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Room service, chocolates on pillows and 1,000-thread-count sheets: all nice. But San Francisco hotels offer perks that go above and beyond (because the City by the Bay has an obligation to wow). Here’s a peek inside five of the city’s dreamiest guest rooms. The only trick now is deciding where to lounge in your plush terry-cloth bathrobe.


The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

As part of a multiphase transformative renovation, the Presidential Suite at the Ritz got a brand-new look earlier this year. Inspired by the city’s infamous gray fog and the tradition of men’s tailoring, the 2,000-square-foot space is classic with a modern twist. There’s a 1,200-square-foot furnished balcony overlooking the Financial District, plus magnificent marble bathrooms outfitted with Asprey products and whirlpool tubs. But it’s all the extra perks--like an en suite wine cooler--that really sell it.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 600 Stockton St.; 415-296-7465 or Presidential Suite rates average $10,000 a night.


The St. Regis

This just might be the ultimate in luxury. The 3,250-square-foot Presidential Suite has panoramic views of the city and bay, a media room with a 60-inch home theater, a butler’s pantry with a wine cooler, and cabinets stocked with Wedgwood china designed by Vera Wang. Did we mention the St. Regis’s signature butler service? Yep, your every wish is their command. Just pick up your in-room phone to place your request.

The St. Regis, 125 Third St.; 415-284-4000 or Presidential Suite rates average $15,000 a night.


Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

Perched atop Nob Hill, the Intercontinental is a statement of refined elegance. The California Suite is decidedly contemporary, with a black-and-white color scheme accented with gilded flourishes and hardwood floors. A parlor offers sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, but even cooler is the fact that guests can occupy the entire 18th floor by booking both the California and Penthouse suites.

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, 999 California St.; 415-392-3434 or California Suite rates start at $3,500 a night.


Hotel Vitale

In San Francisco, it’s all about location, location, location. Situated on the Embarcadero across the street from the Ferry Building, Hotel Vitale has a number of stylish suites. We’ve got our eye on the Deluxe Panoramic Circular Suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer 180-degree views of the bay. A deep soaking tub for two overlooks the water, and the limestone-clad bathroom with a rain-forest showerhead feels like a day at the spa.

Hotel Vitale, 8 Mission St.; 415-278-3700 or Deluxe Panoramic Circular Suite rates start at $1,200 a night.


W San Francisco

The W had us at happy hour (the Upstairs Drink Boutique serves up a daily bartender’s-choice cocktail and potato chips with caviar). But the Extreme Wow Suite on the 31st floor is nearly as intoxicating. A reading nook with a cushioned banquette and lacquered side tables radiates against a crimson wall mural. But it’s the large walk-in closet that had us ready to splurge on a midweek getaway.

W San Francisco, 181 Third St.; 415-777-5300 or Extreme Wow Suite rates average $2,000 a night.

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