When Hotel Diva discovered I was visiting San Francisco for a long weekend they came up with an offer we couldn't refuse, stay in one of their beautiful suites for a mere $75 a night…yes please? Of course. (For the record this was a press rate – these rooms usually run at around $269!)
Hotel Diva was first established in 1982 as part of Personality Hotels, renamed so in 1995 after CEO Yvonne Lembi-Detert was repeatedly told how much personality her hotels had by her guests. This boutique collection of hotels also includes Kensington Park Hotel, Hotel Union Square and Steinhart Hotel.
The hotel was redesigned in 2000 by architect T. Olle Lundberg, and features a sleek and modern aesthetic. Industrial but still comfortable and welcoming.
After driving for over 6 hours…well, after Mr. Style driving for 6 hours anyhow, entering our huge suite and being greeted not only by ample space and a huge comfortable bed, but a bottle of wine, we were exceedingly happy campers. Additionally an interesting and certainly original touch was the branded faux tattoo sitting on our pillow where one might normally find a chocolate, it was completely irreverent and made me chuckle.
Our room featured all the mod cons, fridge, filing cabinet, alarm clock complete with i-pod deck, awesome industrial style desk, full bath and a gorgeous living area. But my absolute favourite feature, as I'm sure my fellow fashionista's will appreciate, was the awesome walk in wardrobe complete with huge mirrors and vanity sink…can I haz one please?
One of Hotel Diva's unique features are their four internet suites open 24 hours a day, perfect for the blogger who chose not to bring her laptop, despite the free wi-fi, on one of the busiest work vacations ever – yes I'm an idiot….
Each suite has been designed by a San Franciscan artist and each has it's own theme. The Skateboard themed DLX Lounge, features wall mounted skateboards and is designed by Lisa Compagno and her skateboarder husband Pete Colpitts (aka Pete the OX.) The Design Within Reach Lounge, also designed by Lisa Compagno in conjunction with Design Within Reach's Eric Hildebrandt is a highly stylized modern lounge featuring classics from Design Within Reach.
My favourite suite, however, was the LeeQuen suite, pictured above, designed by furniture designer Rick Lee and his wife, couturière, Colleen Quen. The centre piece of the suite is Quen's signature Madame Butterfly gown cascading from the ceiling as a truly unique light fixture.
Our stay at Hotel Diva was thoroughly enjoyable, the staff were more than welcoming, the rooms were not only beautiful, but comforting (Mr Style did not want to leave what he called our 'new home') and the location could not have been more practical (a mere stones throw from Union Square.) I highly recommend a stay at Hotel Diva to anyone, and can't wait to try the other Personality Hotels on our next visits to one of my favourite cities.
Hotel Diva, 440 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.