The Mark Hopkins Hotel – Floating Like A Butterfly On Nob Hill

Located at the top of luxe Nob Hill, at the intersection of three cable car lines, (and named for Mark Hopkins, one of San Francisco wealthy railroad magnates) this historic hotel is famous for the Top Of The Mark lounge, world-renowned for its sparkling vista of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge…and for the 100 Martinis menu. In 1939, the penthouse was transformed into a cocktail lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, then aptly re-named.

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It's remembered by World War II veterans who jammed the lounge before leaving for duty. As loved ones watched their ships depart, they gave the room's northwest corner its nostalgic name — Weeper's Corner. Everyone from Liz Taylor to Brad Pitt have taken the elevator up to the 19th floor of the Mark Hopkins and made a selection from the lounge's famous martini menu. As the piano tinkles in the background, you gaze over the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf.

What You Can Expect at The Mark Hopkins Hotel

Not only are there 100 martinis to choose from at the Top Of The Mark, there are a dizzying array of 32 suites on the hotel menu. Guest rooms and suites at the Mark Hopkins are located in either the main central tower or in one of the two wings outstretched like a butterfly. Standard and deluxe rooms start at around $400, but of course the 32 suites cost more.

Jacuzzi Suite — It's also known as the Honeymoon Suite. Set on the 16th floor, its outdoor terrace overlooks Golden Gate Bridge. Fittingly, it's where you find the hotel's largest Jacuzzi tub. Breakfast will be served to you on the terrace. .

Cyril Magnin Suite — A black marble floor leads to an Asian-influenced sitting room with a dining table for five guests. The terrace overlooks Alcatraz, the Transamerica pyramid, and the Bay Bridge.

Mark Hopkins Suite — Enjoy the private roof garden with spectacular 240-degree views. Located high on the 16th floor, this tasteful suite is all about luxe decor — walnut paneling, taupe carpet with a dramatic black leaf pattern, soft green accents and a marble fireplace. The first bedroom is decorated in muted butter yellows and has access to the solarium. The second bedroom is decorated in matching soft taupe and mocha shades. This spacious suite clocks in at 1352 square feet.

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Presidential Suite — The elegant 17th floor two-bedroom suite has vistas that extend to the Bay Bridge. A large dining room table for eight is punctuated with a chandelier and adjoins the living room. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms and of course, two Jacuzzis.

California Suite — The 2240-square-foot suite has everything. It overlooks San Francisco from the 18th floor with an entrance that leads to the private dining room or the living room.

Penthouse Suite — Three dramatic picture windows face east for outstanding views of the bay and the city. The suite retains the original 1926 wood wall paneling and built-in bookcases with a rich golden-yellow palette. The bedroom is decorated in soft garden greens with silk wallpaper, carpets and drapes. The lavish bathroom features Italian and Spanish marble in dark green and black.

OpenTable named the Top of the Mark the number one favorite brunch restaurant in the city, and there's always something going on. In the summer, you might find free weekly wine tastings and a movie. Sip local wines and watch vintage movies like Singing in the Rain or Gone with the Wind.

Our only complaint about the hotel is that they still charge guests extra for WIFI access. Because of that, we've dropped them down a notch in our rating.

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How Our Ratings Work

Superb Plus = 93%+ Travelers Rating
Superb = 88%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated Plus = 85%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated = 80%+ Travelers Rating

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• Paid WIFI (Boo!) thumb (Lowers our rating)
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• Neighborhood — Nob Hill

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