Kimpton Argonaut hotel is located on Jefferson across the street from the Powel and Hyde cable car turntable. You can look out the window and watch the grips turn the cars around and watch the numbers of tourist build up during the day. By lunchtime they are standing there for an hour to get on. Our room was supposed to have a Golden Gate view but of course there is the morning fog so you don't always get to see Golden Gate. Other rooms have a Bay Bridge view and others still have a view of the courtyard. The argonaut is a squid like animal that moves very fast using a type of jet propulsion. Our bathroom had 36 on the wall.
The building is historic in that it was part of the cannery complex built in 1908. You can still see the exposed beams sticking out everywhere, even in your room. There is a little museum just past reception that explains all this.
The restaurant and bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You don't have to go out for your clam chowder, it is excellent at Argonaut's bar and restaurant. They close at 9 pm but you can get room service until midnight.
They were digging up the road outside the hotel when we were there which made access a little difficult but I think they will be done soon. Valet parking is forty five dollars.