The Ritz Carlton
None of the other hotels in San Francisco, not even its fellow Nob Hill competitors, says ruling class like the luxury hotel that is the Ritz. Pull into the driveway in front of its six enormous pillars and you get that presidential, inner-sanctum feeling. The 1909 landmark is the city’s only hotel boasting both Mobil Travel Guide’s five stars and AAA’s five diamonds. From Italian-marble bathrooms to afternoon tea, this is traditional European-style pampering at its most sumptuous. Rooms have every imaginable amenity, including puffy down comforters and feather beds, and tremendous views. Ask for a room on the seventh floor or higher to really see forever. You will never want for a good meal while chez Ritz. Nip down to the Terrace Restaurant for Sunday jazz brunch or a morning feast, hit the Lobby Lounge for cocktails and nibbles, or go all out at the Dining Room, one of only three restaurants in California to win five stars from Mobil. Gilded, richly upholstered, and sconce lit, the hotel’s flagship restaurant is a white-glove wonderland for culinary classicists looking for contemporary French cuisine.