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Personality Hotels Completes $2 million Restoration
of the Kensington Park Hotel, San Francisco
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San Francisco, CA – March 31, 2009 – Personality Hotels, San Francisco’s largest privately-owned boutique hotel operator, has completed a $2 million guestroom restoration of the grand Kensington Park Hotel. Housed in a gorgeous 1925 Moorish/Gothic style building in the heart of Union Square, Kensington Park Hotel exudes the perfect blend of old-world glamour and modern luxury. 
 
Interior designer Lisa Sayed styled all 92 guestrooms with a mix of classic, turn-of-the-century elegance and here-and-now touches. Guestrooms, many with spectacular city views, are bathed in rich jewel tones and sumptuous fabrics. Classic dark wood furnishings are complemented by rich silk drapery, beds with white leather tufted headboards, custom-designed cherry blossom patterned carpeting and sleek white lacquer desks with baroque mirrors. For contemporary comfort and convenience, all rooms feature 36” flat screen televisions with satellite service and “Sound Soother” IPod alarm clocks. 
 
Designed by Lisa Sayed and Philip Carabello, the spacious Royal Suite was inspired by the great homes of Europe, namely Neuschwanstein, the 19th century Bavarian palace built by King Ludwig II for German composer Richard Wagner. The spacious suite features an elegant master bedroom with a canopy bed, a formal dining room, a large living room and luxurious touches such as a whirlpool bath, two fireplaces and expansive views overlooking San Francisco’s Union Square. Rich, highly textured fabrics and regal tones of bright blue and deep red pop against soothing white and cream. Zebra carpeting flows throughout the suite, lending a contemporary, cosmopolitan feel. Traditional mahogany woods, a crystal chandelier and a classic antique gold mirror are juxtaposed with surprising modern touches such as silk polka dot curtains, boldly striped chairs and sleek glass vases. 
 
Kensington Park Hotel is located in a stunning building designed by Frederick H. Meyer and Albin R. Johnson. The groundbreaking for the building took place in 1923, and officially opened in 1925, with construction costs estimated to be more than $1.5 million. It was originally constructed as the lodge for the San Francisco Elks Club, a group of men (and now women) committed to social service and supporting patriotic and civic programs.  In 1984, Kensington Park Hotel moved into share the building, occupying the main lobby and floors five through 12. Post Street Theater, renowned for top performances, is located on the second floor, and Farallon, San Francisco’s most highly-regarded seafood restaurant, is next door. 
 
Kensington Park Hotel 
450 Post Street
San Francisco, California
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Located in the heart of Union Square, Kensington Park Hotel is surrounded by top restaurants, world-famous shopping, theatres and nightlife. After a day of shopping in Union Square, guests are invited to relax in the posh lobby and sip complimentary tea and sherry, served every evening from 4-6 p.m. Complimentary wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel. For reservations, call 415.788.6400 or visit www.kensingtonparkhotel.com. 
 
Established in 1982 as San Francisco’s first boutique hotel company, Personality Hotels is the largest privately-owned boutique hotel operator in The City. From a quaint European-style suite to a zenful night's sleep amid sounds of a tropical rain forest, Personality Hotels can oblige. Celebrating the unique personality in all of us, Personality Hotels consists of an eclectic collection of seven San Francisco boutique properties including WHIMSICAL Hotel Vertigo, BOLD Hotel Frank, SEXY Hotel Diva, GRAND Kensington Park Hotel, AUTHENTIC Hotel Union Square, VIVID Hotel Metropolis and TIMELESS Steinhart Hotel. Located in the center of the action, all Personality Hotels are within walking distance of Union Square shopping, theatres and restaurants. For more information and to book reservations, call 800.553.1900 or visit www.personalityhotels.com.
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Contact:

Kelly Chamberlin
415.336.4332
kelly@chamberlinpr.com

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Also See: Personality Hotels Acquires Two San Francisco Hotels - York Hotel and The Maxwell Hotel in Union Square; Planning Extensive Renovations and Renaming / April 2007
Stephen B. Algood Named Chief Operating Officer for Personality Hotels / January 2006
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