Kimpton Argonaut hotel is located on Jefferson across the street from the Powel and Hyde cable car turntable. You can look out the window and watch the grips turn the cars around and watch the numbers of tourist build up during the day. By lunchtime they are standing there for an hour to get on. Our room was supposed to have a Golden Gate view but of course there is the morning fog so you don't always get to see Golden Gate. Other rooms have a Bay Bridge view and others still have a view of the courtyard. The argonaut is a squid like animal that moves very fast using a type of jet propulsion. Our bathroom had 36 on the wall.
The building is historic in that it was part of the cannery complex built in 1908. You can still see the exposed beams sticking out everywhere, even in your room. There is a little museum just past reception that explains all this.
The restaurant and bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You don't have to go out for your clam chowder, it is excellent at Argonaut's bar and restaurant. They close at 9 pm but you can get room service until midnight.
They were digging up the road outside the hotel when we were there which made access a little difficult but I think they will be done soon. Valet parking is forty five dollars.
- 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