Yvonne Lembi-Detert of Personality Hotels - Biography

San Francisco, CA

May 2013

Yvonne Lembi-Detert has dedicated her career to the hospitality industry. At 22, just after graduating from San Francisco State University, Lembi-Detert opened San Francisco’s first boutique hotel, Hotel Union Square. To this day, she continues to oversee the operations, marketing and branding both Hotel Union Square and the umbrella company, Personality Hotels. Over the past 30 years, Lembi-Detert has grown Personality Hotels into a successful and forward-thinking collection of four boutique hotels. She also has started another company, Engage Hospitality. To stay engaged, she visits her properties every day, interacting with her guests and making sure that their experiences exceed expectations. On a mission to constantly grow and learn, Lembi-Detert believes in gathering input from everyone on her team—from housekeepers to the front desk. She knows that each personality makes the company a success and has shown her team that through diligence, perseverance, creativity, hard work, and honesty, anyone can be a success!