The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco in Nob Hill recently wrapped a multi-phase transformative renovation. Here’s a look at the property’s new design, which was led by hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA).
During the renovation, the classic architectural form of the hotel was carried throughout its interiors and contemporized with modern detailing.According to HBA principal designer Kathleen Dauber, the new guestroom design was inspired by San Francisco’s Wilkes Bashford — one of the city’s iconic luxury department stores – and the legacy of former Mayor Willie Brown, known for his suits. This suiting aesthetic can be found in the specially woven pillows, and the layering of the wall coverings in the guestrooms and corridors.
The guestroom revamp marks the completion of the 105-year-old hotel’s ongoing renovation, which began in 2011 with the reopening of its signature restaurant, Parallel 37, followed by the lobby and lounge space in 2012. Its new meeting spaces and ballroom opened in 2014.
Led by HBA, the revamp has contemporized the brand’s traditional design. All 336 guestrooms and suites now feature a palette of steely blue and gray hues inspired by Bay Area fog, and furnishings based on fine menswear.Curtain cords were made to resemble a man’s belt, while chairs and chaise lounges are clad in tweed fabric.
“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 Kathleen Dauber, HBA principal designer.
The hotel now also has contemporary new interiors and high-tech flourishes, such as Virtual Concierges located in the lobby and meeting space foyers providing guests with various maps, attractions, and events.