Posted on 12/22/2014

Weekend Getaway: Hotel Diva in Union Square

Adventure/ Travel

Baby’s coming and you realize that you just may not have another night out alone with your spouse again. What do you do? Go on a babymoon! These one-night outings or weekend escapes are huge now, and hotels have caught on. Hotel Diva in San Francisco is a sexy little boutique hotel located smack dab in Union Square — It’s close to everything a tourist or weekender may want to visit and they now have a new Pregnant & Pampered SF package available that’s just adorable. The hotel definitely appears to cater to young and trendy with it’s downtown location and distance to nightclubs like Ruby Sky, but it’s also kid-friendly! There’s a Kids Suite with bunk beds, a dress up wall, kids movies and games and other toys, plus they have little crowns and kid-only visit feedback sheets for after your stay (it’s pretty adorable). I read about Personality Hotels, which owns Hotel Diva and several other SF-based hotel locations, on a blog and thought it was so cute how the different hotels had well-designed (not funky) different themes in their rooms from sports to kiddo playtime and chic and sultry. Hotel Diva is strictly diva (with the exception of the kids suite), and it’s super neat. I went to try out their Pregnant & Pampered SF experience for readers last weekend (with daughter and my mom to help wrangle said 3-year-old in tow) and had a blast.


When we arrived at the hotel (it’s tucked in but next to a Starbucks so keep your eyes peeled), using the valet service was super convenient and actually cost less than what Parking Panda (affiliate) was offering me for the night ($51 after tax) since I looked at parking so last minute. Diva staff were very friendly when we came in and offered us complimentary hot chocolate then described the amenities available (fitness center, business center, wifi). Our hotel room was easy to find once we got off the elevator and the room itself was lovely!


The room had a modern look but didn’t feel cold — The beds are super plush, clean and warm. We were in a room with two double beds that were a great size. The room lighting was a bit dim when we arrived at about 6 p.m., though. (Tip: The lights take a minute to turn on at full force, so flip the switch then wait a minute). The design throughout the hotel is so fun to look at — The window shades have artwork on them and some of the walls have a fun texture. It sounds silly, but I really liked the texture of the bathroom tub/shower as well. The bathroom also had sleek Personality Hotels branded soaps and shampoo at the sink with makeup remover towelettes (loved these). The whole space was modern and clean for sure. Our Minnie Mouse Christmas Elf especially enjoyed the Diva pillows (always knew she was a bit of a diva).


Added Perks

Hotel Diva provided me with two bags to include in this review, too! One is their Perks bag that you get when you sign up for their Personality Perks program where you get free snacks, parking discounts, upgraded wifi and rewards for your stays. The bag had Krave Basil Citrus Turkey Jerky in it (which I’ve been wanting to try!), a few waters, Sweedish Fish and some other goodies. The other bag was filled with items for the new mom package. For an extra $49 charge to your room, expecting moms get a plush full-size body pillow and a bag filled with treats, necessities (sometimes you just need chocolate) and coupons. Some of the items in the bag are: Green Toys baby keys (which my daughter loves even though she’s almost 4), sparkling apple juice, a mini Pregnancy Week by Week book, a coupon for a free sundae at Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, $40 off a pregnancy massage at Spa J’Adore, and an organic cocoa & shea butter Lush Cosmetics therapy massage bar. If you’re not expecting check out some of the other cool add-on packages and specials. I love the ones with a late checkout.) Basically, if you get this packages you really feel pampered during pregnancy! I wish it came with a late checkout, too, since there’s so much to see around downtown, but it was a great package as-is. My daughter and mom really liked it, too (notice the happy dance with the pen as she writes a letter to Santa below.)

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There are a few more things I really like about this hotel: It’s location and that Savvy Every Day’s Mom’s Night Out 2015 is being held there on Jan. 31. I so rarely make it to downtown SF because it’s hard to find parking and I just don’t like driving in downtown traffic, so having the option of a central but reasonably priced (anywhere from $175-$215/night before tax with specials) clean hotel to stay in with valet made it so much easier to explore. We didn’t get in until about 6 PM but my mom, daughter and I made a B-line for Macy’s so my mom could check out their ornaments, and we happened to get there just before Santa was leaving! My daughter hates in-person Santas, she really does, but this Santa setup was so magical, and the Santa looked real and knew just how to talk to my daughter to the point that she sat on his lap without a me having to sit with her (a first)! This was super exciting for me, and my mom agreed that we need to stay at Hotel Diva and come explore Christmastime in SF again next year, too.

Macy’s also had their letter writing station set up for kids to send a letter to Santa so my daughter did that, too. The whole area was simply beautiful, festive and just a 2-minute or so walk from our hotel. I’ve heard a lot about Burger Bar and wanted to try it out so we went there for a milkshake flight (OMG), then I went to Super Duper (which I’ve missed so much since leaving work in SF to stay home with my daughter) for some garlic fries and their tasty Super Duper Mini Burger. Yes, it was a lot of food, but I had to make the most of my time in SF and I can tell you that it would be a pregnant mama’s dream come true.


We didn’t have as much time to walk around downtown SF the next morning before heading to Alameda for ice skating and then back home, but we were there long enough to witness Santa Con for the first time (and leave before protests). I was surprised my daughter wasn’t confused by the hundreds of Santas and elves before her, but she seemed to know they were duds. Still, it made for some great pictures and was pretty fun to see. She stayed up late the night before so she was happy to be carried around all morning in our toddler Tula and I was glad she wasn’t on foot and running off through the giant crowd we were in.

Santa Con Collage_logoI really enjoyed my stay here (and I’ll be here again Jan. 31 for Mom’s Night Out)! If you’re thinking about trying out this hotel, you should, and use the 25 percent off option in the Specials section on their website! I also recommend signing up for Personailty Perks because perks are nice to have.


Hotel Diva provided me with the Pregnant & Pampered stay experience for this review. No other payment was given and all opinions are my own.


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