Mark Hopkins Intercontinental

Hotel in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Glistening marble floors reflect glowing crystal chandeliers in the lobby of the 1926 Mark Hopkins, a San Francisco landmark. Detractors call it staid, but its timelessness is precisely why others (including Michelle Obama) love it. Rooms are done in business-classy style, with Frette linens, and most have knockout hilltop views, but some details miss: anticipate four-, not five-star service.

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