• Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa Finalist of BLLA Awards

     
    POSTED November 11, 2016
     

On Oct. 25, the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association revealed the BLLA awards at the Gala & Awards Dinner Celebration at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa was named the runner-up for Boutique Hotel of the Year.

“We were thrilled to be included as a finalist in the category of Boutique Hotel of the Year," says Carmen Cruz, general manager of Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. “Our staff is dedicated to impeccable service, and we have seen the realization of incredible vision from our ownership group in taking this historic asset and reimagining it as a modern luxury boutique experience. It is an honor to receive recognition from BLLA.”

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa is located in Sausalito, Calif., near many shops and restaurants, only a few miles from Napa and Sonoma wine countries. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel features everything from modern rooms to cottages on the hillside to large suites. Additionally, guests can use the hotel’s spa and have access to views of the San Francisco skyline and harbor.

The BLLA, founded by Frances Kiradjian, now has more than 750 members. The purpose of the BLLA is to celebrate small, independent hotels, and  connect boutique hotels with travelers, suppliers, vendors, agents and more.

Through responses to bi-weekly surveys, Global Business Travel Association members have indicated that domestic busines travel is ramping up after months of struggle.  

 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.