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SAN FRANCISCO -- (June 21, 2018) -- The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, the newest property to join the diverse and distinctive portfolio of hotels known as Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Plemons as Director of Sales and Marketing. Plemons joins The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel with a distinguished 17-plus year career in hospitality and service operations, with a specialty in boutique and independent hotels catering to leisure, business and group travelers. In her new role, Plemons will continue to further elevate the property’s sales and marketing initiatives as well as oversee all revenue and management distribution. 

“We are delighted to have Jill join our team and know she will be a huge asset to us in terms of raising our profile in the San Francisco market and beyond,” states Michael Pace, General Manager of The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel. “Jill’s extensive brand experience, passion for sales, local knowledge and expertise, and strong leadership skills make her the ideal person for this position.”

Immediate goals and areas of concentration for Plemons in her new role at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel will include reinvigorating the bar and cocktail program in the hotel’s historic Redwood Room to attract both discriminating guests and area locals in search of a true San Francisco experience in an iconic setting. In addition, Plemons plans to work with the director of food & beverage to implement creative and fun aspects of the hotel’s Rooftop Bee Sanctuary into the overall guest experience – from honeycomb-derived meeting breaks to seasonal specialty cocktails. Plemons will also focus on sustainability as it pertains to tourism in the San Francisco market. This will include Plemons ensuring a positive approach and leadership are taken when it comes to waste diversion, guest interaction, involvement in the community, and utilizing the most current workforce hiring practices. On the sales & events side, Plemons will continue to focus on the core customer of The Clift for group functions and events and will implement a one-stop-shop for smaller meetings from the local market. Recognizing the need of the many headquartered companies in the San Francisco area, and knowing that most have internal meeting rooms that are often booked, Plemons will head the efforts of The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel to offer a fully stocked boardroom or event space at a reasonable price per hour for team, client or vendor meetings – or even just a private happy hour.
Most recently, Plemons served as director of sales and marketing at Hotel Zephyr, where she was responsible for spearheading the sales and marketing efforts following the Fisherman’s Wharf property’s $32 million redesign completed in 2015. Prior to her three-year stint at Hotel Zephyr, Plemons lead the successful $12 million renovation, development and re-launch of Le Méridien San Francisco.

Plemons has also held a number of positions under the Joie de Vivre brand, including director of sales and marketing at Hotel Vitale, director of sales at Galleria Park Hotel, and regional director of sales overseeing the Northern California territory. Plemons also held various positions with Kimpton Hotels, including area director of sales and marketing for the brand’s three San Francisco locations and individual positions at Harbor Court Hotel and Hotel Vintage Court. 
Plemons graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Administration.

For further information about The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, call 415.775.4700 or visit

About The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel is a century-old timeless gem, combining contemporary architecture and glamour with old-world elegance and modern comfort. A 6-minute walk from Union Square and 4 minutes from the nearest Muni Metro station, the hotel draws inspiration from the city and boasts a decidedly artful and local décor. Designed by famed interior designer Philippe Starck, The Clift features one of the most eclectic furniture collections in California and includes chairs from Ray and Charles Eames, furniture by Salvador Dalí, and a surreal stool inspired by René Magritte and designed by Roberto Matta. The modern rooms, ranging from standard king guest rooms to private apartments, showcase a soothing palette of ivory and gray accented by strategic pops of lavender and orange – an ode to a striking California sunset. Generous and curated in-room amenities are available for an indulgent and culture-filled stay. Hotel amenities include complimentary bicycles, a fitness center and three unique food and beverage experiences, including the art deco Redwood Room, which dates back to 1933 and features original redwood paneling. Ten flexible meeting and event spaces offer sleek options for special events, including weddings. Located walking distance from San Francisco’s shopping and financial districts, The Clift has long been considered one of the world’s best small hotels.

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About Sonesta Hotels & Resorts

Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with nearly 80 properties in seven countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. Offering a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest’s expectations delivering an authentic experience time and time again.

Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, St. Louis, St. Maarten (2), Chile (2), Colombia (7), Ecuador, Peru (5), and Egypt (2 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 42 locations across the US. For more about Sonesta, visit or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

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