• Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa Finalist of BLLA Awards

     
    POSTED November 11, 2016
     

On Oct. 25, the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association revealed the BLLA awards at the Gala & Awards Dinner Celebration at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa was named the runner-up for Boutique Hotel of the Year.

“We were thrilled to be included as a finalist in the category of Boutique Hotel of the Year," says Carmen Cruz, general manager of Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. “Our staff is dedicated to impeccable service, and we have seen the realization of incredible vision from our ownership group in taking this historic asset and reimagining it as a modern luxury boutique experience. It is an honor to receive recognition from BLLA.”

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa is located in Sausalito, Calif., near many shops and restaurants, only a few miles from Napa and Sonoma wine countries. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel features everything from modern rooms to cottages on the hillside to large suites. Additionally, guests can use the hotel’s spa and have access to views of the San Francisco skyline and harbor.

The BLLA, founded by Frances Kiradjian, now has more than 750 members. The purpose of the BLLA is to celebrate small, independent hotels, and  connect boutique hotels with travelers, suppliers, vendors, agents and more.

If you want to boost attendance at a meeting or conference, try these four letters: N.A.P.A. And while the Northern California wine region has more than enough activities to keep attendees busy when they’re not in meetings—475 wineries, to begin with—the downtown heart of the region is introducing new experiences this fall. Here’s a sampling:

 

San Francisco is seeing marked increases in visitor volume, visitor spending, group business, and hotel occupancy this year compared to 2021. However, visitor volume will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, and global visitation will not reach 2019 levels until 2025. Those projections were shared by the San Francisco Travel Association at its Annual Visitor and Lodging Forecast Forum held on Aug. 24 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

 

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”