OK this hotel has some great things going for it: right on fisherman's wharf tourist area, very nice staff and pretty decent service. Heavy nautical (tacky if you ask me) themed decorations throughout.
The room rates are very very very high, as are some of the add ons ($48 for valet parking, really!?!)
I had problems with the room; room wasn't ready until 4pm. No biggie they stored my bags. Then first room i went to was noisy and had two beds -- full size, not queen, facing the cable cars. (I has reserved two queen bed)
So I asked for another room, at least a queen bed, or a king room, that was quieter. They gave me a interior facing room, but it smelled like cigarette smoke. I complained again, then they moved me to another interior room, which wasn't smelly.
They took care of me, but it took like an hour to get it all settled.
I ordered breakfast room service on the phone the night before on the phone, as they left no menu door hanger. I told them I needed it at 6am, it didn't show up until I called at 6:30 and they rushed it up. They comped my half the room service charge. They only service complete breakfast after 7:30am...not very business-friendly.
the room was clean, bathroom was clean. bed was pretty comfortable. they have these annoying pump dispensers in the bathroom instead of real soap, shampoo bottles. Felt like a holiday inn express in that regard.
Didn't eat at restaurant.
I've stayed at other Kimptons, that hit the mark better that the Argonaut. It was ok, service was ok....but not for the excessive price.
If you're a tourist and can get a competitive rate, you may like it.
- 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