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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
What a great find - so close to the cable cars and our favourites, the trolley cars, easy walk to all Fishermans wharf has to offer. Great restaurant in the hotel and lovely room with a super comfy bed and lovely bathroom.
Really enjoyed our stay in uniquely presented hotel building. The staff were helpful and attentive, the facilities very well presented, and the beds soo comfortable. Another plus the convenient location. We'll be back during our next visit.
The location is wonderful, right at Fisherman's Wharf and near a bunch of good dining options. The staff were very courteous, helpful and responsive. Overall the place was very clean and comfortable. We would definitely stay there again.
We stayed here for a long weekend in June. The location in Fisherman's Wharf is convenient to restaurants, shopping and cable cars. The decor is a nautical theme throughout. Very well-done and classy. The rooms are quiet and well-appointed. Service is outstanding. The lobby has a gas-burning fireplace with comfy seating and games to play. We read the newspaper each morning by the fire. I highly recommend this hotel.
We stayed a few days in Grand Hyatt Union Square (read my review) and decided that we should move to Fisherman's wharf for something different. This review is in comparison to our experience in Union Square. The Agronaut's deluxe room comes with 2 queen-size beds which fits 4 adults. The room is extremely spacious, we had enough space for our many luggage bags (we had 7 bags) even if we open all of them up. The nautical theme of the room was very cool too. There's a cute little stuffed sea lion on the bed but the tag said it costs USD 14. I thought it might have been a nice gesture if it was given as a token to all guests especially since most every other thing here is chargeable. No bottled water is provided here, it's chargeable but there's water available in a jug at the large lobby. If you need hot water, they'd send a small jug up to the room but there isn't a kettle you can borrow. Toiletries are provided but they're nailed to the wall so you can't remove them but it worked for us. There's a USD10 daily food credit given here too but you can only get food from Blue Mermaid and there isn't a lot of choices there in terms of snacks or fruits or drinks. But we had an excellent time exploring Fisherman's wharf from the hotel which made it easy for us to return to drop off shopping, rest or use the bathrooms. We used Uber to get to Union Square, Little Italy and Japan town, very conveniently. Take the Powell-Hyde cable car from Market Street right up to the last station Ghiradelli Square and Agronaut is just 2mins walk away. Oh and do visit the Maritime museum just at the hotel lobby/entrance.