InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Seated on Nob Hill among other grand edifices is the 19-storey white monolith hotel that is the Mark Hopkins, one of the most popular business hotels in San Francisco. Named for the Central Pacific Railroad founder whose mansion stood on the site until the 1906 fire consumed it, the Mark Hopkins offers truly incredible views, to the east in particular. From the higher rooms on the northeast side, you look eye-to-eye with Coit Tower or distant Mount Diablo. (It’s worth the extra money to get a deluxe room, meaning those on the eighth to 17th floors.) The accommodations are as luxurious as you might assume from the hotel’s exterior, including dark wood furniture, plush seating, the odd tasseled pillow or two, Italian marble in the bathrooms, Frette linens on the bed, and all the other bells and whistles of a well-appointed resting spot. The crowd tends to the expense-account crew and can be a bit staid, but there is no denying the aura of wealth and privilege the walls exude. Be sure to have a cocktail at the Top of the Mark to soak in the panoramic views.