All images courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
When we think about vacationing at the most luxurious hotels in the world, surely the The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco comes top of mind. As well it should; the iconic hotel has stood the test of time for over 105 years in the city’s historic Nob Hill district.
Today, even the classics are reinventing themselves. The beloved landmark hotel has received an upgrade: a multi-phase transformative renovation that reimagines quintessential San Francisco.
The renovation, led by the world’s largest hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), draws inspiration from historic elements of the San Francisco that we all know and love, from the city fog to the San Francisco Ballet. The hotel’s 336 guest rooms [including its 60 suites] have all been touched by the renovation, where guests will find rooms reborn in a palette of steely blues and greys, with furnishings that are influenced by couture fashion and men’s fine tailoring. No detail went unnoticed; from curtain cords resembling a man’s belt to chairs and chaise lounges in tweed fabric, these delightful and unexpected touches embody the dapper gentlemen of today.
Along with the classic interior changes, high-tech modernism still flourishes at the Ritz. Virtual Concierges located in the lobby and meeting space foyers providing guests with various maps, attractions, and events.
“We are so thrilled to usher in the next chapter of this iconic neoclassical building,” says General Manager Bruce Gorelick. “Today’s traveler is not only looking for high-tech amenities, but also a true sense of connection to the destination they are visiting, whether it be for business or pleasure. We look forward to welcoming guests to rediscover our hotel and inspiring them to build new memories with us.”
The new guest rooms complete the historic landmark’s multi-phase renovation that began with the re-opening of its signature restaurant, Parallel 37, in December 2011, the unveiling of the lobby and The Lounge in February 2012, and the completion of its new meeting spaces and ballroom in September 2014.