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Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel
Ranked #11 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed January 5, 2005

There's a very good reason this place is at the top of this list - it is absolutely magnificent.

Superb location - right across the road from the wharves, right next to the Cable Car, views of the Bridge, but it's what they have done with this location that makes it superb.

The hotel is in a restored warehouse, and the attention to detail throughout is wonderful with exposed beams and bricks making this a standout building. The rooms are magnificently decorated in a nautical theme, the lobby is very well done, and front desk staff, porters, doormen, everyone, extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the city and its surrounds.

The wine reception was a nice touch, as were the two free internet terminals in the lobby area, and the attached Blue Mermaid restaurant on site was so good we ate there three nights in a row.

For cheap breakfasts there's also a Starbucks out back.

I've stayed in many great hotels around the world, but this is without a doubt my favourite. Only 1 gripe - leave the car at home or ensure your room rate includes parking - they charge $32 a day!

A truly wonderful hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2004
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Reviewed January 4, 2005

We stayed at the Argonaut for 3 nights and thought it was a great hotel. The rooms were nice, well equipped and very clean. The free wine tasting each evening at 5pm was an added bonus and all staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is in a great location for all the main tourist attractions in San Francisco.

  • Stayed: November 2004
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Reviewed January 3, 2005

I stayed at the Argonaut last July after reading the site reviews and was delighted that it lived up to all my expectations and beyond. My room was extremely spacious and spotless with all the extras I needed. From the jolly doorman who gave me such a friendly welcome to the desk staff who greeted me by name at every contact, I cannot fault the staff. After the stuffy elegance of European hotels, the Argonaut was a breath of fresh air with its cheerful decor and unpretentious warmth! The location is terrific. My one gripe was that there was no food available after 10.00 pm when the downstairs restaurant closes - as well as all food outlets in the nearby vicinity. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to any one whether travelling alone or with a family.

3  Thank Padong
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Reviewed December 31, 2004

Nice hotel in convenient wharf location. Modern rooms with a nice touch - wine served in the lobby 5-6pm. However, the breakfast in the adjacent resturant was terrible. Poor service and awful coffee, suggest trying the cafe down the road, much better!

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Reviewed December 11, 2004

My girlfriend and I were looking to spend a relaxing four-day weekend in San Francisco, and after much research we settled on the Argonaut. I had great expectations, and without a doubt my expectations were exceeded. The location is perfect, overlooking the Bay with great views of the Golden Gate and Alcatraz. Ghirardelli Square, the cable car turnaround, and the many great sights and restaurants on Fishermans Wharf were just steps away.

The room was great with its nautical decor, very comfortable bed, flat screen TV and internet access. The hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating, and the free wine reception every evening was a very nice plus. We had dinner at the restaurant one night, and it was quite good.

All in all, this hotel was fabulous and we will definitely be returning.

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Reviewed December 11, 2004

We stayed three nights at the Argonaut last week and it was fabulous. I can only give accolades to this hotel. We particularly liked the design, the location and the incredibly comfortable beds. Yes, they had charged us 57 dollars for a meal in the restaurant we never had, but they took this charge away without too much discussion. We will be happy to stay at the Argonaut next time we are in the Bay area.

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Reviewed December 11, 2004

My wife and I stayed there on a stay in early December. Very nice hotel, great amenities, free high speed internet, great location. Would definitely stay again and recommend. Had a deal that included breakfast at the accompanying restaurant, which was also outstanding.

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Address: 495 Jefferson St, 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 ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) 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
#9 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#16 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $283 - $671 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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