Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

Don’t Freak Out, You Can Still Get Your Workout On in San Francisco

In our fitness-forward society, it’s crucial to have access to one’s workout at all times and in all places.  Oh yes, it’s that dramatic? Welllll maybe it’s not that dramatic, but we are aware that many people take their workouts very seriously, and we’re here to help keep that mojo going. Keeping up with a regular fitness routine is extremely important, and nothing should get in the way of it – especially not travel!  

The reality is, travel often does get in the way of a fitness routine, especially depending on where you’re traveling to. For example, spending 14 plus hours on a plane to get somewhere exotic isn’t ideal for the fitness routine. But it’s very ideal for personal vacation goals.

Here is the point – there are plenty of destinations where one’s fitness routine need not be interrupted, or where it may even be enhanced if we daresay.

Though we may not be able to tell you the fitness status of every city in the world, we can tell you that San Francisco is the ultimate fit city, and there’s no better place to continue your routine, or add a little flair to it.

Inspiration, Shopping

6 Jaw-Dropping Wedding Proposal Spots You Need to Know About in San Francisco

There’s no doubt about it, San Francisco is one of the most romantic cities in the world. The combination of the surrounding scenery, epic views, and its unique architectural aesthetic make San Francisco the perfect city to pop the question. Not to mention the incredible array of hotels, restaurants and entertainment available which will make the entire trip memorable and pleasurable all around!

Though the weather does change, it doesn’t change as drastically as many other parts of the country. The average high is around 60 degrees fahrenheit, and the average low is around 50. Meaning there is rarely a day that is too cold to be out and about proposing, nor are there days when it’s too hot. Knowing the city meets the romantic ambiance, has plenty to entertain, and can be utilized for proposing year round, all that’s left is pick the specific proposal spot.

And boy do we have some stellar suggestions for you!

**Disclaimer – it’s hard to go wrong since there are bajillions of beautiful spots, so we suggest not to over-stress – wherever you choose will be brilliant and perfect!

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

Two Wheels Make For the Best Urban Exploration of San Francisco

What is your favorite way to explore a city? For the first time or the hundredth time, if the city is dynamic enough, exploring never gets old.  Few cities in the world are as dynamic and multi-leveled as San Francisco, California. One could visit the beautiful city by the bay over a hundred times and still have plenty more to discover.

Filled with quirky secrets, unique details and a brilliant array of colorful neighborhoods, San Francisco is prime city exploring material.

Walking, driving, riding the bus, taking a tour… those are are excellent ways to explore. Hands down, though, our favorite way to explore San Francisco is on a bike.

We know… there are a lot of hills. But don’t be deterred! Hills offer some killer advantages, namely – ahh-mazing views and an excellent set of quads. If you’re still not convinced, don’t worry, there are a few flat routes you can take as well.

Destination, Lifestyle, Luxury Travel

A Hotel That Transcends – Meet The Personable and Newly Turned One-Year- Old Hotel Zelos San Francisco

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Coco Chanel

Life becomes the most interesting, inspiring and beautiful when we strive to find our unique voice. Some may take one look at me and see brick, mortar, glass – a sum of materials used to construct a building.

But they are wrong, I am more than a structure. I am a personality. I am Hotel Zelos San Francisco and I’ve just turned one.

The first year of life is a beautiful year filled with wonder, growth and discovery of one’s true nature and personality quirks. In summary – my first year of life has been nothing short of phenomenal!


Shhh, These Are San Francisco Insider Birthday Secrets. But We’re Sharing Them Just For you

It’s your birthday and you’ll party if you want to. Or explore, eat, dance, travel, shop, drink, sleep… Because seriously, you can do whatever you want. And these days, you can do it for as long as you want (up to a month).

Oh yes, the birthday month is a very real thing. Because who wants to be limited to celebrating for just one day? Especially if your birthday falls on a Monday. That’s just rude birthday. Birthday months are even more fun when part of the month involves visiting a new and exciting city. Or even if it isn’t new, it can still be exciting. Of course what city is more stimulating and birthday-friendly than San Francisco?

We think none.

And because it just so happens to be our birthday month, we’re going to let you in on 8 of our best-ways-to-celebrate-a-birthday secrets (in San Francisco). Happy birthday in advance!

Inspiration, Travel

We’re Celebrating Iconic Birthdays All Around San Francisco Including Ours

Pop the bubbly, slice the cake and shake your money makers! We have turned one and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Obviously birth-days are out and birthday-month (long celebrations…) are in.  So yes, we have been, and will continue to celebrate the entire month of August. And who knows, maybe our celebration gusto will carry on into September. It’s our birthday, we can do what we want.

In honor of this epic occasion we’ve decided to do a little digging to find out just how old everything else is in San Francisco.

We are feeling quite young and exuberant, and it’s time to shine a light on the aging landmarks that make our iconic city so iconic. Of course, we’re not trying to call you old.. (looking at you Golden Gate Bridge), but if you are old, well, sorry not sorry. In all seriousness, we love birthdays, and though we love our birthday the most, we still love our city and the landmarks that go with it.

Curious to know just how old some of San Francisco’s famed icons are? Keep on reading to find out.

Destination, Travel

Your One-Stop Guide to Help you Decide Where to Stay in San Francisco

A huge part of what makes San Francisco so rad is it’s many colorful and unique neighborhoods.

Every few city blocks the scene seems to change, sometimes just slightly and in some cases drastically. Even if you’re not too familiar with the city, you may have heard people talk about “Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pacific Heights, the Castro,” so on and so forth.

Those are all names of various neighborhoods within the city. For being a rather small city, square mileage speaking, there sure a ton of different places to stay.

Planning a trip to San Francisco begs the question – where should we stay?

Let us give you a few insider tips regarding this dilemma.

Destination, Lifestyle, Luxury Travel

With Year One in The Bag, Here’s to Looking Forward to Year Two at Hotel Zelos San Francisco

Happy birthday to us!

August marks our one year birthday here at Hotel Zelos San Francisco, and we couldn’t be happier or more proud of our progress from infancy to 1 year old!

Big thanks to YOU all – our delightful guests who make our job of running a hip and trendy hotel that much more fun and rewarding!

Heading into year two of our Hotel life, our hope is to continue providing stellar accommodations, a funky ambiance and constant advice and insight into the best ways to explore San Francisco!

Destination, Photography, Travel

More Than Just Selfies – Unique Ways to Interact With the Iconic Golden Gate Bridge

It’s big, it’s red, and it’s frequently sighted with clouds hanging around it.

… Drum roll please, yes we are referring to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

One of the absolute must-sees on any trip to the majestic city of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge will steal your heart in an instant.

There are plenty of fun things to do in San Francisco, but interacting with the Bridge is definitely a top fun thing.

We use the term “interact” because there are opportunities to do much more than gaze at it from afar and take selfies with it.

Even if taking a selfie with the Bridge is your main goal, we can recommend ways to enhance even that goal.

In fact there are more ways to interact with the bridge than one might consider.


5 Wanderlust Worthy Scenic Drives Near San Francisco

Sweeping views of the surrounding bay, coastal vistas for miles, maximum city sightseeing – these are descriptions of just a handful of some of the incredible sights offered in, and around, San Francisco via car. 

Of course San Francisco is one of the few U.S. cities offering efficient and plentiful public transportation within the city. If your San Francisco visit doesn’t entail renting a car, there will be plenty to do and see in the city regardless.