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At a Renovation Cost of $9.8 million Larkspur Hotels Transforms
San Franciso's Former Monticello Inn to Hotel Abri

November 25, 2008 - Hotel Abri opens its doors in October 2008 creating an urban oasis in the heart of Union Square, just steps away from the top names in fashion, dining, nightlife, art and theater and close to the Financial District and Moscone Convention Center. Formerly the Monticello Inn, Hotel Abri has undergone a dramatic transformation and now features contemporary, urban style and décor. All 90 guestrooms, including 28 suites, have been redesigned, along with the hotel’s new lobby lounge, complete with a welcoming fireplace. In addition, high-end, thoughtful amenities designed to appeal to the business and leisure traveler have been integrated throughout the property.

Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants owns and manages the Hotel Abri, which means “shelter” in French. Rob Brehant is the General Manager. The renovations cost was $9.8 million and the designers were GGLO.

Unique in structure and style, each guestroom is designed using earth tones which are featured in modern couches, chairs and chestnut-colored tables and dressers, creating a stylish, yet comfortable, atmosphere. Premium guest comforts and conveniences include FeatherBorne® Bed packages, L’Occitane guest amenities, plush towels, stylish robes, mini bars stocked with urban essentials. High-tech efficiencies include complimentary wireless Internet, iPod docking stations and 42” LCD flat screen TVs with cutting-edge connectivity panels to allow for easy viewing of digital media entertainment. For those looking for more spacious accommodations, all 24 “Urban Suites” and four, corner “Oasis Suites” feature King-sized beds and a separate living area.

Guests of Hotel Abri are greeted by a spacious lobby, delivering an urban feel with modern lighting, granite floors and copper accents. A sleek lounge invites guests to relax fireside as upbeat music sets a sophisticated vibe and an elliptical skylight allows the light and energy of the city to filter into the space. Next door is the popular Puccini and Pinetti Italian Bar and Grill, offering a lively bar atmosphere and Italian cuisine.

Just off the lobby is Hotel Abri’s complimentary business center and “City” meeting room. Ideal for groups up to sixteen, the “City” room is private but brings the outside in with oversized frosted sliding glass doors and windows. In addition to top-of-the-line audio/visual equipment, conference call capabilities and complimentary wireless Internet, the “City” room features a corner lounge inviting breakaway sessions. Meeting professionals are available to help groups plan and customize as well as provide food and beverage services. 

Hotel Abri is a member of the Larkspur Collection, a premium brand of hotels offering unique and individual experiences complemented by the local flavor and surrounding community. The Larkspur Collection focuses on delivering a sensorial guest experience, upscale amenities and exceptional service. 

About Hotel Abri:
Hotel Abri is located at 127 Ellis Street in San Francisco’s Union Square. The hotel offers upscale amenities and exceptional personable service, delivering a unique and intimate experience to all guests. The hotel features 62 premium guest rooms, 28 suites and a private meeting space to accommodate small groups. Hotel Abri is pet-friendly and 100% non-smoking. For more information, please visit 

Established in 1996, Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants is a rapidly growing company headquartered in Larkspur, California, just north of San Francisco.  Larkspur boasts a portfolio of 23 hotels, including three distinct hotel brands: Larkspur Landing, Larkspur Hotels and Larkspur Collection along with six exciting destination restaurants.  All Larkspur hotels offer the signature FeatherBorne® Bed package, upgraded amenities, high-tech efficiencies and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Each Larkspur restaurant is designed to blend into its local setting, deliver creative culinary concepts, innovative design and exceptional culinary techniques. Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants is driven by its belief and commitment to Genuine Hospitality - delivering warm, friendly and personalized experiences to its guests.

The Larkspur Landing brand provides extended stay accommodations with a host of complimentary services and conveniences designed with today’s business traveler in mind. Larkspur Hotels is a three-star brand which breaks the mold of large chain-hotels by offering charm and personality, while delivering great value, comfort and excellent service. The Larkspur Collection is a premium collection of hotels, each of which offers its own unique, individual experience, complementing the local flavor of the surrounding area.  The Larkspur Collection focuses on delivering a sensorial guest experience, upscale amenities and exceptional personable service.

The company’s most recent addition is SANO Spa at the Casa Munras hotel in Monterey, California, which opened in June 2008.  For more information, please visit


 Mia Rappoport
Phone: 415.274.2510

Also See: Larkspur Hospitality Purchases The 91 room Monticello Inn in San Francisco / December 2006
Larkspur Hospitality Adds Five Executives; Michael Lennon Appointed Managing Director, San Francisco Hotels / May 2007


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