--------San Anselmo, October 15th, 2013. On Wednesday October 9th The San Anselmo Inn proudly hosted a special event honoring acclaimed Swedish film director Jan Troell, attending the premier of his film “The Last Sentence” at the Mill Valley Film Festival. The guests of the intimate gathering included Mark Fishkin, executive director of the California Film Institute, a representative of the Swedish Consulate in San Francisco, and a group of honored film makers. The San Anselmo Inns new dining room and patio were the perfect setting, with a warm and inviting atmosphere. At the end of the evening Mr. Troell signed a special poster now proudly displayed in the San Anselmo Inn’s lobby.
Mr. Troell and his family stayed at the Inn for several days during the festival and fell in love with our town and community.
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San Anselmo Inn: Located in a historic, turn of the century building, in the quaint and charming town of San Anselmo, our Inn offers the very best in hospitality and personalized service. We provide the comfort and modern amenities that insure your stay in the San Francisco Bay Area will be memorable and satisfying and a generous breakfast buffet is included with your room. While our staff is at your service to plan side trips, tours to the wine country, or other exciting adventures, business travelers will also find the casual, quiet atmosphere and central location ideal for productive work days, and our proximity to great dining within walking distance, the perfect place to relax. Homemade chocolate chip cookies served fresh every afternoon!
Jan Gustaf Troell (born 23 July 1931) is a Swedish film director. Usually, Troell writes his own scripts and serves as his own director of photography. His realistic films, with a lyrical photography in which nature is prominent, have placed him in the first rank of modern Swedish film directors along with Ingmar Bergman and Bo Widerberg.
The Mill Valley Film Festival is an annual, non-competitive film festival presented by the California Film Institute. Known as a filmmakers’ festival, the annual festival, based in Mill Valley, California, offers a non-competitive environment for exhibiting independent and world cinema.
Founded in August 1978 by MVFF Director Mark Fishkin, the Festival has established an impressive track record for launching new films and the careers of new filmmakers and is well known for the quality of its programming. As the only prominent fall film festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mill Valley Film Festival is also an important industry resource — both for its emphasis on films that have not yet secured US distribution and for fall launches and northern California Academy Awards campaigns.
--------August 1st, 2013. The San Anselmo Inn announced today that TripAdvisor has recognized the historic lodge in Northern California with its prestigious “Certificate of Excellence”. The certificate is based on outstanding traveler reviews; only the top 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor earn the prestigious award.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, hotels must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“The certificate is the culmination of two years of our staff’s hard work and total commitment to customer service – said Benedetto Cico, Managing Partner – and we are very proud to be part of the great community of our beautiful town that is as important as the quality of our service to the positive experience enjoyed by our guests.”
The San Anselmo Inn is known for its charm, extremely helpful and welcoming staff, great breakfasts and is ideally located between San Francisco, Napa Valley and Point Reyes station, in downtown San Anselmo, in the heart of Marin County.
Originally built in the late 1800s as a pharmacy and bar for the railroad, the Inn first opened as a hotel in 1926 and it has continued to welcome travelers to San Anselmo since then with its 16 well-appointed rooms and suites, daily hearty homemade breakfast, and an onsite wine bar, meeting space and outdoor patio.
For more information about the San Anselmo Inn, call (415) 455-5366 or visit www.sananselmoinn.com
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----This is the interview with the owner in the Fairfax/San Anselmo Patch:
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San Anselmo Inn Owner Draws Europeans To Ross Valley
San Anselmo Inn Proprietor Benedetto Cico said more young travelers are coming to the small downtown hotel, that many locals don't realize is in one of the oldest buildings in town.
Benedetto Cico is proprietor of San Anselmo Inn and has been featured in many Italian publications which has help to put San Anselmo on the map as a destination point for European visitors.
San Anselmo - Fairfax Patch: How long has the Inn been in business in San Anselmo?
Benedetto Cico: It has been under our ownership for two years now.
Patch: Where are you from originally and what brought you to San Anselmo?
BC: Italy, but we’ve been in the U.S. for over 30 years. We moved to San Anselmo from New York City 14 years ago. We have four children and really were attracted by the schools here, the outdoors and the great community.
P: What else have you done in your career prior to taking over this business?
BC: I have always been involved in travel and hospitality. We also own a 30-unit furnished apartment complex in NYC.
P: What has your experience at the inn been like up to this point?
BC: We have liked it a lot. This is actually one of the oldest buildings in town. It used to stand between two railroads that served the area. It was also a pharmacy at one point. It surprises us that allot of locals are not aware of the history of this building.
P: What has been your experience like with the community since opening?
BC: Very good. A lot of families stay with us, especially when people are having graduations, baptisms or family reunions.
P: What is the demographic of your customer base?
BC: We are getting allot of younger travelers these days that are finding us on mobile apps. Right now we have a few parties from the U.K. and two from Australia. We’ve also been promoting our place locally as a great place for a couple to have a night on the town away from the kids.
P: What sets your business apart from other inns in the area?
BC: Small inns like ours are more alike than they are different and we actually help each other out when rooms are full and we make referrals to each other. We have a common clientele of folks looking to come to northern California destinations. They typically are here for the outdoors and foods. We see everything from mountain bikers to foodies looking to taste organic foods and local cheeses.
P: What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you are not working?
BC: I can’t answer that, I don’t understand your question (laughing.) I have four kids! I am always working! When we have time we like to surf and head out to Bolinas.
P: If you could change one thing about this town what would it be?
BC: That is a very hard question. This is always a topic of conversation at the chamber of commerce. I think the most important thing is that we keep a balance. As a merchant I want to attract customers for business, but as a resident I don’t want to attract so much growth that the town looses its character. Otherwise, we would not be San Anselmo any more. That said, available parking always seems to be a topic of conversation.
P: You’ve been profiled in many Italian magazines, what do they say about you?
BC: Because of my travel background I’m often mentioned in trade and travel magazines in France and Italy. But what I try to do is promote the destination first. My intention is to try and get visitors to cross the bridge rather than stay in the wharf. I let readers know that we are close to Napa and Sonoma and that we are just 25 minutes from the city.
P: There is a rumor that an America’s Cup team will be staying here, what can you say about that?
BC: Well no, we are getting some America’s Cup related business but these guys like to stay closer to their boats.
P: What are you listening to on your iPod these days?
BC: No iPod, but I do have a Pandora account and I do like to listen to allot of different stuff. But no earphones! I don’t like to have those so close to my brain.