Perched upon the top of San Francisco’s famed Nob Hill, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins’ location mirrors its position amongst the finest hotels in the City.
A grand dame in every sense of the expression, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins consistently exceeds expectations, with a fusion of contemporary vibe and classic elegance and sophistication. Coupled with its reputation for providing exceptional service and hospitality, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins is a preferred choice for both the business and leisure traveler.
About The InterContinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
Opened on December 4, 1926, this majestic hotel is named after Mark Hopkins, one of the 19th century co-founders of the Central Pacific Railroad, whose other three founders were Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Collis Huntington. Collectively known as the Big Four, these railroad barons all built mansions on Nob Hill although Hopkins dies in 1878, before his mansion is completed.
Years after the 1906 Earthquake and subsequent fire damage, three hotels were constructed over former residences of three of the Big Four, including the Mark Hopkins Hotel, built by mining engineer George D. Smith, who operated the hotel until 1962. Over the years, the Mark Hopkins Hotel has been a premier choice for travelers and has hosted an extensive list of well-known public figures and celebrities, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Prince Philip, Charles de Gaulle, Anthony Bourdain and many U.S. Presidents, including Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower and Barack Obama.
Featuring a classic French and Spanish renaissance façade, the hotel was acquired by the InterContinental Hotels Corporation in 1973 and remains the oldest InterContinental hotel in the U.S.
A true San Francisco landmark, it is also the city’s largest hotel to be honored as a San Francisco Green Business.
How To Get There
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel San Francisco is located approximately 13 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Several ground transportation services are available from SFO, such as limousine services, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft, taxis, shared ride vans and public transportation. Additionally, SFO has a BART rapid transit station that can transport riders to BART stations in downtown San Francisco, where riders can then opt for a connecting service like Uber and Lyft.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel is also located near all three of San Francisco’s historic cable car lines. Although luggage may still be brought onboard a cable car, it is generally not recommended to do so.
Nob Hill is also walking distance from many of San Francisco’s leading attractions, like Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, TransAmerica Pyramid and the Museum of Ice Cream. Additionally, Fisherman’s Wharf is approximately two miles away.
InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel offers 383 elegantly appointed rooms including 33 suites. Room sizes range from 312 square feet for Standard Rooms to 364 square feet for View Rooms, with views of the City, San Francisco Bay or the Golden Gate Bridge. All rooms come equipped with an in-room safe, cable/satellite TV with premium channels, WiFi (with fee) Keurig coffee/tea maker, mini bar, clock radio and other amenities like plush bathrobes, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.
Suites sizes range from 551 square feet for a Junior Suite to 2,240 square feet for the two-bedroom California Suite with a separate dining room and parlor. In addition to the standard features like TV, minibar and hairdryers, all suites have additional amenities like feather bed mattresses and Frette bed linens, stylish wood furniture, turndown service upon request, complimentary shoeshine service and same-day/laundry valet service.
Pets up to 25 lbs are allowed with a non-refundable fee of $100 per stay. Pets are only allowed in specific rooms or floors. Pets may not be unattended in any guest room.
Nob Hill Club
The Nob Hill Club is the hotel’s signature restaurant and features exceptional farm-to-table California cuisine using fresh, local produce, seafood and meats from Bay Area and Northern California farmers and suppliers. The Nob Hill Club is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is also available for semi-private dining for up to 14 seated guests, and 20-25 guests for a standing reception. The restaurant also features On-the-Fly-Beverages, as well a fabulous American wine bar offering bar bites and impressive, California-centric wine list from wineries in the Napa-Sonoma Wine Country Alameda and Monterey County. Bar service is available Tuesdays through Saturdays, with a happy hour from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
The hotel’s Leisure Escape Package includes accommodations, valet parking, two cocktails at the Top of the Mark and breakfast buffet at the Nob Hill Club.
InterContinental Ambassador members through IHG Rewards also receive complimentary breakfasts and restaurant and bar credits of up to $20. Other travelers can also purchase an optional Club InterContinental, with exclusive benefits like complimentary breakfasts and additional guestroom amenities.
In room dining is also available, as is catering services for special events like business meetings, birthday parties and weddings.
Top Of The Mark
Located on the 19th floor, the iconic Top of the Mark opened as a bar/lounge in 1939. A popular spot for servicemen during World War II, the Top of the Mark recently celebrated its 80th anniversary and with its tower-like design, provides 360 views of several San Francisco main attractions, such as Chinatown, North Beach, the San Francisco Bay and the new Salesforce Tower, the tallest building in the City. Well known for its cocktail list, particularly its signature martini menu with 100 variations, the historic bar features live music and entertainment on a regular basis and hosts a very popular Sunday Brunch, along with a tantalizing menu of gourmet bar bites, like California Cheese plates, charcuterie plates and California sturgeon caviar.
The hotel’s food and beverage program is led by talented executive Chef Chad Bayless, who previously worked in a number of local establishments while earning his degree in Hospitality Management at San Francisco State University. He also represented the InterContinental Mark Hopkins for dinner at the renowned James Beard Foundation House in New York City.
The Museum At The Mark
Also on the lobby level with its stunning crystal chandeliers, is the Museum at the Mark, a small museum that chronicles the history of the Top of the Mark and showcases many rare artifacts from the legendary bar. This includes original holiday menus, vintage silverware, cocktail shakers and glasses, 24k gold dinnerware and classic posters announcing upcoming appearances of popular big band era entertainers like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Rudy Vallé.
The Mark Hopkins offers a 24-hour fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art equipment like free weights, weight machines and cardio machines.
Additional Hotel Services
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco offers a wide array of services and amenities. This includes a complimentary town car service on weekdays, 24 front desk service, 24 business center, valet parking and parking garage, express check in/check out services and concierge service.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel San Francisco offers 19,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Room of Dons with its seven-foot tall murals and the 4,440 square foot Peacock Court grand ballroom.
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About The Author:
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, in California.