The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area, California

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Why we choose the Ritz-Carlton

Originally built as the West Coast headquarters for Metropolitan Life Insurance, this hotel needs no such coverage, it always delivers

  • Its exclusive Club Lounge is a great amenity on the Club level
  • Located in Nob Hill, one block from the Financial District, so business combines with pleasure
  • The hotel limo will drop you anywhere within a three-mile radius

This hotel embraces San Francisco’s multi-cultural influences and its signature sights, rather than trying to whitewash everything in the name of generic luxury.

Settle into the hotel’s newly renovated, sophisticated guest rooms and suites that embrace the city’s cultural richness with art deco and modern design.

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You reserve a room on the Club level as the Club Lounge is the best one in San Francisco and makes sure you feel right at home.

What you need to know about the hotel

An oh-so-handy location and famed Ritz service make this hotel a perennial favorite with jet-setters

  • Parallel 37’s Chef’s Table comes with kitchen views, a six-course tasting menu and wine pairings for each course
  • Club Level guests get access to activities like exclusive Napa tastings, helicopter tours, hot air balloon rides and private Bay cruises

Built as Metropolitan Life Insurance’s western headquarters in 1909, these days the Ritz is as much a symbol of the city as cable cars and Coit Tower. Its modern-classic architecture makes a dazzling first impression, and plush details—400-threadcount sheets, top-of-the-line Bang & Olufsen surround-sound systems and flat-screen TVs—continue that feeling.

The 290 rooms and 46 suites start at 400 square feet—nice but not huge—and go up to 2,000 square feet. We recommend the Club Floor rooms, which deliver the space you want and nice extras that make the stay even better. Make a point to eat at Parallel 37, a restaurant that celebrates the many cultural influences of the Bay Area, which sits on the—yep—37th Parallel.

We’re particularly fond of the Lounge’s tea-infused cocktails (they also have the classics, of course), which seem very San Fran.

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Dining with friends at the chef’s table in their Parallel 37 restaurant for the thrill of enjoying all the action in this busy restaurant

Where is it and what's nearby

Orginally designed at the headquarters for Metropolitan Life Insurance, The Ritz Carlton now forms part of the Moscone Center in the heart of the city

  • Drive the hour into Napa or Sonoma Valley, a smorgasbord of wineries, tastings and vino-centric experiences
  • The Marina district has great Golden Gate Bridge views and houses the Palace of Fine Arts, a remnant from the 1915 World’s Fair
  • Alcatraz is immensely popular because few can resist the spine-tingling fun of touring cells occupied by baddies like Al Capone

Situated between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco is a wholly unique American city. Tony Bennet sang about leaving his heart in San Francisco, and many visitors understand why. It’s a bustling, cosmopolitan city with a truly distinctive spirit and culture. Let’s just say that some of the best “sights” will be people, rather than buildings or monuments.
But since the hotel is so close to mainstays like Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf, go ahead and visit the brick-and-mortar sights, too. And when in San Francisco, you simply must explore some of the city’s colorful neighborhoods, including the village-like districts of Pacific Heights, Mission, Castro and SOMA.

How to enjoy San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco’s landmarks have such an iconic status, it is easy to feel you know the city before you arrive. What can’t be captured on camera though is the ever-present sense that San Fran’s residents just adore their home town

  • Head to America’s oldest and largest China Town, for the best Wonton outside of Beijing
  • Recreate Steve McQueen’s Bullitt moment by zigzagging for half a mile along Lombard Street’s 27% gradient and eight switchbacks
  • Catch a ferry to Alcatraz and step inside the cell blocks that once held some of America’s most notorious criminals

San Francisco made a mark on the world by leading the counter-culture of the 1960s. While the majority of San Fran’s population may no longer wear flowers in their hair, there is still something of an alternative vibe that is perhaps best epitomized by the month long Gay Pride festival in the summer, or the aromatic independent coffee shops of Mission.

No visit to this Californian peninsula would be complete without a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Whether bathed in sunshine with a sky blue backdrop or looming eerily out of the mist, it really is stupendous. Quite fitting for a location with such awesome geography, you can take a slow-motion rollercoaster ride down the city’s famously steep streets: only here it is called a cable car.

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    When to visit San Francisco Bay Area

    Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the world’s largest Chinese New Year festival and pageant outside of Asia. The famous annual San Francisco Pride celebration takes place in June and features parties, parades, music and more.

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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade to next room category (excluding Club Level)
  • Daily continental breakfast for up to two in-room guests
  • USD $100 equivalent resort or hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not valid on parking)

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