| SAN FRANCISCO (May 1, 2007) – On June 1, 2007, Chip
Conley, founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, will celebrate the
official opening of the company’s newest property, Hotel Tomo, located
in San Francisco’s historic and newly energized Japantown. Inspired
by the vibrant, manga/anime-style artistic energy that fuels Japan’s youth
culture, Hotel Tomo has been designed to blend the attributes of a premier
Japanese-style boutique hotel with a unique and whimsical creative sensibility.
The 125-room hotel, formerly home to the Best Western Miyako Inn, was acquired
by Joie de Vivre in May 2006; its transformation is widely viewed as the
first significant step in plans to revitalize the Japantown area.
“Hotel Tomo represents a completely new hotel option in San Francisco,”
said Conley. “Japantown is not only one of the most exciting and
authentic ethnic enclaves in America, but it is a destination of unique
appeal that is on the verge of a remarkable rebirth and expansion.
The success of Joie de Vivre has been built on recognizing opportunities
to create new niches, and we are extremely pleased to announce this exciting
first step in the revitalization of one of San Francisco’s most viable,
distinctive and enchanting destinations.”
Hotel Tomo Exterior
Renovated Hotel Tomo room
Located in the heart of Japantown and adjacent to the Fillmore Street
shopping corridor, Hotel Tomo provides an ideal home base for exploring
San Francisco’s array of sightseeing options. Hotel Tomo’s central
location offers guests immediate proximity to Union Square, Nob Hill, Fisherman’s
Wharf, Ghiradelli Square and the city’s fabled cable cars. Guests
can also enjoy the many cultural offerings of Japantown, including theatres,
shopping, authentic Japanese cuisine and Japanese-style spas.
Designed by Charles De Lisle of San Francisco-based Your Space, Inc.
in collaboration with Joie de Vivre Creative Director Matt Harvey, Hotel
Tomo fuses modern design with Japanese pop culture to create an environment
that is at once practical, comfortable, and fun. Using Japan’s contemporary
culture as a creative springboard, the hotel features bright colors, modern
embellishments and art stylings derived from Japan’s famed explosion anima,
manga and street fashion.
In addition to its 125 guest rooms, the hotel comprises two gaming
suites, a fitness center, five meeting spaces and two high-tech vending
machines in the hotel lobby. Each guest room features a 26-inch LCD
flat screen television, iPod docking station, luxurious linens, cozy waffle
bathrobes and both wired and wireless high-speed connectivity.
Replete with bean bags, 6-foot LCD projection screens, Sony PS3, Nintendo
Wii and WiFi, the two gaming suites are innovative venues for groups looking
for distinctive, avant-garde accommodations.
Hotel Tomo boasts more than 2,650 square feet of unique meeting space,
including two outdoor “Geo-domes.” These state-of-the art meeting
spaces are equipped with WiFi and audio-visual technology, and can host
a variety of events, from business meetings and corporate conferences to
company retreats and weddings.
“Tomo means friend or companion, and Hotel Tomo certainly offers a
warm, inviting and friendly environment, “said Derek Banderas, general
manager of Hotel Tomo. “Our hotel is for the creatively inspired
traveler looking for a practical yet unconventional hotel experience in
the heart of one of the most breathtaking cities in the world. Our
public and private outdoor spaces are ideal for enjoying San Francisco’s
unique mix of natural and urban beauty.”
Guests of Hotel Tomo will enjoy the wildly-popular Mum’s House of Shabu
Shabu, a lively Japanese-American dining experience. Moderately priced
and pulsing with energy, the restaurant features savory meats, vegetables
and dipping sauces cooked table-side on an iron hotpot.
For the consummate revitalizing hotel experience, guests are only steps
away from Joie de Vivre’s Kabuki Springs & Spa, a traditional Japanese
bathhouse featuring Japanese-style spa treatments and communal bathing
in a soothing, relaxing and rejuvenating environment.
Hotel Tomo is just one of several major transformations that will combine
to bring renewed energy and attention to San Francisco’s Japantown, which
remains the most thriving Japanese-American community in the nation.
Other key elements in the transformation include the arrival of Sundance
Theatres, Bushi Tei restaurant, the new Kintetsu Mall, a J-Pop Center,
and Miyako Hotel (soon to be renamed Kabuki Hotel).
Hotel Tomo is located at 1800 Sutter Street. The hotel can be
reached by calling (415) 921-4000 or toll-free at 888-TAB-TOMO. For
further information, please visit the Web site at www.jdvhospitality.com.
About Joie de Vivre Hospitality
Based in San Francisco, Joie de Vivre Hospitality (www.jdvhospitality.com)
is a creative collection of lifestyle businesses. As California’s largest
independent boutique hotelier, Joie de Vivre encompasses other hospitality
businesses such as restaurants and spas. Celebrating 20 years of creating
dreams, Joie de Vivre Hospitality is expanding its California presence
in Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sunnyvale, Huntington
Beach and beyond.