Hotel Vitale one of the best in San Fran

Hotel Vitale was recently named one of the top hotels in San Francisco by U.S. News. Of the 363 hotels ranked, the Joie de Vivre property came in at #6.

U.S. includes a number of best hotels lists under their travel guides section, for various markets across the United States and abroad. Their rankings take into account multiple factors including guest reviews, editor rankings and class i.e. how many stars or diamonds the hotel averages.

Located on the Embarcadero waterfront, near San Francisco’s financial district, Hotel Vitale boasts exceptional views of the San Francisco bay and offers a premium spa experience. It also features the in-house Americano restaurant.

U.S. news also mentioned some other awards Hotel Vitale has earned including AAA/CAAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2011, Editor’s Pick , Conde Nast Reader’s Choice List in 2010 and  Frommer’s Very Highly recommended .

Congratulations to our friends at the Hotel Vitale for being recognized as one of the top hotels in San Francisco.


Joie De Vivre pushes east (again)


A few  weeks ago we posted a story about Joie De Vivre Hotels taking their first step outside of California with the opening of the Drinkwater in Arizona.

Well, JDV has continued down that expansionary path and will soon open their second, out of California, property.

The Hotel Lincoln in Chicago, a 12 story building with 184 rooms, is projected to open in February of 2012. As reported by Hotel, the hotel has a great location and impressive features to get excited about.

“Rooftop bar, killer lake views and a hot restaurant downstairs and in-room? What’s not to love about this hotel announcement?”

The “Hot restaurant” Hotel Chatter refers to is the Perennial Virant, and in regards to the lake views, JDV says that 60 percent of the rooms will have views of Lake Michigan.

Besides the great features of the hotel itself , the Hotel Lincoln has some major implications for JDV as a company. Expanding outside of Califronia to a nearby western state was one thing, but moving to the heart of the Midwest is a pretty significant move for a hotel chain based in California.

Is JDV going to spread nationally?  Or is Hotel Lincoln just a fluke ? With only two hotels outside of California it’s hard to tell what JDV’s intentions are, but fans of the premium hotels can still cross their fingers and hope they’ll see a JDV hotel coming to a city nearby.