The Argonaut was the first stop for us on this trip to the US. We have friends and family in Berkeley and San Rafael but love the city so much we like to spend a few days on our own as "real" tourist before we meet up with them.
We wanted to stay on Fisherman's Wharf this time and looked at all the usual big chain hotels and found The Argonaut quite by mistake. We had never heard of Kimpton Hotels and the last time we were in SF the Argonaut didn't exist. Thank goodness we found it!!! It's a gem.
We used Lorries Transfer service from the airport as the hotel recommends them. The transfer went very smoothly and we were met at the hotel by the Concierge and registered easily and quickly. All the staff were friendly, helpful and courteous.
We had booked a bay view room and had asked for a quiet room on the top floor which is what we got. The view over to Alcatraz was great even though it did rain for most of the 4 days we spent in SF!!! The rooms are just like the photos on the web site. Ours was well equipped, large and very comfortable with a lovely bath/shower room.
The Cable Car stops right outside the hotel so it's very convenient for getting into and around the city at any time of the day and up to about midnight. Buy a Muni day, 3 day or 7 day pass, it WILL save you money.
The hotel has a wine tasting every night from 5 to 6 o'clock and provide hot chocolate in the mornings and iced water in the foyer area all day. Very nice. We found the wine tasting a great way of meeting people from all over the world. We had some very interesting conversations and collected a few friends along the way!! What a great idea of Kimptons.
We had a continental breakfast included in our rate but could buy extra items if we wanted a bigger breakfast. All very nicely served and tasty. We didn't have an evening meal in the hotel but other people were saying it was very good.
Little extras like plasters (which I did use!!!), chocolates, drinks, nuts and other snacks, etc were nice touches as were the umbrellas in every room. Also very useful for our stay!!!!!
All the staff were eager the help and give advice about transport, places to eat and drink, directions, etc.
I can't speak too highly of this hotel and the way it's run. We don't often go back to the same destination twice but SF is different. It's our favourite city and with friends and family living there we love to go back. However, we also don't like to stay in the same hotel twice. This could be the exception but maybe we would try another Kimpton Hotel. If they are all as good this one then we would be very, very happy.
Thanks to all the staff and management at The Argonaut and keep up the good work.
- 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