The ultra-luxurious, ultra-expensive Ritz-Carlton on Nob Hill opened in 1991 and became one of the world’s top hotels. Located in a nine-story 1909 neoclassical “temple of commerce” building, the interior was transformed in a 4 year, $100 million renovation.

The more recent update came in 2006 which cost $12.5 million. And it shows. Everything is ultra plush and top-of-the-line. There are 336 rooms with 60 suites, including a 2000 square foot Presidential Suite with a 1200 square foot balcony. The most expensive rooms are on the 9th floor, the “Club Level,” and have a dedicated concierge and great views of the city. All the units have 32” high-definition flat panel LCD televisions, iPod docking stations, in-room electronic laptop safes and wireless internet. The Italian marble baths feature Kohler Performance rain shower heads. The hotel’s quiet location, exquisitely comfortable beds and fine bedding assure the well-heeled traveler of a great night’s sleep. It’s only one block to the nearest cable car stop, too. Be sure to check the hotel’s web site for special packages, such as the “Club Level Experience,” which starts at $559, where you stay three nights and only pay for two.

The hotel’s premier restaurant, The Dining Room serves French cuisine with an Asian influence and is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. It’s only one of four California eateries and one of twenty in North America to earn Forbes’ Travel Guide’s Five-Star Award for 2010. For breakfast and lunch, the Lobby Lounge serves a continental, as well as a full-buffet breakfast, hamburgers, chopped salad and sandwiches, and every Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m. offers a seafood “Raw Bar,” with a variety of oysters, clams and shellfish. Try the “Bloody Biker,” their specialty Bloody Mary made bloody hot with Habanero sauce!

Rates start at $349/night. Valet parking is $62/day. Offsite parking is $18/hr or $35/day.

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