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
This hotel is well placed for exploring the Fisherman's Wharf area. Cable car turn around is just outside the hotel, boat for Alcatraz is just ten minutes walk away, as is the Hop on Hop off bus stop. Rooms are small, but who stays in their room when you are in San Francisco?
This is the second time we have stayed at the Argonaut and will not be the last. We love the location, the food in the restaurant is great and the view out of the harbour view rooms are worth every penny. This hotel has the several, the location and the charm of an old feel building. I hope to be back soon!
Our stay at the Argonaut hotel was perfect for a weekend getaway to visit family and explore different parts of the city. The location was great, close to great food and sites, walking distance to everything on the wharf. The room was clean, well appointed, roomy and comfortable, especially for a mid-day break from site seeing. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We would definitely come back again.
We were here for a few nights in March 19, and we had a wonderful time. The sea-faring theme is beautifully executed. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, it is easy to walk to so many interesting neighborhoods. Had dinner at Scoma’s which is about a 3 minute walk.
If you are looking to stay near fisherman's wharf, this is a great location. Totally walkable to all activities, bars, and dining options in the area including pier 39. The parking is crazy expensive but the hotel is nice, rooms are neat and nicely decorated. If staying in the area I recommend not getting a card and ubering or picking a car up on your way out of town to avoid expensive parking charges.