The 1909-era Metropolitan Life Insurance Building, 600 Stockton St. in Nob Hill, San Francisco, was turned into a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in 1990. It is an iconic building with a grand front which is imposing. I had a couple of free-night certificates to burn, thanks to Chase Ritz-Carlton card. Otherwise, the cost of a standard night here starts at $600 and up. I made a short 2 night trip to San Francisco specifically to experience the grandeur of this hotel.
A lovely but non-pompous flower arrangement was kept in front of the entrance door. The lobby had a lounge at one side, restaurant at another. The check in desk was small for such a big hotel. There were a sitting area with few sofas and comfy chairs.
I was assigned a Deluxe King bedroom. The room size was good, bathroom was very elegant and it had premium offerings like a nespresso machine, a good stocked snack bar and nice furniture. The bed was comfortable and had plenty of pillows. Ritz as a brand provide complimentary evening turn-over and show-shining service. Everything else is, off course, prohibitively costly.
I love San Francisco. This was my second visit. And Ritz is in a great location as well. Just within a short walk of Nob Hill, China Town, Lombard Street, Union Square and a short cab ride to Golden Gate Bridge. It doesn't get better than that. You just need to be able to afford it. :). For me, the net cost was $0. You can do it too.
I had an amazing two days in SF exploring the city, eating amazing food and clicking away pictures. I was also able to visit American Express Centurian Lounge located in San Francisco Airport. 2 days in the city and the lounge require its own post. I will oblige soon.