Golden Gate Greeter Program - what is it?

Thank you for your interest in meeting a volunteer Golden Gate Greeter during your stay in San Francisco. This is an exclusive program available only to guests staying at a Joie de Vivre Hotel - our way of saying thank you for your reservation. Joie de Vivre Hospitality's vision is to encourage guests to explore and experience San Francisco from the inside out.

The Greeter program is designed to match a friendly, city-knowledgeable volunteer local with a visitor for a 2-3 hour informal insider orientation to the city. It's fun, it's free and it's a great way to get to know the city you are visiting for a few days. This is not a "traditional tour", but a chance for you to meet a local person who loves San Francisco, and who wants to share some of their favorite aspects about the city with you. <sp>


  • You will be walking and using public transportation during your visit with a greeter. No cars or vans are used in the program.
  • You must be a guest at a Joie de Vivre Hotel (San Francisco Only)
  • No visits can be scheduled on the same day of arrival or after check-out
  • Group size maximum is 6 people
  • 2 night minimum stay at hotel
  • Request need to be made at least 5 days before arrival

Please note: We can't guarantee that we can always find a greeter for you but we will do our best to make a match!


You will now be asked to answer a few simple questions, and you will be a step closer to meeting a volunteer Golden Gate Greeter during your stay in San Francisco!

Please note that there are approximately 18 questions, most of which are required. You will need approximatly 10 minutes to complete. Be sure you are making this request at least 5 days before arrival. No exceptions.

1. Our reservation is listed under this name (First and Last):

2. I/We are from:

4. We are checking in

on this date (Month/Day/Year):

6. When do you want to meet your greeter?
(reminder: No visits can be scheduled on day of arrival)

I/We would like to meet a Greeter on:

9. Do you have Children Traveling with you?

12. Your reasons for choosing San Francisco for your visit

13. Your time with a Golden Gate Greeter will be a great chance to get information from an "insider" and a chance to do something that you would probably not do on your own. Below are some examples of things you can do with your Greeter - Pick the top 3 items that you would like to experience ( I know it will be difficult - but it is important that you only pick your top 3 )

14. Please tell us a little about yourself (any your fellow travelers). For instance, What is your own town like? Do you have any hobbies? Where have you traveled? IMPORTANT: Take time with this question - the chances of getting matched will be greater if you are expressive as you can be because this is where volunteers will get a sense of who you are - best to write at least a paragraph telling us as much as you can about yourself...

16. Any other comments or information that a Golden Gate Greeter volunteer should know before the visit? (i.e., language challenges, disabilities, special arrangements, etc). Also let us know if you will be traveling prior to your stop to San Francisco.

17. Email Address

18. Last Question! ... Best phone number at which to reach you while traveling (your cell number, if you have one)