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Argonaut Hotel

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Argonaut Hotel

we are looking at staying in the fishermans wharf area. will be here for 2 nights. no car. the reason we thought the Argonaut Hotel is we are not in SF for shopping or night life. we are an older couple that like to sit and people watch with a coffee or an early wine but be home and secure by at least 7pm. is this hotel in a good location for this? we will during the day view the bridge some way and have heard if we can get to the other side, the photo opportunities are good over there. we would like to walk the fishermans wharf and maybe ride a cable car. do you think this hotel would suit or is there something else that would suit us better. when we arrive in the city we need to drop our rental car off at Dollar car rental SAN FRANCISCO DOWNTOWN OFFICE

364 O'FARRELL STREET and then after 2 nights need to get to the international airport.

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did you read the top questions about where to stay in SF ? The locals' and frequent visitors (not all but many) opinion is that Fisherman's wharf especially after 9am or 10am gets very commercial and that is really not real SF -- the other side says it is a tourist area and gets touristy and as a tourist that is what one likes

Well there are strong opinions on that

But within FW, the Argonaut is one of the best hotels. Perhaps if you are not going out much you can look at the Vitale on the Embarcaderp or another Union Sq hotel - it is the hub of the city and one does not need to shop to stay there

Dollar car rental -- have you read up on them. Except for one poster who has not stayed in SF this century . the majority of folks think Dollar is a company that does not have good customer service so please read up on them including in the nY times and do sign up for their frequent renter program.

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The Argonaut is a well liked hotel and many consider it one of the better ones at the wharf. I'd take a look at the top question about places to stay (right side) as it describes union square, Embarcadero and fisherman's wharf which are three main hotel areas in the city.

I wouldn't discount the other areas just because you don't plan on shopping. While union square has a lot of shopping, it also has some better quality (in general) restaurants than usually at the wharf. Union Square and Embarcadero both have better transit to places such as golden gate park (if it's on your activity list). You're also closer to Chinatown at union square if that is of interest.

Honestly, I find Fisherman's Wharf a bit too crowded during the daytime and something of a tourist trap. While there are positive aspects such as being near the bay, some views, some worthwhile activities (Hyde street pier, the sea lions, Musee Mechanique), I find I've exhausted the things I like about the wharf in half a day or less. I also find some of the negatives put me off (huge daytime crowds of tourists, many buskers, mediocre and often overpriced restaurants, wall to wall trinket and souvenir shops).

I think perhaps if I were looking for a slightly quieter area rather than the bustle of union square I might look toward Embarcadero. I think I'd rather head to the ferry building for views and a bite to eat, for example, than into the wharf restaurants. You are also close to the metro subway lines and f streetcar for getting both to union square and the wharf there. There are also some hotels with views of the bay. As far as getting to the golden gate bridge, you can get there from any of the main hotel areas.

Union Square probably has the most variety of decent hotel options of all the areas. It would be my choice for the most central area of the three, but perhaps the most bustling.

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i am booking everything myself and try to read up about everything before booking. but know nothing about car rental so left that up to the flight centre here in Australia when they were having a big sale and that is who they have booked me with, sadly this is something i can not change. we pick this car up in vegas and have it for 9 nights, so hopefully everything will go smoothly with them. think i am too scared to look at there reviews now.

as for fishermans wharf, its the touristy thing we want i think? i want to see the bridge, the wharf and the cable cars and that's where i read i would see them all.

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You don't have to *sleep* at Fisherman's Wharf to see the bridge, the wharf and the cable cars. In fact the cable cars begin their routes near Union Square, and the city is quite compact. Holodan has given you a good description of the Fisherman's Wharf area.

There is a Union Square hotel where you can sit in the lobby and watch the cable cars go by and "people watch". and it is near where you are going to drop the car off. It is an historic boutique hotel which sounds, to me, as if it would fit you. It is the Chancellor. But if not, look at the Harbor Court which is in the Embarcadero area.

If you want "to sit and people watch with a coffee or an early wine but be home and secure by at least 7pm." I really question whether you want to be at Fisherman's Wharf.

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I think the Chancellor is an excellent suggestion. I will throw in the Prescott and the Rex. All probably less expensive than the Argonaut as well. And all within walking distance of the OPs rental car office.

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