After the Clarion Hotel had been closed for 13 months, the new Aloft Hotel opened last Wednesday with a bang, attracting city officials from Mayor Marge Colapietro to the city’s community development director. One week later, the hotel is already expected to be sold out for the SalesForce “DreamForce” conference that began Tuesday and goes until Friday.
“We’re excited to be back in the community,” said General Manager Ryan Laskey. “We’re ramping up this week to be very sold out.”
In addition to the SalesForce event, Laskey anticipates serving participants of the America’s Cup event plus several other tech conferences in the near future.
Over the past two years, Aloft has gutted and remodeled the building that Clarion most recently occupied. The Clarion Hotel first opened in 1992.
Earlier this month, local elected officials announced a proclamation of partnership with Aloft to ensure the success of the sleek, new hotel, as well as benefits for the city.
"We look forward to your continued involvement in our community,” Colapietro said at the event.
The hotel plans to have live acoustic entertainment for the public, showcasing local artists from the Bay Area. The hotel’s art wall features four pieces of art on display for six months at a time, featuring local artists. Currently, photographs from a San Francisco artist line the walls.
“We’re more than for those checking in and checking out,” Laskey said. “We’re giving back to the community.”
Laskey said that the city had been extremely supportive of the hotel moving into Millbrae.
“It’s been great to work with them and to be a part of this city,” he said.
He added that the hotel’s location would also make it a desirable choice for travelers.
“This is the best location you could have along the Peninsula,” Laskey said. “You can access it from all transportation hubs, SFO, Bart or Caltrain.”
He added that travelers could get to San Francisco, Palo Alto or San Jose with ease.
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