We were only going to be in SF for three full days, so we decided to pick a more unusual place than our typical Hilton. It's a cool, funky place with a STRONG maritime theme, but you get the impression, from the helmeted door man to the wine tasting every night, that they WANT to be better than they really are.
The location is close to the wharf and walking distance from Ghirardelli Square and a great breakfast place called Joanie's (do not miss Joanie's!), so the location was good.
Our bed was debatabley barely a king, closer to a queen...we let that pass. The king "deluxe" room we got was micro and the windows looked out on the roof top. There was a distinct formaldehyde-chemical out-gassing smell to the whole room. Not sure what that was and it didn't go away. Hmmm. Decor is VERY nautical. If you like that style, this will make you very happy. lol
The bell staff was ok if they were handling your bags with a tip waiting, but the front desk really didn't know much that was helpful. And what they didn't know, they didn't try to find out. The hotel restaurant was barely passable and we only had dinner there when we got in because it was late. The clam chowder, by their own admission, was like water, so don't get that if you go. My boyfriend had the asparagus and chicken, which were both heavily salted and inedible. But like most people say, don't eat at hotel restaurants, so there you go.
It's the little things that count during a stay. For instance, we stayed there through Christmas Day, so on that day, we thought we'd pick up some iced tea or coffee at the restaurant, only to find out they closed it early. Ok, it was Christmas, but really? For the guests? So, I asked where else we could go that wasn't closed. They had no idea. Wow. I mentioned Cioppino's near the restaurant and the door man quipped "Do you HAVE to go there? I mean, I hear the restrooms are really dirty." lol Tacky, and, since we went there for dinner that night as it turned out, totally untrue. It was a great, clean place.
Hotels should be in the know about the city they're in...the Argonaut staff was not.
So, all in all, not impressed with the level of service, the room was cute but micro, the price was about $140 a night plus fees and taxes, the location is great, but I doubt we'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's most popular destination, the boutique Argonaut Hotel features breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. This luxury hotel is historically set in a former timber and brick warehouse across from the waterfront. With its exceptional service, its charming style and the adjacent family-friendly Blue Mermaid restaurant, the Argonaut Hotel is an ideal spot to enjoy San Francisco. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Francisco
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