• A Vibrant and Growing Hotel Scene in San Francisco

     
    POSTED June 2, 2022
     
  • A Vibrant and Growing Hotel Scene in San Francisco

     
    POSTED June 2, 2022
     
  • A Vibrant and Growing Hotel Scene in San Francisco

     
    POSTED June 2, 2022
     

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.

And, in a telling reflection of confidence in San Francisco’s continuing strength as a travel destination, new hotels are making their debut. On June 1, 1 Hotel San Francisco, located near the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, opens its doors. Part of the 1 Hotels, a luxury lifestyle brand inspired by nature, the 200-room property, has over 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space. When Luma Hotel San Francisco opens on June 15 it will be the first-ever hotel development in the Mission Bay neighborhood; the 299-room Union Square property will feature 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space. On June 30, following a renovations and redesign of all public spaces and 418 guest rooms, Sir Francis Drake Hotel will reopen its doors as the Beacon Grand. Set to open later this summer at the intersection where South of Market (SOMA) district, Civic Center, and Tenderloin converge, the 12-story, 236-room LINE SF will have over 2,000 square feet of event space and four dining and drinking experiences, including a landscaped rooftop solarium with panoramic views of the city.

By the end of 2022, San Francisco Travel notes, seven new branded and independent hotels will have debuted in the city, adding to San Francisco’s current offering of 245 properties. 

 

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

Hotel News

Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), which is a LEED® Gold certified facility, marked Earth Day 2022 by announcing a ban on single-use plastic bottles throughout the facility.  

Levy Restaurants, the LACC’s exclusive food and beverage partner, has replaced single-use plastic bottles with aluminum bottles in cafés and catering operations. Beverages sold in the Center’s vending machines have followed suit.