San Francisco proudly bears a reputation as one of the most diverse and quirkiest cities in the US.
The city and the neighboring Silicon Valley are the epicenter of global technology; there is a strong cultural presence with world-class museums and art galleries; its Chinatown is the oldest and largest in the US. There is no shortage of incredible sights in and close to the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the nearby Muir Woods, home to an ancient redwood forest.
It embraces its unusual weather — there’s a famous quote that says, “The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco” — and its denizens have even named the fog, which goes by the name Karl. If Karl is visiting, you’ll need to have an opulent hideaway. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in our roundup of the city’s most over-the-top suites.
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco – Presidential Suite
In a landmark building dating to 1909, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco sits at the edge of charming Nob Hill, where it takes advantage of its enviable location at the center of it all. It’s a short walk to The Embarcadero and Union Square, and the city’s cable cars stop right out front. Inside, the property blends history with contemporary elegance, from its stunning lobby filled with imposing marble columns and crystal chandeliers to its refined restaurant, Parallel 37, and its traditional and opulent lounge, which pairs a red-lit bar with a carved marble fireplace.
On the ninth floor, the highlight of the impressive Presidential Suite is undoubtedly the enormous 1,200-sq-ft furnished terrace with pristine views of the Financial District. With its penthouse location and the hotel’s position up in Nob Hill, you’ll have a unique vantage point for gazing at the top of the city skyline.
The suite’s expansive living room is well-appointed in blue and gray with modern furniture and art. On one side, French doors open to an elegant dining room with a large, oval-shaped marble dining table. On the other, they lead to the beautifully decorated master bedroom — where you can also admire the city views from bed — and the marble-clad bathroom, which has a large whirlpool tub and rain-forest shower.
San Francisco Sights
If you don’t have time to get to Napa Valley, be sure to visit the JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Tasting Lounge. (Boisset has won numerous accolades including being deemed one of the 50 most important people in the wine world for over a decade.) The dark and sexy space is awash with purple velvet, gold accents and more chandeliers — it’s the perfect space for an intimate wine-flight tasting.
Rate: From $8,000 per night
Contact: Taylor Lee, director of sales, email@example.com, +1 415 296 7465, ritzcarlton.com