I really don't understand why all the put downs of the wharf area on this site. Speaking as a tourist, I have been to San Francisco over a half dozen times and have always seen myself heading to the wharf for some reason or other. We have stayed in different areas each time, the last time was the Hyatt at the Embarcadero (which was by far the most convenient to pulic transportation, with the cablecars, muni buses and subways right outside the front door). San Franciso is perhaps my favorite city, and although I have always enjoyed Union Square even when it seemed there ws a lot of criticism of the area (stayed at the Hotel Monaco), it's a grat downtown area, I guess that I have never really found the admiration that seem to be felt by the locals on this site. Of all the area That I have stayed in, I rellly loved staying in the North Beach area. It is a great area, with the Fisherman's Wharf on one side and Chinatown on the other, which makes it very convenient when you are a tourist. I will be going back to San Francisco in March, and have decided to stay in the wharf area at the Argonaut. Tell me if I am wrong, but it seems very convenient to me. There is no city that I have been to that can claim the physical beauty of San Francisco bay. So it seems like a great place to stay. Add to that the Argonaut sounded really nice and the convenience to public transportation and the boats that go to Alcatraz and Sausalito (which I fell in love with the first time that I visited SF back in the 70's). Not to mention the convenience to several neighborhoods, which I think is the thing about San Francisco that makes it a really special city. I really can't wait to go back and spend sometime exploring the neighborhoods like North Beach, Russian Hill, Pacific Heights and the such. Not to mention maybe a ferry ride (which I have never done) to Sausalito. Plus, I really like the wharf area, even if it is touristy. Hey, after all I am a tourist.