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
Stay Report - 6/13 - 6/15
Location: The hotel is located on the corner of California and Mason Streets in the Nob Hill Neighborhood. While I felt on my visit that a lot of San Francisco is suffering from a massive homeless population, some of whom are very aggressive, it's not noticeable in this neighborhood. The California Avenue trolley had a stop right outside the hotel or you can walk about a mile to Montgomery Street or Embarcadeo BART stations. Just be advised any walks south or east involve a steep downhill and obviously steep uphill on the way back.
Hotel: Beautiful from the outside. A classic Depression era building that's inviting and has sweeping views of the city and the bay. There's a small lobby bar and of course on the 19th floor is the Top of the Mark restaurant and bar which features great views of the city.
Check In: Handled by a very friendly agent who confirmed my upgrade to a "deluxe" room and prepared keys for me. No issues getting a 4 PM late checkout my last day.
Room: Pretty disappointing. In a word it's old. While I don't mind the older style building and older style lobby, the room itself was depressing. No outlets near the bed, small closet, absurdly tiny bathroom without enough room to put one person's toiletries on the shelf let alone two etc. I was glad I wasn't spending too much time in the room
Other: The Top of the Mark is a great place for drinks. They have an incredible liquor selection and very friendly staff. Their bar bites menu is a little weak but not as expensive as you might think. I also had room service breakfast my second day which was done well.
I spent a lot on this hotel (something like $750 for two nights) and was disappointed by the room which cancelled out the service and the location. Not sure I'd be back.
What can I say besides we enjoyed our stay in this historic hotel. We found it in a perfect location for site seeing as it was a close downhill walk to Union Square, Chinatown, and about a 15 minute walk to the wharf. We asked for on a high level floor with a view of the bay and that is what we received. It was still a bit noisy with the window open but we didn’t mind, it was fun to see the trolley and the hustle and bustle below. We did stay club level and that was fine. The food and drink selections were good, breakfast was better than the happy hour. It is a bit hectic as the club level is to the side of the lobby and also open to the public in the morning, but the staff was very welcoming (with the exception of one concierge) and by the end of our stay knew our names. The only thing was the rooms could use a bit of a refresher. While they are large they are looking a little worn but it was clean. I would stay here again, but I would wait until maybe the rooms are updated a bit.
Got an upgrade for a reasonable amount of $ on this four-night stay, and was very happy with a 12th floor room. Overlooked the cathedral with a partial of the Golden Gate Bridge. Yes, it's the sort of place that is what Shabby Chic tries to emulate - the furniture had a few dings and there was fraying on the side of the comfy chair (with upholstered ottoman!) - but it felt authentic. Took a little while to find drawers into which to unpack (they're in the cabinet where the fridge is), but the closet is large, there's a real luggage rack, and both the room and the bathroom (tub-shower) were very roomy. And a good mattress. In addition, I was impressed by the pleasant but not stiff attitude of all the staff I dealt with, the front desk, the dining room, and even the doormen. (Hi to Sal, a charmer!) Breakfast is allegedly buffet only, but I asked for and got just a croissant and coffee. There's also to-go coffee - but you're charged for it, just so you know. Saturday night at the Top of the Mark, was quite busy with plenty of people actually dancing, a varied crowd, although they shut down at 12.30. I'd stay again if the rates were as reasonable as those I found.
My brother and sister-in-law came into town for the weekend and we decided to head to San Francisco for a few days. Since my brother and I are big fans of the Intercontinental brand, we decided to stay at the Mark Hopkins. This is a classic old hotel with lots of history. Located on top of Nob Hill, the hotel has an amazing view (if you are lucky to get a room facing the right direction). We arrived at the hotel and entered the nice lobby. At check-in, they informed us that my brother's room was ready but ours was not (it was ready an hour later). My brother was upgraded to a suite and we were given a mini-suite. The rooms were nice but the furniture is showing its age. Since we were in a club level room, we used the lounge located on the first floor. Menu and drink options were good...just no view (not a big deal).
Overall, we had a good time but we realize that we like the newer Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown SF. More modern and better club lounge.
Very happy to have stayed at the intercontinental mark hopkins. The location and the service were good. The rooms and the view were good and the concierge was helpful. Will plan to stay there again. Friendly staff