InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco – Hotel Review
One of my favorite parts of San Francisco is Nob Hill and one of my favorite hotels to stay in the city is the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. When I pulled into the driveway at the intersection of California and Mason, I thought of my many past visits, some with my parents when I was younger, others more recent. I thought of the view from the Top of the Mark, a restaurant and cocktail lounge on the hotel’s top floor (and the hotel itself is at the very top of Nob Hill), making for spectacular views of the fog rolling in over the Golden Gate Bridge. And finally, I thought of the Nob Hill Club, where the lounge attendant somehow manages to remember my name from past visits.
In December of this year, the hotel will be celebrating its 90th anniversary and is planning renovations that will include the guest rooms. The hotel is steeped in history: it was built on the site of the original Mark Hopkins mansion (Hopkins was one of the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad) and, while the structure survived the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, it was destroyed by the three-day fire that followed the earthquake.
Upon arrival late morning, my room wasn’t yet ready and I settled into the Nob Hill Club on the ground floor to do some work, enjoy a snack, and wait for the room to become available. The hotel staff apparently had a particular room in mind for me, a prototype it was studying as part of its renovation plans.
It’s never easy to renovate a hotel where repeat guests are used to a room being just so. I’ve stayed in the same type of suite for my past half dozen or more visits and I was quite content with it.
Indeed, one of the things I liked best about the elegantly appointed rooms at the Mark Hopkins is that they were very comfortable. The prototype room was brighter but maintained the feeling I’ve come to expect. The room design isn’t final and there is only one suite and one room like it (see the photos for an understanding of the look the designers were striving to achieve).
The bedroom had a very comfortable king size bed, a chest of drawers with a television, and outstanding views of the city, while the living room had a cream-colored sofa and side chair as well as a banquette-like seating area for six with a large dining room table at the far end of the room. The dining table in the larger room in the suite is perfect for a small business dinner or meeting. Similar to the older design, there was no desk or desk chair but the new dining table did far better as a desk than the old one and was closer to electrical outlets as well.
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