|by Alison Rohrs||Hotels, Innovations||289|
What happened to the ordinary hotel concierge? Westin Hotels have "running concierges;" London's Milestone Hotel has a "pet concierge;" and the new 117-room Good Hotel in San Francisco is debuting the "philanthropy concierge."
Living up to its name, the completely renovated hotel in the SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood offers guests immediate access to local volunteer opportunities via a dedicated phone in the lobby. On the other end of the line, One Brick, a local non-profit, acts as a personal voluntourism guide, presenting a menu of opportunities for visitors to help the city during their stay. Guests can find a task that suits their interests, with options such as planting grass and flowers around the San Francisco Bay or sorting food with Feeding America.
The management company Joie de Vivre also stocked the hotel with furniture constructed from reclaimed materials—including headboards made from 100 percent reclaimed wood, lamps made from recycled water bottles, and a table made from skateboards.
Plus, with doubles from $89/night (including Wi-Fi access), it looks like the hotel is shaping up to be a pretty good deal.
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Fill out an online quiz at Joie de Vivre's website, and it'll suggest which one of its roughly 30 hotels may most closely match your personality. Curious about the neighborhood where any hotel is located? Then watch one of the site's professionally produced videos about local attractions. Want to make a friend of a fellow traveler? Then look through the profiles of other guests who have visited the hotel.