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Ritz-Carlton San Francisco Club Level Review: It’s the Best!

Not all hotel club levels are the same.

The Club Level at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco was named “Best in America” by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

It offers four tantalizing food presentations throughout the day – breakfast, light snacks, hors d’oeuvres and evening desserts.

There’s no need to eat out, making this just one reason why it was easy to write our Ritz-Carlton San Francisco Club Level review!

Ritz-Carlton San Francisco Club Level review

A Club Level room was our base for a San Francisco visit focused on biking, sailing and eating.

And, yes, eating is a legitimate activity!

 The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco Club Level lounge (Credit: Ritz-Carlton San Francisco)

We loved the lox and big silver bowls of fresh strawberries and blackberries for breakfast.

In the evening, we sipped Prosecco and sometimes port while reading newspapers by the wood-burning fireplace.

Oh, and for a change, you can always get fresh oysters and Kobe beef at hotel’s main lounge. Though you’ll probably feel no need with the Club Level food and drinks being so good.

Welcome to the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco!

Eye-catching design

Ritz-Carltons rarely disappoint.

And you’d be hard-pressed to find fault with this 5-star San Francisco hotel and its magnificent suites and rooms

Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

Originally built for a life insurance company in 1909, the structure’s white neo-classical architecture is eye-catching.

Lions’ heads, winged hourglasses and 17 Ionic columns adorn the exterior. 

Inside, crystal chandeliers and 18th and 19th century artworks grace the elegant lobby.

Ritzy Ritz-Carlton San Francisco rooms

Among the 336 guestrooms, the top two floors are reserved for Club Level guests. And here you step into pure luxury and pampering.

For extra comfort, stay in a spacious 900 to 1,100 sq. ft. junior or one-bedroom Club Level suite. 

The calming décor is inspired by the city’s notorious fog, so the color scheme reflects lots of “steely blues” and grey.

And the feather beds are divinely comfy, with 400 thread count sheets.

One of the best hotels in San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco enjoys an enviable Nob Hill location, close to Chinatown and Union Square shopping.

There are also lots of fun things to do in San Francisco at night.

View of San Francisco at night from a guest room at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

And the Ritz-Carlton is well placed to get you there too, whether you want to catch a blues show, hit Little Italy’s restaurants or venture off to see Alcatraz at night.

That is, of course, if you feel the need to venture out…

Ritz-Carlton San Francisco: Check rates and availability here

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Saturday 13th of December 2014

I couldn't agree more. We took a "staycation" at the Ritz a couple of years ago and had a hard time ever leaving the Club Lounge. Pretty, delicious, surprising, nutritious, perfect.

Janice and George

Saturday 13th of December 2014

That was our problem too :-). After nibbling on all the goodies in the lounge, we were sometimes too full to go out and eat dinner.

Irene S. Levine

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

Looks like an absolutely beautiful property. Will keep it in mind when I travel to the Bay area.