Nob Hill
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One of the most upscale areas of San Francisco, this is the site of two landmarks: The Fairmont Hotel and The Mark Hopkins.
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Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.

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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,464 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We did not think much of Nob Hill. There are many more interesting hills around San Francisco that provide better views and history.
Written 8 October 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,612 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is a posh neighborhood in San Francisco, mostly located at the hilltop.
While it has its charm, it's quite impractical for pedestrians as the streets are extremely steep.
Written 20 May 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,419 contributions
Oct 2022
Historically affluent area of the city, requiring a steep climb to reach. Luckily you can reach by cable car. Located here is the Fairmont Hotel, the famous Top of the Mark in the Mark Hopkins Hotel, Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral and the San Francisco Cable Car Museum.
Written 8 May 2023
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Aug 2022
This is a very good area to spend a few days we stayed at Powell Place on Powell st well located and spacious, very clean we ate at uncle vitos pizza highly recommended for flavor, very small, but friendly and the food in unreal
Written 26 September 2022
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lifespursuit808
Honolulu, HI210 contributions
Jul 2022
We recently stayed at the Stanford Court Hotel on Nob Hill and loved both the hotel and location! We specifically chose Nob Hill as we felt it might be safer there compared to the Union Square area, which had recently been in the news in a negative light (due to the homeless population, crime, etc.). The Nob Hill area is really nice with a lot of history amongst the hotels sitting atop the hill. The streets are steep so wear good walking shoes if you want to explore on foot. Of course, Nob Hill also offers cool views of the city, and you can watch cable cars go by all day long! We would definitely stay at a hotel on Nob Hill on our next SF visit!
Written 1 August 2022
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Well, it was like entering the TV. You know, that feeling of being in a movie. Like most movies with car chases in San Francisco have a scene of passing through here. Yeah, that's it. That's the feeling. And it will come back again any time I see a similar movie scene.
Written 31 July 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,464 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Nob Hill is a nice neighbourhood in San Fransisco. Interesting area with nice properties and good views of San Fran. Worth a visit.
Written 13 April 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,727 contributions
Nov 2020
If you are energetic to climb to the top, you will be rewarded by some grand architecture in the form of old fashioned hotels with splendid bars and public rooms and the gothic-inspired Grace Cathedral. You can also ride the cable cars up the hill. This is where the rich lived before the 1906 earthquake.
Written 5 February 2021
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
Aug 2019
Nob Hill - an Iconic Must-do

In August, we were back in San Francisco, and once more staying at the Fairmont San Francisco, atop Nob Hill. While we had stayed there, and at the near-by Ritz Carlton, before, I got the opportunity to explore more of Nob Hill, and my legs were barely up to the task

Nob Hill is just that - a hill, and an imposing one, right in the heart of central San Francisco, a city known for its hills. It is iconic, historic and is the prime reason for the famous San Francisco Cable Cars. They were designed to traverse Nob Hill, and still do so, in two directions: over the Powell St Line, basically north and south, and the California St Line, basically east and west.

Aside from the beloved Cable Cars, Nob Hill is also home to several famous hotels, such the afore-mentioned Fairmont and Ritz Carlton, plus the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, and the Huntington, plus several lesser-known inns, such as Stanford Court and White Swan. The general area of Nob Hill is also ringed with some excellent restaurants, and even some shopping areas, though not so many as down below, in say the Union Square area. It is also home to several lovely, and architecturally significant buildings, and many once grand mansions for the movers-and-shakers in San Francisco Finance. Right at the top, the lovely, and imposing Grace Cathedral sits, with a commanding view in all directions.

The neighborhood of Nob Hill is bordered on the north (toward San Francisco Bay) by Broadway St, on the west (toward the Pacific Ocean) by Van Ness, to the east by Kearny St (though some maps put that edge at Powell St, several blocks to the west) and to the south by Bush St.. San Francisco’s Chinatown is located basically at the eastern edge of Nob Hill, but a steep walk away.

The San Francisco Cable Car Museum is on Nob Hill, at Washington and Mason Streets, at the junction of the two Cable Car Lines. It is well-worth the trip, even if one is not so interested in seeing the other sights.

During this stay, I rode sections of both Cable Car Lines (mainly to get up Nob Hill), and then once atop, toured by foot, taking in so many of the lovely, and architecturally significant buildings. I also spent time in Huntington Park, which is basically at the peak of Nob Hill, and between Grace Cathedral and the Fairmont, and next to the grand Pacific Union Club. Even though my explorations were ON Nob Hill, there were still many steep elevation changes.

I spent several hours in my exploration, and could easily have spent more. I saw much, but missed much too, as I did not walk down some of the side streets, which end abruptly on a precipice, overlooking parts of the city, down below. I will explore more of those side-streets, on our next visit.

At/near the top, I highly recommend the Laurel Court at the Fairmont, the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins, or either the Lobby Bar, or the FCB Tasting Room in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton, for wine, to relax one’s legs a bit, before heading back out to explore the Hill.

Unless I was staying at one of the Nob Hill hotels, I would incorporate a ride on the Cable Cars, to get to the top, with the California St Line being the less crowded. If I were walking, ascent (and it IS an ascent) is best via stairs on Kearny St, a few blocks from Union Square. Those are easier on the legs, than say walking up Powell St. Bring a bit of stamina, as even the few blocks between the Fairmont and the Ritz Carlton, can be a challenge. Also, bring your camera, as some of the views from Nob Hill are “Kodak Moments,” depending on the lighting and the weather. If visiting Nob Hill, just for itself, I would allocate 2 hours minimum and feel that half a day would easily be justified - maybe just to catch your breath a few more times.
Written 28 May 2020
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Sam
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia12,097 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were on the way to Lombard St so we went up Nob Hill. Great walk, weather was so nice as well. Couple restaurants around
Written 14 February 2020
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