San Francisco’s Hotel Diva Looks Good at Any Age
In life, your 25th birthday is when your quarter-life crisis kicks in. In the hotel industry, turning 25 means you’ve done something very right. SF’s own Hotel Diva celebrated its 25th birthday this year, an achievement that makes it a San Francisco institution. This Diva’s still got it though, thanks to a sexy new look that makes it even more perfect for that big-city girls getaway you’ve been planning.
Located in the heart of the city, just off of Union Square, Hotel Diva is a boutique hotel with attitude. The flagship of Personality Hotels—which also includes Kensington Park Hotel, Hotel Union Square and Steinhart Hotel—Hotel Diva has just that: loads of personality. Designed by architect and designer T. Olle Lundberg, Diva’s 116 ultra-modern guestrooms pop with color thanks to cobalt blue carpets and feature custom-designed sculptured rolled steel headboards. Part of this year’s makeover included custom roller window shades with sexy designs. Reserve the Suite Atelier, which also lets you indulge in a whirlpool bath, a wet bar and a sleek and sexy living space with sculptural fireplace. Or try Diva’s newest suite, the Suite ESC. Designed with business travelers in mind, the Suite ESC (a.k.a. “Suite Escape,” named for keyboard tab) offers a computer monitor you can plug into, printer/fax/scanner/copier, and a desk stocked with office supplies. A microwave and stocked fridge give it a touch of home for the weary traveler.
Some of Diva’s best features are its designer lounges. San Francisco’s hottest artists and designers each put their signature stamp on Diva’s common areas. Styles range from the edgy, skateboarding look of the DLX Lounge designed by Lisa Compagno and skateboarder Pete Colpitts (a.k.a. Pete The OX), to the soothing floral whimsy of the LeeQuen lounge designed by award-winning designer Rick Lee and his wife, couturiere Colleen Quen. Guests with families should look into reserving the children’s suite. The Little Divas Suite has bright pop art colors, a selection of kid-friendly movies, a karaoke machine, a large trunk filled with dress-up accessories, and more. Kids have their own check-in where they’ll be loaned a complimentary iPod Shuffle filled with music. Parents will enjoy a quiet stay in the adjoining room with connecting door.
Hotel Diva is in a prime location. With two performing arts theaters across the street—the American Conservatory Theater and Curran Theater—and art galleries nearby, you can easily enjoy the arts. If shopping is your thing, you’re just steps away from Union Square where you’ll find Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and designer shops like Christian Dior, Bottega Veneta, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, John Varvatos, Prada and more. Your dining options include the nearby Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina restaurant now open at the Westin St. Francis, and Farmerbrown, where they serve up soul food made from fresh, organic ingredients. Sweet lovers can feed their cupcake craving at Cako. Do your feet hurt from pounding the pavement all day? Stay in for the night and get room service from the upscale Mexican bistro Colibri.
Whether you’re there with the family, your girlfriends, or perhaps a new friend you’ve just met, Hotel Diva has a sleek and modern style you’ll love. Stay out all night, sleep in late, indulge, discover, and act like a diva. After 25 years in the business, Hotel Diva reminds us that some things get even better with age.
440 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Room Rates: $189 – $399