Life House Adds Beloved Metro Hotel in San Francisco to its Growing Bay Area Portfolio

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tech-enabled independent hotel operator Life House has announced the addition of the Metro Hotel in San Francisco, California, to its growing portfolio of authentically local boutique hotels across the West Coast.

This property represents the second hotel Life House has added to its Northern California portfolio this year following its transition earlier this year of Casa Secoya, a lifestyle hotel on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma Wine Country, with multiple other projects in advanced negotiation throughout the region.

Centrally located in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, Metro Hotel is nestled between several vibrant neighborhoods like Hayes Valley, Castro, and Golden Gate Park, and is only a short drive from downtown. Ted and Ellen Soulis first purchased the hotel in 1985, which has built a strong reputation as a charming and conveniently located family-run hotel which embodies the spirit of San Francisco by focusing on sustainability and simple human kindness.

In addition to the long-time proprietor of the Metro Hotel, owner Ted Soulis was also a prolific painter, trained at the esteemed San Francisco Art Institute. When walking the hallways of the property, guests have long been treated to his wide variety of styles and media, which includes architectural studies of San Francisco neighborhoods reflect vibrancy of the city. While Ted passed away in 2007 at the age of 69, the property has been stewarded by his wife Ellen and daughter Shana Soulis during the time since, and Ted’s artistic influence on the property will continue charm and intrigue guests of the hotel for years to come.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to operate the Metro Hotel, a local favorite in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood”, said Eric Gunderson, VP of West Coast Acquisitions for Life House. “We look forward to taking the reigns on day-to-day operations while preserving the authentically local experience that guests have grown to love since the mid-1980s”.

Life House is actively expanding the presence of its tech-enabled management platform throughout urban and drive-to markets across California, with a target of 10 properties under management in the state prior to year-end.

About Life House

Life House is a New York-based, venture-backed and vertically-integrated hotel brand, management, and software company. Life House has built a proprietary technology stack to power a platform that makes hotels more seamless and more profitable for hotel owners and travel more meaningful and more accessible for travelers. Life House operates and brands 4-star hotels, and operates a growing portfolio of independent boutique and luxury hotels across the US and Mexico.


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