LOCATION: To the east there is ugly and too the west there is beauty: this just about sums up Argonaut Hotel. It lies to the western edge of Fisherman’s Wharf a place where the romance of San Francisco's fishing community has been broken by a cotton candy fairground culture that has ripped away all meaning of the past. However, within the Argonaut Hotel is the National Park Visitor Centre for the San Francisco Maritime Park which offers a deep and informative story of San Francisco’s rich maritime history. Across the street is Hyde Park Pier with its fantastic exhibit of historic boats. To the west are parks galore, the magnificent Bay and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Is the Argonaut Hotel ideally located? You bet!
Hotel: it is a 3 star hotel, which tells you that you’re not going to get a sumptuous Nob Hill experience, but you are getting a lovely, comfortable hotel, with great rooms with nice touches. During our stay our kids got to have a pet goldfish in the room for company and novelty. Complimentary hot chocolate was served in the afternoon and wine early evening. The overall decor offered a funky maritime feel with deck loungers lining the wall, sails and plenty of decking. The staff were all friendly, proactive and helpful. Within the Argonaut building were a Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, a wine merchant and a Blazing Saddles bike rental outlet.
Room: we stayed in a very spacious suite which had two well appointed rooms and a great bathroom with a very deep, deep spa bath. Beds were great, towels were good and plentiful. A big thumbs up!
Dining: probably the only downside of the hotel. Breakfast was okay but the service was a little tardy. We also dinner there (on new year’s eve) and again it was okay but nothing special.
Do Stay if: you’re a family
Don’t stay: if you enjoy a martini before dinner
- 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 restaurant, 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