InterContinental Mark Hopkins
What We Love
- Sunset cocktails at rooftop lounge Top of the Mark, with panoramic views of the city
- The Triple Truffle Burger at the Nob Hill Club restaurant
- Rich history: The hotel has seen presidents, royals and boldface names like Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson check in over the years
What To Know
- The business and fitness centers are open 24/7
- The Top of the Mark shakes up over 100 kinds of martini
- Free car service on weekdays
- Read more about what to see and do in San Francisco and Big Sur in our magazine section
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1926 on the crest of San Francisco’s ritzy Nob Hill, the Mark Hopkins has seen presidents, royals and boldface names like Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson check in over the years. Its 19th-floor bar, Top of the Mark, is a destination in and of itself thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that offer 360-degree views of the city and a cocktail menu with more than 100 martinis to choose from. Suites have a pale yellow, violet, red and taupe color scheme, as well as Frette linens, wood accents, Bose stereos and minibars. Keep up your workout regimen at the top-of-the-line gym, which is open 24/7, and when hunger strikes, head to the Nob Hill Club for farm-to-table fare from executive chef Nenad Stefanovic paired with California wines. Don’t miss the Triple Truffle Burger, named for its toppings of truffle aioli and truffle tremor, with a side of truffle fries.
In the Area
San Francisco’s Chinatown is just a short walk from the Mark Hopkins; explore the neighborhood’s winding alleys, which are dotted with temples, shops and restaurants, and go to lunch at Z & Y Restaurant, famous for its spicy Sichuan dishes (President Obama has even dropped in for takeout). Shop luxury brands like Chanel, Hermès and Prada on Union Square’s Maiden Lane or, if vintage finds are more your style, head to Haight-Ashbury to browse the racks at stalwarts like Held Over. Save an afternoon to explore Golden Gate Park, home to the de Young Museum of fine arts, the California Academy of Sciences and the San Francisco Botanical Garden, as well as one of the prettiest places in the city, the Japanese Tea Garden, where you can stop for tea and snacks.
How to Get There
We stayed at the Mark Hopkins for four nights towards the end of December. Upon our arrival we were greeted in the warmest way possible. Even though we arrived a few hours before our scheduled check-in time, we were more than welcome to already go to our room. From our room we had a very pretty view on the park and Grace Cathedral.
The hotel is in a very pretty neighbourhood and many attractions are easily walkable (Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz' departure pier). We were also amazed by the architecture of the hotel itself and the decoration of the bedroom and lobby.
We both were very happy with our stay, and would immediately recommend this hotel. Only negative point: on of the three elevators was broken (and it took multiple days for it to be fixed) so the wait for a non full elevator could be sometimes more than five minutes.
I had a marvellous time at your hotel. You had several front desk staff people always ready to help me. The room was very tidy and my view was spectacular. I plan to be a guest every time I visit San Francisco.
Truly iconic San Francisco, sitting at the top of Nob Hill in a quaint neighborhood, this hotel has weathered the tests of time. Terrific windows in many of the rooms looking out over the Bay and the City. Old school attitudes by the Staff and the Team here. Friendly, helpful, sincere. I understand they are in the process of renovations and it is time but hope they keep the elegance that made this hotel famous. WELL WORTH the visit is Top of the Mark --- what a view! Classic cocktails with a twist, elegant charcuterie boards, caviar, warm service make this a must stop each visit. #sfwelldone
We stayed at Mark Hopkins, a beautiful hotel at Nobb Hill. Lobby Area was good enough and comfortable. There were coffe facilities at lobby area before the breakfast starts. The staff were quite helpful and kind. On problem, if you want to walk, it stands on a hill and it is not easy to reach, I advise you take a cap.
The higher floor rooms overlooking the Pacific Union League Club’s Flood Mansion are quietly elegant, although the bathroom and toilet combinations evoke the era when that sort of compromised facility was acceptable - and they’re quite small and unpretentious. But the tasteful guest rooms have everything most first class travelers would want. The Mark is nothing if not a quintessential San Francisco place to stay. The valets and doormen exude the wit and savvy of this most European of American cities. The front desk staff are gracious and well groomed yet not toady or cute. This is a sophisticated, classical hotel happily devoid of bellowing, nasal New Yorkers and vulgar bourgeoisie from Shanghai.