels, was recently named an official board member for the HSMAI Northern California Chapter, making an impressive two-year commitment to the organization.
Click here to read about the HSMAI Northern California Chapter, including events, members, and more.
Dio Deka at Hotel Los Gatos Receives Excellent Review
Renee Blodgett, founder of We Blog the World, put restaurant Dio Deka to the test and left very satisfied, and full! Located inside Hotel Los Gatos, Dio Deka’s menu places an emphasis on Hellenic cuisine—a melding of Greek and Mediterranean influences—with healthy and seasonal fare such as fresh fish, highest-quality meats, and sun-loving fruits and vegetables. Ms. Blodgett describes her excellent dining experience, including the ambiance, service and of course, the food:
“…As tender if not more so than the Filet Mignon, it melted on our tongues! Combine both with some of their caramelized mushrooms, which they sautéed with Greek herbs and a little sautéed greens, and you’ll be in heaven for the remainder of the night.”
Click here to read more about Renee’s Dio Deka experience, including some mouthwatering photos!
Click here to make a reservation at Dio Deka in downtown Los Gatos.
Posted in Hotel Los Gatos
Tagged Bay Area, Cuisine, Dining, Dio Deka, Food, getaway, Hellenic, Hospitality, Hotel Los Gatos, hotels, Los Gatos, Restaurants, Silicon Valley, Travel, Traveling
Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels to Speak at 2016 Hotel Data Conference (Nashville)
On September 8th, 2016, Eric Horodas will serve as a panelist at the annual “Hotel Data Conference,” which is being held in Nashville, TN this year. Eric will be a featured panelist in the, “Debate-The Pros & Cons of Independence“
Owning or operating an independent hotel has its rewards, but it’s not always easy to reap them. Utilizing HDC’s lively new debate format, operators of branded, soft-branded and independent properties will dispel myths while providing insight into making the choice between independent, branded or hybrid hotel.
As of publication time, the debate/panel has announced its moderator (Patrick Mayock, Senior Director of Research & Development, STR). Click here to learn more about the 2016 Hotel Data Conference.