Argonaut Hotel – a Noble House Hotel
What We Love
- Weeknight happy hours (3 to 6 p.m.) serve wine and local beers
- The tasting room in the lobby, which serves flights of regional wines
What To Know
- Tots are more than welcome; ask the front desk for a scavenger hunt to keep yours occupied and make sure they grab a treat from the “treasure chest”
- As at many San Francisco hotels, there’s a hefty per night charge to park in the Argonaut’s lot
- Dogs of all sizes—from Chihuahua to St. Bernard—are welcome
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With its original walls (the hotel was constructed in 1907 with bricks scavenged from buildings downed by the 1906 earthquake) and Douglas fir beams so thick you can’t help but think, “They sure don’t make ’em like this anymore,” it’s easy to imagine the hotel’s past life as fruit canning facility. Today, though, the effect strikes just the right balance of industrial-chic. The lobby plays up a nautical theme, with sailcloth stretching to the ceiling, boating artifacts on the walls, and a handful of well-placed anchor and fish motifs, while velvet-upholstered chairs and elegant cherry and ash floors elevate the look.
Bed and Bath
Sizable enough to comfortably accommodate even serious overpackers, the guestrooms echo the lobby decor: All have at least one brick wall and traditional white shutters you can throw open to let the light in, and they feature anchors-aweigh-themed details, from nautical stars to an oversize compass. Inside the bathrooms, decked out with wallpaper sporting a cool octopus pattern, New Yorkers will be thrilled to see big bottles of products from C.O. Bigelow, the apothecary-slash-institution founded in 19th-century Greenwich Village. While some of the interior rooms can be a bit on the dark side, Bay View rooms have vistas of the city or harbor (from some you have a straight shot out to Alcatraz Island).
Though not Argonaut-owned, the rustic Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar, reachable through its own outside entrance or a door in the lobby, is the hotel’s de facto restaurant. The kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, handles room service, and sometimes even sends over small bites for the hotel’s afternoon happy hour. Definitely stop by for a bread bowl overflowing with the chef’s delish crab and corn chowder. Also in the lobby you’ll find the Winery Collective’s tasting room; drop by after a day of sightseeing for a flight of local vino. There’s no pool, but there is a large, well-maintained gym where you can get your workout on, and in-room spa treatments range from a spirulina body wrap to aromatherapy facials.
In the Area
Naturally, you’ll spend some time roaming the Technicolor eateries and souvenir shops of Pier 39, but the best of San Francisco lies off the beaten track. Directly across from the hotel is the Hyde Street Pier, a nice alternative to its crazy-crowded counterparts. You can walk it for free—the views of Alcatraz are epic—or pay a small fee to board the historic boats moored there. Down the street, at the end of Pier 45, you’ll find the nostalgia-rich Musée Mécanique, full of old-school coin-operated arcade games that range from turn-of-the-century moving dioramas to child-of-the-’80s Pong. To explore further afield, hop on the cable car and ride it all the way to Hyde Street, a few blocks from the boutiques and cafés of tree-lined Hayes Valley, and from there venture into the Mission for the city’s most exciting restaurants, including Argentine-styled Lolinda and Central Kitchen, which has a pretty open-air courtyard.
How to Get There
Nice well kept hotel, good location. If you are short the beds are very high. Very pleasant attention and concierge. Location at end of turist blocks is comvenient, one block away from the cable cars.
Great hotel in the old Cannery in the midst of Fisherman's Wharf. Rooms are oversized and QUIET! We were celebrating our anniversary and were surprised by a beautiful Welcome gift tray of snacks and wine!
Very nice property and great nautical vibe. Right in the Warf district and easy walk to the Piers or if you choose to head West, you will end up at the Golden Gate bridge. I got into town on a Sunday after flying in from the East Coast. I had never been to San Francisco and want to walk around the Warf. Perfect location and next to the Trolley stop. Ate at the Blue Mermaid and you cannot go wrong in getting the corn and crab chowder! The weather was cool so bellying up to the bar and diving into a bowl of this soup really did the trick. Rooms are very nicely appointed and the staff was extremely friendly. Ubers are at your beck and call in this touristy area so no need for a car unless you want to head out of town if you are touring. Definitely would return.
Loved this place, the convenience. the friendly demeanor, the tidiness and the warmth.
The restaurant was excellent, the rooms spacious and bright and priced very reasonably.
I would recommend and would certainly visit again
We received great rates and an upgrade for what I still consider some of the best designed hotels in the west. They are not pseudo luxury, but good quality, fun, and the attention to detail is still great. I love the over-the-top nautical themed decor. The building itself is in a refurbished historical building and alone it is a satisfying place to be, with exposed brick and old beams. The warf location is still a bit tacky and not to my taste, but it is near the water, walkable to the park and other points if interest (I think this area is slowly changing for the better), easy access for jogging along the water front, and close to a trolly pick up spot. The bed was comfy and the location is quiet. The shower is not amazing, but I rarely find amazing bathroom in cities without paying a premium price. It was clean and nice enough though. We received a ten dollar voucher for the restaurant-about equal to 3/4 of one persons breakfast.
All in all, a really solid choice for the city.