We've just returned after a 6 night stay to celebrate our wedding anniversary.I would like a big Thank You to Joe(The night Auditor) I had been in contact with him as we had booked a deluxe room with a view via Virgin Holidays,who were useless.As a special occasion I wanted to make sure the hotel had received our request,we understood the views are subject to availability,Joe made a note on our booking and he came up trumps,we had a room on the 3rd floor with a perfect view of Alcatraz.
Unfortunately as has been mentioned before the front desk was a let down on arrival & departure.We were handed the rooms keys & then she engaged in conversation with another member of staff,so we had to go and ask someone else,one of the doorman how to get to the room.The checkout was just as poor,handed the keys back,and that would have been it had I not instigated "we had a nice stay Thank You" to the lady.All the other staff we had contact with were very polite & helpful,from the Doormen to the concierge,it's a shame the front desk cannot be more welcoming or hope you stay with us again as you walk away,maybe I was unlucky twice.
We did experience a few times of children running around the room above early morning,and some noisy people outside but this is not the hotels fault.
The quality of the beds,bedding was really good,the beds were very comfy.The toiletries were very nice C.O Bigelow exclusive to Kimpton.The bathroom was nice,never had a issue with the shower,plenty of hot water.Not sure if all rooms had the wild tiger/zebra pattern dressing gowns,we did laugh.
The rooms were kept clean,there is Starbucks for the coffee makers in the room,we went to walgreens only 5 mins away to get some milk,which is far nicer than the dried powder.The free wine hour was visited 3 times as we had trips/baseball planned.They did change the wine to one from Chile during our stay,which surprised us being in California,and the lady serving it said it was new to her,what about a local winery with bottles to buy to promote local wine,they also had Anchor Steam Beer during the happy hour.We did witness a group turn up approx 20 or so,a few blokes went straight to the people setting up for 5pm grabbed a few beers,then the rest of the group went over to get a drink,they then all disappeared into a meeting room,exited 10 mins before the end at 6pm,got some more drinks then left,they weren't hotel guests,but maybe they had a agreement with the hotel.
We used the F train outside walgreens a few times $2 and it will get you to Union Sq,we did a fair bit of walking,Lombard St is not far away.We found a good pub 5 mins away overlooking the bay at the top Ghiradelli Sq,really nice staff,good food,reasonable price.
The Hyde Pier & Maritime Museum are nice to visit.Pier 39 is about a 15-20 minute wander go & see the seals.If you can go & watch the SF Giants it's a great stadium at the AT & T park,a nice easy walk as well no hills.If you want to use a streetcar go early it's just opposite the hotel.
A couple of great places to eat that are close by are Hollywood Cafe(there can be an hour wait at weekends) We went twice,the staff are friendly & good food,the other is In-in-out burger,we've never seen this chain before,the burgers were very tasty,and incredible value,lovely fries & shakes.
Overall we really liked this hotel,and would recommend it,but we would suggest a room with a view,as mentioned we had a Deluxe,going forward I will look for a Kimpton Hotel when we return to the US as a high preference.I forgot to say they cater for dogs,and this was never a issue.Thank You Argonaut for a lovely stay.
If anyone wants any questions please don't hesitate to ask and I will try and help where I can.
- 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