This hotel is very well located to easily access many areas of SF. But, be warned - it is located at probably the highest point in central SF and, if you're on foot, the climb up the hill to the hotel will test your hamstrings and gluts - especially after a day of sight seeing if you've also been doing that on foot! Having said that, the location also means that the Top of the Mark bar has fantastic views of SF and the Bay area, especially at sunset. The hotel is old and 'elegant' - which is frequently a description of a property in need of some renovation. However, the main public areas of the Mark are very fresh, the restaurant is modern and comfortable and the Top of the Mark is also spacious and comfortable. There is also a small but adequately equipped gym. We had a standard room and this was a bit dated but absolutely fine for our needs. We had breakfast in the restaurant each morning - the buffet was really excellent, everything was fresh and beautifully cooked and the choice left nothing out. The service was also excellent.There is a small wine bar open in the late afternoon / evening (although closing at 9pm seems a bit early?) with very good choices by the glass - and a very friendly and informative barman who was incredulous when I told him about how much we had walked (including the walk up the hill to the hotel) - his response was "no-one walks here, take a Lyft!" (and he was right!). Entrance to the Top of the Mark on the 2 nights we went was $15 a head for bin-residents but free for residents (a band was playing each night - the Thursday band was excellent - jazz and blues, the Saturday band (80s pop) was so-so and let down by their sound - the guitarist looked like he was playing his heart out but he seemed to have forgotten to plug the guitar into the amp). Overall, a good to very good hotel - but watch out for those hills!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HISTORIC GRANDEUR ON THE CREST OF NOB HILL As splendid now as when it opened to great fanfare in 1926, InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco is one of the city’s finest hotels with a long legacy of service excellence. Located at the crossing of three cable car lines, the venerable landmark is minutes from Union Square, Chinatown, and the Financial District. Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge are short drives away. ... more less
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- Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco Hotel San Francisco
- Intercontinental San Francisco
- San Francisco Intercontinental