Rosebuds Blog

Madden vs. Mariucci in a bocce ball battle of NFL coaches

May 31, 2014

This time they won’t be able to call on Ken Stabler or Joe Montana, or Cliff Branch or Jerry Rice to help decide the outcome. And this contest won’t take place on the gridiron. Former NFL coaches John Madden of the Oakland Raiders and Steve Mariucci of the San Francisco 49ers will go mano-o-mano on the bocce ball court, a sport that dates back to ancient Rome. Madden and Mariucci are co-hosting the annual Battle of the Bay Charity Bocce Tournament on Wednesday, June 4. The exclusive invite-only affair will be staged at Campo di Bocce in Livermore, Calif., just a short drive from The Rose Hotel, which is serving as one of the official lodging options for the event. (Click on the headline to continue reading.)

Summer has begun and The Rose is in full bloom

May 27, 2014

Memorial Day has passed, summer has begun, and we have entered the meat of the leisure travel season. From now through Labor Day, The Rose Hotel is festooned along its Main Street balcony with our festive bunting, ablaze with the colors of the American flag. We are looking forward to another year of tourism growth, both locally and nationally. As estimated $926 billion will be spent on travel and tourism in the United States alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association, a $38 billion increase over the $888 billion spent during 2013. Our prospects for attracting our share of that business were emboldened by a notification we received from TripAdvisor that it has awarded The Rose Hotel a … (click on the headline to continue reading)

A Snake Pit of Dodge/SRT Vipers

May 10, 2014

For a while it seemed that American automobile manufacturers had forsaken power in the interest of better gas mileage. Then along came the Dodge Viper. The Viper redefined the American muscle car. It was a muscle car that handled. That partially explains the roar you will soon be hearing coming from the Rose Hotel. The other half of the explanation is that the Nor Cal Viper Club will be here for … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The top 10 amenities guests want from their hotels

April 23, 2014

Other than the geographic destination, travel is all about amenities. Amenities differentiate comfort from discomfort, pleasure from aggravation. So it was with no small measure of pride that The Rose Hotel learned that it went 10-for-10 on Hotels.com’s list of travelers’ most desired in-room amenities, and 8-for-10 on Hotel.com’s list of the most desired in-hotel amenities. Even of the two in-hotel amenities we are missing, we have more than adequate alternatives for our guests. More on that in a moment. First, let’s take a look at the top 10 in-room amenities, according to the Hotels.com survey, based on the input of 1,000 travelers from around the world … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Hippity hop, it is time for the Easter Bunny Special

April 10, 2014

For Christians it’s the holiest day of the year. For others – especially those with children – it’s a time for Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and other forms of celebration merriment. For us, it’s a time when we host others who travel to spend the holiday with family and friends. For Easter 2014, we not only invite you, we hope to entice you to stay at The Rose Hotel and take advantage of our holiday special. We call it the Easter Bunny Special, and available Friday and Saturday, April 18-19. This two-night minimum special includes … (click on the headline to continue reading)