I had business meetings in San Francisco, and my host selected the Mark Hopkins as the meeting location and arranged a group discount. Located on the top of Nob Hill, the Mark Hopkins is a beautiful vintage hotel. The guest rooms, meeting rooms, and the overall location were excellent. I am glad I stayed here and I would love to come back.
Room. I stayed in a generously sized room, with a king-sized bed, master bathroom, and a view of California St. I had a nice desk area with both fixed and WIFI internet. The WIFI was included in my room price; it was slow at night but a little faster in the morning. The flatscreen TV was nice enough, but the TV service was poor: more than half of the channels were "pixelated" and virtually unwatchable -- channel 60, The Golf Channel, did however work. One other problem, something was wrong with the flusher in my toilet; it made a really loud noise when I flushed. ... All of these are just the usual problems I put up with when traveling; not a show stopper.
Hotel. This renaissance style building is from the mid-1920s; it was most recently remodeled in the early 2000s. Our meetings included breakfast and lunch on the 19th floor restaurant, named Top of the Mark. It was really nice; beautiful views, very nicely laid out floor space, and excellent buffet service. This floor was featured in the movie, Veritgo, by Alfred Hitchcock and the hotel staff was proud to talk about it.
Steep hills! Take cable cars! So being on the top of Nob Hill is good and bad. The views are great! The surrounding neighborhood is beautiful to walk through, but if you want to take a short walk to Union Square or a slightly longer walk to the Ferry Building (Market and Embarcadero Streets), the return walk, back up the hill is gruelingly difficult. The Nob Hill is very steep! After my first somewhat failed walk, I planned my next two walks to end at a cable car stop. I walked down and then took either the California or Powell line cable car back up to the hotel.
Cable Car tour. One evening after my dinner meetings, I walked down to Union Square, caught the Powell/Hyde cable car all the way North up to Fisherman's Wharf. I walked along the wharf area for awhile, then caught the Embarcadero Heritage Streetcar for a ride along the bay all the way South to the Ferry Building. I took some nice pictures of the clock tower and the Oakland Bay Bridge, and then I walked over to the California St Cable Car queue and rode back up the hill to the hotel.
Airport to Hotel. For this trip, I only used public transportation. I took the BART from SFO airport to the Embarcadero station. From there, the hotel is walking distance, but the hill is too steep for me, so I took a taxi about a mile to the hotel. Leaving for home, I took the California Line cable car from my hotel to the Embarcadero station and then took the BART back to the airport.
- 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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