By Kimberly McDonald
Never say no when a client asks for something — even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterward to explain that it was not possible.
~Cesar Ritz, Hotel Chain Founder
I doubt that Cesar Ritz ever visited Nob Hill. I know that he never had the chance to stride gracefully through the luxurious lobby of the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, but I do know (based on his dedication to luxury and unwavering customer service) that he would have been happy to have his name on the front door of this grand hotel. One cannot help but stand a little awestruck upon first sight of this 1909 landmark insurance company office building that now hosts some of the most luxurious parties and noteworthy guests in San Francisco.
With 336 luxury guest rooms that feature Italian marble bathrooms with double sinks, and feather beds with 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters. I would rank my room at the Ritz Carlton SF as one of my favorites in any hotel (thanks to the recent 12 million dollar renovation job). Within the hotel, Victorian opulence that even Edith Wharton would approve of actually blends seamlessly with accessible modern day conveniences such as high-speed Internet ports, speaker phones with data ports and voice mail and a Technology Butler that’s on call 24 hours to assist guests with computer problems.
The hotel also boasts the city’s only Five Diamond restaurant, The Dining Room. Fabulous French fare is offered in an intimate atmosphere, while the Terrace Restaurant offers more relaxed dining, with tables indoors and out. The Ritz-Carlton Bar and Lobby Lounge serve signature cocktails and offer the expected high-brow selections on their wine list.
As a big fan of the Ritz-Carlton hotel group, I have come to expect excellence when visiting their properties. On occasion I am surprised by special amenities or particularly welcoming staff. My visit to the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco gave me the unique opportunity to experience both and, as Cesar Ritz himself would have insisted, find myself completely satisfied.