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Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, San Francisco 

600 Stockton Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 296 7465
Fax: 415 291 0288
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Inside an iconic, 100-year-old columned Nob Hill landmark, the Ritz-Carlton is San Francisco's most formal luxury hotel. Polished marble floors, Oriental carpets, and crystal chandeliers greet your arrival, and Victorian-era oil paintings make the lobby feel more like a museum than a hotel. Because of the building's historic status, hotel designers weren't allowed to make major structural alterations when the hotel opened in 1991, so each room is different in size and shape: Plan to spend time with the reservationist to choose the right one for you. The traditional decor marries walnut, mahogany, and rosewood; beds are dressed with Egyptian cotton sheets and tasseled silk throw pillows. But more than anything, it's service that sets the Ritz-Carlton apart—prompt and courteous, personable and never presumptuous, with your every need anticipated. The Dining Room, helmed by celeb chef Ron Siegel, serves dynamic Japanese-influenced French cuisine worthy of a splurge. The Lobby Lounge draws gray-at-the-temples CEOs and society matrons for evening cocktails.—John Vlahides

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This century-old Nob Hill neoclassical former insurance office has been expanded five times and today "is beyond incredible." Guest rooms in taupe and pale yellow have mahogany, walnut, and rosewood furnishings. The Dining Room serves Asian- and French-inspired plates like Japanese butterfish or slow-cooked suckling pig, while the more casual Lobby Lounge has "plenty of different desserts" and red wine and chocolate pairings. "Staff take pride in fulfilling any request."

(336 room)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 89.5
  • Design: 87.7
  • Food: 89.3
  • Location: 87.5
  • Rooms: 90.4
  • Service: 92.5

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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