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
This was our second time staying at The Argonaut and definitely won’t be the last.
We spent 4 nights in San Francisco and this hotel is just wonderful, as are the staff who work here. We had requested a quiet room and received just that. Our room was clean, beautifully presented and a welcome respite to come home to after being out sightseeing all day.
I have to mention Jessie on reception, whose smiling face and wonderful customer service skills are a credit to your hotel. We will certainly be back.
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.
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.