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
My wife and I spent 3 nights staying at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkis. We had an executive rooomon the 15th floor with a buffet breakfast included in the package.. The room decor was dated with a couple stains on the carpeting and the sofa and chairs a little old. The room was extremely quiet and soundproof. The service was satisfactory but nothing special. The breakfast buffet was excellent offering everything from bacon, scrambled eggs and waffles to smoked fish, deli meets and yogurt.
Our biggest disappointment was the Top of the Mark which we have previously visited many times and was a main reason for staying at the hotel. Even just a few years ago, middle aged and young people dressed "to the nines" to go to the Top of the Mark which featured excellent bands and dancing. Now its generally a young crowd, almost everyone dresses in jeans and a single pianist (who was fantastic) strains to get heard over the din of the crowd.
The Top of the Mark, like the Mark Hopkins itself, is no longer a special San Francisco experience.. Its just another San Francisco hotel with no particular reason to stay there. That's too bad.
Stayed here for a few days and found it very nice waiters and reception staff all very good, although the the American breakfast didn't seem to be worth £68 I suppose that's what you pay in such an establishment on the whole a very nice place
It is a beautiful hotel ( the outside) the lobby is just too small no shops, no place to get something to drink even a cup of coffee, the only way is going to The Top restaurant. The do not have water or complementary coffee unless to get up at 4am until 6am. The room just basic and updated. I paid almost $600 a night with NO breakfast . just does no make sense !! I won’t stay again. Sorry !!