Hotels, San Francisco, TravelIntercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

Located in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins proved to be a solid hotel choice on my recent San Francisco vacation. The hotel itself is in of the quieter areas of the city, so if you’re looking for something more removed from the crowds and lights of Union Square but still in a convenient location, this is a great option.  It’s a short cable car ride (or hilly walk) to Chinatown, Union Square, and the Ferry Building, among other hot spots.

Our 12th floor room was perfect for our needs: spacious, clean, and comfortable. In fact, the bed was among the most comfortable beds I have slept on, EVER. The down comforter and mattress pad, along with the luxurious pillows, made me feel like I was sleeping on clouds,  which was the best way to end the exhausting days of walking, shopping, eating, and general gallivanting! The only other place I’ve experienced such a comfortable bed was at a resort which rang up at $3,000 a night!  TDO Editor Carolyn, concurs, sharing stories of how ridiculously comfortable her bed at IC Montelucia was!

We had a “room with a view”, which was a beautiful way to wake up every morning. Another fabulous touch? Turndown service, complete with a Ghiradelli chocolate square and a postcard with tomorrow’s weather forecast! Little touches like that are special and becoming overlooked in the hotel industry nowadays.

One of the city’s top special-night destinations, the Top of the Mark Restaurant, is located at the top floor of the Intercontinental. My friend and I made our way up one evening to enjoy cocktails and the view, with the latter being truly spectacular! I suggest everyone take a trip to the Top of the Mark if just to enjoy the 360 degree, panoramic views of San Francisco. I doubt there’s a better place!

The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins was a great place to relax and recoup for my San Francisco vacation, and I’d recommend it for those looking for old school charm in a quaint, beautiful neighborhood, especially if you want to be slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Stay tuned for the fun details of the rest of my trip!


  1. Closet Cravings  |  3 November 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Your little vacation made me realize that I desperately need a little getaway of my own. =)

  2. Karen  |  3 November 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Nothing could beat those beds or the chocolate! San Fran was a blast!

  3. Nina  |  3 November 2009 at 10:25 PM

    The hotel looks great, can’t wait to hear about the food parts of the trip! 🙂

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