Arriving at the corner of Pine and Stockton Streets at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco is an exquisite experience in itself. The hotel, which spans the block of Stockton between Pine and California cross streets, features a neoclassic façade with massive columns to display the lion’s head medallions of the Ritz. In 2004, ARG Conservation Services oversaw the restoration of the south-facing Pine Street façade of the hotel, a project that would take five years, and involved the restoration of the terra cotta, window work and graffiti removal.
The bright exterior lights, the town cars and the employees in top hats set the stage for what is sure to be polished evening out, or overnight stay. Ranked #1 “Best Hotel in San Francisco” in 2019 by U.S. News, AAA Five Diamond recipient in 2018, Forbes Four Star Recipient 2018 and rated “Top Hotel in San Francisco” by readers at Conde Nast Traveler 2017, are just some of the credentials to boast about.
The lobby is matched with the exterior, and guests will not be disappointed. Light gray white and polychrome terra cotta manufactured by Gladding-McBean of California adorns the floors and the walls; its elegance intensified by colorful, tasteful floral arrangements.
This 1909 U-shaped landmark, that was once the headquarters of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, was originally designed by Napoleon LeBrun and Sons, and after many additions, was reopened as the Ritz Carlton in 1991. The lobby, while grand, is meticulous in utilizing space.
Straight ahead from the entrance is The Lounge, with seating on a first come – first served basis and an elegant backdrop for cocktails and light bites. We stopped in for a drink and they had a house-made cranberry soda, non-alcoholic and refreshing. We also tried some fortune cookies placed out for guests as an homage to the 1914 origination of the Fortune Cookie in San Francisco.
To the right of the entrance, visitors will find the front desk and an adorable desk for The Ritz Kids Club where children can create their own certificate as a memento for staying at the hotel while the adults complete check-in; what an intelligent detail! Most kids are a bit – shall we say – “whiny,” from a long trip and check-in can be somewhat like juggling knives. This solves the problem in one easy step.
To the left of the entrance is the site of Parallel 37, Chef Michael Rotondo’s California cuisine restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner using seasonal produce from the Bay Area with the menu changing daily. We were fortunate to have time to enjoy breakfast before heading back to New York.
My Avocado Toast was made with a layer of hummus followed by a layer of avocado, a side of smoked salmon and a side salad. It was a splendid brunch treat.
My husband’s Granola, Yogurt and Fruit was a beautiful mix of house-made granola, plums, blackberries and strawberries and was quite a hit.
My son very much enjoyed his Waffles!
JCB Tasting Room
Jean-Charles Boisset offers the JCB Tasting Room so that wine connoisseurs may experience the wine tasting of Napa while remaining in San Francisco. The Boisset Collection operates 24 wineries in California, France and Canada, and visitors may try them without even leaving the hotel.
Another intelligent accommodation is the Ritz Kids Club, complete with children’s activities is located down the hall from JCB making it a simple task for parents to drop off the children and have some quality time.
The rooms are stunning, as is the case with The Ritz. Blue and grey hallways, though not my most favorite pattern of carpet, manage to blend with serene grey blue walls. The Asprey personal care line is my most favorite part of the Ritz as it is exclusive to them. A blend of ylang-ylang, bergamot and jasmine manages to replicate the gorgeous scent of the lobby and is perfect to use in the stunning marble tub for a little “you time.”
Sugarfina, a favorite that you can read about HERE are on display and available for in-room purchase, should you have a late night sweet tooth.
City views are stunning, although with the trolley-stop just steps from the front entrance, Chinatown around the corner, and the complimentary car on-site to take travelers anywhere within one mile of the hotel, visitors may find being a part of the city is more appealing than looking at it.
It is definitely THE HOTEL!
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Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Writer with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. Her credits include Sales and Marketing for with PRADA USA Corp., followed by a jump in to the world of beauty as an Esthetician followed by Spa Manager at Jurlique, Spa Manager and Client Relationship Manager and Digital Business Development coordinator position at Amore Pacific where celebrity clients were and remain confidential and her column, “Ask Angela,” was featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. She has also been a contributor for Beauty to Shape and Fitness Magazines.
A side job as a Hospital Victim on “As the World Turns,” and a correspondent on the now defunct lifestyle web series “Tangerine Living,” Angela is no stranger to juggling multiple positions and has built quite the resume. A move to The New York Daily News as Training and Employee Relations Manager with a night and weekend gig as make up artist for runway shows, (she studies in Los Angeles with Amy Ward) including Vogue Bambino and multiple commercials, Angela became a Mom, her best and most important credit to date.
Since Motherhood, Angela has been a Brand Ambassador for the skin line Patchology, featured in Saks Fifth Avenue in store and on air with CBS News segment “Patch me Pretty.” She has been a beauty guest for QVC, and the founder of her own social media communications business, helping business owners to share their digital voice. Actively involved with Smart Children with Learning Differences, her most favorite down time hobby is discovering the best in beauty, travel and fashion around the United States.
Angela is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Communications and Writing, where she appeared on the University Union News as an Anchor and on The Beat of Syracuse, Z89 as a DJ. Angela has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Working with AlphaLuxe is a unique opportunity, “to share what I am most passionate about. Living your best life. In her spare time, you can find Angela running, practicing yoga, taking her son to one of his sports practices. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, son, and chihuahuas.