San Francisco- one of the liveliest and most vibrant centers in the world. Voted by Mercer as the highest rated American city on world livability rankings, San Francisco combines enough of everything (from great shopping to world-class museums, from historical sights to amazing parks), to guarantee any visitor the best of times. Of course, if you’re staying at some grubby little hovel that looked amazing online but turns out to be less so in reality, you might not have quite such an enjoyable time as you would otherwise. If you want to put yourself (and your vacation) in safe hands, the Ritz Carlton San Francisco comes highly recommended. With luxurious rooms, first-class amenities and some of the best dining opportunities in the city, it’s the ideal way to get your trip off to a flying start.
1. A Perfect Setting
Wherever you stay in San Francisco, you’ll find something to keep you entertained, but at the Ritz Carlton, you’ll have everything you need to guarantee the perfect holiday on your very doorstep. The hotel is situated right in the very center of San Francisco, given you easy access to all the delights and sights of the city. Walk just a few minutes in one direction and you’ll find yourself at the majestic Grace Cathedral and vibrant Lombard Street. A few minutes more puts you on Pier 39, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area.
2. A Home from Home
With 336 airconditioned rooms offering every comfort you could wish for, the Ritz Carlton is designed with one thing in mind: ensuring guests enjoy a relaxing, restful stay in a home from home environment. All rooms come complete with iPod docking stations, Smart televisions, cable programming, and DVD players, along with wired and wireless internet (albeit with a surcharge). Designer toiletries, private, fully equipped bathrooms with full sized tubs and rainfall showerheads complete the setup. If you’re feeling flush, you can even opt for a suite, guaranteed to provide the most luxurious and comfortable stay imaginable.
3. A First-Class Spa
Regardless of whether you want a facial, a massage or a full body treatment, an hour or two at the hands of the professionals at the Ritz Carlton’s onsite spa is guaranteed to leave you refreshed and revitalized. Combining the premium ingredients of L’OCCITANE products with a range of traditional and modern therapies, the spa offers enough variety of treatments and treats to please even the most hardcore skincare devotees. Whether you decide on a revitalizing Aromachologie Massage, the signature Jet Lag Reviver, or a time-reversing Immortelle Divine Secret anti-aging facial, both you (and your skin) will leave happy.
4. The Place for Business
For business functions, the Ritz Carlton can’t be beaten. Not only is it situated within spitting distance of the financial and business hubs of San Francisco, but the hotel itself has everything on hand to ensure the perfect conference, event, or function. Its elegant conference rooms provide the ideal space for product launches or board meetings, while its recently renovated ballroom offers 9,300 square feet of space for corporate celebrations or large company events. Business guests will also benefit from the 24-hour complimentary computer kiosks, along with the high-speed Wireless Internet and cellphone service available in all meeting rooms.
5. A Foodies Dream
Regardless of whether you’re a discriminating gourmet or just plain greedy, the range of dining options available at the Ritz Carlton is sure to make you happy. If you’re into fresh seasonal treats and locally sourced wines, don’t miss out on the delectable offerings at Parallel 37. If you’d rather sip on a cocktail while gazing out over the San Francisco skyline, an evening at The Lounge may be called for. Wine buffs, meanwhile, are well catered to the luxurious JCB Tasting Lounge, which offers a range of offerings from both national and international wineries.
6. Family Fun
Taking your family on holiday can be a stressful experience. Fortunately, the Ritz Carlton San Francisco does as good a job at catering to the demands of kids as it does for adults. From the moment you arrive until the moment you depart, Ritz Kids will ensure your kids are entertained to the max through a program of fun activities and engaging learning experiences. Coloring packs, scavenger hunts, and a specially designed kids menu complete the lineup of kid-friendly treats on offer.
7. A Helping Hand
You’ll not be short of things to see and do in San Francisco, but if you’re in need of a helping hand to get the most out of your city break, you’re in luck. The hotel offers a complimentary concierge service that can help with any questions you have about the various local attractions, or even draw up a very useful itinerary to help fill your days. Whether it’s a visit to the shopping mecca of Union Square, a cable car ride to Pier 39, a seafood meal at the Fisherman’s Wharf, or a day of culture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ritz Carlton’s helpful staff will know all the best places to visit.
8. Wedding Perfection
If you’re getting married and are in search of the ideal wedding venue, you may find exactly what you’re looking for at the Ritz Carlton. The hotel prides itself on being one of the most elegant wedding reception venues in the city, offering everything from the dreamiest, most romantic courtyard reception under the stars to the most elegant ballroom reception under the glow of Bavarian crystal chandeliers. With wedding planners on hand to assist, the hotel aims to ensure your special day is every bit the fairy tale you’ve always dreamed of.
9. The Perfect Venue
If you’re planning an event or a celebratory occasion but are struggling to find the ideal venue, The Ritz Carlton San Francisco may be able to help. Whether you want to celebrate a birthday in style with a five-course dinner, stage an elegant ballroom gala, or start the holiday season off with a bang, the hotel is well equipped to meet your expectations and then some. Its variety of indoor and outdoor space can host up to 800 guests at any one time, while offering the choice of an opulent salon room lined with silver finishing’s and mirror detailing for large events, or the cozy, art deco inspired The Terrace for more intimate occasions.
10. The Utmost in Convenience
If you’re looking to get somewhere fast and don’t want to wait around for a cable car, relax. Ever mindful of the comfort of its guests, the hotel has a complimentary house car that can take you anywhere in town within a one-mile radius between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Written by Liz Flynn
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