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
We stayed here four nights in June. Perfect location for walking to everything along the Wharf. We walked almost everywhere from the hotel, even to Chinatown, but we took a pedicab back. The hotel was very clean, large room and spacious bathroom. Every morning you can stop by the front desk for a coffee voucher for the number in your room and go to the self serve area in the restaurant; very convenient. We loved the fireplace in the lobby with comfortable chairs. We met such nice people staying at the hotel from around the world. Show your room key for 20% off Ben & Jerry's which is next door, I think we had ice cream every day. Most everything shuts down on the Wharf by 10 so I would recommend starting your day early. Bring a jacket for sure because it gets cold at night. All employees were very nice and helpful with suggestions, directions etc. We had an A plus experience with the exception of breakfast at the hotel, it was a C but we would definitely stay here again.
A decent hotel with beautiful ceiling supports because it is an old cannery. Unfortunately no ceiling lights only lamps. Internal rooms have an ugly view of vacant space and other rooms. No exhaust fan in bathroom. Watch out for resort fee of $25 per night which wasn’t mentioned on my booking form which said all fees and surcharges included. 😩 a quiet stay
We stayed at the Argonaut for four nights during which time it was our 25th Wedding Anniversary. The rooms were really nice with a nautical theme. Good concierge desk who booked a whale watching trip for us. Bar area was nice but restaurant service was not good. Only had our breakfast there but on one occasion they seemed to have forgotten about us. Left sitting with menus while people who came in after us were served. Seems like they didn’t have enough staff. Wished we had just gone elsewhere for breakfast. Overall I’d recommend the hotel but would say eat in one of the many restaurants in Fisherman’s Wharf
Stayed 3 nights on a Travelzoo deal in February. The room was well appointed and was fairly large. Our room overlooked a walkway with some restaurants. My biggest complaint was the bathroom needed more storage space for the 3 of us. Right behind the hotel is Starbucks which is convenient for a quick breakfast. Also, the cable car stop is super nice to have to explore other areas of the city. I would stay here again if needing to stay in this area.
Well appointed friendly boutique hotel located directly across from the Aquatic Park (excellent for swimmers) in Fisherman's Wharf. Nearby to cable car and trolley cars. This hotel has a wonderful lobby lounge with a large fireplace, plenty of chairs/lounges/large table, which we spent a great deal of time enjoying, and meeting old and new friends. The restaurant attached has a varied menu and the food was delicious. The room itself (king room) had large windows with shutters (which was useful to dry clothes during the day and block light when sleeping), aircon/heater that was easily adjusted, a super comfortable bed, and a good sized bathroom with bath and a large shower rail which was also good for drying wetsuits. We had a 8 day stay and loved every minute. The only thing missing in this hotel is a spa or pool. But given the proximity to the aquatic park, it not a necessity.