Rosebuds Blog

15 reasons why people choose to live in hotels

August 23, 2012

Robert DiNero has done it. So have Howard Hughes, Keanu Reeves, James Woods and John Travolta. People of far lesser means have done it as well. Living in a hotel has its advantages – many of them. We associate hotels with some of the best experiences in our lives. They are part of those vacations we take to exotic places, historic cities and beachfront communities. Short of taking extraordinary measures and incurring extraordinary expense, the hotel experience can’t be replicated by home ownership or renting an apartment or condominium. So some of us decide to live an unconventional hotel-based life. Here are 15 reasons why some people choose hotel living…

Some hotel guests like their transportation hot

August 17, 2012

Every year we look forward to the return of Arizona residents Denny and Bonnie Cissell, and the cars they ride in with. The Cissels are here again to attend the Goodguys 26th West Coast Nationals Street Rod Show at the Alameda County (Calif.) Fairgrounds during the Aug. 24-26 weekend.  This is their 24th year at the show, staying at The Rose Hotel the last 10 years. This is no ordinary visit. The Cissells and their friends occupy the entire hotel for the weekend. Let us tell you some more about what brings this power couple to town…

A boutique hotel’s social media report card

August 09, 2012

More than two years ago The Rose Hotel embarked on a campaign that few hotels – particularly boutique hotels – were paying much attention to: A social media strategy. Clearly, social media was exploding at the time, but companies in many lines of business didn’t see the relevance. We did. That’s not to say that we considered our strategy a blue chip business plan. We weren’t even sure how we could accurately measure the success. This much we did know: Social media was more than just marketing to us, it was an extension of our customer service. So we…

Seek wine and ye shall find with the help of this guide-book

August 01, 2012

It’s called The Wine Seeker’s Guide to Livermore Valley. We’d like to get a copy in your hands. Here’s why. While wine lovers the world over flock to the San Francisco Bay Area to sample, discover and buy some of the best wines anywhere, they often overlook the Livermore Valley. That’s a major oversight because Livermore Valley – home to Wente Vineyards, the state’s oldest winemaker, and more than 40 other wineries – has become a maker of superb blends and varietals. At this point we’ll yield to a voice far more authoritative than our own, Sunset magazine Wine Editor Sara Schneider, who is quoted on the book’s cover saying…

A diamond in the rough for Bay Area visitors

July 26, 2012

When travelers visit the San Francisco Bay Area a drum roll of locales easily roll off the tongue. San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Napa and Sonoma wine country, Muir Woods, Pier 39, The Golden Gate Bridge – the list rolls on and on. So it must have been more a little surprising when the New York Times came out with an article titled The 45 Places to Go in 2012, and none of the above selections were in evidence. The list did include one Bay Area hotspot, though, that no doubt made many readers’ eyebrows jump. Sitting at No. 5 on the list, just behind London, is the City of Oakland. Yes, that Oakland – the city that has made national news because of rowdy Occupy Oakland protests, crime problems, allegations of law enforcement misconduct. That’s what gets reported about Oakland. Now here’s what doesn’t normally get reported…