Our Review Of The Ritz Carlton In San Francisco

It's amazing what $800 per night can get you in San Francisco! Guests love the concierge service, the turn-down service and the service in general. Rooms are exceptional, as you would expect, but it's the small touches that guests remember — the fresh plums at the front desk, the friendly attention that the staff paid to a young daughter. And sometimes it's the grand gestures that make an impression — one couple returned on their wedding night to find the bed covered in rose petals.

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But there is one thorn among the rose petals — the Ritz Carlton charges extra for WIFI. For that miserliness, we've lowered our rating by one notch. Heavens, even the Ram's Hotel, with bed bugs, stained towels and sheets, and crack pipes littering the rooms offers free WIFI! That cheapness aside, guests rate the Ritz Carlton as a classy, luxurious stay in San Francisco.

Ritz Carlton Hotel Overview

Close to Union Square and the Financial District, the Ritz Carlton, a luxury San Francisco hotel in Nob Hill offers what you would expect — plenty of dining options, spa services, a fitness studio. Bathrooms are equipped with Italian tubs and luxury toiletries. The hotel lounge has a large selection of single malt scotch, and restaurant Parallel 37 serves modern, California cuisine.

There is a complimentary house car that can take you anywhere within a one-mile radius (which is pretty far in San Francisco). The 1909 Neoclassical landmark was built after the epic 1906 earthquake and fire. For many years, the building was home to Metropolitan Life Insurance. In 1988, the registered landmark became a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. By the way, the story of the Ritz-Carlton begins with a humble Swiss man, Cesar Ritz, who would become "the king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings." He founded the Ritz in Paris and the Carlton in London. Auguste Escoffier was his chef; together they invented hotel dining.

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Rooms & Suites

Guest rooms at the Ritz Carlton range from the deluxe guest room at 400 square feet to the Presidential Suite at 1,960 square feet, which comes complete with a wine cellar, dining room, master bedroom and magnificent views from the balcony.

Special Packages

The hotel's marketing department is a beehive of activity, creating a ton of interesting hotel packages. How about the Lion's Pride Package to honor Pride Weekend? Or the Ultimate 25th Wedding Anniversary Experience?

Our favorite is the Ultimate San Francisco Baseball Fan package that has you spending a night in the Penthouse Suite (3,000 square feet), a special multi-course meal on the balcony overlooking the city. The fun continues with a VIP access pass to AT&T Field for a champagne toast and photo op with the Giant's mascot, Lou Seal, before the game. Memories, priceless. Price tag, $25,000.

Dining & Cocktails

Restaurant Parallel 37 (named after the latitude of SanFrancisco) creates California cuisine with seasonal ingredients. There are loads of dining options — book the chef's table, private dining or the Sunday brunch buffet (every second Sunday in the month). Popular restaurant dinner favorites are the hand-cut linguini with seared chorizo and grilled calamari or the Alaskan halibut with polenta, fennel, clams & bacon. We'd like to try the Liberty Farms duck with blackberry, duck confit and sourdough.

Even the cocktails use fresh ingredients in the house-made syrups, juices, and infusions. Try the Bar Fly with rye, Benedictine, poblano, vanilla and lemon; or the Fort Orange with gin, creme de menthe, lemon, orange blossom water and soda.

The Bottom Line

Okay, the paid WIFI bugs us, but that aside, the Ritz Carlton is one of the most comfortable and elegant hotels in San Francisco. While we can't afford the Presidential Suite, even the lower-priced rooms here feel special. Would we stay here? Sure, when we wanted to treat ourselves to a special weekend in San Francisco. (We've also found that our recommended hotel booking source will often post special room prices at the Ritz-Carlton, saving $100 to $150 per night.)

The Ritz Carlton

How Our Ratings Work

Superb Plus = 93%+ Travelers Rating
Superb = 88%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated Plus = 85%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated = 80%+ Travelers Rating

Rating = Highly Rated Plus
• Paid WIFI (Boo!)
• 600 Stockton
• Neighborhood — Nob Hill

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