Stunning, spectacular, weird and wonderful, San Francisco is all of these things and that’s why it’s one of the most captivating cities in the world.
From soaking up the alternative culture in the Haight and walking in the footsteps of the beat poets in North Beach to hiking up near-vertical city streets to enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Coit Tower, taking a cable car tour, or kayaking in San Francisco Bay, this most cosmopolitan of cities has it all.
As far as outdoor pursuits go, the sky is the limit. Cycling is big here, very big, and a trip to SF isn’t complete without riding over the famous Golden Gate Bridge, taking in the spectacular views of the Bay and Alcatraz Island then winding through Marin County and stopping for a bite to eat in the picture-book quaint town of Sausalito before taking a ferry back to the city.
Go surfing on Ocean Beach, take a sailing boat to Angel Island or enjoy a spot of roller-blading in Golden Gate Park – you name it, you can do it in San Francisco.
But where to stay?
If you want to enjoy the sensational views of San Francisco and the Bay then you need to get yourself to a high vantage point, and they don’t come higher than the illustrious Nob Hill.
The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins began life in 1878 as a mansion house built by one of the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad – Mark Hopkins. It was subsequently home to the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art before being turned into a hotel in 1926. This historic hotel exudes classic style, luxury and elegance from its every pore.
Think chandeliers, high ceilings, oak wall panels and traditionally attired doormen and bellboys. Large, grand rooms are kitted out with every mod con needed for a 21-century five star experience. The views from the rooms are stunning but if you want to be really blown away, visit the legendary sky lounge, the ‘Top of the Mark’ and enjoy nightly live jazz bands while soaking in the 360 degree vistas of the city and bay.