Fodor's Expert Review Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
600 Stockton St., San Francisco, California 94108, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice
This stunning tribute to beauty, and attentive, professional service offers a modern twist on that classic Ritz style with a marble lobby, outstanding food, and a lovely wine tasting lounge. The afternoon high tea is a must ticket for the city's elite.
Luxurious, fog-hued guest rooms are geared to solid comforts, such as featherbeds outfitted with 300-thread-count, Egyptian-cotton Frette sheets, and down comforters.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Club Level rooms include use of the Club Lounge, which has a dedicated concierge and several elaborate complimentary food presentations daily.
Bathrooms are awash in marble, with rainforest showers, Asprey bath products, deep tubs, and some of the city's finest robes.
Ionic columns grace the neoclassical facade; crystal chandeliers illuminate marble floors and walls in the lobby. Parallel 37 restaurant lures the moneyed to the light-filled lobby-level dining room. Afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, which overlooks the beautifully landscaped Terrace courtyard, is a San Francisco institution.
Spa L’OCCITANE by the Bay boasts Mediterranean-inspired massage and body treatments.
If you've traveled from overseas, don't miss the jet lag reviver treatment.
The large fitness center is open 24-hours a day. Take advantage of the selection of state-of-the-art cardio equipment, free weights, and weight machines. Pilates and yoga mats are available.
Parallel 37 pays homage to the Bay Area's homegrown produce and its global influences found along this latitude for breakfast and dinner. Expect seasonal dishes like carrot tartare and pasta with foraged mushrooms.
Afternoon tea is not geared merely toward lunching ladies anymore. Now expect tea-infused cocktails or tea service from around the world. The lobby's JCB Tasting Lounge features wine flights from around the world.
The hotel offers valet parking for a fee. Walkers in good shape will appreciate the hilly walking streets leading travelers to Nob Hill, the Financial District, Chinatown, Union Square, and SOMA. The cable car and Muni buses stop within a block from the property. BART and Muni trains can be accessed at Powell Street Station (10-minute walk).
Enjoy a posh tasting menu at Sons & Daughters (5-minute walk), which elevates seasonal game and vegetables. At Mister Jiu's (7-minute walk), chef Brandon Jew puts his fingerprint on traditional Chinese favorites like bao by filling the dumplings with forages mushrooms.
The Rickhouse's (7-minute walk) whiskey-focused pedigree and dark ambiance pleases the after-work crowd. Slip into the Hidden Vine (11-minute walk) for some outstanding wines by candlelight.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Top-notch service, grand rooms with luxurious touches, and a spectacular food program all within walking distance of Union Square and the Financial District make the Ritz Carlton San Francisco one of the city's most illustrious properties.
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