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Greystone Hotels Sponsors Navy Seal Evening of Tribute

On March 30, 2015, Greystone Hotels was pleased to participate as a Corporate Sponsor of the Navy Seal Evening of Tribute in Palm Beach, Florida to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. The event was a great success and helped raise over $1 million to support active and deployed Navy SEALs and their families, injured SEALs, and fallen SEALs. The evening kicked-off with a bang as the U.S. Navy SEALs performed a live demonstration in which the SEALS parachuted onto the lawn at the Mar a Lago Club and performed protective raids and hostage taking exercises. The fundraiser also included a performance of “God Bless America” by Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally as well as several poignant speeches & stories from Rear Admiral Scott P. Moore and Jessica Buchanan and her husband, Erik Landemalm. All 650 attendees enjoyed a wonderful evening helping support the Navy SEAL Foundation and Greystone Hotels is honored to have been a part of the incredible event and to have helped contribute to this heroic cause.

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Greystone Hotels Donates to the Nature Conservancy for Earth Day 2015

Greystone Hotels is committed to being an environmentally conscious hospitality management company and in celebration of Earth Day 2015, we were delighted to donate a portion of all room and meeting room revenue generated on April 22nd, from each of our ten properties to the Nature Conservancy, a leading environmental conservation organization. The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to protecting ecologically valuable lands and waters. This non-profit organization has been hugely successful in their conservation efforts with over 100 marine conservation projects currently in operation globally. In addition, the Nature Conservancy has also helped protect more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers across the globe.

As an environmentally-friendly company, Greystone Hotels participates in many ‘green’ initiatives year round in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of our eco-friendly practices include offering green amenities, utilizing green cleaning products, recycling, and providing electric car charging stations at select properties. Many of the Greystone hotels are TripAdvisor Green Leaders and are also involved in green hospitality programs such as Green Hotels Global and the Clean the World program.

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Greystone Hotels Celebrates Earth Hour 2015

As an environmentally-friendly hospitality management company, Greystone Hotels is delighted to be a part of Earth Hour 2015. Earth Hour is an environmental movement created by the World Wildlife Fund to promote climate change and is celebrated by individuals and organizations around the globe.

Each of the 10 hotels within the Greystone collectionis dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint andfollow distinct purchasing habits that take into consideration how hospitality affects the environment.

To celebrate Earth Hour and our commitment to following eco-friendly hospitality practices, Greystone Hotels is proudly donating $5,000.00 to the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization whose mission is “to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” To learn more about Earth Hour, please click here. To find out more about Greystone Hotels green initiatives please visit:



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Empress Hotel Winter Getaway Contest

When the weather cools down and the snow starts to fall, it’s time to escape to the sunny shores of La Jolla, California. Enter our contest on Facebook for your chance to win a Winter Escape to picturesque La Jolla featuring a 1-night stay at the Empress Hotel, dinner at the Manhattan of La Jolla, and a $25 gift card!

The Empress Hotel of La Jolla is a charming, boutique hotel that combines the beach side style of Southern California with exceptional customer service and deluxe amenities including valet parking and complimentary breakfast. Our hotel features newly renovated rooms and suites and an excellent location within walking distance to the Village of La Jolla, restaurants, shops and the beach.

There are plenty of fun things to do in La Jolla for every type of traveler! If you love adventure, book a whale watching tour or if you want some rest and relaxation, walk over to the beaches of La Jolla for a sunny stroll and breathtaking ocean views.  After your fun-filled day, get ready to enjoy a memorable dinner at our onsite restaurant, the Manhattan of La Jolla. The Manhattan offers authentic Italian cuisine and a wide-ranging menu of pastas, steaks, and seafood in a romantic setting and is a favorite to both locals and visitors alike. On weekends, you can even enjoy live music from 4-6 pm. After your meal, venture out to enjoy the nightlife surrounding the La Jolla area or hop in a cab and head over to the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter! Rest your head back at our hotel where you’ll find plush beds and top-of-the-line linens to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. Before you end your winter getaway, head down to our recently remodeled outdoor patio to enjoy your complimentary deluxe continental breakfast in the La Jolla sunshine.

If you would rather have your toes in the sand this winter, then be sure to enter our contest on Facebook! Don’t forget to share the contest with your friends and family, La Jolla is best enjoyed with good company.

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King George Shopping Getaway Facebook Contest

People from all over the world visit San Francisco to enjoy the iconic sites, eclectic culture, exquisite cuisine, and of course, the first-class shopping. This winter, you could win a chance to visit the city by the bay including a 1-night stay at the King George Hotel and a $100 gift card to use at the premier shops just down the street from the hotel in Union Square! All you have to do to enter, is click on the contest on our Facebook Page and submit your name and email address and a San Francisco shopping spree could be yours!

The King George Hotel is a boutique and historic hotel located in San Francisco’s shopping district, Union Square. We offer a European-inspired ambiance and exceptional service along with modern travel amenities like valet parking, free Wi-Fi, and concierge services. Union Square is central to the city’s top attractions and features some of the best shopping in the city, from name-brand department stores to high-end boutiques and everything in between.

Your getaway begins at our charming hotel where you will enjoy comfortable accommodations and top notch service. Once you’ve unpacked, take your $100 gift card to shop ‘til you drop in Union Square. Around the square you’ll find high-end shops like Neiman Marcus, Prada and Tiffany’s as well as Macy’s, Sacks 5th Avenue and so much more. Venture down Powell Street and you’ll find the San Francisco Westifield Center that is home to five stories of retail stores ranging from American Eagle Outfitters and Abercrombie to Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.

Once you’ve hit all your favorite stores, come back and enjoy a glass of wine or beer at our onsite bar, Winston’s Lounge before heading out again to enjoy dinner or a show later that evening. The King George Hotel is located just steps from fine dining and the theater district, so you will have plenty of options for fun things to do during your San Francisco Shopping Getaway.

Remember, entering is easy, just visit our Facebook Page, click on the contest and hit submit! Don’t forget to share the contest with your friends and family for more chances to win.

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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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