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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Stayed here for 3 nights. The decor is very tired. The sink in the room had cracks and it was a fight to get hot water. We were at the end of the line as far as hot water was concerned. However the staff were helpful, especially the concierge. Compared to other hotels in the area they will need to up their game.
I stayed here a few nights ago with a group of friends for a reunion. For starters the hotel is beautiful and the staff is friendly and welcoming; we ran into the general manager Mr. Pace who gave us a great recommendation regarding good brunch spots. Our room was amazing with views of what seemed to be the whole city; as we stayed in a suite and the window in the living room was a direct view of Grace Cathedral. I will defiantly be coming back due to the ambiance and quietness of the overall hotel.
This was our stop on the final leg of our West Coast tour. Overall a good experience. But a word of caution to those who with brown skin. Your treatment at the service desk might differ, depending on who is attending to you. We had the 'pleasure' of being checked in by an individual who dismissed any clarification with an attitude that indicated that our opinions and queries don't count. The difference was very apparent when he checked in the next guest who was welcomed and also detailed on the facilities that the hotel had to offer. And our query was related to an additional breakfast, which if he bothered to check the system was already prepaid for. Luckily we were able to connect with another member of the service desk who was more receptive and sorted out the issue. We have stayed at Intercon properties before and live in city that offers the best in hospitality so this kind of behaviour is unacceptable... that said the rest of the service staff were professional and polite..
Quick visit to see a friend in San Francisco went really smoothly. Check in was a breeze, was able to head to my room in minutes and then up to the Top of the Mark for a drink and some amazing views. Before heading out for a bite we saw a couple get engaged to everyone's applause - it was a nice, fun atmosphere. After eating, we ended up back there for a night cap. The place was rocking - the band wasn't playing the type of music I'm necessarily into, but it was fun to people watch and see so many people having a good time. Headed back to my room - bed was comfy and clean - slept really well. Buffet breakfast the following morning was extensive and well stocked with something for everyone. Staff were attentive and kept the coffee coming! Check out went smoothly and my car was brought round in minutes with the minimum of fuss. I hadn't stayed at the MH for around 5 years, but it was as great an experience as I remembered.
The hotel is a grand fantastic building with a great reception area. Paid a premium for a "great" view of the city, but the view was at best obscured. The rooms are a bit dated and the beds a little uncomfortable. The appearance of the rooms and fitting in the bathroom appear elegant but the sink and bath often good blocked. It is an old building so as expected the water piping was noisy so sleep was effected when other guest flushed the toilet etc. Overall, we are glad we stayed and accept an old building is difficult to rennovate to modern standards. All the staff were very polite, respectful and helpful. The gym has dated equipment which is maintained well and still functional.