Rising up from the top of Nob Hill, the elegant InterContinental Mark Hopkins has a deep history in San Francisco. Mark Hopkins, one of the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad, built his mansion on this site in the 19th century. Most of the original property was destroyed in the fire that followed the 1906 earthquake, but mining engineer George D. Smith snagged the prime location, which, on clear days today affords views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. The hotel opened in 1926 and has entertained movie stars, presidents, musicians, and international dignitaries, among them Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Dwight Eisenhower, and Nikita Khrushchev. (The Rolling Stones once booked two floors to accommodate their crew.)
Multi-million dollar renovations and a 2002 restoration have kept the hotel both current and beautifully preserved. Start your stay with a sunset cocktail at the hotel’s historic sky lounge, the Top of the Mark.
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Set atop serene Nob
Hill, surrounded by stately mansions, the Mark Hopkins is an easy walk down
(and a more strenuous walk up) to the shops and restaurants of Union Square,
North Beach, and Chinatown, as well as the museums around Yerba Buena gardens.
Dining options abound; nearby favorites include Verbena,
Khao, and Tadich
Need to Know
Rooms: 383 rooms, 32 suites. From $299. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon
options:The Nob Hill
Club celebrates the city’s affinity for
farm-to-table fare, offering modern American dishes, like a triple truffle
burger and black cod brioche, made with local ingredients. A robust California
wine list enhances meals, while guests can grab treats like caramel sea salt
truffles and TCHO chocolate chip cookies from the “On the Fly” menu whenever
they wish. On the top floor, the Top of the Mark features 360-degree views. A signature martini list and a rotating
roster of entertainment complement the dazzling vistas. Spa and
gym details:While there isn’t a spa, the fitness
center is open 24 hours.
Who's it for/who's it best for: Luxury travelers with classic taste. The hotel courts business and
leisure travelers, conference-goers, families, and couples alike. Our favorite rooms: The hotel’s seven Terrace Suites come with glass-enclosed terraces
that look out over the city. Quieter rooms are on the Mason Street side, but
the views are better on the California Street side, which overlooks the
courtyard and the cable car line. Insider Tip: Make reservations for Top of the Mark’s Sunday champagne brunch, every
week from 10am to 1pm.