Like the Super Shuttle driver said when I asked him where the hotel was, with a question in his voice, "Well, its right in front of the city", the Argonaut couldn't be in a better spot to visit the Bay area. Its located in a 100-year old building that used to be the warehouse for a cannery (the actual cannery, defunct for years, is a block away and converted into a restuarant). The building is owned by the Historical Society to which the Kimpton Group (which manages the hotel) pays $1million a month for the preservation of the area.
The hotel has 253 rooms and has been rennovated with the original massice wooden columns and beams and has an overall nautical look with sails in the lobby and other articfacts in the Blue Mermaid lounge which doubles as a restaurant. The rooms are really spacious, again with a nautical look, like a huge, round mirror that resembles a huge port hole on the wall in front of the bed.
The staff is very attentive and courtesous, and the bellmen at the front are always full of help when hailing a taxi. There are plenty of restuarants on both sides of the street, and an In and Out Burger is just a block away if you want some hearty (but greasy) burgers. Chinatown (see my write up on and R&C Restaurant) is just a 10 minute taxi ride (or $10) as is also Pier 29 where there are several good restaurants (see my writeup on La Mar).
For sight seeing, you can take a taxi across the Golden Gate Bridge which is close by and then go to Lombard Street to see the Crooked Street. The Sourdough Bread Factory is just across the hotel.
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