fall 2024 parlor sale

Dear Owners and Friends,

The Board of Directors is pleased and excited to announce an opportunity for you, your family, or friends to acquire a parlor from the inventory of Association–owned shares. These shares have been deeded back to the Association by their former owners. And rather than adopt them, the Board has decided to transfer them immediately for the price of $100.00 per share. In doing so, the Board hopes to add committed owners to our Association and to avoid the loss of assessment revenue that this large inventory creates.

If you decide to acquire one of the four shares being offered, you must pay the 2024 assessment of $1,727 and the Suites will cover the transfer cost. You can start to use the new share while the transfer is in progress.

The parlor transfer offer is ongoing throughout 2024

We will accept email requests for the transfer during normal reservation times.

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in the 2024 Fall Parlor Sale.

Best Regards,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

APEC conference

Apec Conference November 11-17, 2023

The Apec Conference will be held at the Moscone Center with President Biden, White House staff, and foreign dignitaries staying on Nob Hill at the Mark Hopkins and Fairmont Hotels.

20,000 attendees are expected.

These 2 areas are designated as Red Zones and will be highly monitored by 1,000 Secret Service personnel.

The Apec Conference will be the biggest gathering of world leaders in San Francisco since the founding of the United Nations here in 1945.

The Charter was adopted at the SF Opera House on June 25, 1945. The next day, it was signed at the Herbst Theatre Auditorium of the Veterans War Memorial.

It will be a challenge traversing the City during this time, We were just informed by the Secret Service that Powell Street is in the Red Zone and cars will not have access to the Powell St Loading Zone. Valet service has been discontinued since November8-19

 Fortunately, Pine Street is considered a green zone and accessible by car. You can arrive at the Suites before 3 pm, park your car and the Houseman will help bring your bags in. Then you will need to 

self-park at 750 Bush Garage.

There is a lot going on at Union Square this November, the Christmas Tree arrives November 9 and the ice rink is open from 10 am to 11:30 pm

After checking out the sales and commencing with holiday shopping, stop by for lunch:

  • Miller & Lux Provisions Patisserie and Miller & Lux Provision’s Rotisserie on Union Square Plaza
  • Rotunda at Neiman Marcus
  • Chotto Matte rooftop restaurant across from Macy’s

Call the Concierge to secure your Thanksgiving reservations or if you want to have dinner at the Suites, you can always order a takeout turkey feast from Harris’

The hot theatre ticket this holiday season is “To Kill A Mockingbird” with Richard Thomas at the 

Golden Gate Theatre December 12-January 17. This was one of the finest theatrical experiences that I have attended in the last 20 years. It is recommended highly.

Lastly, if you happen to be at the Suites on November 13 and you see our President of the Board, Chuck Meibeyer, you can wish him “Happy Birthday”.

Let’s hope that the other two Presidents; President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China have a peaceful and fruitful meeting during the Apec Conference.

I enter this holiday with much gratitude for the wonderful owners, board members and excellent staff at the San Francisco Suites.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cynthia Reid

October Light in san francisco

October Light in San Francisco

The “sea light” as the SF poet Laurate, Ferlinghetti, called the special light in San Francisco, becomes softer and more burnished with the beginning of autumn. The Hunter’s moon will be revealed this weekend to herald in the Halloween festivities. The lobby in the Suites is draped with garlands of orange and yellow foliage and festive wreathes are hung at the two entrances and soon the welcoming fragrance of hot cider will fill the air.

At the beginning of October, Fleet Week returned with the Blue Angels after a year hiatus. They flew overhead during the memorial service for the San Francisco icon, Senator Diane Feinstein, and left a heart in the sky. It was a fitting tribute to the first San Francisco woman mayor who took over the leadership during the assassination of Mayor Moscone and Harvey Milk and brought calm to the City. Diane Feinstein was instrumental in bringing Fleet Week and the Blue Angels to the City in 1981 and without her foresight the San Francisco cable cars would have become extinct. The City mourns her passing but she has left a lasting legacy.

Union Square has just welcomed Chotto Matte, a new Japanese Peruvian rooftop restaurant and bar that seats 400 and has sweeping views of the Bay. 50 O’Farrell where Macy’s Men’s department store was once located. The restaurant is open from 11:30 am to 12 midnight, This will be a difficult reservation to secure but there are a few seats at the bar for walk-ins.

Over at the Presidio, the romantic Mediterranean restaurant with views of SF Bay, Dalida has opened at 101 Montgomery near the Presidio Inn. The hours are 5-9 pm.The restaurant serves eastern Mediterranean cuisine by the husband-and-wife team, Laura and Sayat of Noosh.

The Apec Conference will be held November 14-19. 20,000 attendees and dignitaries from 20 economies will meet at Moscone Center. Security will be will tight at Moscone, Union Square, Embarcadero, and Nob Hill. Please be aware that you will not be able to park on Powell as it will be blocked off. You can arrive to the Suites on Pine St and the valet will park your car or you can self-park at the Bush Street garage. Please call the front desk for assistance. www.apec2023sf.org

If you are looking to purchase additional shares, VOTA will hold a foreclosure auction in January 2024 for shares that have delinquent assessments. 8 Masters and 5 Parlors will be listed for auction. The minimum cost, as of today, starts at $2,340.50. Some shares have unpaid property taxes. I will send out a more detailed notice to the Association in December.

Lastly, if you need to experience more of the special San Francisco sea light or are in need of a restorative time to meditate during these difficult times, please visit Grace Light at Grace Cathedral which is an immersive light installation with music to heal your soul and then return to your “home away from home” and sit by the fireplace and sip a cup of hot cider.

 

Warmest wishes,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

I Left My Heart In San Francisco

San Francisco is a difficult city to leave. I tried twice but was so homesick for the sound of the cable cars and the moaning of the fog horns on the bay that I finally returned to claim back a part of my heart.

As usual, there was controversy over which famous song about San Francisco would become the official song. Would “San Francisco “from the 1936 movie with Clark Gable and Jeanette McDonald about the 1906 earthquake stay or should it be replaced with Tony Bennett’s “I left my heart in San Francisco”?

I first heard Tony Bennett sing “I left my heart” at the Venetian Room at the Fairmont. Years later, a statue of Tony Bennett was erected in front of the Fairmont and the road in front of the hotel was changed to Tony Bennett Way. The song is played at the beginning of every Giants game, however “San Francisco” won as the official song and “I left my heart” was chosen as the official city ballad.

So, whether you hum,

“San Francisco, open your golden gate. You’ll let nobody wait outside your gate.” or

“I left my heart in San Francisco.

High on a hill, it calls for me.

To be where little cable cars, climb halfway to the stars.

And the morning fog will chill the air.”

You can feel a part of the magic of San Francisco.

The new CEO of the SF Hotel Council, Alex Bastian, has returned to his hometown to take on the new job of bringing the hotel industry and the City back to its glory. He talks about working with civic leaders to face the problems of the City with common sense by taking steps to implement plans with significant investments in public safety, and cleanliness and restructuring the taxes to encourage business to return to the City. He explained how important the hotel industry and tourism are to SF. We have always been a top tourist destination. We are #8 in the world. Hotel occupancy was down last year to 25% and this year occupancy has climbed back up to 68%. We still have room to improve as the typical occupancy prior to the pandemic was 80%.

Here is the good news. Dreamforce returns this week on September 12-14.

The APEC Conference will be held November 12-18

Conferences are good for the hotel sector and when the hotels succeed so does San Francisco.

The City endures constant bashing from the media. Much of what is said is not factual but with civic pride leading the way, San Franciscans will bring back the best of SF and we will come back even stronger.

We have endured two earthquakes, fires, tech bubbles and bursts, and now the pandemic.

As Alex Bastain states, ‘SF will survive with resilience in face of doubt and uncertainty. We have shown the ability to flourish after floundering and will come back stronger.

The SF City flag, which shows a phoenix rising from the ashes, is again flying outside the entrance of the Suites to remind us of all that San Franciscans do not give up, ever.

There is no other great city in the world that has the architectural beauty, hilltop vistas, finest hotels and restaurants where you can also spend the day outdoors sailing on the bay, walking along the Pacific Ocean on the beach, or strolling under the towering ancient redwood forests after driving across the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Franciscans will save San Francisco. SF Suites have partnered with the hotels on Nob Hill to watch over the streets, keep them clean and free of encampments and if necessary, report a repeat offender to the hotel’s security department so all hotel partners can be on the lookout.

The City has celebrated quite a few milestones during the last few months.

In August, the cable cars celebrated 150 years in operation while the SF Ferry Building celebrated a mere 125 years. Not to be outdone by these historic celebrations, our two owners at the Suites celebrated their 50-year anniversary by going to the SF Jazz.

Speaking of owners, Paul Gartner and Linda Nicolay were looking to create a new lifestyle out of retirement and have written a book called, “Where to next?” The book is at the front desk for you to check it out or you could go to their website… www.ourkeysplease.com to purchase the book.

The celebrity chef, Tyler Florence, of one of my favorite restaurants, Warfare Tavern, has partnered with the City to open two restaurants on Union Square Plaza. One restaurant will serve hearty cuisine and the second will serve lighter fare and desserts.

Don’t forget to visit the Gardens of Golden Gate Park to enjoy the return of the Flower Piano from September 10-12 at 1199 9th Avenue.

If you are not a SF resident, you will need to book tickets online at SF Botanical Gardens website.

The SF Board of Directors are working hard to increase the beauty and safety of the Suites.

The SF Fire Department has mandated that condos and timeshares must install a digital fire alarm system. The Board decided to close taking reservations for the month of January 2024 in order to install the new fire alarm system so as not to disturb our guests. The lobby wallpaper and guest room carpets will also be replaced.

So don’t forget the magic of San Francisco. Please call the front desk to book your holiday events, order concert tickets to the Symphony, tickets to the Nutcracker or the latest musical.

If you are looking for a special wedding or birthday gift, there are still shares to be adopted or purchased.

As a San Franciscan, leave a little of your heart behind at the Suites to recover on your next stay.

Remember, San Franciscans never give up. I won’t give up and I hope you will not.

Warmest wishes,
Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

 

2023 September adopt-a-share

San Francisco Suites on Nob Hill

2023 SEPTEMBER ADOPT-A-SHARE PROGRAM

 

August 1,2023

Greetings, Everyone!

As you may know, certain shares owned by the Association are periodically offered for adoption by owners, by friends and family of owners, or by individuals interested in the Suites. This year we have six Parlor shares for adoption at $1585.00 per share. The cost includes the 2023 assessment of $1,555.00 plus the property tax of $30.00. The Adopt-A-Share year will begin September 1, 2023, and end September 1, 2024.

We will accept email requests for adoption during normal reservation times until 12 noon PST on Wednesday, August 30.  All names received will be pooled and a drawing will be held on Thursday, August 31, at 11 a.m. PST. Please be advised that the Association has imposed a restriction on adopted shares that prohibits them from being rented to third parties, and they cannot be exchanged or sold through a Time Share company. They may be used only by the adopter, by his or her immediate family, and by those persons designated by owners as being entitled to Bonus Time. On Friday,

September 1, between 6 and 7 p.m. PST, we will notify the first six applicants whose names were drawn.

The San Francisco Suites City Share Association’s governing documents, including all Rules & Regulations, do apply to the adopted shares. 

PLEASE NOTE: Payments must be received by September 30, 2023.

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in the Adopt-A-Share Program.

Best Regards,
Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

Summer Auction for 1 parlor & 1 Master

Dear San Francisco Suites Owners and Friends of the Suites,

The Board of Directors would like to hold a special Summer Auction

for 1 Master and 1 Parlor:

Master

216M Year is July1,2023-June 30,2024 7 days still available

  • The minimum bid for the Master is $3,000

Parlor

206P Year is April 1,2023-March 31,2024 7 days are still available.

  • The minimum bid for the Parlor is $100.00

The auction is open to anyone interested in placing a bid.

The property taxes for 2023 have been paid.

The highest bids will win.

The buyer agrees to pay escrow costs, which are about $800.

The 2023 assessment of $1,555.00 will also be due.

This special auction will close on August 15, 2023, at 9 PM. No bids will be accepted after this time.

This is a unique opportunity for you to purchase a share, at a very nominal price, which has become a liability because its owner has decided to “walk away” from their financial responsibility to the Association.

Please email your bid or bids to creidgm@sfsuitescsa.com

Call me at (415) 433-9700 if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites