The Razzy Ritz
"I have always been better treated in San Francisco than I deserve." Mark Twain
The Ritz-Carlton is San Francisco's only ***** AAA hotel. The location of the hotel is ideal as it is within walking distance of the city's main shopping district - the walk to Union Square being all of 5 minutes. Not only this but it is situated near the world famous Nob Hill, and if you nab yourself a great room, the hotel commands fabulous views over the city. Unfortunately, such height gain does make the journey back up from excursions strenuous and on foot, it isn't recommended for the faint of heart. The service was faultless and the staff willing to make every effort to make your stay pleasant. The rooms were large and even sharing with my sister, we never felt cramped or lack of space, despite the throws of teenage mess created. Nice touches such as chocolates on pillows, turned back beds and soothing music when you came back after a hard day shopping, made all the difference. A definite recommendation for anyone considering to visit San Francisco and undertake some serious indulgence.
Unique Quality: The location again was so important. It is located directly near the California Street Cable Car line and so access to all of San Francisco is easy. You're located out of the noise and nuisance that a bustling city brings but close enough to the action to really get a feel of the city. The Terrace Courtyard must be mentioned - it is a breezy, sun-filled utopia, in which to escape city life. The Sunday brunches are reknowned throughout the city and having tasted one myself, heartily recommend them. The Lobby Lounge is another sweet little dining area, for the jazz croonies amongst you. Afternoon teas and cakes are served here and it's all very elegant and "sophisticat" (I obviously stuck out like a sore thumb then!) The hotel spa, Equilibrium, is also notably a fantastic sanctuary from the bustle. The indoor pool and jacuzzi (there is no outdoor pool, as even during our mid-summer visit, the wind was a little too chilly!) are great and more often than not empty - so there is plenty of space in which to relax. Although I never sampled the spa and gym services, they looked great (and in the case of the spa) smelt divine! One last outstanding point - if you happen to be one of the lucky few on the club level, I must urge you strongly to take advantage of the complementary fresh fruit and breakfast buffets on offer and the fantastic views over the city from the lounge. And let me tell you, the cookies are the best I have EVER tasted and I am some serious cookie fiend!