The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

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Want to feel like a pampered local in San Francisco? Check into a room at The Ritz-Carlton that has access to the Club Lounge. This is a humming environment where sophisticated food servings and wine are provided throughout the day, with cocktails (all included in the rate) flowing into the evening. We say there’s little reason to leave this space, which feels as if you’re sitting in a very fancy living room with some awesome neighbors stopping in for a nosh, some good conversation and, on certain evenings, a nip of caviar.

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The appeal of the classy lounge does compete with the hotel’s just-redone lobby, bar and restaurant. That refurbed area has given the once rather staid public spaces more of a socialite vibe, with guests and locals buzzing about throughout the day.

New also is Parallel 37, crafted by Chef Ron Siegel; he draws on “the cultural influences of the San Francisco Bay area” for his menu items. Be sure to reserve a spot at the Chef’s table, where top treats can be found on the Siegel’s tasting menu. To snag a VIP reservation, contact the restaurant’s general manager, Amgad Wahba ([email protected]; 415-773-6168). We recommend booking two weeks out. Note: The very busy bar at Parallel 37 has a mixologist who creates handcrafted recipes.

The Club Lounge
The Club Lounge is a buzzing, sophisticated setting in the heart of San Francisco.

Chief Concierge Robert Spinrad ([email protected]; 415-773-6189) can arrange fun activities for clients, such as a private sailing adventure on the bay or exclusive visits to the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Raul Salcido ([email protected]) is the general manager of the hotel but it’s advised that Avolyn Smith ([email protected]; 415-364-3473), director of transient sales, can provide immediate responses to travel advisor inquiries.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco has 60 suites and multiple connecting room options, so it’s well-equipped for family travel or those who like to hang out close to each other. Also good for families: All rooms have double sinks and the hotel is dog-friendly.

Insider Secret: Room No. 873 is a Club One Bedroom Suite set on a corner so all of its windows have great views of the Transamerica Pyramid, Alcatraz Island and Telegraph Hill. Room No. 828 is also on a corner at the end of the hall, so it’s quiet and bright, with views of the city skyline.

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