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InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
Ranked #64 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Wonderful grande dame of a hotel”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

I spent a very quick night at the Mark, but the service as always was perfect. The room was comfortable and well appointed. However, try to get a room away from the street, as the windows are not double glazed and the noise from traffic and cable cars is quite loud.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

It's hard to decide whether this hotel is conveniently located or not. It definitely has incredible views, is well connected by public transportation, and is in the middle of Nob Hill, which is both a
blessing and a curse because Nob Hill is rather steep, and it has a cable car running right by it, which is charming but it also means you might hear the bell (I probably did but didn't realise; I'm used to the decibel level of Manhattan and don't notice city noises anymore).

It's an elegant, classic luxury hotel.
I had little contact with the staff on this trip, but all interactions were professional and pleasant and I definitely felt taken care of, and I recall past experiences at the hotel as friendly and fulfilling.
The concierge marvelously organised my transportation from and to the airport, and for some flowers to be delivered to the room before my arrival, and the Front Desk kindly checked me in early, honouring the membership upgrade.

My Suite had an old school feel to it. The cozy living-room would not have been out of place as an entertaining room in one of the old Railroad Barons' mansions.
The King bed was incredibly plush, with a wealth of cushions. The marble bathroom had separate bathtub and shower, and a wealth of prime amenities for both.
Housekeeping did an incredibly good job both during the morning clean and the evening turndown service.
The views both from the living-room and the bedroom were astounding.

I only had the chance to use the Club Lounge (located in the lobby) once, but it seemed spacious and comfortable, and had some nice looking finger-food to nibble on.
The Top of the Hill bar, which also provides the buffet breakfast, has breathtaking panoramic views. I would recommend a visit even for non-guests, just to enjoy the great mixology, the environment, and the sights.

For as long as I can walk up that hill, I'll be a faithful guest at the Mark Hopkins whenever I happen to be in San Francisco.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Second trip here in a few months. The location is excellent and the view from the room is good. The room is well laid out, with more than enough room for all my needs. The Keurig and toiletries were well stocked, the room very clean. Front desk staff were great - well trained in hospitality. Keeps me coming back

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

I wish that my experience was better here but unfortunately it left a lot to be desired. My cousin had a wedding in June here and I stayed here from Friday night to Sat for this event. Got a little discount because of the wedding but not that much. Rooms were blocked off for the wedding party so we got whatever was left of those blocked off rooms. Requested 2 beds beforehand because there was 3 of us sharing a room but when I checked in, I was told that there was none available. WTH! They expected 3 girls to share 1 bed...was offered a rollaway bed but not for free. It was going to cost $30 extra. Was not going to stress about this since the wedding weekend was stressful enough. When I got to the hotel, there was no one in the front...no greeting or assistance with my luggage. Got to the room and it was a nice room, not modern or anything but clean. It was pretty small. Had a view of the St Francis hotel and the church on the 4th floor. BTW, we did get a rollaway bed and I checked my bill and was not charged for it.

I will not go into details about how the customer service for the wedding but it was not as good as one would expect from a luxury hotel. And especially if we are paying a lot of money to have a wedding here.

As others have said, the customer service here needs a lot of improvement and this hotel is highly overrated. For the cost, I would not recommend staying here. With so many other hotels in the city, the choices are endless!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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David V, Manager at InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience from your recent stay at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. Please feel free to contact me at ICMarkHopkins@IHG.com should to wish to further discuss your recent stay. Thank you again for your review.

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David Valencia
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

I booked the Mark Hopkins, after I had stayed there on a business trip 2 years ago. And again it has been a great experience. We originaly planned to stay two nights, and we ended up extending our stay until our plane wss due 2 days later. The staff is very competent, helpful and friendly. The maid left a nice note of gratitude for the tip, and with one of the porters I had an interesting conversation about philosophy in America and Europe. David (?) at the reception desk patiently helped me figure out the best bargain for the extra nights we wanted to book. We enjoyed the benefits of a package including the (extraordinarily generous) breakfast, the valet parking, and a MUNI day pass incl the cable car, which conviently stops right in front of the hotel. Although we sometimes felt tempted to not even leave the room (on the 14th floor), with a great view (towards the Golden Gate Bridge). I am traveling a lot, and usually stay in 4 or 5 * hotels, thus, I know, what to expect. The Mark Hopkins really exceeded my expectations. Flawless. An awesome experience, and a memorable way to end our 3-week holiday in California. An extra plus is, by the way, that the windows in the guest rooms open, and that the WiFi is free of charge for IHG Reward Members.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

My son had his reception at the Top of the Mark and it could not have been
better. The service was great, the food was great and what could be better than a birds eye view of San Francisco and the Bay area.
Take your own bottled water. A bottle of Water is $6.50 in the mini bar. . You can purchase
2 cases of water at Wallgreens for $6.50. There is a Waljgreens on every corner.

Room Tip: Famous older hotel but classy, It all seems good. Its a fun place to stay no matter what room i woul...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

When planning for our 25th Wedding Anniversary trip to San Francisco I took a lot of time selecting the hotel. I picked the Mark Hopkins for what it promised to offer, superb service, historic setting, and an unforgettable stay.

Our stay was for 4 days and three nights in a King Executive Room on the 9th floor facing the rear of the hotel. I am an Ambassador Platinum Elite member of the IHG rewards program so we did get a few perks. However, the real service started before we arrived. John in Reservations at the Hotel linked me with the staff at the Top of the Mark and the Concierge staff so everything was perfect when we arrived. Marie Helene and Mary Jane were wonderful. Everyone at the Mark Hopkins is pleasant, helpful, and go out of their way to make your stay memorable. The Nob Hill Club was an excellent venue for breakfast before sightseeing each morning and a perfect place to relax for an evening cocktail.

Yes the items in the hotel are pricey, if you can't afford it then select another hotel in the city.

Our next visits to San Francisco will be at the Mark Hopkins.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
Address: 1 Nob Hill, 999 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-2228
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Nob Hill
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#37 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#44 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#55 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#65 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 383
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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