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“Cute, quirky, close to Fisherman's Wharf and Giardelli Square” 4 of 5 stars
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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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Denver, CO
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“Cute, quirky, close to Fisherman's Wharf and Giardelli Square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Argonaut for one night on our return from Napa valley. He had never spent time in SF, so we decided to spend a day and a night here before heading to the airport. Depending on what you want to see in the city, this can be a really great location. You are steps from Giardelli Square, which, although touristy, does have a few good shops and restaurants. You are also literally one block from the cable car line on Hyde and you are practically on Fisherman's Wharf itself. Here is what we did in our short stay, which hopefully gives you an idea of the possibilities:

We had a bit of trouble finding the hotel; the traffic and crowds on Jefferson, where the front of the hotel is located, are pretty crazy on a Saturday! You pretty much have to valet your car for $40 per night, because there is no parking close by. Check-in was prompt and friendly and our room was small but clean and cutely decorated with a nautical theme.

We quickly made our way to Fisherman's Wharf, which starts just a few steps outside the hotel. We had lunch at the Fog Harbor Fish House. The atmosphere, food and service were great, however the portions are HUGE! Way too much for a lunch when you plan to be walking around! After lunch, we walked The Embarcadero and up Telegraph Hill via the Filbert steps, then made our way down the Greenwich steps. This is quite a hike, but I highly recommend it. After lunch, we did some souvenir shopping along Jefferson and back to the hotel for a nap. The hotel was quiet.

We then walked to Ghiradelli Square for dinner at McCormick and Kuleto's. Although this is a chain restaurant, the service and food were good and we had amazing views of the bay. The next morning, I walked up Hyde to Lombard and down the "curvy" section of Lombard, which is another popular tourist activity, then stopped at the Starbucks on the block behind the Argonaut to pick up coffee and bagels.

All in all, the hotel was very sufficient for our needs of an overnight stay. There seemed to be a wedding going on that night and there was some loudness in the hallway near our room late at night, but it only lasted a few minutes until the revelers returned to their own rooms. This is a very cute hotel and better than most in the neighborhood. The location allows you to experience a lot of what SF has to offer. One last peice of advice; the boat trips to Alcatraz leave from the Wharf. I highly recommend touring Alcatraz, but you must purchase tickets days in advance, as they sell out. I have been to Alcatraz in the past, but my husband wanted to go and even with the concierge's help, we were unable to obtain and tickets the day-of.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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 November 13, 2012

We stayed at the Argonaut for 3 night in November 2012. It was great! The hotel staff is friendly and responsive. The entire hotel looks brand new. The rooms are spacious and very clean. The location is great - in Fisherman's Wharf, but on the outskirts, so you're not in the thick of all the noise and craziness. This place was affordable and classy - we'd definitely stay again.

  • Stayed November 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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David_von_Winckler, General Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
travelbugNY7,
I'm very happy to hear you had such a great visit! We just completed a property renovation in February, so I'm glad you enjoyed the updated amenities. That being said, its always about the people and the fact the staff was friendly and helpful...well we got it right! Thank you for the kind words and we look forward to hosting you again!

Cheers!

David
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Loved the Argonaut, rooms lovely, bed comfy, location fabulous! Didn't manage to take advantage of the free wine hour but great idea! All the staff were happy and friendly, nothing to complain about at all.

Would stay here again easily

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Spent three nights here recently during a visit to San Francisco. We arrived over an hour before official check in which wasn't a problem as we were accommodated immediately. Taylor on reception was fantastic, asked why were in San Fran and pointed out loads of things to do and where to go.

The hotel, due to the use of the building before it was a hotel, is a little quirky. The bare brick walls and room doors which open outwards add to the ambience. Wifi is free is you join the hotels frequent stay programme. This isn't hard to do and I signed up for this within minutes to benefit from this. The hotel has a hosted wine hour from 5pm to 6pm each night where you can sample one or two or more glasses of wine! This is the only hotel chain I know that does this.

The Blue Mermaid restaurant is good for both breakfast and dinner and worth a visit. Their clam chowder, although not sampled by me, has won awards and I'm assured is worth a try by my partner.

The location couldn't be any better as you are right next door to the cable car stop and right on the waterfront in Fisherman's Wharf.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Overall, we had a comfortable and convenient stay. Hopefully the descriptions below will provide a good summary.

Rooms:

We found the rooms comfortable, spacious, and quiet. We had a nice view and found the overall facility clean and well-maintained. The cleaning service was also great in keeping the room tidy throughout our stay. The beds were comfortable and allowed for restful sleep after long days of exploring this wonderful city.

Location:

This was a plus for the hotel. It is walking distance to many restuarant options and shops. It is within great walking distance to many neighbourhoods, including North Beach, Chinatown, Ferry Building, and Nob Hill. If you turn left as you exit the hotel, you can even walk to Crissy Field. It is also close to the F-line and the cable car turnaround. We rented bikes to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and found many options just next door to do so.

Service:

We found the service to be indifferent and rushed. Questions were answered when asked but without any further conversation or offers of assistance. We had registered for the Kimpton InTouch program but were not offered any of the benefits unless we specifically asked for each one on separate occasions. For example, we asked about Wifi and the and mini bar credits were handed pieces of paper without further instruction. When we asked how to use these, the receptionist just told us to read the papers. The doormen also often seemed distracted.

Having stayed at the Omni San Francisco during my last visit to San Francisco, the service at the Argonaut was disappointing in comparison. While the serivce at the Argonaut didn't ruin our stay, it really could've been better.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for a couple of days before heading up to wine country. The location is great - very close to a cable car stop, lots of restaurant choices in the area, and within easy walking distance to Pier 39.
It's hard to beat the eclectic-ness of a Kimpton hotel...I forgot how much I love them! And, the Kimpton loyalty program includes some unique personal touches that differentiate it from your typical hotel points program.
(The evening wine hour is a great touch!)

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This is a very nice hotel, rooms are a little small and we had a premium room too. The beds are extremely comfortable and the place clean. You will pay a heck of lot more than other hotels in the area, but if that's not an issue, you'll love it.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 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:
#3 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#6 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#11 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Argonaut Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 252
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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