Design Buzz: The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco's New Reno

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco in Nob Hill recently wrapped a multi-phase transformative renovation. Here's a look at the property's new design, which was led by hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA).

During the renovation, the classic architectural form of the hotel was carried throughout its interiors and contemporized with modern detailing.

Drawing inspiration from the bay and the city's fog, the Nob Hill hotel's 336 guestrooms, including of 60 suites, were renovated in a palette of steely blues and greys, while furnishings were added that take their cues from the designs of couture fashion and men's fine tailoring. Key elements include curtain cords resembling a man's belt, chairs and chaise lounges in tweed fabric, and abstract artwork that nods to the history of the San Francisco ballet.

According to HBA principal designer Kathleen Dauber, the new guestroom design was inspired by San Francisco's Wilkes Bashford -- one of the city's iconic luxury department stores - and the legacy of former Mayor Willie Brown, known for his suits. This suiting aesthetic can be found in the specially woven pillows, and the layering of the wall coverings in the guestrooms and corridors.

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

The hotel now also has contemporary new interiors and high-tech flourishes, such as Virtual Concierges located in the lobby and meeting space foyers providing guests with various maps, attractions, and events.

The new guestrooms 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.