I did not want to stay at this hotel in this part of San Francisco. I'm a Four Seasons kind of guy where I know it is going to be safe, clean and kid friendly. Although not much character you usually know what you are getting with a Four Seasons or other "upscale chain". My wife is the total opposite. She prefers character over luxury. So, I reluctantly agreed to stay at the Argonaut. The hotel is on a very touristy, crowded street. Quiet, it is not. The location if fine for everything around the wharf and even Lombard street is pretty close, but that's all. All other attractions are a bus, cable car, or taxi ride, away. The cable car station is accross the street from the hotel but get there early to avoid a long (1-2 hour) line. Just outside the hotel is the Cannery where outside every evening they have live music until 10PM. It was very loud in our room but not as loud as movie night on Sundays. They have an outdoor screening of a movie every Sunday and it is louder than the live music and it went on until 10:40pm.
I thought the hotel was not kid friendly at all. No activities, pool, game room, gift shop or anything. Just a treasure chest filled with cheap little toys by the front desk. But so much for my opinion because our kids loved the hotel. The staff were very, very friendly and helpful. The concierge was Fantastic. The rooms are noisy from outside noise and adjacent rooms but its all part of the "character". The rooms were not so small. They were very comfortable for a family of 4. It is a four star hotel and it truly felt like it was. I highly recommend this hotel. The next time we go to San Francisco we will not stay here only because I would like to try a different part of town. But for 1st timers this is a great place and we will stay here again. Some day. PS: ask about The Big Red Shiny Mack Fire Engine.
- 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