The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco: The Ultimate in Luxury Accommodation

Sharael Kolberg
6 min readAug 18, 2023

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco stands as a beacon of luxury and sophistication, offering an unparalleled experience to discerning travelers. From its opulent accommodations to its exquisite dining options, impeccable service, and a range of activities nearby, this hotel embodies the epitome of refinement and elegance.

Elevated Accommodation: A Haven of Comfort and Elegance

The accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco are nothing short of exceptional. The rooms and suites are thoughtfully designed with a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary aesthetics, offering a sense of tranquility and comfort. The plush bedding, tasteful furnishings, and modern amenities ensure that guests enjoy a restful stay. The marble counters and showers in the bathroom add a touch of elegant.

The hotel’s attention to detail is evident in the fully stocked minibar, essential bathroom amenities on hand (in case you forgot to pack something), refrigerator to keep your snack and water cold, Nespresso coffee maker, and complimentary overnight shoe shine. The breathtaking views of the city skyline or the bay add an extra layer of magic to the stay, creating an environment that fosters relaxation and rejuvenation.

Stay in the 1,960-square-foot Presidential Suite for the only room with an outdoor terrace. It features a living room, dining room that seats six, walk-in closet, and full kitchen.

If you’re bringing your pooch along, he or she will be spoiled too. Book the Love Your Pup package for dog amenities, including a bed, food and water dishes, a toy, treats, poop bags, and a dog-friendly menu featuring Mishka meat cakes that come in adorable shapes.

Dining and Drinks at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco: A Gastronomic Journey

Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is an exquisite culinary journey that caters to the most discerning palates. The hotel boasts a range of dining options, each offering a unique and memorable experience with ingredients sourced locally.

For those seeking a sweet and savory breakfast experience, Parallel 37 is a culinary gem. With its focus on locally sourced ingredients and innovative techniques, the restaurant delivers a symphony of flavors that leave a lasting impression. The attention to presentation is matched only by the exceptional service, creating an ambiance that is both refined and welcoming. Be sure to try the French toast.

For a more elegant and equally delightful experience, The Lounge offers elevated coastal California cuisine and handcrafted cocktails and mocktails, inspired by the neighborhoods of San Francisco. Enjoy a fine dining experience with menu items such as Steak Au Poivre, Mary’s Organic Chicken Breast, Pacific Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, or Farmers Market Salad. The chic atmosphere, coupled with panoramic views of the city, makes it a perfect spot to unwind and savor the moment. Grab a drink with friends at the red-lit Lobby Bar or take a seat by the swanky optical illusion fireplace.

For a private 60-minute wine tasting of premium JCB wines, visit the posh JCB Tasting Lounge. This partnership with winemaker Jean-Charles Boisset offers guests a unique experience, tasting from beautiful Passion Baccarat Crystal Collection wine glasses. Indulge in caviar, shop for an artistic gold brooch, pick your favorite fragrance, or take home your favorite wine…including dazzling Swarovski crystal-covered bottles. Reservations are required. Tasting flights range from $60-$95.

The resort has a seasonal offering through October 1st, 2023 — the Solaire Terrasse with Veuve Clicquot. Guests can sip a glass or order a bottle of four different types of Veuve Clicquot champagne or spritzers while dining on a menu that consists of items such as a Seafood Tower, Caviar, or a Cheese and Charcuterie Board. There’s also a gelato cart with five flavors to choose from. The Solaire Terrasse patio is decorated with festive orange-themed (Veuve Clicquot’s signature color) pillows, umbrellas, glassware, tables and chairs. Enjoy live music, yard games, and excellent bottle service. Reservations are required. Menu is a la carte.

Club Level: Elevated Luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

For guests who seek the pinnacle of personalized service and exclusivity, the Club Level at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is a must. Guest who book a Club Level guest room or suite, have access to the dedicated concierge service, private lounge, and complimentary culinary offerings throughout the day, to elevate the guest experience to unprecedented heights.

The Club Level’s intimate setting provides an oasis of tranquility within the bustling city. Guests can enjoy a leisurely buffet breakfast, indulge in afternoon hors d’oeuvres, and unwind with evening cocktails and light dinner offers, all while taking in panoramic views that showcase the city’s beauty. Cookes, candy, non-alcoholic beverages, water, coffee, tea, beer, wine and spirits are available throughout the day. The lounge also includes board games and books in a phone-free, quiet zone. If you’re traveling with a family — with kids that are always in need of unlimited snacks and beverages — the Club Level is a great value. There is also a Ritz Kids program, as well as babysitting services available to all guests.

Sips and the City Experience

If you want to experience the vibrancy of the city, but also the picturesque wine country, the Sips and the City experience is just for you. This exclusive outing includes a full-day guided Napa experience visiting Raymond Vineyards, Elizabeth Spencer Winery, Oakville Grocery/Oakville Wine Merchant, JCB Yountville, and Chateau Buena Vista. Includes lunch and a two-night stay in the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco Presidential Suite. Offered through Nov. 12, 2023.

Things to Do in the Area: Exploring San Francisco’s Treasures

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco’s prime location in Nob Hill puts guests within arm’s reach of the city’s most iconic attractions. A leisurely stroll can take you to China Town, Coit Tower, or Union Square — where high-end shopping and vibrant cultural events converge. The historic cable cars, a hallmark of the city, are also easily accessible from the hotel, offering a charming and nostalgic way to explore the hilly terrain of the City by the Bay.

For those with a penchant for art and culture, the nearby Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) houses an impressive collection that spans various artistic movements. Meanwhile, the historic Alcatraz Island offers an intriguing glimpse into the city’s past as a federal prison. Another fun activity is to walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Save on popular attractions with a City Pass.

Contact Information
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 296–7465

Disclosure: Accommodation was provided by the hotel in order to do my review, but all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.