The interior views of the hotel on the website put me off a bit but in actuality the king size bed room was comfortable, quiet and bright with the lights on and the window shutters open. The hotel is an old cannery so the interior rooms are brick and metal which won't photograph well. The windows are small so the views are limited. Don't bother asking for a bay view. I've stayed at many hotels in San Francisco and this isn't the one I would recommend for the view.
That said, the location is awesome. After you take your $50 ride in from the airport, you are steps away from the cable car turnaround that will deposit you at many tourist and shopping destinations.... crookedest street, Chinatown, and Union Square to name a few. The wharf is filled with terrific restaurants and each morning I would get up at 6 am, take a left out of the front door of the hotel and run down the beach in front of the Maritime Museum, head up the hill through Fort Mason and down to the Marina District for an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There were beautiful sunsets from a neighboring pier and there were plenty of coffee shops open in the early a.m. I highly recommend getting up early and going down to Fisherman's Wharf when it is empty and they are cleaning the streets, it makes you feel like a local.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. There were a number of international guests present during my visit and it was fun to share a conversation with them either waiting for a lift or gathering for a glass of wine in the late afternoon. Room service options were tasty and the food served in the adjouning restaurant was great. I also really liked the huge guest robes in animal print.
During my stay, San Francisco experienced two mild earthquakes - both about 4.0. The first I didn't feel at all because I was in the interior of the hotel. The second I did feel because I was down on the Wharf. After a dozen trips to the Bay Area, two tremors were a first for me. A bit disconcerting but not a worry as I felt the hotel was properly prepared.
San Francisco is not an inexpensive city so I keep this in mind as I rate the hotel. This would not be a proper hotel for a budget traveler but if you are looking to upgrade your experience, I would definitely put the Argonaut on your list!
- 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 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