A preferred destination for travel-industry honchos, movie stars, and visitors alike, this hotel—a stunning tribute to beauty and attentive, professional service—completed a $12.5-million renovation in 2012 to offer a modern twist to that classic Ritz style. Ionic columns grace the neoclassical facade; crystal chandeliers illuminate marble floors and walls in the lobby. Guest rooms provide flat-screen TVs, featherbeds with 300-thread-count, Egyptian-cotton Frette sheets,
and down comforters. Club Level rooms include use of the Club Lounge, which has a dedicated concierge and several elaborate complimentary food presentations daily. The cuisine at Parallel 37 restaurant pays homage to the Bay Area's homegrown produce and its global influences. Afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, which overlooks the beautifully landscaped Terrace courtyard, is a San Francisco institution, but recent innovations include tea-infused cocktails and tea service from around the world.