Doing Good at San Francisco's Good Hotel
Images: Joie De Vivre Hospitality, Story by Aefa Mulholland
Joie de VivreHospitality’s Good Hotel is offering a “Milk is GOOD” package to celebrate the life of California’s first openly gay political official, Supervisor Harvey Milk. The hotel is donating 2% of the room revenue for each package sold to the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.
The “Milk is GOOD” package starts at $126 single, $153 double, and includes accommodations at the hip Good Hotel and a ticket to Cruisin’ the Castro’s excellent “Historical Tour” of the Castro.
The tour traces LGBT history in and around the Castro district from 1848. Tour-goers will learn about Milk’s arrival to San Francisco from upstate New York and see his former residence, campaign headquarters and camera shop in the renamed Harvey Milk Plaza. The tour explores the most significant sections of the Castro, including the birthplace of the Rainbow Flag; the original site of the AIDS Quilt; Twin Peaks Tavern, and the Castro Theatre, (where the world premiere of the movie "MILK", starring Sean Penn opened on October 26, 2008). The Historical Tour takes place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
The 117-room Good Hotel, in the South of Market (SoMA) area, offers a totally refinished space with great design and unique visual touches. The hotel makes use of reclaimed and reusable materials in construction and decoration. For example, recycled double-sided blinds were hand-painted to create functional room art, and the lamps are made of Voss water bottles. The lobby has ReadyMade vending machines distributing reclaimed-material items (wallets made from old Fedex nvelopes), and water-conserving SinkPositivesinks in the bathrooms. There are energy-saving flatscreen TVs and the requisite iPod docs in the rooms, and promises all of the amenities of a hotel without the conspicuous consumption.
While they don't claim to be 100% "green" or "sustainable", they are billed as a "philanthropic" hotel, as Good is involved in a charitable program through non-profit organization One Brick. Guests are given an easy opportunity to volunteer some of their time to an organization of their choice. Employees are allotted monthly philanthropy hours to also contribute to the community.
Good is part of San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre Hospitality, California’s largest boutique hotel collection.