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Travel : traditional luxury at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Dec 30, 2013 | Parisian Eye
I have traveled regularly to the US in the past years, but never got to feature any American hotel on The Parisian
Eye since I hadn’t started the blog on my previous trips. In November, I got to travel to the West Coast, and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start reviewing the gems California has to offer in terms of hotels.
I started my trip at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. My first impression when I got there was a feeling of grandeur. Not only because as a European, everything seems – and is – bigger in the United States, but the building was truly impressive from the outside.
Located in the heart of downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is a massive, 17-columned building that has been expanded five times  since it was built in the early 1900s, and is now one of San Francisco’s best examples of neo-classical architecture.
The lobby – shot with my Leica
The lounge – shot with my Leica
Stepping inside the hotel, the same feeling of grandeur prevails as the traveler enters the large lobby which was renovated, together with the adjacent lounge, in early 2012. As a result, a comfortable, inviting and stylish decor is set, the lobby area displaying chic marble floors and  crystal chandeliers overhead.
My room at the The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco was located on the Club Lounge floor… Not something
we are used to in European hotels, it was a real premiere for me. The Club Lounge offers complimentary food and beverage presentations daily (Club Breakfast; Light Snack; Hors d’oeuvres; Evening Desserts) and whole fruit, freshly baked cookies, champagne, and made-to order cocktails.  The Club lounge also provides dedicated
concierge service (ensuring all your preferences are met, including airport transportation, car rentals, dinner reservations or massage treatments)… A hotel within the hotel !
The Club Lounge – shot with my Leica
The Club Lounge – shot with my Leica
The room itself was what I expected a Ritz-Carlton to be like : very spacious and stylishly appointed with classical furniture and decor, it boasted a blend of warm and light colours with a king bed, a very comfortable armchair, a desk, and amenities such as in-room gourmet coffee and tea presentation and a 32-inch high-definition, LCD flat-panel television (besides all other modern technology devices, of course). In the same chic and sleek spirit, the oversized marble bathroom was also quite appealing…
Walking into my room… Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
A very cosy room that I barely left during my stay at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco – except for the 24/7 fitness center, complete with state-of-the-art cardio machines and a full complement of strength-training equipment, and dinner at Parallel 37, the hotel’s very trendy restaurant.
Managed by Chef de Cuisine Michael Rotondo, Parallel 37 offers contemporary American cuisine influenced by the cultures and ingredients along the 37th parallel, the San Francisco Bay Area’s geographic latitude. I definitely recommend the market-inspired tasting menu – and would definitely be a regular if I lived in San Francisco !
Very yummy – shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
Shot with my Leica
 
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
600 Stockton Street at California
Street, San Francisco, California 94108 U.S.A
Tel. +1 (415) 296-7465
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