This hotel exceeded our expectations on every level possible! The Argonaut really goes above and beyond to make your stay wonderful, memorable and perfect.
I surprised my boyfriend with a romantic trip to Northern California for New Years. We first drove up to Eureka to visit an old friend of his and then drove down the 101 to SF for the night of New Years Day. I had read all of the fantastic reviews of the hotel here on TripAdvisor and actually wrote Richard Hippauf, the hotel manager, to let him know I appreciated his dedicated responses to the reviews and to also ask if he thought it would be a problem finding nice dining options on New Years Day down at the Wharf. He responded right away and promised that we would be able to find dining (and that the hotel would be happy to help us upon arrival) and that he would make sure we had a great stay. He sure did.
I had booked on a Travelzoo "deal" for a mere $99/nt + tax. I had a King Deluxe room booked, but when we checked in, we were upgraded to a SUITE! I was floored. It was GORGEOUS and so welcomed after driving 5 hours from Eureka in the rain. It was seriously nearly the size of our house! It had a full dining room and LG flat-panel TVs in both the living room and bedroom. The bathroom contained a fantastic jacuzzi tub which felt so good on my cramped "driving" muscles that night. The Speakman showerhead provided an excellent spray and I really appreciated the L'Occitane toiletries. The towels and sheets were of excellent hand and the exposed brick and wood beam architecture gave a fantastic feel to the entire room.
The room itself was in a FAR CORNER of the hotel (a pretty serious walk from the elevator), but so worth the distance. Despite the room literally being ON the street level and people walking by the windows constantly, we never heard a sound. No street sounds were audible AT ALL. The double-paned windows are phenomenal. It was like sleeping in a womb. I also really appreciated the Oxygen machine provided in our room. I have terrible allergies and asthma and I swear it helped me breathe easier. I barely needed my inhaler!
The staff at this hotel were kind, courteous, helpful and witty. Everyone we encountered went out of their way to make our stay the best it could be. My ONLY complaints (and they are super minimal) were: (1) I called down in the morning to ask for a couple of extra bath towels and they took 45 minutes to arrive (and I had to call again about them); (2) the valet we had didn't speak English very well and had a difficult time understanding both us (when we needed to get an umbrella out of the parked car) and how to work my Honda CRV.
But, as I said, those were such minor things, I still can't give the Argonaut any less than 5 stars. I only wish I would have booked a longer stay! If you have the opportunity, stay at the Argonaut. We will definitely be back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Francisco
- Argonaut Hotel San Francisco