Situated within San Francisco’s luxury enclave of Nob Hill, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco – a neo-classic landmark for 105 years – completed its multi-phase transformative renovation this month.Led by the world’s largest hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the classic architectural form of this iconic hotel has been carried throughout its interiors and refreshed with modern detailing.
Drawing inspiration from the colors of San Francisco Bay, the Pacific Ocean and its fog, the luxury hotel’s 336 guest rooms, inclusive of 60 suites, have been redone in palette of steel blues and grays. The furnishings take their cues from the designs of couture fashion and men’s tailoring. From curtain cords resembling a man’s belt to chairs and chaise lounges in tweed fabric, the touches pay homage to today’s gentlemen.
“The new guestroom design draws inspiration from San Francisco’s Wilkes Bashford – one of the city’s iconic luxury department stores – and the legacy of former Mayor Willie Brown, renowned for his famous suits.” says HBA Principal Designer, Kathleen Dauber. “The suiting aesthetic can be found in the specially woven pillows, the layering of the wall coverings in the guest rooms and corridors
The new guest rooms complete the historic landmark’s multi-phase renovation that began with the re-opening of its signature restaurant, Parallel 37, in December 2011, the unveiling of the lobby and The Lounge in February 2012, and the completion of its new meeting spaces and ballroom in September 2014.
The hotel’s uncluttered, contemporary new interiors and high-tech dimensions – like Virtual Concierges located in the lobby and meeting space foyers providing guests with various maps, attractions, and events – offer a contemporary juxtaposition between the hotel’s exterior, built in 1909, and today
Situated in the heart of downtown and bordering the city’s Financial District, Chinatown, and Union Square luxury shopping, the nine-story hotel covers an entire block of Stockton Street. It is the only AAA Five Diamond Hotel in San Francisco, and has over 23,000 square feet of meeting space.
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