Old World Elegance With New World Service At The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

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My castle in the sky.

If a man’s home is his castle then I want to live at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins. Perched at the top of San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighbourhood the Mark Hopkins combines old world elegance with new world amenities. With spectacular views overlooking the city, doormen that greet you every time you come and go and a club service that dares you not to leave the hotel at all. A grand old hotel, the Mark Hopkins evokes memories of an era when travel was for the rich and famous. Having all your needs catered to and never having to lift a finger to make any experience possible. In 2015 my experience was similar, room service when I was peckish, concierge booked dinner reservations and spa treatments to fit my schedule and specialty coffee whenever I needed a caffeine hit. 30 Days In SF lifestyles of the rich and famous even if it’s just for a few nights.

The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco

Vancouver Golf & Travel Show Feb 14 & 15th

Located at the intersection of Mason and California Streets, the Mark Hopkins is literally perched on the top of Nob Hill. The experience begins right at the front door when I exit my Uber ride as the Front Door staff take my luggage and escort me to the registration desk. Quick and painless check in that includes making sure my IHG number is on file and then I’m escorted with my luggage up to my room on the 10th floor. I can’t help but admire the lobby on my way to the elevators, it evokes another era for me.

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins entrance waySan Francisco

Looking through the Intercontinental Lobby towards the entrance

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins elegant lobby

Up to my room on the 10th I’m guided by the bellman. He escorts me to my room, opens the door and welcomes me inside. I’m staying in this? Apparently I’ve been upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite that is as big as my condo back in Vancouver. A sitting area, dining room and a separate bedroom with ensuite bathroom the room is huge! Talk about wow.

The front room of my suite at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

View of my room at the INtercontinental Mark Hopkins

Bedroom in my suite at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

I feel completely spoiled and pampered with a room this large and luxurious. It’s probably the size of two of my previous hotel rooms put together. A gorgeous King Sized bed and a bathroom with a separate shower and a Jacuzzi Tub round out the room amenities and make me feel at home. I feel in love with this room so much I actually called down and extended my stay here for an extra night, heaven.

King Sized bed at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

Jacuzzi Tub in the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins bathroom

Separate shower in my bathrrom

Would you like to see the view from my windows? Isn’t that gorgeous! From another vantage point I got a completely different view towards the other part of town. Just amazing.

View from my room of San Francisco

View of Nob Hill San Francisco from the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

To round out my experience at the Mark Hopkins I visited the Club Lounge which guests can access for an additional $50 per day. This includes all the coffee & tea you can drink (specialty coffee not just drip), a full American Breakfast & a Dim Sum Breakfast as well, plus Happy Hour cocktails, wine and snacks from 4 to 6pm. Trust me, I took full advantage of this perk each day. The staff even knew my name Smile

Happy Hour Bar in the Club Lounge at the Intercontinenal Mark Hopkins

Bubbles and snacks at the Mark Hopkins Happy Hour

Breakfast spread at the Intercontinental Mark Hokins Club Lounge

Breakfast pastries at the Intercontinental Mark Hokins Club Lounge

Fresh Fruit at the Intercontinental Mark Hokins Club Lounge

The Mark Hopkins was certainly a highlight of my stay in San Francisco partly because I absolutely love luxury and being treated like a king but also because it felt special and who doesn’t like to feel special. I hear there is a renovation coming in the near future to the hotel. I hope they keep the charm but perhaps they can add a few more electrical outlets for all the laptop, IPADS & smartphones we all seem to travel with this days. I will definitely be coming back to the Mark Hopkins the next time I’m in San Francisco. Who knows I may get lucky and get upgraded again!

30 Days In SF Over the course of 30 posts I’m exploring Where to Stay, Where to Eat and Drink and What to Do in San Francisco and the Bay area. I won’t get to everything awesome but I welcome your suggestions and if I don’t get to it on this visit there is always the next time!

Vancouver Golf & Travel Show Feb 14 & 15th


The Vancouver Golf & Travel Show takes place on Feb 14 & 15th at the PNE. It is the largest consumer golf & travel show in Western Canada and will have over 125 exhibitors, travel destinations, manufacturer’s representatives and demonstrators giving you everything you need to know about golf and travel. There will also be presentations from Golf professionals, PGA Tour Pro Bryn Parry and Sports Journalists. Tickets are only $12 for Adults and kids 17 & under get in for free. If there is a golf lover in the family this makes a sweet Valentines Day gift and while they are all about the golf you and the kids can explore all the travel options on site. Perhaps your next vacation inspiration is just waiting for you to discover it. The 2015 Vancouver Golf & Travel Show is BIGGER BETTER & LOUDER

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I love to be pampered and spoiled and that is what it's like to stay at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins. A huge renovation will be happening in the next year or so. I hope they keep the charm but perhaps they could add a few more tech upgrades and some easy to access electrical plugs for us laptop/smartphone/tablet travelers.

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This is not a paid post. My stay was compliments of Intercontinental Mark Hopkins for media review purposes. Views are my own.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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