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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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Austin, Texas
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“What a pleasant surprise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were a little skeptical about staying here - we booked through a travel website and weren't sure of the caliber of the hotel based on the pictures online and relatively low price based on other hotels in the area; however, we were truly shocked at how nice the Argonaut was! The lobby was very nicely decorated and the service was very good - from the valet service, front desk, to the maid service - really pleasantly surprised. The room was nice too - the pictures online just don't do it justice for some reason. They have a nice wine tasting in the evenings and you cannot beat the location - it is central to all the action going on. Would definitely recommend staying here to others! Service was excellent!

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Thank you, szent!
I love hearing from guests that the rooms were as good -- or, yes, better! -- than the photographs on our website.
We are also lucky to have large rooms, especially given this is a historic building. They did a great job with the hotel conversion.
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Vancouver, Canada
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16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This hotel has a great atmoshpere, charming nautical themed rooms (with giraffe bath robes!) and is in a great central location. Free wifi for members (membership is free) and a wine and beer social every evening (wine wasn't very good but free i suppose). The concierge went out of his way to help me find tickets for alcatraz (which you should buy in advance, way in advance). Very lovely place. Highly recommend. Clean and quiet.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Hi, Nadya R,
Good point about Alcatraz -- definitely key to book ahead, especially in the summer! Tickets are available with a print-at-home feature through the government's sole partner at: www.alcatrazcruises.com.
I'm so glad the concierge was able to help you with your arrangements and you got to meet some folks and relax with us at the wine party. The wines do change monthly, so perhaps you will prefer the September selections :)... come back to us! And, when in doubt, check out the local beer we're featuring (Anchor Steam).
Cheers!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a very friendly Hotel, great staff, very nice rooms. will definitely use this hotel if on a future visit the food is also great so all in all everything you need for a great stop over is here at the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Thanks so much, lordhuss!
I am always thrilled to read a five-star review from a Top Contributor. I'm glad you enjoyed the restaurant, too! The chowder is so addictive, I try to stay away :)...
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Themed hotel with an excellent location if you would like to stay in the Fishermans Wharf area. Even if you associate the Wharf with big crowds and an noisy athmosphere, the location is excellent, at the very end of the street, adjecent to a small park where one of the two cable cars start. So not too much noise, we even slept with the windows open.

You can take a ferry 3 blocks away, bike rental is next door, and all nice italian or other restaurants in front of just one block away. Shopping is more difficult since most decent shops are around Union Square which is 2 miles away ( or a cable car ride )

The hotel is themed as a old fashioned sailboat, all in wood, and loads of references to sea themes, shellfish, anchors,.. Certainly a difference with most other SF hotels.

Rooms are ok in size. Good beds and all other services including a good coffee machine.

What the hotel can do better :
- Service at reception. People were very stressed out and just shouted at us during checkin, trying to get us out of there in less then a second. It was just on the border of being inpolite.
- Breakfast : major turn-off, you need to have bf in the adjecent restaurant. If you ordered bf with the room you get a voucher/person/day. But that just includes the basic bf including a very small bowl of fruit, one danish, OJ and coffee. All the rest is extra. So if you want eggs and more danish you need to pay extra. For a decent BF we ended up paying 20-25$ extra per day per person. Kids do not get a voucher and thus need a full order.

Parking nearby is very expensive, easilly 40$ a day, so if you keep the car there for 3 nights you have to pay up to 160$ just to leave a car. Next time I consider to dump the rental car while staying in SFO.

So, good hotel, good location but prices in general are in line

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Hi, dieterderam!
I'm glad you liked the "boutique experience" here with us. I think the designers did a neat job of giving the hotel a sense of place here at the waterfront, and showcasing the history of the building as well.
I see that things came at a fast pace and high volume when you arrived, and that's not the first impression we want to give. I'd be curious to know when you stayed if you have a moment to give a ring with the details so we can make sure to get to the bottom of this!
Thanks a lot.
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stayed at this hotel during a recent visit to the city. It was a top notch boutique hotel. The location is wonderful at the Fisherman's Wharf. The evening reception was wonderful and a great way to visit with other guest. The hotel also had a top-notch concierge named Brooke. She did wonderful and scored us tickets for Alcatraz which had been sold out. It was a wonderful experience.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Hooray! Thanks so much, VOLSatty. I have already forwarded your kind remarks to Brooke and her manager. We hope to see you again soon!
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Camella5
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Charming hotel with a nautical theme in a great location. While much of Fisherman's Wharf has become very touristy and tacky, the Argonaut is located at a quieter end and right across the street from the cable car turnaround. The rooms were large, clean and comfortable. We had a great view of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Best overall was the staff, from valet, to front desk, to concierge to wait staff. Very friendly, helpful and efficient. Would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Thank you, Camella5,
I'm glad that the service crew aboard the Argonaut made your stay memorable -- or perhaps it was us and the Golden Gate Bridge, which never hurts ;).
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West Kirby
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I'd stay here again if staying in San Francisco. Lovely conversion of a historic building. Great decor and design. Does not quite hit the service standards for 'excellent'. Downsides, no bar, you have to share the bar in the restaurant, also, there is no outside area for. Relaxing in. Very good is free wine and beer during happy hour (17:00-18:00), soooo good.

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Green Features: Average as far as I can tell, but the premises are shared with Park Ranger service looking after this and other local historic venues.
  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Hi, TisGed,
I'm glad you got to hang out with us at the evening wine party. Though the "real bar" is a part of the restaurant, keep in mind this means that the full cocktail menu is also available for dinner on the patio. A great way to enjoy the city as we move into the warmer weather season, especially with the new mai tai's on tap :).
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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 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Romantic 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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