Intercontinental Mark-Hopkins, San Francisco

For the one night in San Francisco last week, we booked the Mark-Hopkins. The price was right, location was perfect, and I think the view at the Top of the Mark is one of the best in the city. The room was fine, nothing fabulous, but a comfortable bed, and amazing view of the Transamerica Pyramid.

View from roomThe lobby is small and feels like it's ready to welcome Queen Elizabeth II and a few of her crusty friends for tea at any time.

The Top of the Mark is this hotel's crown jewel, oozing nostalgia, perched on top since the owner in 1939 converted the 19th-floor penthouse into a lounge. There's a great dance floor, grand piano, and tables lining the windows so you can see the city from every angle.  For a great daytime view (and better photos like the ones I took here), do breakfast here.

Grand Piano in Top of the Mark

Just as we checked out, I realized President Obama was going to be there 2 hours later for a fundraiser. Hope everyone felt their $35,000 spent per ticket was worth it!