A Trio of Eco-Friendly Packages Reveal the City's Heart of Green

San Francisco, CA (April 15, 2010) – As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd approaches, San Francisco's Hotel Del Sol is celebrating with a trio of green summer travel packages. Earlier this year, the Del Sol announced that it had achieved green certification from San Francisco Green Business, a two-year process that required implementing a checklist of rigorous environmental conservation measures at the property. Leisure travelers who want to experience San Francisco with a summer getaway at one of its most environmentally-friendly hotels now have several value packages that showcase the city's various shades of green:

Love Your Mother (Earth)
Everyone knows if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. This eco-friendly family package offers a way to tread a little more lightly on Mother Earth on your San Francisco summer getaway:

* Great package rates starting at $179 for a standard room
* Two complimentary bike rentals (Value $56 and a discount on additional bike rentals)
* Two one-day MUNI Visitor Passports (Unlimited rides on all public transportation – including cable cars. Value $26)
* A tree planted on your family's behalf by EcoUnit

This package is valid from April 12 – Oct. 31, 2010.Two-night minimum required. No restrictions on weekends and no blackout dates. Rates are subject to change at any time.

Heart of Green
Couples seeking an eco-friendly sojourn in one of the world's most romantic cities will feel the love for the Del Sol's "Heart of Green" package, which combines best available rates with a host of amenities to experience green San Francisco together:

* Great package rates starting at $179 for a standard room
* Complimentary tandem bike rental ($45 value)
* Bottle of sustainably-produced wine from Ukiah Cellars ($25 value)
* Chocolates from San Francisco chocolatier Poco Dolce
* A tree planted on your behalf by EcoUnit

This package is valid from April 12 – Oct. 31, 2010. One-night minimum required. No restrictions on weekends and no blackout dates. Rates are subject to change at any time.

Sole of San Francisco
One great way to leave a lighter footprint – and truly experience a city – is to put on your walking shoes instead of renting a car. The "Sole of San Francisco" package combines best available rates with some fun (and funny) amenities to get the most out of San Francisco on foot:

* Package starts at $199 per night for a standard room
* San Francisco Comedy Walking Tour – see the funny side of the city on foot ($90 value)
* Complimentary San Francisco by foot walking map
* Eco-friendly pedicures for two – after hoofing it all day, give your feet a rest ($56 value)

This package is valid from April 12 – Oct. 31, 2010. Two-night minimum required.No restrictions on weekends and no blackout dates. Rates are subject to change at any time.

The Hotel Del Sol announced its green certification in March, along with another of Joie de Vivre's San Francisco boutique hotels, the Galleria Park. With these two hotels attaining certification, Joie de Vivre gained the distinction of having the most green certified hotels in San Francisco. "Hotel Del Sol is enmeshed in its neighborhood," said Gary Sterman, general manager. "Working toward being a green hotel was demanding, but worth it as it reflects our commitment to making a positive contribution in our community. We're getting great feedback from our guests and neighbors, who tell us they are increasingly opting for green lodging options."

To be awarded green certification from San Francisco Green Business, hotels must implement measures in a number of categories, from energy conservation to pollution prevention. In 2009, the Hotel Carlton achieved LEED-Gold certification in the existing buildings category, effectively making it the greenest hotel in San Francisco by U.S. Green Building Council standards.

Joie de Vivre's environmental conservation program, Green Dreams, focuses on four main areas: recycling and waste reduction, energy conservation, water conservation, and pollution prevention. Conservation efforts range from implementing guestroom recycling programs and installing energy efficient lighting at the hotels to donating leftover food and setting up composting programs at the restaurants.

The Hotel Del Sol is one of San Francisco's most family friendly hotels and is located in the city's Marina District just off the famously curvy Lombard Street. Once a 50s-style motor lodge, the Del Sol has the feel of a colorful, cheerful California beach house, with spacious guest rooms and suites, relaxing hammocks, an outdoor pool, and palm trees in the courtyard. San Francisco's best boutique shopping and neighborhood restaurants are only a few blocks away on nearby Union Street and Chestnut Street. The Marina Green, Fort Mason, Golden Gate Bridge and Presidio National Park are a short walk or bike ride away.

To learn more about Hotel Del Sol or to book a green summer travel package, visit or call (877) 433-5765. Hotel Del Sol is located at 3100 Webster Street, San Francisco.

About Joie de Vivre
San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre ( is a collection of creative lifestyle businesses. Founded in 1987 by Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre manages nearly 40 boutique hotels, more than 20 restaurants and four spas, and is recognized for creating some of the most innovative hospitality services and products and designing one-of-a-kind properties. Joie de Vivre also manages residential projects with hotel-style services and amenities. As California's largest boutique hotel collection, Joie de Vivre Hotels is becoming the hotel brand synonymous with the California travel experience, offering a wide range of unique urban, suburban and waterfront boutique hotels that cater to leisure and business travelers in all market segments. Joie de Vivre hotels are located in San Francisco, Marin County, Silicon Valley, San Francisco East Bay, Big Sur, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and Los Angeles. In 2009, Joie de Vivre continues its California expansion with hotels opening in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Venice Beach, and Santa Clara.

About Green Dreams
The mission of Joie de Vivre's Green Dreams program is to preserve the environment by incorporating sustainability into our core business operations. Joie de Vivre's green policies and practices are designed to educate our employees and guests, reduce waste and toxins, conserve natural resources and partner with local and environmentally-friendly businesses. Our mission is to adhere to the strictest environmental standards, engage in sustainable practices and maintain an impeccable quality of guest experience. Joie de Vivre uses local city and county green business standards as the basis of certification for all its properties. Many of our properties are located in San Francisco, which has some of the highest program standards in the country.