The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
Nob Hill, San Francisco, California, United States of America
At a Glance
A stay in San Fran would not be complete without a night at this fantastic neoclassical hotel which gets top marks both for its location close to exclusive Nob Hill & its personalized service.
Guests can effortlessly hop onto the historic cable car which stops right outside the hotel.
Indulge in some superb Californian cuisine and seasonal cocktails at Parallel 37 Signature Restaurant.
This is a great option for families with interconnecting rooms and suites - couples might opt for the recently renovated suites boasting spectacular city views and that extra touch of luxury.
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San Francisco is a year-round destination but has a cool maritime climate. In the summer, the city’s famous fog rolls in mornings and evenings, creating a misty chill in the air. Spring sees the end of the rainy season, and the city’s pretty-in-pink cherry blossom trees dot the landscape. In Autumn Indian Summer comes to San Francisco, bringing warm, dry days with plenty of sunshine. The very best time of year is August to October when temperatures are at their highest and days are often sunny.
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Located near exclusive Nob Hill and close to the heart of downtown San Francisco and Union Square, the historic Ritz Carlton offers guests a timeless escape into luxury. With a cable car stop right outside it's also perfectly placed for exploring too.
Originally built in 1909, this Neoclassical landmark has been beautifully renovated to offer a classic yet contemporary luxury offering for guests visiting the city.
Perfectly located, the hotel has one of the historic cable car stops right outside. With a journey through Nob Hill down to sights such as Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park and the ferry building, the cable car is one of the definitive San Francisco experiences. Union Square with its superb shopping is also within an easy walk of the hotel.
Families are very well catered for at the hotel with a dedicated children's menu at the superb Parallel 37 restaurant, children's in room amenities and interconnecting rooms available. However, luxurious accommodations and surroundings ensure there is no compromise on quality.
Once you have explored the city by day, retreat for a pampering treatment in the spa, a workout in the state-of-the-art fitness centre of indulge in a cocktail or treat in the newly renovated Lounge.
The Club Level at the Ritz Carlton is the largest in the city and offers wonderful extras such as city views from the exclusive guest lounge and most of the guest rooms, dedicated concierge and check in as well as delicious food and beverage presentations throughout the day.
The Ritz Carlton San Francisco features 336 luxurious rooms and suites each tranquil oases from the city outside. Superior and Deluxe rooms feature one King or two double beds as well as luxury amenities such as 32 inch flat screen TV, iPod dock, 400 thread count cotton linen, marble bathrooms, in room gourmet coffee and tea presentation and high speed WiFi. Deluxe rooms are on higher floors.
One Bedroom Suites feature a Master bedroom leading through French doors into a separate elegantly furnished living room.
The Ritz Carlton Club Floor offers the exclusive hotel within a hotel experience, with exclusive check in and concierge service as well as a beautiful lounge with spectacular city views. Guests staying on the Club Floor enjoy complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and on Friday and Saturday evenings, special tastings with local award winning wineries. Guest rooms on the Club Floor also afford stunning city views.
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Ritz Carlton hotels offer spacious rooms to stay and play, with their Deluxe room offering a generous 500 sq ft of space. Comfortable accommodations with arm chair and desk area, 400-thread count linens and elegant marble bathrooms. Deluxe Rooms can accommodate a king bed and roll-away bed, or can come with two double beds. Views are courtyard or city views on floors 2,3 and 4.
One-Bedroom Suite features master bedroom with French doors leading to an elegant living room. With bright and airy with windows opening to city and garden views this suite offers 800 to 900 square feet of space to stay and play.
Younger guests are very well catered for at the Ritz Carlton. Interconnecting rooms and suite accommodations are provided for families and extra amenities such as night lights, cuddly toys, electric socket covers and first aid kits can be placed in the room prior to guests arrival.
The hotel restaurant offers a specially designed children's menu for the little ones and as a very special treat, during the December Holiday season, a Holiday Teddy Bear Tea party is organised on selected days, a firm favourite with the children.
There is an adorable children’s playroom in the lobby with toys, activities and films.
The hotel offers a beautiful sweeping lobby and lounge area where guests can enjoy "kitchen to cocktail" mixology program and lighter fare. The signature restaurant, Parallel 37, offers globally inspired and seasonal California fare as well as a dedicated menu for younger guests.
The Spa-de-Vie offers a tranquil and relaxed environment with a superb array of treatments to indulge in and there is also a 24 hour state of the art fitness centre for guests to utilise at their leisure. Personal training is available on request.
Georgina Robertson (Staff)
The Ritz Carlton is the perfect choice for a luxury and stylish city stay! It is in a great location for exploring the city by foot or for hopping onto one of the iconic San Francisco Trams. There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby too.
Jules Maury (Staff)
Brilliant location where you can take the historic trams down to Fisherman's Wharf or walk to virtually everything. And old heritage building full of charm but with all the modern and contemporary touches of a Ritz Carlton with great facilities and inter-connecting rooms for families.
Maudie Tomlinson (Staff)
Newly renovated, the Ritz Carlton is the smartest luxury hotel on the block in the upscale neighbourhood of Nobb Hill. Nobb Hill is a great location for San Francisco, step outside and it feels so "San Francisco" with the cable cars chugging by and the Bay glistening down in the distance. There is no bad room at the Ritz, all have a neutral blue and cream finish with sumptuous beds. The hotel has lots of connecting rooms for families and some beautiful suites. The Club Level is also well worth splashing out on if you plan to spend some downtime in the hotel with breakfasts, all day snacks and bar for guests to help themselves too.
The restaurant is superb and breakfast is a treat - don't miss the mascarpone stuffed French toast for breakfast or for something savoury the delicious Mexican breakfast tostada. Fresh juices are made by Santa Monica's favourite juice company Pressed.
The only downside is the hotel has a very modest spa, so if spa is your priority this hotel probably isn't for you. While the hotel doesn't offer rooms with a view to the Bay, as it is located in the old bank building and some of the rooms have lovely views over historic buildings or have quiet residential overviews. Each room feels much like a sanctuary in the city.
For a first time visitor to San Francisco, the hotel is ideally located for catching the cable cars around the city and exploring - the concierge is excellent. Or simply walk in 10 minutes down to Union Square for incredible shopping from Nike to Saks. Then return to The Lounge for afternoon tea or later, some well deserved cocktails - I recommend the Sazerac with Templeton Rye!
Bespoke Tour of San Francisco
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North Beach Food Tour
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Pier 39 - Sealions and Submarines
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Sailing on America's Cup Yacht
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San Francisco Private Food Tour
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Location & directions
Nob Hill, San Francisco, California, United States of America
In the heart of downtown San Francisco, close to exclusive Nob Hill and within easy reach of Union Square. There is a historic cable car stop right outside the hotel.
How to get there
10 hour direct flight from London to San Francisco followed by 40 minute transfer to the city.
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