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Argonaut Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   495 Jefferson Street, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109 (North Beach)   |  
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South Australia
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“Sensational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

The Argonaut Fisherman's Wharf is this funky nautical themed Hotel in a Fabulous location. The moment you arrive at the door, friendly staff are there to greet you with enthusiasm you cannot help but fall in love with the place. The hotel was under some renovations during our stay, however the disruption was minimal during the day. The rooms are funky and fun and we had a view of Golden Gate Bridge from our room. Happy Hour every afternoon a hoot. Adjacent Ghirardelli Square for gorgeous chocolate and desserts and the convenience of the Cable Cars into the city. Short walk takes you to Pier 39 and some great restaurants along the way. Blue Mermaid restaurant attached to the Argonaut had delicious breakfasts to start the day. Will definitely stay at this Hotel again. South Australian family January 2012

Room Tip: This warehouse has 4 levels. We had 4th level overlooking Bridge/Ghirardelli Square, fantastic views...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

A huge hotel with huge rooms, though it never felt like one of those impersonal, highly professional only places - the people are warm and friendly, starting from the guy who welcomed us at the doorstep. The design is very nice, while modern and with all conveniences one might need, they've retained some of the old structures, like wooden beams along the walls and ceiling etc. The hotel is based on a ship theme, so every little thing brings it out - from the carpet's color to compass cushions to bed linen with anchors designed on them to model ships in the lobby and so on! They also have a naval museum attached where you can spend some time browsing through naval history and check out some ship building tools too. But the best part is easily the location - right on the waterfront, with a clear view of the Alcatraz, a step away from Ghiradelli Square, a short walk around the back takes you through lovely neighborhoods, a lovely walk down to the popular Pier 39, superb access to all kinds of restaurants and pubs and with the various tour operators having pick-up / drop points just a couple of blocks away. One interesting experience was when we observed one of their employees walking through the passages with a little torch, stopping outside every room door and bending down, apparently searching for something - when we asked, he said that this was the final check up they did every day to ensure that any little bits that the vacuum cleaner doesn't pick up from under the doors was cleaned out manually, in this manner!

Room Tip: Some of the rooms are inward-facing - make sure you don't get one of those.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

We just got back from San Francisco and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Argonaut Hotel.
It's in a nice area of Fisherman's Wharf and an easy walk to shops, restaurants, the cable cars, the piers, etc. We really liked the afternoon hot chocolate and the free wine tasting every day at 5 pm. The staff were very friendly and the concierge made reservations at great restaurants. Being able to open the windows to smell the salt air and hear the sea gulls was a definite plus! We will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

The hotel is very nice, clean, and close to a lot that you'll want to do (easy to catch a cab, walk to shops or ride the trolley into Union Square). The walls are a bit thin, so we heard our neighbors most of the night (I'd suggest bringing a white noise machine if you want to cancel that out). Our room didn't have a bathroom fan so it got a bit warm. Otherwise, enjoy the free wine and hot chocolate in the lobby.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

One of the nicest hotels we've stayed in..... EVER!
From the minute you walk in you realize you are not at a "normal hotel"! This place just was different.
We are local (east bay), and still felt like we were tourists in our own city in this hotel. With a nautical theme in full effect through out, it is a great fit for SF.
Quick check-in, freindly staff, quick help up to the room.
The restraunt in the lobby was great, with bar.
Literally steps away from Jacks Bar (our favorite place when we are in San Francisco), and Ghiradelli Sqaure. Tons of resturants just doors away.. Capurro was amazing!

The only downfall, and I mean only, is the price for parking, $69.00 for my truck, but it is San Francisco... will take BART in next time.

Will definetly stay again.

Room Tip: Our room was huge, the King room... to be honest, it was a little to big for us, but would be great...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We went here on our anniversary and were delighted with the room the accomidations and especially the people that work here they all are very happy and acomidating. our room had a beautiful view of the the San Francisco bay and we could hear the soft claging of the boats and the far away fog horns during the night. Our bathroom was spacious, with a great looking shampoo conditioner and bath gel dispenser. Thank goodness they got rid of those little bottles. All in all we had a terrifc time. We truely experienced what Kimpton hotels seem to be preaching about, happy staff, attention to detail, and a dedication to the environment. Thank you all again

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

The Argonaut has a nautical theme. The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean, the bed comfy. We could hear the couple next door talking so I am thinking it could be a problem if you had late nighters next door. Every night at 5:00, they offer a wine tasting and on Saturday there was appetizers. We really enjoyed the opportunity to meet a lot of the travelers in the hotel over a glass of wine. The location is perfect; close to many restaurants and sites.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 495 Jefferson Street, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94109
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#4 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#10 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Argonaut Hotel 4*
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, a Kimpton 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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