The hotel is located at the western end of Fisherman's Wharf, on Jefferson street, and adjacent to one of the terminals for the famous San Francisco trolleys. So, the location is perfect for not only touring the area, but also business. The Argonaut is part of a National Park-owned building, a renovated old warehouse from the 19th or early 20th century (adjacent to the lobby is a small museum dedicated to the Wharf, and also has a room dedicated to the various major national parks in California). The hotel is truly a lovely construct, with the original wood beams running through the building. The nautical theme is evident in both the common areas and rooms. The common areas are well maintained and the staff is very courteous and helpful. The rooms are also well maintained and apportioned, and I found them to be very competitively priced compared to other hotels in the immediate area. The heating/air conditioning in the rooms are controlled by thermostat, and work very well. There was ample hot water in the bathroom, with good water pressure. The bed was comfortable, above average for a hotel, but perhaps best for me was that the room was very well insulated from noise. I only found two deficiencies, which were minor, but easily correctable. First, the hypo-allergenic pillow is stored in the closet, as at most hotels, but was not contained in a bag, so it would be collecting dust, which defeats its purpose. Second, the remote control for the TV worked very poorly. As for food, there is a small bar/restaurant, The Blue Mermaid, connected to the lobby, a Starbucks is part of the rear of the building, and there are many, many other restaurants within walking distance in all directions. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone staying in San Francisco.
- 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 Chowder House, the Argonaut Hotel is an ideal spot to enjoy San Francisco. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Francisco
- Argonaut Hotel San Francisco