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“A bed and a porthole”

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Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel
Ranked #12 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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“A bed and a porthole”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

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!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

This is one of the best Hotels I have stayed at. It is not the most modern (it tries to create living on a boat environment) or the most comfortable but has a lot of charm, really good quality service (front desk, bellman, housekeeping, etc.), excellent location (very, very short walking distance to famous tram, 5-10min to Pier 39). Hotel Manager came when we were waiting for the room to be available and after few minutes of discussions about kids he went and help upgrade us for free and expedited room availability (before 12PM even if Check In is 3PM). That was excellent!
It includes free wireless internet, always a plus.
On the negative side nothing much, maybe a shuttle service to airport would not hurt for a more on a budget travelers (only taxi or supershuttle now) and some breakfast package options if not included in the room rate. For breakfast I however recommend “Joanie's Happy Days Diner” just 5min from Hotel (good quality, reasonable prices).

Room Tip: View of the park, 3-4 level
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2011

We spent our first night in a very dark and gloomy room with no view to speak of although we had paid for a bay room. Although the room was clean we did find a dirty sock lurking in the corner. A strange and rather unpleasant aspect is that there are no covers on the duvets which strikes me as rather lazy and unhygienic. The towels provided were the smallest and thinnest I have ever encountered . We were also rather surprised that the coffee making device was in the bathroom which seemed an odd place to make coffee.
We were moved the following day to a room with a better aspect but there were still a lot of things that we just didn't like. The main lobby is very dark and cheerless having no natural light.The same goes for the restaurant .The wine is not free as is claimed, it is part of the room rate.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

What a fantastic hotel! Friendly reception and a quick check in got us off to a good start. We were then told that from 4pm-5pm there are free ice lollies in the reception and then from 6pm-7pm free wine!

The room was spacious and although there was a little noise from outside it was never a problem. The location of the hotel was perfect for us. Right in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf with easy access to the trams that take you into Union square.

The only reason I have not given this place 5 out of 5 was on check-out I was given a nasty surprise with the bill. I had made 2 calls from the hotel 'phone. They were to a US cell phone and the welcome pack made no mention of charges other than a $1.50 connection fee. So imagine my surprise when i was presented with a bill for over $60 for 2 calls both 4 minutes in duration!! The receptionist kindly halved this however I still think that this was excessive especially as there was no mention in the book that they charge $8 a minute plus a connection fee! A shame because it was otherwise a faultless stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that does not face Jefferson.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hartsdale, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

centrally located...many restaurants within steps...many open late until 11pm...great breakfast bakeries and sit down cafes...Hertz, Avis rentals within blocks...trolley steps away. wtaerfront location

the hotel itself is quiet- despite location, recently rennovated..helpful hotel staff.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

I was a bit reluctant to stay in the wharf area but was pleasantly surprised with our stay at the Argonaut. Our family of four loved the hotel and its close proximity to Ghirardelli Square, cable cars and restaurants. It is at the quiet end of the wharf which is nice but an easy walk down to the alcatraz departure pier. Hotel staff are excellent - they were very helpful and friendly to our kids. The wine service in the late afternoon was a welcome treat after a day out walking. The kids loved the Ben & Jerry's next door. We ate breakfast at the Blue Mermaid and it was very good. We found the room and beds very comfortable. We did get a room facing the street which was nicer than the ones facing inward.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2011

The Argonaut Hotel is right amongst the action if you wish to stay in the Fisherman Wharf as we did.
It is a quirky type of hotel very much along the lines of a nautical theme throughout,front desk people were first class and the conceirge was very efficent if you needed things arranged or just general info.Try and see if you can book a room with a few of the bay as we did ,sensational views of Alcatraz Island and the docks and the bay outside our window.
Walk outside and your amongst Fisherman Wharf,two minute walk to the beach,cable car is just around the corner.Prices for the restuarants are bit over the top,but if you venture away from the Wharf area things are resonable ,so hunt around.Lots of tourist which can be a bit off putting but that what the area is all about.
Our favourite eatingvenue was Laurie Diner about 5 minute walk away,great views,plenty on the plate as we had breakfast their most days.

Room Tip: Request rooms facing the bayand Alcatraz Island,might pay a little bit more but well worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel
Address: 495 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109-1314
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Fisherman’s Wharf
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:
#5 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#8 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#9 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#16 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel 4.5*
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 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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