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.
by Teertha G
Stayed here for three nights at the end of our 16 day US trip. This is our second visit to San Francisco and we noticed this hotel during our first time. Based on positive reviews and location we booked this hotel.
We arrived after a very long day which included two cancelled flights, lost baggage and some other minor difficulties. The reception staff made the day a whole lot better by informing us that we have been upgraded to a bay view room. The room was specious and even after accommodating two double beds had enough room for three people's luggage. The room had a large TV, mini bar, safe and tea/coffee facility and a beautiful view of San Francisco bay. Like the rest of the hotel our room and bathroom was spotlessly clean. Bathroom amenities were of good quality. Beds were comfortable and soundproofing was good.
The hotel follows a nautical theme throughout which we found quite charming considering the location. Staffs were super friendly, starting from reception to restaurant. Service was efficient including the car valet service. Breakfast was not included in our rate but we had breakfast at the hotel restaurant all three days because the food and service both were great.
Lastly as mentioned by everyone else the location is perfect. The area is quite lively and there are number of eating options of different categories nearby. It is quite possible to walk to a number of tourist attractions.
The only downside is the hotel is not exactly cheap but considering San Francisco standard not overtly pricey. The car parking charges are quite high at $75/day but then again you pay the price for having valet parking at Fisherman's Wharf.
Given the choice will we stay here again? Absolutely.
Highly recommended for location, overall standard and service quality.
This was our first visit to San Francisco and the Argonaut was in a perfect location, it was at one end of Fisherman’s Wharf and the cable car was very close by. There were lots of shops and restaurants really close by plus Pier 39 and Giradelli Square.
The hotel was in a beautiful old factory, which was done in a very nautical style. Our bedroom was really large and had a huge, comfortable bed. Although everything was clean it could have done with a few more modern or funky touches. All the staff, especially those in the bar and restaurant were exceptionally friendly.
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).