November 2022 General Manager’s Letter
The first day of November brings rain to San Francisco and with the chilly weather, thoughts turn to the holiday season which is rapidly approaching. I want to also remind owners that it is soon time to pay property taxes as the bills were sent out in October. If you are a new owner or have moved, you will need to go online to pay your tax bill or you can always contact me for assistance. I have gone to City Hall and spoken to the Tax Assessor about the addresses not being changed to the new owners and was told that due to the pandemic, there is a yearlong backlog, nevertheless, the property taxes must be paid, or your share will incur late fees.
Now back to celebrating the fall and making plans for Thanksgiving. Streamers of autumn leaves and garlands welcome you as you enter the SF Suites lobby and soon there will be the fragrance of hot cider and cinnamon in the air as you are offered a warm mug at check-in.
Many owners love to spend Thanksgiving dinner at The House of Prime Rib or Harris. If you have not already made reservations, you can always order online and bring your dinner back to the Suites to enjoy.
The Palm Court restaurant in the new Restoration Hardware Building called HR on Pier 70 is gorgeous and perfect for a special dinner out in SF. The restaurant, two cocktail bars, and a rooftop garden are nestled among the interior design galleries.
Recently, the Presidio Tunnel Top opened at Crissy Field on 210 Lincoln Boulevard. Guests are enjoying the view of the Golden Gate Bridge while taking the Cliff Walk. This is a wonderful place to take children, have a picnic, or warm yourself in front of the open-air fire pit. There are also food trucks available from 9 am to 6 pm daily.
The City is full of travelers, cable cars are spilling over with tourists and the outdoor parking lots are full of diners.
The Dream force conference in September was an enormous success, bringing in $40 million dollars in revenue while the attendees filled hotels resulting in a citywide occupancy of 85%.
The Mayor has filled her promise to bring back a safe environment in Union Square by adding more City Ambassadors and police. I attended a meeting at the Mark Hopkins that hosted GMs from Nob Hill hotels, restaurant owners, and The Chief of Police and Firefighters Associations to hear Supervisor Peskin explain the need for communities to work together to fight crime, the homeless crisis, and the need to keep the city streets clean. I have a great relationship with the General Managers of the Mark Hopkins and the Stanford Court and have received assistance in keeping our environment free of intruders and encampments.
Please call the front desk to make your holiday plans at the Suites and enjoy our beautiful
City by the Bay. As the poet, Ashleigh Brilliant wrote,
“There may not be a Heaven but there is a San Francisco”
We all look forward to welcoming you back to your home for the holidays!
San Francisco Suites