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“Beautiful hotel in great location” 5 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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Ranked #5 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reading, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel in great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stayed here three nights and had a great time. Happy hour was a lovely way to meet others and sample local produce. The hotel is well situated for visiting the gate and Alcatraz, and there is a large selection of superb restaurants on your doorstep. The cable car is literally just round the corner and don't forget to visit Ghiradeli's. The staff were super helpful and friendly with some great advice.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thanks, Annette H!
I'm delighted that the location here was perfect for you (with Bridge and Alcatraz views and the cable car next door, I realize we've got an unfair advantage, but we'll enjoy every moment of it :)!). We'll share your kudos with the staff as well. It's great to hear their recommendations on the local restaurants and whatnot made the difference in your stay. Thanks!
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in this hotel. The staff were great, the room clean and charming. The hotel puts on a free wine reception for an hour every night which was fab and we ate in the restaurant twice as the food was great and reasonably priced.
The location of the hotel was perfect, with everything being only a short walk or a bus ride.
A great hotel

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thanks so much, Sam I! These are the headlines we love to read. And thanks for mentioning how convenient it is to get around the city from here. To "Live Local," many of our guests ditch the car and hope a street car, cable car, bus, or even a taxi or stroll around to the many neighborhoods adjacent to the hotel like Marina/Cow Hollow, North Beach, Polk Gulch, etc. It's also fun to zip from here over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, or wine country. I hope you'll come back and keep exploring ;).
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Sydney, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The concierge at The Argonaut are amazing (Terry in particular). He offered fantastic, personalised service. A beautiful hotel that is unique and quirky. Highly recommended. The Blue Mermaid Chowder House offers great a menu.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Hooray! Thanks so much, Emma. I've made sure to share your praise with Terry, concierge extraordinaire, and I'm sure she'll be delighted to know that she made a big impression. We really try to embrace quirky and approachable both in terms of the physical hotel itself and the service provided. I'm so happy we succeeded and you had a great time! Thanks for checking out our Blue Mermaid restaurant as well. I have been craving the Ahi Tuna BLT all day...
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We just returned from a long weekend trip to San Francisco and we loved it, in part due to the great hotel. I wasn't sure of getting a hotel on the Wharf since it's in the heart of the tourism area, but it was lovely.The grand old Delmontie factory gave the hotel a sophisticated loft feel, the exposed brick and redwood beams were absolutely beautiful. Even though outside was teaming with tourism, inside was your quiet oasis. The room ammenities were great, lots of outlets for charging and recharging, an amazing jetted tub, separate WC, in room safe etc. we felt like royalty in the suite. And yet, the hotel was fun, it never had the sense of being too self important or corporate, this is what made our leisure trip relaxing. We had a view of Alcatraz which was spooky and fun at the same time. The staff were great, prompt and smiling, if you needed towels, or tips on where to go, you were served in a timely and exceedingly polite manner. We arrived late our first evening but the front desk were waiting for us with our room keys, very fast and efficient. We took our breakfast daily in the Blue Mermaid connected to the hotel, and we never had to wait more than 30 seconds to get a table. Breakfast was good and the service was top notch. We hope to return soon!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thanks so much, AndieCanada. This review was particularly touching to me as I read it because it captures everything that I value at the hotel. I've given the team your high praise for finding that "sweetspot" where they are friendly and efficient but also generate a comfortable and warm atmosphere. And, yes, this historic Del Monte building does give us a leg up in terms of character and style, so we count our blessings! If you haven't already checked out the on-site Maritime Museum or a weekend park ranger-led tour, I definitely recommend it.
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Dallas, Texas
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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

We went here to celebrate my husband's birthday. we had a king with a view. one night we looked at alcatraz and one night at the bridge. both were amazing views. the happy hour was a nice time to connect with other guests...not to mention wine and beer. the staff is where they really shine - Shah help arrange a car for us to SFO and made us special dinner reservations. I love this hotel!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Thank you, psalm119,

I'm so happy that your hubby enjoyed a fabulous birthday and you could toast at the evening wine party. We'll make sure to thank Shah at the concierge desk for his part in making the celebration memorable. Take care!
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a great place to stay if you're here to explore the city of San Francisco. Just across the road from the cable car turning point and a short walk to the piers (for a trip to Alcatraz) it couldn't be better located. We opted for a room overlooking the bay. It was large, clean and comfortable. The staff are friendly an welcoming and will do their best to make your spray is a comfortable as possible. Would definitely return.

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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thank you, tw_jackson! I am having fun trying to translate this review and think I understand more or less, given my tools :).
I thank you for spreading the word about us abroad! I'm so happy that you will recommend the hotel for other people coming on vacation. We hope to see you again.
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San Francisco, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Great for a tourist getaway. It is in the middle of the sights and toped with great service, rooms and free bikes, you cannot go wrong at the Argonaut. Oh, by the way, the Buena Vista is next door for the a great breakfast and Irish Coffee or a Ramous Fizz

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thanks, ZMaison!
A lot of our guests mention the location, and one actually tells me he likes the Argonaut because he's so dedicated to the Buena Vista cafe :). We are lucky to have them and the cable car as neighbors, and then if that doesn't win people over, the short walk to Ghirardelli chocolate is definitely a selling point...
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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 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#6 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#12 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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