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Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel
Ranked #10 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very nice hotel”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stayed there during our honeymoon trip to San Francisco. Hotel has a great location and I highly recommend staying at the Fisherman's Wharf.
Our room was very clean and specious. We had a bottle of champagne and chocolates waiting for us in our room!
Please keep in mind that even though your hotel room is located on the second floor your window might be at the pavement level… a beauty of the hilly roads of San Francisco.

Room Tip: Go for room higer than second floor...ask for a room with a sea view!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Thanks, Asiag25! We're happy to have contributed to your honeymoon happiness :)!!
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This nautical themed hotel is located in Fisherman's Wharf. The area is pretty touristy but for first time visitors it's a great location. Close to the Cable car stop, Boudins Bread (FAB!!) and obligatory souvenir/T-shirt/Sweatshirt shops so you can purchase an item of clothing to keep you warm during the unplanned for cool days.
The Argonaut is a lovely hotel. Nice decor. Our room was very comfortable. Nice bath products. The staff couldn't be more helpful. There is a concierge on duty to suggest, help plan and book excursions.
In the early evening there is a happy hour for guests featuring white and red wine and beer.

The hotel is on the pricey side, but this is our second stay in this hotel. All because of the location and I knew I would have a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Hi, LauraMcT57! Thanks for coming in from Texas to cool off here at the water's edge! It's always nice to hear that someone is a happy repeat guest. We'll share your kudos with concierge as well.

If you haven't already checked out our new kimptonhotels.com website and Kimpton Karma Rewards program for loyal fans like yourself, I definitely recommend checking these things out. All newly refreshed last week, and still with no fees or strings attached of course :).
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

For the last days of a cross-California vacation, we really enjoyed ourselves in this hotel in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. Staff were friendly and the concierge, Olivia, was amazing. She gave us the perfect advice for a late night post opera sushi spot and on another night, Indian takeout. Location was top notch. Great old school naval theme.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Thanks so much, Dave F! I'm glad the style and feel of the hotel were just what you needed for your visit to SF, and that Olivia's dining advice made the experience that much better. I've just shot a copy of your review to her and her direct managers and I know she will be thrilled!
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

I thought the Argonaut Hotel was a charming getaway. We were there with our two kids, and the room delighted them. We didn't have a lovely view or a big suite, but the four of us managed just fine and the room is bigger than most hotels with two queen beds. The decor was great and the toiletries top notch. While we could occasionally hear a baby in the next room, we heard no street sounds at all.

The whole family liked "wine o'clock," when at 5 p.m. wine, beer, and cider (for the kids) is offered in the lobby. The lobby is packed for this, so you may not get a place to sit, but everyone perches somewhere and relaxes. My kids loved the Wii in the lobby and that they could escape there and play on their own. The fitness room is small, but it had everything I needed. Plus the hotel is right on the water, so it's a beautiful run along the beach toward the Golden Gate Bridge.

The location was great for us as tourists. Easy to catch the F streetcar to the Ferry Market. Easy to walk to the Aquarium and Alcatraz Landing. An easy mile walk to the North End and Chinatown. Right by the cable car and Ghiradelli Square.

We didn't have much interaction with the staff, so I can't comment on service, but everyone we ran into was friendly enough. I thought the hotel was lovely and I'd definitely stay there (or at another Kimpton hotel) again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Hi, jbrown68, and many thanks for the Argonaut/Kimpton love!
You're right, we're lucky to have two-queen bedded rooms that are larger than the city average. In fact, a lot of our competitors down here can't even offer that room type. An unexpected perk in an historical building for sure. I'm glad the stay was fun for all ages and you got to enjoy a little adult time at the wine party while the kids played on the lobby Wii... when in doubt, send them on the scavenger hunt as well! ;)
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Argonaut relies on the location to much, whilst it is right on the wharf the price tag is over the top.
the staff were efficient and polite, The room was small and tired looking the bath room was very small with nowhere to put your toiletry's no tea making kettle only a coffee pot.
The wine tasting in the afternoon was a nice touch but having a Xbox on the wall was not.
Allowing for the location I would price this hotel 50% lower

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Hi, Alan B,
While our location is a huge asset, we also like to build in value through service, the wine party, and other fun free perks like the bike rentals, wifi, and Starbucks coffee. I see that you are a tea drinker, though, so we can make sure to go over those options with you next time. I do hope you'll come and spend time with us again, perhaps on one of the quieter nights when we are able to post promotional deals on our website.
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Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

The attention to detail in this hotel is quite simply unique. Service was good, the room (Specialty View) looked over Alcatraz and the Golden Gate and was exquisitely decorated and spacious for a family of 4. Gym was OK and had basic weights and cardio equipment but was clean and modern. Free wine hour is a great idea and gets every one together in the lobby to create a real family atmosphere. Expensive but fantastic hotel in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. Would strongly recommend.

Stayed July 2014
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Hi, jmabilat!
Isn't that Specialty Suite View incredible? I have never had the chance to stay in that room myself as it is so popular :). I'm not sure if we had a chance to meet at that manager-hosted wine party, but I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it and got to get to know some other guests, and maybe even swap sightseeing suggestions! It is always fun to see people enjoying themselves there before dinnertime.
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Argonaut´s location is excellent, a few blocks away from Fisherman´s Wharf (but not the over the top touristy part), also next to the Maritime museum + close to Ghiardelli square. The free museum with connecting door to the hotel is very good for its small size and was always a treat for our children. The hotel has wonderul decor and the Blue Mermaid next door is a great option for dining, with some great fish, crab and char options. The staff were very friendly, our children (7, 6 yrs old) enjoyed the free wi-fi gaming in the Lobby too. We stayed for 8 nights, room rate was reasonable for SF, but we did not manage to get a suite with two rooms. For 8 nights and two adults + two kids, our two queen bedroom got slightly claustrophobic, although we loved the decor and the animal print robes. Would certainly come back but certainly consider reserving a larger suite type room. Only negative was room service served breakfast with dirty dishes, but they got that fixed after we complained and did not charge breakfast on that day. Brooke / concierge gave great tips and had a lovely sense of humor. Lots of rental car options nearby as well, Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Emily G, Manager at Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Hi, Brunobenevlo,
We're delighted to read this happy five-star review from your family. It sounds like you had a great time in San Francisco, and I'm glad you got to enjoy the Blue Mermaid (anything crab there is my favorite, followed closely by the Ahi Tuna BLT since their bacon is amaaaaaazing :)). Thanks for the heads up on that room service issue that they fixed. We'll also make sure to share your nice comments with Brooke. Her humor and care are so genuine and charming!
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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
#7 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#8 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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