by Caroline Costello
The luxurious Argonaut is the only hotel located in the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, a center for San Francisco maritime history that educates and entertains with a museum, a library and fleets of historic boats. The nautical history of this special place is reflected in the hotel’s sunny, boat-themed interior. Built in 1907, the building that houses the Argonaut is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it also contains the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park visitor’s center and museum. Kids under 17 stay free when accompanied by an adult, and the hotel’s Kimpton Kids program accommodates families with little kid-friendly touches like a children’s welcome gift.
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- Prime location near attractions
- On the National Register of Historic Places
- Kid-friendly Blue Mermaid Chowder House
- Onsite Dining
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The 252 guestrooms and 13 suites include free high-speed Internet access, coffee makers with complimentary Starbucks coffee, flat-screen TV's, DVD players, WebTv, on-demand movies, Super Nintendos, honor bars, free weekly newspapers, bathrobes and deep spa tubs with separate showers. Rooms are outfitted in a fun nautical theme. Many rooms have exposed walls or steel doors that are original to the building, which was originally a warehouse. Expect porthole mirrors, brass telescopes, lots of anchor-themed decor, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
Stayed the night here while sight seeing and enjoying SF, Fisherman’s Wharf area. Loved the ambiance and atmosphere. Rooms are chic and classy, beds super comfortable. Definitely going back on our next trip to the area.
by David F
This was my first stay with the Noble house hotel collection and was quite honestly very underwhelmed and unimpressed to the point of doubting that I will try another Noble House hotel again in the future.
The location of the hotel is great and conveniently located however the value and quality of the rooms as well as the overall appearance and cleanliness were very disappointing for a 4 star hotel. Numerous small things add up to make the experience less than great: 1) Mold growing in the showers behind the soap dispensers 2) cobwebs above the bed on the ceiling 3) outdated shower/bathroom features which I would expect to see in other 2-3 star establishments 4) no robes or slippers provided in rooms, when requested took 25 minutes to be delivered and arrived after we had already given up on them coming. 5) "Deluxe king room with upgraded views" is very misleading as the rooms had a view of next to nothing through a small window and nothing more to the room than what I would expect from a standard room in a hotel of this caliber. Although these are small things, I feel that for the price paid and being touted as a 4 star hotel, these things should not be an issue.
The pros: 1) restaurant was good, good food offerings and nice service 2) overall positive experience with the front desk staff and valet who were all very professional and welcoming. 3) Location again remains good in the heart of everything and convenient to the purpose of my stay.
The hotel hosts a special kids' program, which includes kid-friendly amenities like child-safety kits, cribs upon request, a kid's welcome gift, child-sized robes and stroller rentals. The program also includes lists of area family activities.
The hotel's main attraction is the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. The park's visitor's center and interactive museum (admissions are complimentary for hotel guests) is located in the same building as the hotel. The museum features changing exhibits on maritime history, including a shipwreck display.
Hyde Street Pier, a famous ferry pier in Fisherman's Warf, is adjacent to the hotel. Anchored to the pier are dozens of historic boats, many of them open for tours. Other San Francisco landmarks, including Ghirardelli Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square and Pier 39, are just a short walk or cable car ride away (the Hyde Street terminal of the San Francisco Cable Car System is steps away from the hotel).
The concierge will make arrangements for local babysitting services upon request, but the hotel offers no on-site childcare programs.
The hotel's restaurant, the Blue Mermaid Chowder House and Bar, lies adjacent to the Argonaut and is a popular stop for hungry hotel guests. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu items include quiche and scrambled eggs for breakfast, popcorn shrimp and chowder for lunch, and parmesan crusted sea scallops and the catch of the day for dinner. There is a kids' menu for lunch and dinner, but not for breakfast (although the restaurant's traditional American breakfast items, like eggs, bacon and toast, are simple and familiar enough for most kids to enjoy).