Soaring Airfares Grounding Your Holiday Travel Plans? Off-Season Packages at California Hotels Offer Reason for Holiday Cheer

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Joie de Vivre’s “Handcrafted Holidays” a Great Option for Staycationers and Roadtrippers.

Joie de Vivre’s Handcrafted Holidays promotion offers great packages and rates through February, 2011.

With holiday airfares inducing more anxiety than the holidays themselves, many travelers may be opting to celebrate closer to home this year. Joie de Vivre ( has created a flurry of seasonal packages with attractive rates starting at $99 to entice travelers to check in to one of its more than 30 California boutique hotels for the holidays. The brand’s “Handcrafted Holidays” seasonal promotion runs through mid February 2011 and includes value-added holiday-themed packages at Joie de Vivre hotels throughout the state.* Following is a roundup of some of the signature travel experiences on offer through “Handcrafted Holidays.” Visit for a full list of packages or to sign up for “Chip’s Picks,” a new weekly e-mail featuring exclusive limited time offers at Joie de Vivre’s hotels, restaurants, and spas.

Phoenix Hotel (San Francisco) - Shake Up Your Holidays Package
Guests have been shakin’ it at the rock n’ roll inspired Phoenix Hotel since 1987, and the hotel’s “Shake Up Your Holidays” package presents a tongue-in-cheek holiday take on the theme. Rates start from $119 per night and include:

  •     Do-It-Yourself Snow Globe Kit
  •     Rockin’ Holidays CD
  •     Hot cider and cookies
  •     Complimentary parking
  •     Continental breakfast

(Available through Dec. 30th, 2010)

Hotel Vitale (San Francisco) - Fashionable & Fabulous Holidays
At San Francisco’s luxurious Hotel Vitale, the holidays are about style, and its “Fashionable & Fabulous Holidays” package includes a personalized, private shopping experience with iconic local clothier Wilkes Bashford, treatments at Spa Vitale, retail discounts and more. The package is $850 for a two night stay in a Deluxe Waterfront guestroom and includes:

  •     Personalized shopping experience with Wilkes Bashford, including:

o    In-store or phone consultation with a Wilkes Bashford personal shopper
o    Option to have hand-selected items sent to your room upon arrival at the hotel
o    25 percent off any single item at Wilkes Bashford (excluding jewelry, previous purchases and sale items)

  •     Transportation with sparkling wine en route to Wilkes Bashford from Hotel Vitale
  •     Two “San Francisco Treat” foot and leg massages at Spa Vitale

(Available through Jan. 31, 2011)

Waterfront Hotel (Oakland) - A Ferry Good Time Package
Get your shop on without the hassle of driving and parking during peak holiday season with a package at Oakland’s Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. Rates start at $131 per night and include:

  •     Overnight Valet Parking
  •     Continental breakfast for two at Miss Pearl's Jam House Restaurant (excludes room service)
  •     Two adult round trip ferry tickets to San Francisco
  •     Evening wine hour after a day of shopping in the city (Monday-Friday only)

(Available through Feb. 28, 2011)

Dream Inn (Santa Cruz) - Holiday Romance Package
There are few places as romantic as the California coast, and its beauty in the winter months is underappreciated. Dream Inn’s cozy package for couples will stoke romance’s fire and keep it burning year round. The package features a deluxe guestroom for two with rates starting at $289 per night, plus a number of romantic amenities:

  •     Private balcony to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean
  •     Horse drawn carriage ride
  •     Rose petal turndown
  •     Holiday amenity
  •     Late check out

(Bookable through Jan. 4, 2011; available for travel through Jan. 8, 2011)

Shorebreak Hotel (Huntington Beach) - Holiday Package
Skip the snow in favor of Southern California waves this year with Shorebreak’s holiday package, which is all about creating a cozy beachfront home away from home. Rates start at $199 for a Courtyard View Room and $239 for a Waterfront Room per night and include:

  •     Homemade fresh-baked cookies and hot apple cider
  •     Customized blank holiday card kit
  •     Breakfast for two ($40 food and beverage credit) at Zimzala
  •     Late check out
  •     Daily newspaper, evening wine hour and access to 24-hour fitness studio

(Available through Jan. 8, 2011. Three days advance purchase required.)

Hotel Angeleno (Los Angeles) - Joie La La Holiday Shopping Package
Enjoy champagne and cheese when you check into the Angeleno then head out to shop ‘til you drop (great discounts included) at the tony Santa Monica Place, one of L.A.’s most exclusive retail destinations. Room rates start at $159 per night and include:

  •     Pre-shopping champagne and cheese delivered to your room
  •     Rewards book for Santa Monica Place
  •     Eco-friendly re-usable shopping tote
  •     Tokens for the Big Blue Bus to Santa Monica Place
  •     Complimentary gift wrapping

(Available Dec. 1, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2010)

*All rates based on double occupancy. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Cannot be used in combination with other promotions or discounts. Rates subject to space availability and minimum night stay requirements. Taxes and gratuities not included.

About Joie de Vivre Hospitality
San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre Hospitality ( manages a portfolio of creative lifestyle businesses, including hotels, restaurants and spas. Founded in 1987 by entrepreneur Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre is recognized for creating some of the most innovative hospitality services and products and designing one-of-a-kind properties. It is the second largest independent boutique hotel company in the country and California’s largest boutique hotel collection. With more than 30 properties in the state, Joie de Vivre offers a wide range of unique urban, suburban, and waterfront boutique hotels that cater to leisure and business travelers in all market segments. Joie de Vivre hotels are located in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Marin County, San Francisco East Bay, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Venice Beach.

Lori Lincoln, Director of Public Relations, Joie de Vivre
Tel. 421.773.1067/ Email : llincoln(at)jdvhospitality(dot)com

Kristina Hjelsand, Senior Public Relations Manager, Joie de Vivre
Tel. 421.364.5581/ Email:khjelsand(at)jdvhospitality(dot)com


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