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Argonaut Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel in San Francisco, CA

Argonaut Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel in San Francisco, CA

Specialties

The only four-star, four-diamond hotel on San Francisco Bay at Fisherman's Wharf.  A historic landmark in the midst of everything you may want in a destination including Hyde Street Pier, Victoria Park, Ghiardelli Square, Aquatic Beach Park and the Powel-Hyde Cable Car turn-around.  Argonaut offers excellent group meetings and guestroom rates with outstanding food, service and facilities.  
Argonaut is known for creating memorable and enjoyable local and destination special events include rehearsal dinners, weddings, wedding brunch, fraternity and sorority social events, birthday dinners, company parties and team building, wedding ceremonies & receptions, Mitzvahs, anniversaries, reunions, fundraisers, holiday parties, corporate meetings and board meetings. Please join us!

History

Established in 2003.

A luxury boutique Kimpton Hotel in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf and one of San Francisco's most popular destinations. Our historic waterfront hotel, named for the Gold Rushers who sought their fortune here, offers guests an inviting atmosphere, personal services and amenities, and the experience of a luxury San Francisco boutique hotel.  We cater to frequent travelers, small groups as well as local and social event markets.  Weddings at Argonaut are memorable as well as enjoyable!

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.18

Address: 495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA, 94109
  • Mon: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Comments (358):

1. Tanger T.
This Boutique property is only about 2 years old and is adorable. Highly recommended for out of town visitors wanting to stay somewhere fun and different.  The Nautical theme fits well with the location and it was actually transformed from an old warehouse. Great Aveda amenities in the rooms! Wouldn't recommend the restaurant there though...obviously if you're going to get ripped off as a tourist there's better chowder and seafood in Fisherman's Wharf.

01/03/05 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Kevin F.
The location was great, just a few steps from Aquatic Park, Ghiradelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, etc. and the room was comfortable and clean.  The only downside is the price (both for the room and for parking).

29/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. E C.
This is a great place to stay in San Francisco. We come to the City ever year at Christmas time to go to the Nutcracker. And each year we try a new Hotel in the city. And I would have to say that next year we will be coming back to the Argonaut again. At first I wasn't sure if I would like the location. But it turned out to be great. You can get on the cable car right up the street, which was perfect for us. Or you can walk down the street to fishermans wharf. The service on all levels, was by far the best that we have encountered. We were very impressed. I Loved the nautical theme that is carried throughout the Hotel. And I love that it is pet friendly. We did hear a dog bark somewhere on our floor. Which I could see bothering some people. But it was rather muted and so it didn't bother us. We look forward to coming back next year. And would highly recommend the Argonaut as a place to stay in San Francisco for the Whole City experience.

07/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Ashley H.
went here once for a sorority social formal event. i think the girls really liked it... but me being in the industry... we all know bout this place. its a good laugh. it has a ton of potential. i really like the bar eventhough they didnt knwo how to make an adios... i gues i was showing my age so that all the older gentelmen would know tha i was not interested in men old enough to be my father... great location.

09/06/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Bina S.
nice hotel with a maritim flair. rooms are large and clean. bath room was clean either. would stay there again.

06/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. JOSEPH R.
Stayed here Tues thru Fri - - Tues was special bday -- Hotel  Staff - Kevin & crew sent up bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine - on the house.. . What can I say -- Great Hotel -- Great Location - Extremly comfortable  - people -- all the best -- I have stayed everwhere in San Fran .. this hotel is tops .. certainly beats the hell out of the Fairmont .. Oh Yeah - Blue Mermaid Rest -- .Breakfast . soooo good .

29/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Meg T.
If you're looking for a wonderful boutique hotel in Fisherman's Wharf, look no further.  The Argonaut Hotel is part of the Kimpton Hotel chain--which is known for their wonderful properties.  This hotel has a nautical theme throughout, with navy blue, white and yellow color schemes in the rooms.  Also, they have animal print terry robes--pretty cool!  Because it was formerly a warehouse, the walls are brick.  It's a very cool place and the rooms are large.  Try to get your room on one of the discount sites for the best prices.  There's a Starbucks right around the corner, an In-n-Out Burger down the street, and Ghirardelli Square just walking distance with lots of good eateries.

11/12/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Kim O.
We travel with our dogs, one of which is about 110 pounds. That makes for quite a challenge when it comes to finding decent accomodations. Without a doubt, the Argonaut was THE nicest pet friendly hotel we stayed at. Very accomodating and friendly staff. The dog beds were a nice touch. Keep it up Kimpton Hotels! A little on the pricey side, but worth it!

30/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Margaret C.
We had our wedding at the Argonaut a few weeks ago. It was one of the first venues we looked at for our wedding of 120-160 (we ended up having 130). We liked the ballroom and the courtyard. In the end, we picked the Argonaut over other venues based on their wedding package -- excellent value if you are interesting in having an open bar at your wedding. The catering staff were great to work with on the day of -- we dropped off our DIY flower centerpieces and table numbers, and hours later, everything was set up really beautifully. We had extra flowers, and one of the catering staff decorated the tables with flower petals. David, the event manager, made the whole day run smoothly. Even though the Argonaut hosts weddings every weekend, they made whole experience still feel like our special day, not just another event they were hosting. Couples looking at wedding venues should definitely check out the Argonaut.

17/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Josie T.
So, I didn't stay here, but my parents who were visiting me did stay here. My parents are the type of people who find complaints about most places, but they loved everything about this place! The bellhops (one in particular named Steve), the decor, happy hour with hottie-totties and popcorn shrimp, the way the staff interacted with their dog, and even the other hotel guests. We spent one night hanging in the lobby drinking wine and I have to admit there is a fantastic vibe in this place. My parents said this will be the only place they stay when they come to San Francisco now.

11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. nate w.
Really nice hotel in a good location - right next to one of the cable car turnarounds.  (Get the three day pass if you are there for a couple days - it was a really good deal and we rode it day and night.)  The hotel is decorated in a sailing motif that can be over the top, but it suits the location.  The staff were all very friendly and we enjoyed the daily wine hour in the lobby.  The room was spacious for a couple and we really appreciated the history of this being a former cannery building redone into a boutique hotel.

02/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Colin Y.
Helpful staff, basic but nice, clean, convenient.

19/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. david s.
my dad stayed here whilst visiting from the UK.  initially i was skeptical of anywhere in Fishermans wharf, but he did his research and from what i could gather it came out trumps!

boutique style for a affordable and very nice palce for parents etc to stay when visiting.
yes its in the wharf, but frankly when your 60 years plus, its a nice enough area for a base - you get the local attractions and events, easy access to the trolleys, views of teh bay and gg bridge, easy access to all major city points

my dad proved me wrong again.  nice one pops!

22/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Sherry L.
The "gals from Texas" were visiting Sf. For the first time.  I wish we could give More stars!  We were treated like QUEENS! You will be  disappointed if you stay anywhere else.

16/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Rob B.
This is just a well done boutique hotel.  Great location near the end of the cable car line, wonderfully appointed.  Nothing to complain about.

23/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Andy M.
Great location if you want to stay in the Fisherman's Wharf area.  The Cable Car (We call em Street Cars in NO) is just a short walk from the Hotel, so if you plan on staying in the City you don't need to rent a car.  We walked or took the Cable Car every where we went.  The rooms are on the small side but comfortable.  The service was great. . . . the Doorman helped us out with what to see and gave us advice on tours.  The kids loved this place as the decor and furnishings are bright and you know you are close to the water with the Mariner Theme throughout the Hotel.  We ate at the Restaurant prior to check in while waiting for the room to be cleaned and it was just OK.  Much better places to eat in the area.  All in all a good stay and would stay here again if in the area.

02/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. D T.
This was one of the nicest places I've ever stayed at.  It's all nautical themed, but w/ a modern twist.  Very cute.  Staff was super nice, always willing to help w/ directions.  We stayed in a deluxe king room, which has a couch in it, whereas just a king room doesn't, I think.  You are steps away from Ghiradelli Town Square, the cable car turnaround, and lots of great restaurants.  A little pricey, but personally I think it was well worth it.  Plus, it was pet friendly and we brought our 2 small dogs.  Word of advice, if you decide to bring your dogs: think twice if they like to "talk" because they make you sign this paper that says if any guests complain about the noise and the hotel has to reimburse them, you get charged.  Anyway, great place to stay in San Francisco.  Kinda super touristy area, but better than staying in like a sketchy part of town.

03/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Melissa R.
Nice hotel in an amazing location. Beautiful and clean rooms.

25/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Ryan A.
We stayed at the Argonaut hotel in San Francisco and we loved it. The location is very convenient, right next to the cable car turnabout. Bike rentals just outside the building. The bed's are comfy. Starbucks is behind the building and Ghirardeli square is just a block away. We loved it so much we are coming back next month. Be sure to check out the ice cream shop right next door.. norman's? They have great flavors!

15/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Shawna C.
Awesome! Great location, great rooms, great toiletries and they even honored the Expedia rate which was $100 less than their lowest rack rate. Having never stayed in Fisherman's Wharf we were shocked to receive such an amazing room rate...it was cheaper than Hotel Boheme and surpassed any expectations we had. The room was temperature controlled, had really comfortable beds with in room amenities like an honor bar, Starbucks coffee, ihomes, video games and Internet. Not to mention, L'Occitane toiletries. The shower was fabulous and you had plenty of space to spread out your junk and get ready. Seriously, can't wait to go back!

23/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Manuel S.
The price is worth it. I will tell you that your will be paying $200 a night, give or take. I have stayed here 3 times and each time no longer than a week and no shorter than 2 days. In fact, this hotel made it easy for me to transition from being a tourist to a citizen of the Jewel of the Bay (SF).

The staff is excellent at giving directions and telling you the nightlife area if you tell them what your 'intentions' are for that night. This city offers a lot of attractions and this hotel is in an area where it is family friendly and close to some classy nightlife, the  Fisherman's Wharf district. In other words, the area is all churched up but you will be entertained if you talk to the concierge for information because they will nail it on what is fun, trust me (I'm as dirty as a New Orleans Mayor). In fact, your paying around $200 a night -- the staff is good. Period!

The rooms are alright I personally don't ask nothing but the essentials and a good bathroom, your will find these here and a curveball -- excellent bed. It comes handy when you haven't slept in 1.5 days working on a demented speech. On top of that you have excellent stuff in the bathroom: Coffeemaker, lotion, hairdryer, robe and etc. All in all, the room is small but it come with it all, like a swiss army knife.

This is a nice hotel located in a beautiful, tourist location. This hotel is the representation of the San Francisco waterfront in a tranquil, friendly manner. Yes, its expensive but it  worth every dollar; thus, it can also be a great place for a romantic weekend for citizens and tourist of the Jewel of the Bay, San Francisco.

03/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Cathy S.
This hotel is located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. Lots to do in the surrounding area and most everything is in walking distance. The rooms are nicely appointed but very, very small. If you like sprawling accomodations this probably isn't the place for you. Although, it is nice and has been updated the room consists of a bed, desk, television and four walls. It's close quarters! Staff is friendly but not the most accomodating... Parking your car at the hotel is expensive and there are NO other options. Parking is a big issue in this city and I'm sure that is why the hotel charges what they do.

14/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
23. Lynnette C.
My husband surprised me with a trip to San Francisco, and we stayed at the Argonaut.  We had a queen room with a view of the Maritime Museum area, and the Golden Gate Bridge.  The bell staff was great, our car was parked for us, but it was $39 a day for PARKING!  I know, it's San Francisco.  Anyway, great stay, great location, I won't blame the hotel for the attached restaurant, that's another review altogether!

01/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. April B.
When I came out here for a job interview, I stayed at the Argonaut.  What a fantastic way to start my life with the city of San Francisco!  Nice without being too touristy.  

For me to enjoy a hotel it must not be a) cheesy b) lame c)snobby  
and the Argonaut is not one single part any of these things.  

BONUS: adorable and sweet wait staff out front and a tasty restraunt ajoined.

07/01/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Kelly S.
Absolutely LOVE this hotel! The location can't be beat; walk to Ghiradelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 and steps to the Cable Car turnaround that takes you anywhere else you want to be in the city. Great park next to the Hotel with views of the Golden Gate Bridge... all this, plus beautiful decor and an amazing staff made our stay one that we will never forget. We will definitely be staying here on our next visit to San Francisco!

28/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Deb L.
I can't remember when I last walked away from a hotel oooing and ahhhhing about the impeccable service and comfort of a hotel and trust me, I have been to beautiful luxury hotels but none were the experience I had with this hotel. I brought my 4 year old pup and that too added to the feeling of awe about this hotel. I flew with my dog for the first time and was very nervous about bringing him on this trip but this hotel; from the doorman to the reception, made us feel like VIPs. Whether you have a dog accompanying you on a trip to San Francisco or not, I would highly recommend this hotel. The decor is charming and very appropriate to its location at Fisherman's Wharf. During our stay we had complimentary wine from 5-7 every evening. All I can say is don't hesitate about this hotel. I read some people who wrote about not having comfortable beds or that the room was too small. I am not sure what room they had but our room was spacious and the beds were extremely comfortable; noticeably comfortable. We requested foam pillows and got it, which was also amazing. They offered a bed and bowls for my dog and gave him delicious treats and treated him with such love and care. I got a call when my dog barked and instead of having me go back to the hotel while I am touring the city, they offered to take care of him. Now THAT's service!!!! I cannot say anything negative about it. Just go and enjoy. You won't regret it. I am now interested in all of Kimpton Hotels because the standard of their service proved me right.

28/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Anna B.
We stayed here during our Honeymoon trip.  I have to disclose, they are my client, but even if they were not my review wouldnt change.  The property is clean and modern and "cool".  We had a view of Alcatraz island from our room, I realize this was a perk and not every room has this same view.  The staff was super nice, the food and room service super tasty.  Oh, and you really can't beat the location.

15/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Akin B.
Nice hotel with good food for lunch.  The outside looks like a classic brick building, but the inside is very nice.  They even allowed our company to host a scavenger hunt.

24/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Lisa B.
My parents have both lived and worked in San Francisco on-and-off for the past 30 years, so you could pretty much call them natives. They live on the Peninsula now, but once a year for the anniversary they spend a couple nights in the city and stay at the Argonaut hotel. You could say that they are sort of having the "tourist" treatment, but the staff and rooms and the Argonaut are so amazing, it brings back my parents every year!

13/05/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Statia M.
My husband treated me to the Argonaut hotel for my birthday one year and I loved it.   I have to be honest, though, we stayed in a suite so that's why we loved it so much.  We had two rather large rooms to sprawl out in.  The tub was a full sized jacuzzi tub, which is something I've never even seen in a 5 star hotel (and believe me, I've been looking).  The beds were very comfortable, although, we had a view of Alcatraz, and our room was on the corner of the cannery and the street which was really loud most of the night, but otherwise, I can't complain.   Breakfast in the restaurant was really great too.

26/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Joe A.
Quality throughout. Stylishly appointed property and a truly friendly staff. I stayed here on business, but would not hesitate to return for pleasure.

12/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Sheena M.
This quaint little jem is a real treasure. Even though it is right near the wharf and Ghiradelli Square, it is super quiet. The lobby is so charming with a nautical theme which runs through the whole hotel. Deep navy blues, yellows, and reds adorn the whole hotel. The rooms are cute, comfortable, and clean. We got a late night dessert room service which was a little pricey, but delicious! The Mermaid restaurant was forgettable, just kinda plain, but there are so many other neighboring places to eat that it wasn't a drawback. The staff was friendly and helpful. We were greeted every time we came though the door. I will definitely return!

04/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Mel y.
This hotel is in a great location. Walking distance to Fisherman's Warf and Ghiradelli Square and lots of shopping stores.  Staff are very helpful and friendly.  The room was super clean and they had nice bath products.  Also, if you're coming with your significant other they have a huge mirror in front of the bed...if you catch my drift. hehehe!  

Now the downsides. The rooms aren't very big for the price you pay. And $40 for parking per night. wtf???  That's not reasonable at all, plus you have to tip everytime you want to use your car when they bring it out to you.  If your room is facing the street like mine was, you will not get a good night' sleep.  It is hella loud and the walls are thin!  Traffic commotion and ppl outside my room kept waking me up several times throughout the night.  I'm thinking these type of things are normal because it's Frisco..

05/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Yan M.
This is such a cute hotel, rating based on the lobby and surrounding. We didn't get to stay here yet but while strolling in the area and the next door museum, we stumbled into the lobby of Argonaut. They have the cutest and nicest furniture depicting a ship-like ambience with all these deck chairs, plush sofas and all adorning the letter "A"!
I was curious why A and bf said it stands for Armageddon? I'm like HUH? armageddon was a disaster!! Then we finally figured out it was Argonaut!! DUH! Double DUH! So dubious....

The hotel lobby is beautiful in its own way and definitely the setup and furniture were very pleasant. Staff were friendly so now, it warrants a one night stay at least! :)

16/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Leah K.
REVIEW FOR WEDDING VENUE:
I haven't stayed at the Argonaut, but this is a review for the hotel as a potential wedding venue. We had a tour with Sean and were really impressed (both by the hotel and by him). He was very generous with his time, asked us a lot of questions, and was very prompt with information and replies to our questions via email, as well. In the end, we ended up going with a different venue because with our large guest list we would have had to have the ceremony outside in their courtyard, rather than indoors, and we decided we really wanted to keep it all indoors.
I still wanted to take the time to write a positive review, though, because this place is honestly a great option for couples looking for a San Francisco city venue for their wedding. It is also a GREAT deal for catering/alcohol packages, etc. and they are all-inclusive (not a place that you're going to get nickle and dimed with lots of little charges once you decide you want your wedding there).  I'd definitely recommend it as a place to check out!

05/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. K N.
bought a normal room and upgraded to the swuite for an extra almost 200. the room was really nice, and the bed was comfy . i must say though at night it is a bit creepy. there was a wierd guy staring at my girlfriend and I for a long period of time.

I asked them to surprise my girlfriend with a bottle of a nice alcohol since it was our anniversary & he gave us a bottle of champagne complimentary =) Our stay was nice though, the room was great, for us two, with a jacuzzi and a huuuge shower, -1 star for the jacuzzi bubbles not working after i filled the whole thing up already

but if i could give .5 star i would, they give you alot of free stuff to borrow upon request. (I forgot my straightner so they lent me one =))

01/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Neda J.
My fiance and I looked at the Argonaut for our 2009 wedding.  We ended up choosing a different venue due, in large part, to our preference for an outdoor ceremony.  While this was an option at the Argonaut, we were hoping for something a bit more quaint and less public.  That said, it was a hard decision to turn it down.  Regina Cameli, the coordinator at the Argonaut, is phenomenal!  She renewed my confidence in coordinators as she's that miracle combination of reliable, courteous and warm.  

If you're looking for a place to get married and willing to get wed in the Fisherman's Wharf area, I highly recommend you check this location out.  It's convenient for your guests, great bang for your buck, and you get a stellar coordinator as part of the package.

07/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. T K.
My family stayed here for 2 nights last weekend.  The location was great.  The room was as described and pictured.  The in-room robes were fun.  The room was long but narrow.  

We did not eat in the hotel so I am not sure how the food it.

The concierge was very helpful, nice, and knowledgeable. She recommended an awesome pizza joint (Za pizza)  that I am missing right now.

The parking charge is annoying but what can you really do, all of the parking in the area is pricey so I don't really blame the hotel for that one.  I suppose they could include it in the price for the room but I assume the room charge would go up an additional $50 a night.

I was a little annoyed a couple of times.  I asked for a gold fish at check-in and was told we would get one.  It never came.  When we checked into our room the tv would not turn on.  We tried a couple of things and then called the front desk.  It took 2 calls to the front desk before someone came to fix it.  The last thing that annoyed me was when I called for a bell boy at check out  I was told one would be up shortly. My husband and daughter went downstairs; I waited about 30 minutes for someone to come for the luggage before I  called back to the front desk to inquire.  A couple of minutes later there was a knock at the door and the bell boy was picking up my luggage.  He apologized for the delay.  We met my husband downstairs found out the the delay was because the bell boy initially went to the wrong room, found nobody there and returned downstairs without following up (my husband was downstairs and observed the drama but was not aware at the time that  it was our room that was involved in the mix up).  I don't fault the hotel for the room mix up but I don't like the fact that the bell boy  did not follow up with the front desk after he went to the empty room.  His lack of customer service ended up wasting mine time.  I tipped him generously before I was aware of what caused the delay and ended up being bothered that he did not have the decency to at least offer to return the tip since the delay was his fault.  I probably would have insisted that he kept it but the fact that he did not give me excellent service, that he screwed up, and gladly pocketed my offering sort of pisses me off.  I am a principle girl so those minor details do mean a lot to me. Oh well, I did not let these snafus ruin my trip.  I just wish they did not happen.

I would recommend this hotel to others and I actually plan on staying at Kimpton hotels in the future if they are in the vicinity of my destinations. If you plan on staying here make sure to first sign up for the free Kimpton InTouch Guest Loyalty Program.

09/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
39. Talia S.
I am so happy that we decided to have our October 2010 wedding at the Argonaut Hotel.  Getting married and having our reception there was such an amazing experience. The staff we worked with - Sean, Regina, David and Sarah - all did such a great job to make sure every part of planning the wedding and the day itself was perfect.  We looked at several venues in planning our wedding and chose the Argonaut because it truly shined in so many areas - amazing location, beautiful and creative interior, large ballroom, fabulous food, really attentive staff and flexible packages. Definitely call them if you are looking for an absolutely remarkable venue for a wedding in San Francisco.

15/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. shehreen j.
this is as good as it gets.  i've stayed in many hotels and a few kimptons, but this one is HANDS DOWN the best hotel, staff, location, amenities, etc., etc.  i really would like to move in and just live here.

i found a great deal on one of the travel sites and wanted to extended my stay...the front desk was kind to match the rate i found when i initially booked.  they make everything easy and pleasant.  i have my old dog with me and everyone is so kind to him even though he's no pedigree and he wobble when he walks from arthritic legs....

the rooms are really nice and the location is perfect.  right next to the trolly station, the water, the pier 39 is a short walk. there is complimentary wireless in the lobby and high speed in your room.  complimentary wine tasting at 5p.   who wouldn't want to live here?

oh, did i mention that i went to get coffee at the restaurant so i could enjoy it by the fireplace in the lobby, was prepared to give them my room no. and they comp'd that too since i'm a guest.

we got to check in early.  i could just go on and on about this place and THE STAFF!!! ENTIRE STAFF!  

i'm moving here.  Seriously.  :)

06/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Natasha L.
I had my September wedding at the Argonaut and it was great.  The management staff was SO helpful and friendly.  Everyone was on top of the details.  Our out of town guests stayed at the hotel and everyone loved it.  The beds are super comfy.  The doormen and concierge are really helpful.  There is a free wine hour every night.  The food at the wedding was so tasty, especially the New England Clam Chowder!

29/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Morgan S.
AMAZING. I can't stop talking about this hotel. I travel quite a bit and I haven't had a stay like I had at the Argonaut in quite a while. Where to begin...
Check In - Easy, no problems
Room - GREAT! Love the nautical theme, super comfortable bed, easy access to Internet, lovely bathroom, big window, etc etc.
Wine Happy Hour - one word for you. FREE.
Staff - Ridiculously friendly. The doormen remembered me, would ask how my meetings went or if I was getting my morning Starbucks run. Great service without being too cheesy.
- An example of this: My first night I went to bed early as I was still on Eastern time. This is a pet friendly hotel (normally a plus) and there were two dogs barking in the room next to me. I let them bark for one hour before I called the front desk. They let me know they had already called the owner and apologized for my distress. 10 minutes later the owner was home and I was fast asleep.
Fast forward to the next afternoon, returning to my hotel from an all day meeting. The staff left a bottle of wine with a sweet little note apologizing for my troubles. How nice! It's the little things that win my business.
If you're visiting San Francisco - you're crazy not to stay here! Especially in this economy - I got a fantastic deal because fewer people are traveling.

14/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Mary L.
My company held its annual employee meeting at this hotel. Regional employees from around the country flew in for this meeting and also stayed at this hotel for the weekend.

Our regionals enjoyed the rooms and services, but especially the close proximity to Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardeli Square.

The meeting room was comfortable and the food served during breakfast, breaks and lunch were good. This hotel has a nautical theme, which is perfect for being right next to the water.

25/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Pepe L.
I haven't been here personally but my  sister loved it!!!  And the Diva that she was :p, I believe her.  Here she is on the bed:   lolabear.com/GALLERY/dis…

It's very clean, unique, friendly staff, convenient (few steps away from Marina park, which is great for pups.)

27/01/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Rosie B.
This is a nice hotel if you want to be right on Fisherman's wharf. The rooms are comfortable.

14/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Joseph E.
Nice hotel in a lot of respects  but there were 2 issues of concern to us, especially when paying almost $400 per night for the king suite:

We arrived at about 1:30pm, room not ready and was understanding and accepting of that. Left luggage with bell-staff. Got back to room at 4:30 to check in. Informed front desk that we desperately wanted our luggage as we had to be at Gary Dankos restaurant in 20 min. They said "right away", we waited 25 min and it didn't show, so we had to go to this 5 star restaurant 2 blocks away in our jeans. We would have carried it up ourselves if we had known, it they had not told us 'right away'.

2.) Their ceilings are soooo thin! About 5:30 am the people in the room above us woke for the day. We heard every step they took. Woke both of us up (and I am hard of hearing!). Don't remember the last time that happened other when living in cheap apartments during college. Was very surprised. Disappointed.

Otherwise lots of nice things to say about the hotel, but sleep is so important. I am glad the people above us were not into partying!

02/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
47. Kim Y.
From the moment we stepped out of our car, we were treated like royalty.  Steve, the valet was welcoming and very funny!  Check in was a breeze.  Their hour long wine reception is nice and they served nice wine and hot totties.  Rooms were well equipped, well insulated and very clean.  This is a dog friendly hotel but you would never know that dogs had been there.  The only challenge was getting a taxi at 7 pm at night which made us late for our dinner reservation.

20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Bob K.
The room I stayed in was super clean, bug-free. I've stayed at a Kimpton in Scottsdale at the FireSky Resort and Spa and that was fantastic.  The bathroom is just so-so, nothing to brag about.  My view was overlooking the courtyard which was nice.  The girls at the registration desk were great, and John, the doorman at the front door, well....he was incredibly funny as well as extremely helpful.  I would give this place a five, but the bathroom was just average.  Free internet was also nice, and this place isn't for those who have canine allergies.  The Blue Mermaid cafe was good, there's a maritime museum inside, as well as a wine shop.

01/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Angelica M.
Their service is amazing top to bottom. I didn't want to leave. Their beds were so comfortable i didn't want to get up. Only issue i had was the smell of their hallways, but not a big issue at all. The location is great for tourist, but nightlife sucks(maybe better in the summer).

16/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Cindy K.
Upon arrival at the Argonaut for my company Christmas party the hotel doorman/ valet was very helpful. It went downhill from there.
When I checked in, the clerk looked up my reservation and immediately TOLD me that he was switching me to a single king instead of a double queen. I asked if there was a difference between the rooms and he replied that they were the same size rooms. After visiting other rooms, we realized that:
a- our room was definitely smaller then the double queen rooms and
b- the other rooms were all water view, as our company had reserved.
So, we asked to switch back to our original room type (with a water view). After ten minutes at the front desk, they finally agreed to switch us but couldn't help us move b/c they were too busy.

After moving ourselves we discovered that we'd left a wallet in the original room. We went back to the front desk to ask to get back into the original room and they indicated that it was already occupied. We asked someone to check in the room or to ask the occupants to check. The front desk said that they could not possibly do that.

The next morning when we went to breakfast we realized that an envelope with the coupons for our breakfast was never given to us upon check-in. So, once again, we went back to the front desk to get the certificates for breakfast and to ask again if they could notify the occupants of our previous room of the missing wallet. Once again, they were unwilling to do this.

So, after cancelling all the credit cards on Sunday, on Monday we got a phone call from the hotel. Our wallet had magically appeared "underneath the bed".

Not living in San Francisco, this involved more logistical issues to retrieve the wallet.

I'm not entirely sure why our room was switched to begin with, but it was done in a way that seemed convenient for them without any concern for our preference. If this wouldn't have happened it would have saved us a great deal of aggravation! Fortunately, I won't ever be staying at the Argonaut again.

09/12/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
51. Sarah F.
Accomodations, sweet. Staff & Service, not so much.

If you are going to stay on the Wharf (which I am not sure I would ever do again) this is definitely the place to stay. Its in the very nicely remodeled and maintained Del Monte Cannery building. Good views (if you pay for them) and nice exposed brick. It is rocking the nautical theme, but its done as tastefully as possible. Nice linens, beds, and toiletries (L'Occtaine!). We had a king room, which was bigger than I anticipated. Wine tasting every night from 5-6, the attached restaurant is even pretty dang good, by hotel restaurant standards.

But the service...not 4 star. The honor bar wasn't restocked the whole time we were there, which stunk because it was actually pretty reasonable pricewise. $4 for a good beer, which was cheaper than the restaurant. In fact, although they couldnt be bothered to replenish, housekeeping kept turning our mini-fridge down/off, so any beverages we wanted to partake in werent cold.

Linens that I thought should have been washed, werent, multiple days in a row even. Some of the provided robes were a bit threadbare and shabby, in my opinion.

The bell-hops were either really overtaxed, or just plain slow. It took forever for luggage to show up, upon arrival and departure. They could also be overheard complaining about the tips they got (or lack there of ) in the enterance. They often seemed more interested in gossiping amongst themselves than offering any service.

There was also a mysterious $40 restuarant charge on our bill, for a breakfast that we didnt partake in. It was removed upon request, with minimal hassle. But this restaurant is on the wharf! Can anyone just bill a meal to a random room number?

Anyway, the Argonaut was completely adequate, certainly better than your average Marriot. I just expected a bit more bang for my $300+ bucks.

31/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
52. Robert N.
We stayed here two nights. The first night was two stars, at best; the second night, five. Split the difference and round up, and I'll give four.

The pluses?
- *Great* staff. Very helpful, courteous and friendly.
- Location. On the western end of Fisherman's Wharf, across from the Maritime park.
- Decor. Fun, though, man is this place gonna look dated in 10 years, if they don't rehab first.
- The beds! Definitely one of two comfiest hotel beds I've slept in over the past decade.
- Internet access. Didn't charge me for (wired) access. WiFi was also available, but spotty in the rooms.

Minuses?
- Paper-thin walls. That's how I know our neighbors were watching "Family Guy" at 12:10 am. And then, um, getting busy after that. (Wait a minute, who on Earth does "it" while watching "Family Guy?" It's a funny show, but, c'mon....)
- Smoky room. My room was supposed to be non-smoking, but when Mr. and Mrs. "We Love Family Guy" decided to wrap up the evening with a post-you-know-what ciggie, the paper-thin walls held nothing back.
- Cheesy wooden sliding door on the bathroom. At these prices, put in a real doorknob, please.

When our neighbors checked out after night one, this place turned into a delight. So if you ask the front desk to keep you well away from the smokers who get turned on by Seth MacFarlane, you'll do fine here.

29/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Melissa W.
My husband and I have never been to San Francisco and I have been wanting to come here for years, so we decided to come for a week in April. I found this hotel and loved the pictures of the hotel and the convenience of a restaurant on site so we decided to stay here. That being said, my husband and I travel all over the world so we have experienced poor customer service and was so pleased with the staff at Argonaut. They always greeted us if they saw us in the hallways and helped with directions or whatever questions we had. Cleanliness of the room was great, however, on the last day of our stay I saw a beer bottle cap on the floor by dresser and my husband and I do NOT drink beer so it was not from us. My only complaint with the room is the walls seemed to be very thin, I could hear everything going in rooms next to us which made it hard for me to sleep because I am a light sleeper( my husband, who is a heavier sleeper, heard nothing from other rooms). All in all, our room was fantastic, we had a room with a view of Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli sign, and cable cars. The rooms have a nautical theme and the building itself holds a lot of detail and charm.  If you are interested in coming to San Francisco I would highly recommend this hotel!! Great and accommodating staff, clean rooms, and great location. Final note, and a huge plus, was the availability of multiple charging ports and outlets, in the room, for electronic devices, which is something that is rarely seen in hotels so the convenience of this was noted and appreciated!! Thank you Argonaut for a great experience...

06/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Yelena N.
I opened a Yelp account just to rate this hotel.  My husband and I got married at the Argonaut Hotel in September of 2009 and I don't have anything but positive comments.

Regina, David, and the rest of the staff were outstanding.  Regina made sure to answer all of my questions and went out of her way to make sure we were happy leading up to the event.  David went above and beyond on the day of the event to make sure that things ran smoothly.  Everything was done behind the scenes and I was able to enjoy my own party- not worry about the details.
The catering and bar were of excellent quality and service was excellent.  We loved the brick look of the hotel and the pricing was just right for us.
The flexibility offered in our package was unlike anything I was offered at other venues.  I highly recommend this hotel as a wedding venue- you will NOT be disappointed!

21/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Samantha H.
The Argonaut's location and atmosphere were exceptional. The room was a good size and the location is right off fisherman's wharf. I loved it. The only con was that I felt like the woman at the front desk was hounding me as I walked in and out (a little creepy).  The price was a little high. Even so , a GREAT stay and would love going back any time!

04/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. K G.
The room was nice, so long as you like being woken up at 8am by a jackhammer outside resurfacing the entire street. Very unpleasant wake up call. In addition, the hotel has poor operations and service, and doesn't even know it! I waited 10 minutes at breakfast at the hotel restaurant after i was seated at a table waiting to be served. The valet car service was absolutely awful. On day 1, I called 15 minutes in advance to have my car brought down from the garage (they told me to call ahead). But it took them 40 minutes! I was late to my work meeting as a result. I was very unhappy about the service and the front desk assured me it wouldn't happen again. But the very next day, it happened again! I called 15 minutes in advance for my car, but front desk forgot to tell valet to get the car from the garage, and yet again I waited 30 minutes for my car to pull up, and was late to yet another work meeting! I've now checked out of the hotel and checked in to another hotel that has better service and less noise. This hotel means well, but it's got a lot of kinks to work out.

16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
57. Kelly O.
Wow! That's really all there is to say about the Argonaut. Not only was the entire staff super friendly and helpful about everything, but the lobby and reception area was impressive.  Most Yelp reviewers got it right on the money this time. The complementary wine reception the hotel hosts every evening is great even with kids because they also serve sparkling cider.  My kids loved holding the wine glasses like the adults!

The cost of the hotel itself was about average for a hotel in The City. I can't believe some Yelpers have complained about a $200-$400 a night hotel. Although this amount seems crazy, it's totally NOT in San Francisco. We stayed on a Wednesday night and paid about $180 including the crazy City taxes and feel we got a terrific deal. Parking cost $48 also including the crazy City taxes.  Ohhh, you parking-fee-complainer-people.....You CAN NOT come into this city and expect free or low-cost AND convenient parking. There is plenty of free parking around the city, but you will be walking a lot...Seriously, a lot because those spots aren't in the tourist-y areas.  The $48 for a day and a 1/2 and night is not extravagant.  We've paid the same or more in every hotel we've ever stayed in.   This upscale hotel is in a total tourist area so it's more than fair.  Oh yeah..The valet was quick too.  I think we only waited about 6- 8 minutes for them to retrive our car from wherever they stash them.  
We didn't eat at the Blue Mermaid, the Hotel's attached restaurant, or use room service.  It looked good enough, but we prefer to find something tucked away somewhere rather than eat near the wharf.  
The hotel gave us an upgrade to a spectacular suite. Super cute, stylish and innovative decorating, sparkling clean (including the bathroom) and great views of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz and the Hyde St. Pier. This was just a WOW experience and I can't wait to go back!!

01/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Kerstin B.
****PSSST Come here I have a secret***** THIS HOTEL ROCKS!

I stay here whenever I am in San Fran. The rates can be very high, but well worth it I usually can find a deal for about 189 to 200 a night. Plus they serve wine in the lobby for about an hour every evening.

This hotel is very charming with it's exposed brick walls and nautical theme. It is in the old cannery Del Monte owned it for awhile. There is a courtyard that usually has live music. The courtyard is all brick and separates you from some great shops. On the back end of the hotel there is a Starbucks. But you might want to cross the street to have a fabulous breakfast and coffee at the Buena Vista. The Irish coffee is DELICIOUS! & I don't like Irish coffee!

In the lobby they have teak lounge chairs like you would find on the beach so cute! They usually have a fire burning in the lobby fireplace as well. The staff is extremely helpful and courteous!

I love staying here for the location as well. It is perfect! You can get off the plane take the Bart to downtown then hop on the cable car and go straight to your hotel across the street. It is also located down the street from the best seafood restaurant in town Scoma's. You are across the street from the wharf, the maritime museum, the beach, a great park, the Buena Vista, and the Cable car turnabout. Everything is in walking distance from this location I love it! You can see the Golden Gate and Alcatraz from the hotel. The money you save on car rental and parking more than compensates for the pricey room. I always get a passport it is a 3 day pass that lets you ride, the Cable Cars, the Streetcars, or the city bus unlimited for 15.00 and you can buy it on-line a couple weeks in advance or at the airport when you arrive. The Bart will cost you about 6 bucks round trip from the airport a cab is about 60.00.

Enjoy I love it here!

20/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Joey G.
Argonaut Hotel is a really great place to stay. They really do go out there way to please a guest. If you have a birthday wine or champagne is delivered to your room. If you walk around the hotel employees will greet you. The Housekeeping staff is very efficient; they will clean your room in a heartbeat! It's also the biggest room you can find in San Francisco. The best thing about the hotel is the view. It's one of the few hotels you can look out the window and see a tree.

You can't beat that in this concrete jungle.

27/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Julie P.
I have not stayed here, but my dad did.  He doesn't travel much and convincing him to fly all the way across the country took some doing.  I live in the Tender Nob and thought the homeless people might scare him from ever coming back to vist.  To avoid this scenario, I decided he should stay in Fisherman's Wharf.   I find the wharf scarier than lower nob hill....all those tourists with SF fleece pullovers and Boudin bags, but that's me.  

The lobby is beautiful.  I like the deck chairs and the free wine hour.  He loved everything.  It was all great, especially the hotel employees who were all so nice and helpful.  So if he loves it, I love it.  If he will come and visit me here, it means I don't have to fly to CT.

28/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. P D.
came here with my girlfriend from san diego and booked on hotwire and was given this hotel. was a biut sceptical at first because thought may have been a bit tacky - but they pull it off seamlessly. the rooms are great and you are right amongst fishermans wharf and really get the sense you are "in" san francisco (in that sense dont stay here if you want complete peace and quiet). but it really adds to the atmosphere. check in was super easy, the rooms are massive and the wine tasting each night from 5-6 (more like free wine for an hour!) is a great way to wind down or meet other people. close to everything, parked nearby in the shopping mall ($25 a day, best you will do).
but i would say stay here if you want a real san fran experience and even if it is a little more pricier than others factor in the 2-3 glasses of wine you will get free each night!

08/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Denise P.
As frequent travellers, we can be pretty fussy with hotels.  From a location and facilities standpoint, the Argonaut is about as great as it gets.  Located immediately across the bay overlooking the 3 mast schooner and next to Ghiradelli Square, everything is so easily accessible--restaurants, sites, cable car, wine, pubs, etc.  We had a fantastic view.  The beds were comfy, rooms were spacious and the wine tasting every night was a great way to meet other guests.  

From a SERVICE perspective, the Argonaut was again over the top.  We typically stay at 4 star hotels or greater and usually the services is ok if not impersonal.  From Steve welcoming us into the hotel, the check in group, the room service, everyone was tremendous and really made us feel that not only did they appreciate our business, but that they genuinely wanted us to have a wonderful time at their hotel.  We will without question stay at the Argonaut again.

26/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. CW P.
My husband and I got married at the Argonaut this past weekend and it was fantastic! We could not have asked for a more responsive, organized and prepared team. The venue is colorful, full of fun and personality, and all around wonderful. The event coordinator, Regina, is wonderful. We loved it!

11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Grant E.
If you're looking for a place to having a wedding in San Francisco, look no further than the Argonaut Hotel!

From the bride:
We just had our wedding there and the entire staff provided us with the best customer service either of us had ever experienced. When we first started looking for a venue it was somewhat discouraging...something about the word "wedding" doubles the price of everything! The Argonaut Hotel didn't hide anything in their prices and their package really reflects their personal responsibility for providing you everything you need for your wedding without any hidden costs. Their prices, when we did a side by side comparison were by far the least expensive, and for such an amazing hotel in a historic building, that's really surprising.
Not only was their price package reasonable, but they were also extremely responsive to all our questions. By the week of our wedding, I think I was emailing them three times a day, and they always responded in a timely manner!
At our rehearsal, they really took initiative to make sure that everyone knew what they had to do and where they were going. If you ever helped out at someone else's wedding, you probably already know that the venue generally isn't so hands on. It was really surprising and refreshing.
Come the day of the wedding, the service was unbeatable. Everything was above and beyond what we expected. As with most weddings, some things in the schedule extended too long and some things ended faster than we thought, but they kept everyone moving along schedule so it was like we lost no time and didn't have to make up empty time. They also didn't skimp on the amount of servers. All our guests were constantly attended to and I rarely saw any of the wine glasses empty (since they pour wine throughout dinner service). Every little touch made our day that much more memorable.
The venue itself is gorgeous. The lobby and ballroom are so welcoming and the building has so much character. (Even if you're not planning a wedding, I'd definitely check it out as a place to stay if you're visiting San Francisco.) Being a San Francisco native, I felt really fortunate to have my wedding in a historic landmark all the while overlooking Hyde Street Pier and the Golden Gate Bridge.
I can go on and on about how great the Argonaut Hotel is in every aspect, but if you're looking for a wedding venue, you should see it for yourself. Planning a wedding can be a little stressful, they took the stress right out, giving us one of the best times of our lives.  No words could express how thankful we are to the staff for making our day perfect.

From the groom: (also 5 stars):
Loved this place.  A few of the pluses:
1) Great staff, extremely helpful, responsive, flexible all of which lead to a moderately pain-free (aka. Best case scenario) wedding.  
2) Extremely competitive cost.  The benefit of the Argonaut is they include a lot of the 'extras' in their package - linens, seat covers, cake cutting, champagne toast, etc.  Be sure to compare the Argonaut to your venue by looking at all potential costs.  We checked out about 4-5 venues, including some that advertised in 'the knot', and not only was the Argonaut the best venue, it was also the least expensive
3) Location - being a SF resident, I hate the pier 39 area, I would avoid it at all costs.  But for a wedding, it turned out to be perfect.  Plenty of stuff around for the out of towners, not terribly crowded, and In-n-out next door for that after wedding meal.  
4) Hotel itself - Great hotel, roomy lobby, clean rooms, plenty of amenities, and a pretty unique décor
5) Food - Guests RAVED about the food, personally I liked the passed appetizers and their signature chowder - one of the better chowders I've tasted.  The entrees were very good, and there are tons of items to choose from

Anyway, hope this helps, I couldn't have been happier with the Argonaut as a wedding venue, from the reception hall to the staff.  Cheers!

13/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Terina W.
Loved my stay. Great hotel! Great location! Never disappointed with a Kimpton

24/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Liza T.
Argonaut Hotel is part of Kimpton Hotel chain...It is another adorable boutique hotel in SF.

My boyfriend and I spent a night there to celebrate with my birthday last weekend.  This hotel is full of surprises.  Cozy lobby, cute decorations, and staffs are super friendly.  The room is nautical theme fits well with the location.  Also they have animal printed terry robes, so cute!  I have never seem this in other hotels.  And most important, they are pet friendly hotel....which I can bring my puppy along!  

If you add $60 more and the room is available, they can allow you to check out at 9:00pm for that day (usually noon for other hotels' check out times).  I think this is good because you don't need to wake up early to check out!

18/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Alex T.
Kimpton hotels!!! I love how I serendipitously end up staying here and finding out afterwards that you are all related!!!
Well...for starters...they have wine happy hour from 5p-6p. Was concerned there'd be a line for the wine, but surprisingly....there's enough white and red wine for all us happy hourers and then some! :D
Went to the Bay for a conference and was stationed here. Their continental breakfast was good. I ate all the fruit i could (big fruit person) and they even served MIGHTY TEA LEAF! oh my favorite teas! with amber honey! mmmm, great way to start the morning. Lunch and the full breakfast was served by the Blue Mermaid, a restaurant within the hotel. I have a separate review for that place.
The facilities are quaint. Beautiful view of the wharf! It's conveniently located in the bay so that I could walk/bus everywhere.
The rooms are breathless. I love the bed, I love the shower, I love the view, and...I love KIMPTON!
Didn't pay for the room, so I don't know about the costs! I would be back for the experience though!

04/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
68. Hillary R.
This hotel is great. My husband and I spent our last 2 nights in SF here. The decor is really new and nautical inspired. The rooms were very basic, but had the same decor carried throughout the hotel. We thought the staff was great, they were always very friendly and willing to help with any questions we had. The location is perfect, at the end of Fisherman's wharf next to Ghiradelli Square. Our room's window had a restaurant courtyard that could get a little noisy at night, but really not too big of a deal. All in all, I would stay here again. We really enjoyed it.

23/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. monica p.
I really want to give 4.5 but alas we cannot. I decided to take a quick mental vacation to sf, my favorite city and chose the Argonaut as part of an Expedia package. I decided to go for the 4star option and figured it couldn't be bad if the reviews were better than the Hilton and Sheraton. I'm so glad I chose this spot. It's very centrally located on the Wharf next to the Cannery and very close to Ghiradelli square and all the other wonders of the Wharf. It's also close to the In-n-Out ha!

It's a cute nautical themed boutique hotel and there's an awesome restaurant attached to it which I have eaten at before and can say that it is really tasty as well. I'm not used to having doormen at my lodgings so that was a "fancy" touch for me. Over all it's a very put together spot and the price is pretty fair for what you get. I'm a bit bummed though that I couldn't partake in the free wine reception due to my scheduling conflicts.

The room was perfect. I had a king size bed and it was so comfy. Connecting to the internet is a breeze. I liked that you could plug right in or go for a wireless option. I also brought some dvds to watch on my laptop but I was able to watch them on the tv since there was a dvd player, yay! I'm never one to pick up hotel soaps and such because they're usually cheap and dry out my skin but the Argonaut did well having L'Occitane toiletries. Well done. They also have coffee makers if you don't feel like going down stairs to get the free coffee and tea. I also noticed that they offer an array of free items to guests if you have forgotten something like toothpaste or feminine products.

My only issue, which is why I'd give it 4.5 stars is that the cheaper rooms mean zero view. Since I paid a lesser price I got a crappy view of the center of the hotel which means if you looked out your window you just saw the windows of other rooms on the other wing..oh well. The Argonaut was perfect for what I needed and I would definitely stay there again and check out the other hotels run by the same company. Great service and staff!

26/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Emile P.
I stayed here on my first trip to San Fran, and it was super! Great nautical details which make it seem much smaller and more quaint.

The walls are a little thin... I would have given it 5 stars had I not woken up to hear my neighbor's cell phone going off at 3am. It was the only sore spot in my visit.

But I would definitely go back!

07/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
71. K R.
This is my favorite hotel in the fisherman's wharf. I have stayed at most of the hotels in this area and this is the best hotel for the price. Yes, it is pricey but it is so worth it. The service is phenomenal. The daily wine reception is a treat and a great opportunity to meet new people. I was there last week to celebrate my Birthday and was very pleased with everything. This was our fifth stay at the Argonaut and we have never been disapointed. I have to end by mentioning Liz at the front desk who was so accomodating and nice. I am already planning another trip to the Bay area this year, can't wait to go back!

03/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Robin H.
Great place to stay in SF. Walk to cable car station, pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Lots of restaurants, bars, and a park. Great view - Alcatraz is right in front of you and there's Golden Gate Bridge on you left. Super Friendly staffs. Feather comforter/pillows. We love it here.

Why not 5 stars? Nothing major but 1. wished their window was bigger, 2. Interior is little tacky.

Overall, excellent place to stay!!

07/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Matt L.
If you can get past the room decoration and decor - think nautical theme with a lot of blue and gold - it's a really nice hotel.  If you are in town to visit the sites, you really can't find a nicer hotel near Fisher's Wharf.  You get a great view of Aquatic Park (go for a swim!) and it's just 40 yards to get into the midst of the Wharf area.  Nice people, good sized rooms, reasonable price...good enough!

07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Mirabella G.
Simply amazing!  We got to check in early - no problem.  Their staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay (2nd honeymoon) very comfortable.  They even sent us complimentary champagne!!

Location is perfect - away from all the tourist-trap hotels and restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf.  Sits on its own elegant corner off of Hyde and Jefferson.  The view from our room couldn't be beat - A Bay View with the Golden Gate bridge in the background and Ghirardelli Square.  

As far as transportation, I suggest getting a multi-day MUNI pass at the Cable Car station right next to the hotel.  You can ride a cable car all the way down to market street.  It takes you thru China Town and Union Square.  Or use your MUNI pass to ride a bus to anywhere in the city.

If you wanna get away from Fisherman's Wharf, I suggest heading over to Pacific Heights/Marina district.  Check our Cow Hollow for more eateries and great shopping.  It's where all the real San Franciscans hang out.

22/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Brian J.
Wharf-side and first-rate;
Keeps safe watch on friends and fam;
Lobby's got free wine!

11/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Steve L.
Stayed here one evening, so we didn't have to drive back after dinner at Gary Danko.  This place is along Jefferson St, and 2 blocks away from Gary Danko Restaurant.  The room was seemed kind of narrow, but it was nicely furnished with soft furniture and pillows.  If you have out of town guests that want see much of San Francisco, with very nice accomodations, this place is it.

02/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Roxanne L.
I stayed at the Argonaut my first time to SF. The nautical theme is quite charming. Everywhere you look are nautical touches. The service is everything you would expect from a Kimpton hotel. Our view was of an outdoor patio area and restaurants. Enjoy the complimentary wine hour. My boyfriend took me to Argonaut and I would definitely recommend for a romantic trip to SF.

17/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
78. Megan L.
Four and a half stars to be exact.

I love Kimpton Hotels. But I love them even more than before because they are pet-friendly and what do you know, I am a newbie dog owner.

The Argonaut is a fun, decked-out nautical themed boutique hotel, which aims to please your senses. The concierge, the bell staff, everyone in between is so nice, friendly, approachable and easy-going. We arrived on a late Friday afternoon to stay over with our dog, Bessie, since we had a company dinner to attend. I must say that many of the Argonaut staff love a friendly face, people and dogs alike! Many would approach and ask if they could stroke or pet Bessie, or give her biscuits that they had at the bell hop desk. A nice touch to the experience was that the bell staff asked if it was okay if she could have a cookie before proceeding to stuff her face.

The room was spacious and our king size bed was incredibly soft and comfortable. The bathroom was nice and I love the L'Occitaine bath products they put out. True to what others have mentioned, the walls are a bit thin, which meant we could hear our neighbors' muffled voices early in the morning.

My thing now is ordering a fruit and cheese platter from room service, ever since I had the best one from The Cypress Hotel (another Kimpton). This one was just alright. Bonus: apparently their fruit and cheese plate is considered a lunch - dinner item, however, since I had requested one in the early hours of the morning, they said they were more than happy to accommodate my hankering as soon as their chef came in at 11. Thanks, Argonaut, for being so considerate.

Our stay was enjoyable and since we love Kimpton, we would not hesitate to return.

21/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Joan S.
You can throw eggs at me for writing this review of a place I have never set foot in and I don't care.  I rarely experience such exemplary customer service and I intend to spread the word.
I made a last minute reservation yesterday afternoon.  I had an opportunity to go on a spur-of-the-moment car trip to SF, to connect with my son and Yelp friends.  I called the Argonaut directly, no time to mess around with online sites for discounted rooms. I needed a place for one night, for myself and my traveling companion  -   2 beds and a spot to stash his car and our belongings, safely off the street in SF.  My intention was to pay for the room in return for hitching the ride with him to SF.
All that was available at the last minute was a rather pricey room with a Bay view for just under $400, including 14% tax.  That charge covered valet parking and breakfast.  
I explained that we were scheduled to leave LA at 2am, to arrive in SF in the early morning hours.  The reservation clerk arranged for an early check-in, as early as 8am give or take, depending on room availability....at no extra charge.   Including the parking.  No charge for the 7 hours before normal check-in time.
As fate would have it, the plans fell through.  At 3:30am, when I gave up on waiting for my ride to contact me, I called the hotel to try to cancel the reservation without penalty. The cancellation deadline, long gone, had been 6pm the previous day.
I was told to call back at 7:30 this morning because the only person who could make that decision was the manager, and, as sympathetic as everyone was,  I was told I might have to eat the entire charge unless all rooms were booked & there was a good chance of filling my empty room.  Understandable.
Well.....all rooms were not full just yet, but the manager let me off the hook anyway, after hearing my story.  He even asked if there was anything they could do to help.  I told him they had already helped, by being the one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing & dismal day.
If I ever do get to SF I would not dream of staying anywhere else but the Argonaut.  But next time I will be taking a flight, no car trips.

16/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
80. Christie B.
My husband and I stayed at the Argonaut for our Anniversary a few years ago.  I've stayed in lots of Hotels and this one is at the top of my list for sure.  It's not  your typical Hotel.  The rooms are so whimsical and the views of the Golden Gate are amazing first thing in the morning.  The staff was friendly and the cute resturant that's attached to the Hotel was always busy.  We didn't eat there but did have a drink before heading out to walk the Wharf.  Location, location, location!  It's a pricey place to stay but well worth it in our opinion.  Can't wait to go back!

15/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Michelle C.
The best thing about the Argonaut is its location - nothing beats staying the weekend next to Ghiradelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf & only a hop skip & a jump away from great bars to lounge at.

I've stayed at the Argonaut for numerous work retreats and the staff is usually very helpful & accommodating.  The hotel does seem to suit more business/professional guests than a couple on a weekend getaway.  The only real issue I've have with the hotel is, and this is probably because I've stayed here year after year after year after year, is waking up to a giant boat wheel in my hotel room - yes people, calm down, I do know that it is a nautical themed hotel so of course there would be a boat wheel in the hotel rooms - I'm just saying it starts to get annoying after a few years, ha!

09/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
82. Cathy J.
Cutesy theme can't make up for what this hotel lacks.  Front desk personnel (who thought they were a comedy team but just came off as unprofessional) assured us the room was quiet which it wasn't - large trucks idling outside all night with doors opening and slamming combined with all sorts of noises in the hotel walls.  And the bed was like trying to sleep on a slab of jello - every time my husband or I moved, the entire bed rolled like a ship at sea.  Perhaps that's in keeping with the nautical decor? At this price, there are finer places to stay in San Francisco.

19/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
83. Alexis B.
I can't say enough good things about this hotel and it's staff. My husband and I were greeted by the most wonderful staff and they treated our dogs with the same enthusiasm. My husband purchased a room with a special puppy package and boy were our dog's in for the time of their life. They were given the cutest beds to sleep in, a brush, treats and leashes. The hotel is located in the heart of everything, so you can just pick up and walk to the pier, restaurant, park etc. We can't wait to book our next stay.

28/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. Karla R.
After trying the Wharf Inn up the street in an attempt to save a few bucks on our trip, we'll definitely be returning to the Argonaut on our next trip to SF.  It was moderately more expensive but WELL worth the price difference!  Argonaut is WAY more accommodating, comfortable and luxurious with a great location and stellar staff!  Here you get more than what you pay for and we are happy to pay to get it!

27/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. David C.
Impressive view. Otherwise not impressed. I am a member of their rewards program, yet was still not entitled to a free continental breakfast, valet parking was $45 yet when I asked for a specific time for my vehicle to be ready when I arrived it was not there and the valet seemed to forget he had spoke with me.  The next morning when I requested my car, they delivered the wrong one, then could not find mine.  For the price of the suite and valet, all in all this place is not worth the cost.

22/01/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
86. Nazli S.
i love this hotel.
hands down the best customer service i've ever had.
concierge was new and little strange but the front desk took care of it pronto.
i'm not kidding when i say this was the best customer service i've ever had at a hotel.
stayed in a king suite for a week and booked an extra night--i just didn't want to leave.
touristy location but i didn't even notice because the hotel was sooooo comfortable and sooooo clean and well maintained.
nautical theme made me nervous first seeing it online but once i was there it was actually cute and it worked.
also, i took my dogs with me and they were the stars of the hotel.
i think they were better treated than me...which i loved!
great hotel..will definitely return.

25/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Bandari A.
Great hotel, very nice, clean, comfy and elegant. We had the suite which is always a good thing. Everyone from the front desk to room service to valet was absolutely great. Nothing went wrong and everything was perfect. We had our company holiday party with over 220 people at this location and not one negative feedback from our employees was heard throughout the night and not even later. Everyone loved the place. I am sure we will be back to this place next year again.

15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Amy I.
The rooms were nice and had a nautical theme, but it was on the small side.  The room was quiet and clean.  It is in walking distance to a ton of activities, restaurants, and shopping.  You really can't beat the location.  The staff was friendly but the valet was very slow, we had to wait at least twenty minutes before our car came and there was only one little bench for everyone to wait.

02/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. J C.
Stayed at the Argonaut Hotel for a night in December as part of my "mini-cruise adventure" themed birthday weekend for the bf. Who knew you could actually google "nautical theme hotel" and come up with a great, reasonably-priced Kimpton hotel as an option?

We stayed in the deluxe king, although I wouldn't spring for the extra "view" again, at least not for the cannery one we got. Perhaps the city view is better, but the window was pretty small, and the "view" was just of the empty tourist area below. The bathroom was small, but does come with a full tub/shower, and for one night it was fine. The room itself was long and narrow, but they decorate it well - clean, modern, and aptly, though tastefully, nautical. I gave myself quite a few pats on the back that night for choosing such an apt hotel.

The rest of the hotel is decked out in the nautical theme as well, but instead of being cheesy like some Vegas hotels, I thought it was nice. The Christmas tree (a live one!) in the lobby was decorated with shells and starfish, and the lobby even has some "deck" chairs. There's also a great fireplace in the lobby - we arrived too late and left too early for the wine reception, but I could imagine the décor adding to the ambience of the event.

We also had breakfast at the Blue Mermaid. The cinnamon raisin French toast was delicious (and I don't even like French toast), and my Dungeness crab omelette was surprisingly bursting with fresh crab. I found a package that included free parking, but no breakfast, which I thought was a good deal. The breakfast-included packages (with no parking) were comparable in price, and give you $50 credit towards breakfast, but our breakfast for two only cost about $30 - less than what we would have paid separately for valet parking.

Service at the hotel was great as well. The valet was nice enough to retrieve a forgotten cell phone in the car he *just* parked in the garage two blocks away, and we also got a fork from the front desk (for some post-midnight cake noshing) without any questions. The capper was that we ended up leaving our coats in the room after leaving, and didn't realize it until a few days later. There was an initial mix-up, where they didn't show any record of us leaving anything in the room (apparently they log every item that gets left behind), but after a few calls, things got sorted out, and we got the coats back. The people we talked to were all very accommodating and even apologetic, even though we were the ones who had forgotten the items.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel. It's a clean, quality hotel with a fun atmosphere, great customer service, but without the hoity-toity attitude. As an SF native, I'm not a huge fan of the Fisherman's Wharf area, but I could see this being an ideal location for tourists aiming to do the tourist thing, and even for a little getaway for the locals.

03/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Max P.
love this place. great location, great staff, great service, huge room. also, free wine hour every evening. be advised, though, that valet is $45 a day.

21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Erin O.
It's hard to rate a hotel after only one visit and for only one night, so I'll  be gracious and give it 4. The lobby and rooms are nice. Bathroom was very clean, which is important to me. Can't comment on Concierge, room service, or even day-to-day cleaning because of my short stay. It's definitely in a nice location, right near Fisherman's Wharf and within 1/4 mile walk of Pier 39.

They should include free cable TV. You had to pay if you wanted to watch even something as simple as a Disney channel 1/2-hour show.

I paid $210 for the night, and then you have to add on $40 for parking with in/out privileges), but still, an extra $40 a night. I don't like places that allow pets, so I probably won't go back. Otherwise, I'd give it another try. The onsite Mermaid restaurant?...skip it.

25/11/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
92. Debbie B.
I'm in real estate and you always hear the phrase - location, location, location!! This hotel has that and many other great features.
Let me list a few:
1.)Free WINE in the lobby at happy hour.
2.)Free POPSICLES during the day (which were great after walking everywhere.)
3.)Friendly front staff, bellmen, and concierge (she called for tickets for us for Wicked, the Broadway play, Downtown.)
4.)Comfy beds, good AC, and clean bathroom with Aveda products (I think).

We didn't rent a car, you don't need to!! This was located near the cable cars, bicycles, go-cars, buses, cabs, etc...all at your disposal. And don't forget to try the Clam Chowder (not very popular in Texas) across the way at many of the different restaurants. Near Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz too. Go, go, go!!

25/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
93. Anthony N.
When you first walk into the hotel you get a very nice cozy feel...that is a trade off for the lack of services. No room service until 6 PM is tough if you are traveling to the West Coast from the East Coast and have 4 am PST conference calls. Also the bed is subpar. My back has not hurt more after a night of sleep

14/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
94. Dee C.
I've never been disappointed with any of the Argonaut Hotels. This one in particular has nice views a friendly staff and an almost Disneyland for adults approach with the ambiance. The area is bustling with Tourist, but inside you'll feel a relief of silence and relaxation.

The only downside is the lack of quality restaurants in a walkable distance, besides the famously most expensive restaurant in SF, GD up the street.

24/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
95. Tim K.
Manager never responded to call with complaint while I was still in the hotel.  Its a level of cowardice usually reserved for Motel 6.  Serious issues with bell service and cars here. NOT A GOOD HOTEL FOR BUSINESS TRAVELS.

03/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
96. Tinky R.
Amazing property!!!!

02/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
97. Sue F.
The room was clean and the view was ok (paid extra for a water view). Service was good and the location is FABULOUS!  Would return only because of location.

24/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
98. matthew w.
Haunted! I swear our room was haunted. We stayed in room 228 and heard noises all night long, not just the normal noises of people walking in the hall. Noises of people trying to get into the room, ticking sounds, someone whispering "get out" in my ear... although that might have been my girlfriend, hmm.

The room was long and narrow but was very clean and nice inside. Everything seemed to be up to par. We had a view of the "park" and the cable car turn around. It was fun to look out the window and see the poor saps waiting in the rain to ride the cable cars.

I am however deducting 2 stars because of the shady front desk people. Upon trying to check out in room on the television I noticed a 45 dollar charge for parking for 1 night. I found it kind of funny seeing how we used BART and cabs the whole trip and did not have a car. I went down to the front desk to dispute the charge and surprisingly I did not have an argument with the person they simply said they're sorry and that my balance was 0 dollars. Now I know what you're thinking, why deduct 2 stars for something that was fixed so easily and my answer to you is. Unless they knew the charge was falsely put on there why would they so readily remove it with no questions asked, so that leads me to believe they were trying to rip me off!

So my conclusion is I will most likely not stay at this hotel again.

17/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
99. Lynn C.
I love having meetings here simply because the food is great and there is a ton to do around fisherman's wharf!

The rooms are absolutely adorable. It's not your usual taupe colored walls, flower portraits hotel room. Every room is decorated to fit the fisherman wharf's feel. I felt like a little sailor while staying here.

Out of all the hotels I've been to for meetings, this place had the best breakfast and lunch selections. It's always very important to have food to keep you going during those 8-hour meetings.

Best of all, they have wine tasting in the lobby on certain days.

Cute little hotel at a great location. It's the best thing I could ask for during meeting weeks.

10/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
100. Luvfood2much N.
It is 9:43 and I'm sitting in the hotel writing this review so that I don't forget to write it when I return from my vacation.  I'm giving this hotel a 1 star because of the decor that's it!

Upon our arrival, according to their website, there is suppose to be parking (free) available.  Turns out there's ONLY valet and the charge is $43.00.  I wasn't expecting to spend this much on parking, someone should have advised me during booking my trip.

Check-in went smoothly, the front desk lady could;ve been friendlier, but she wasn't.

Arriving to our room, just think of it as a long hallway with a bed at the end, a table, a sofa, and a tv.  Be aware, I don't understand why Yelp reviewers gave this hotel such a high rating on it being quiet.  The rooms are not sound proof so you hear everything from people next door to people upstairs.  I couldn't sleep at all, that is why I decided to write this review.  I can do with the staff not being friendly, but the noise!!!!  You would hear the creaking of the wood, our light flickered, people walking the hallways.  At 8:43 the housekeeping staff knocked on my door and was yelling down the hall "housekeeping housekeeping"  i opened the door and basically pointed at the sign "DO NOT DISTURB'.  At this point I'm frustrated.

Proceeding to complain to front desk- After the Housekeeping incident, I couldn't stand it no longer.  I went down stairs and complained to a gentleman at the front desk.  He proceeded to look at my reservation and I told him that I was planning on staying another night, but because it's so loud here I don't want to.  Sure I was hoping that he would at least give me credit on the dinner/room service I ordered last night.  Ooo a note to you! DO NOT tip the room service guy because I was stupid and didn't look at the receipt and gave him $3.00.  They charge you $6.00 for room service a delivery charge of $3.00 and a service charge of another $3.00.  This is ridiculous!  What else can I talk about oooo the concierge last night was no help!  Seriously YELP reviewers who did you guys encounter that was soo pleasant?  I really don't understand!  

Now, after this review, I am going to shower and get the hell out of here and go to a different hotel.  I'll probably stay somewhere by Union Square.  

Recap;  wish I had known this first time in Frisco.

1.  Make sure the hotel you're staying at has free parking or something less pricier than the freaken $43.00/night

2. Do not expect excellent service here.  I heard someone said the staff remembers your last night, wrong.. they do not. know who you are.  In fact they'll just turn you away and say that they can move you to a different room wtf? Why would i want to move to another room with the same problem?

3. This hotel is located by the cable cars, but the cable cars around this hotel only services to Fisherman's wharf, which is kind of weird because it's within walking distance.  

That's it I'm tired and warn out!

24/11/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
101. James J.
This hotel is beautiful! The layout is wonderful, and a great location.
NOTE: Parking Fee $50 per night, better to fly in and get shuttle to hotel... within walking distance (or via Cable Car) from all key points.

They need to sell their star hotel pillows! They sum the place up well.

Great Place!

25/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Gabe V.
Stayed here with a friend for a weekend getaway.  I could not have been happier.  The service was excellent,  staff was beyond friendly.  Parking was a little steep in my opinion ($46 valet parking per day).   Everything was within walking distance.  We had a Bay View room.  Keep in mind you are very near to Fisherman's Wharf and all the daytime tourist noise that comes along with it, if you open your window, it can be a little noisy, we just closed the window and it was peacefully quiet.  I will definitely stay here again.

27/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Nicole B.
You can hear everything in the rooms next to you, but other than that things were lovely. At the end of a dead end street. A bike rental shop right around the way. A Starbucks is attached to the property. No spa, but there is one at a sister property nearby. Couldn't find the gym. The nautical museum in the lobby was a bit of let down, but that's fine.

12/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
104. J G.
Decent price, great location, beautifully decorated rooms and lobby, friendly, competent staff, welcoming to pets, evening wine social.  I'm very impressed with the Kimpton properties!

24/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
105. Bill B.
This is a great hotel.  Great staff, great facility, great restaurant, great location.  Some San Francisco hotels are very stuffy; this one is not.

17/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
106. Heywood J.
Great location. Huge, clean rooms. Super-friendly staff full of great recommendations for area restaurants!

10/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
107. Debbie H.
This hotel was so worth the four stars I gave it.  I stay at a lot of hotels and am always delighted to be pleasantly surprised.
Location is so-so....I don't really care for hearing the calbe cars, but it is SF after all.  Never heard another sound from the rooms on either side of me and let me tell you, not all upscale hotels can say that!
Service was great and the food was quite good.
I will stay here again AND I will begin to seek out other Kimpton hotels.

05/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
108. Kaethe S.
Had my niece, etc in town for a little touristy time. It was great, the teens could stay there and I ducked across the street to an awesome Blues Bar for a quickie.
The room, price, and quality all worked for me. Plus, I love the nautical museum next door. Great, huge lens from a lighthouse...super groovey bit'o history.

21/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. Aaron B.
Superb location right on the wharf. You can walk to tons of SF sight seeing & can see the SF Bay Bridge from the hotel. The decor is "nautical", and nice, but in a weird, almost psychedelic way. The have a free wine "happy hour", (it's not particularly great wine - the phrase "Two buck Chuck" might apply. I don't know if the rates are reasonable or not, I used a certificate I won in a silent charity auction. I'd go there again.

09/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
110. Steph M.
An excellent hotel. We stayed here for 6 nights in February 2013.

Staying several nights allowed us to thoroughly enjoy all of the facilities:

Loved the complimentary hot chocolate bar between 2 and 3pm. Loved the complimentary wine tasting between 5 and 6pm. Loved the secret word of the month and resulting free gift of Ghiradelli Chocolate. Loved the free newspapers, free internet and free breakfast which are wonderful creature comforts that have sadly become few and far between at other upscale hotels in recent years. Not so at the Argonaut! Wonderful theme and decor, staff were pleasant and totally accommodating, if a little ingratiating at times. They delivered my mail for me, were totally unfussed when I broke a wine glass, found me an extra newspaper so I could do the crossword puzzle I liked and were at all times extremely polite and courteous.

We did find some clothes in the chest of drawers in our room, which slightly spoilt the illusion one likes to maintain when traveling that no other human being has ever stayed in your room before you got there. The only downside is the parking fee, $46 a night to valet with no self parking options unless you know the area well. This of course means the need to tip every time you want access to your car, which over 6 days can certainly add up. Whilst my husband is American, I am English and tipping is a tricky science for us Brits, we find it hard to justify tipping unless service has exceeded our expectations, so tipping someone for merely doing their job is a little hard to swallow. That being said, service in the hotel aside from the awkward parking arrangements (calling 20 mins ahead before you needed the car so they could go and find it from whatever side street they had managed to squeeze it into and one morning it took and additional 20 mins on top of that!) was magnificent and just a thoroughly enjoyable part of the trip. Therefore we were happy to tip all and sundry as they collectively formed a well oiled machine which did not disappoint!

22/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
111. Jay M.
I stayed here in September, and this place is just wonderful. From the bellhop outside, and the front desk staff to the folks in the restaurant. This bunch knows good customer service. I arrived around noon, and they had no problem checking me in early. I usually don't pay extra for the bell staff to take bags to my room, but what the hell; I'm on vacation, and we've got more bags than we could carry ourselves. They were prompt in bringing our stuff up, and asked if there was anything else they could bring. TIP: Ask them for a pet goldfish or a lava lamp.. they'll really bring you one!

I paid a little bit extra to get a good view. The view right out my window was of Alcatraz, and a little bit further down, the maritime museum. I missed the wine reception, sadly, so I can't comment on that.

The hotel staff is really good at helping you find stuff to do, places to eat, and their lunch recommendation was spot on.

There's a full honor bar in the room, but be careful.. it charges you if you touch it, or move it around too much. I must have touched something, because I got a 16 dollar charge on my credit card statement. I called a few weeks later, and they removed it without question.

I stayed on the government rate, so I paid around $140 a night, which was a hell of a bargain, considering the great room and fantastic service we received. I'd definitely stay there again, and would definitely consider staying at any of Kimpton's properties (which says a lot, since I'm a Silver Marriott Rewards member)

05/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
112. Scott M.
My partner and I stayed at the Argonaut Hotel in May of 2013. The hotel itself was beautiful and the staff was wonderful. We had a room with a direct view of the wharf and Alcatraz was straight out the window and we loved it. The room was very clean and it's nautical decorations made it really feel like San Francisco. Other reviewers stated that they were bothered by the street construction but we found it not to be a problem. With the windows closed we couldn't hear it at all. It is located close to everything or close to a way to get there. Will definitely stay there again. The 5pm free wine and beer in the lobby was very nice as well.

22/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
113. Kristen K.
Stayed here for a surprise birthday getaway in late November, in which everything was paid for in advance - during check in, had a couple of problems with this and the front desk agent that refused to take the faxed credit card (that was faxed from their corporate office). She didn't tell us that there was a mandatory $200.00 hold on your credit card/debit card upon check in for parking and incidentals (no big but just let us know). We went back to the front desk to ask her about this and she just shrugged her shoulders...we went back after she was gone and had everything reversed and onto the original credit card. We never signed a reservation card, a authorization for the credit card to be charged...nothing. That bugged me a little.

Room was excellent and good sized, bed was super comfy. The only complaints I have after they fixed the credit card debacle - there's a wine shop underneath the hotel next to the front doors - the gentleman who runs it sits outside of the shop and chain smokes, so if you leave your window open, the smoke drifts right inside. The jacuzzi tub was not cleaned from the prior guest (not cool when you're sitting in it after walking all over town and you turn on the jets and brown icky stuff starts coming out). :(  

Last complaint, parking was $67.00 daily. Totally overpriced, even for "oversized" vehicles. The additional charge was the $9.00 in tax they added onto the daily rate...

05/12/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
114. Kesha P.
I got married here in November 2009.  My husband and I checked out several venues before deciding on this one.  We chose the Argonaut because of the overall pricing (getting married in SF is expensive and this was one of the more reasonably priced venues for what we wanted), the proximity to the Wharf area (even though I live in SF, I am still a tourist at heart and I figured that wedding guests would enjoy this area a lot), and we really liked the modern overall look of the interior of the hotel.  

I dealt with a lot of vendors throughout the wedding planning process, and Regina (Director of Catering) was definitely one of the most responsive.  She was great at responding to my emails promptly, she's very friendly and easy to work with, and when there was a miscommunication about the start time of our reception, she went out of her way to make it up to us.  Liem, one of the staff members, did our tasting several months before the wedding and he was sooo friendly and attentive.  He even helped us cut our cake the day of the wedding when we were too incompetent to do so ourselves!

The day of the wedding, the service was great.  Several guests commented that the staff and the food were great.  Everyone did a great job making sure that the event went as scheduled.   The bridal suite was huge and pretty darn cool, too.  

I'd highly recommend the Argonaut as a choice for a wedding venue.

01/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
115. John H.
This hotel is really the place to stay when visiting San Francisco.  Not only is the location great, but the hotel staff was awesome.  They were so helpful and accommodating during our stay.  Not only is it a pet-friendly hotel (I wish I had a dog), but they also have a complimentary wine hour each evening.  This place is awesome! They even have laptop-sized safes in each room, perfect to hide an engagement ring or other surprise...

19/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
116. Allyson M.
I've been meaning to Yelp about the Argonaut, but life just got in the way.

We stayed here the first week of November and got pretty darn good rate compared to the normal one. The doorman, Steve, was very welcoming. He probably overdosed on his Happy Pills, but that's A-OK. Perhaps he should have loaned a dosage or 5 million to the hotel front desk staff. The girl who checked us in sounded like record spinning 100 rpm. Or perhaps that's just how it sounded to me after being trapped in a minivan for a good 6 hours.

Being quite frugal, we got the cheapie room - a room with a view... of nothing. That was fine, since you just have to step out of the front lobby and scoot your butt down a few blocks and there's a wonderful view of the SF bay. The room we had also is not good for the claustrophobic. If you sneeze, you'll feel a mist coming right back at ya.

Despite the size of the room and the creepy animal print robes (of which pictures of them are haunting me as I type this), the room was very nice, as long as the nautical theme doesn't terrorize you with echoes of Captain and Tennille dancing in your ears.

Just outside the hotel is the cable car turnaround, which is a convenient way to get into the city. Across the street is the Buena Vista, birthplace of the Irish Coffee, and a little further down is Ghiradelli Square... and even further, further down is some Vietnamese(?) restaurant owned by ol' Mr. "Heartbeat" himself - Don Johnson. Just a little random trivia I learned while on one of the bus tours.

So, to re-cap: Hotel is nice, probably even nicer if you got more money to spend; very close to the Wharf; getting your morning buzz on; and stuffing your face with chocolate; and getting away from it all.

I probably wouldn't stay here again but it's definitely good for first-time SF visitors.

08/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
117. janelle f.
I had my wedding here on 11/14/09 and everything was PERFECT.  This hotel is wonderful.

The service was excellent.  If I had any questions and or concerns regarding the wedding, Regina Cameli was always available.  She responded to emails right away.   The staff at the Argonaut was wonderful as well.  From the time I checked into the hotel to the time I checked out.  Everybody was so nice and accommodating.  During the reception, David (don't know the last name but he is in catering) made sure everything went smoothly and we were on schedule.  I can't say enough about the service!  I am so happy that we had our reception at the Argonaut Hotel.   Waiters and waitresses were great as well.  During the cocktail hour, they made sure people had enough to eat and during dinner, our wine glasses were always full.  

I was very satisfied on how the staff brought everything together.  The way the ballroom was set-up was better than what I had imagined.  When I walked into this room for the first time, I was blown away at how perfect everything looked.  

Everything from the hotel room to the cocktail room to the ballroom was perfect.  Everything was so nicely done.  I wasn't familiar with this hotel before booking it for my wedding.  To be honest with you, I didn't even know this hotel existed here.  We kind of stumble on to it when we were searching on the internet.  But I'm happy we chose this hotel.  You really get your monies worth at this place.  And the hotel is very clean, which I like!

The hors d'oeuvre during the cocktail hour was yummy.....so I heard from everybody at the wedding.  I didn't get a chance to taste any of it because I was too busy going around and saying hi.  I like how the waiters/waitresses were constantly going around offering it to the guests.  The dinner food was also delicious.  Everybody LOVED the corn chowder.  My husband even went back for seconds.  I was surprised at the size of the filet mignon and the sea bass.  I thought because we were doing a duet, it would be a smaller size of both.  Everybody couldn't stop talking about the food.  

My hotel suite was very comfortable and big.  All the girls got ready there in the morning, we had everything everywhere.  I was happy that we didn't feel claustrophobic.  Room service was wonderful.  I had ordered breakfast the morning of the wedding for all the girls and the food came up in a timely manner and it was hot!  When I checked in they had upgraded us to a better suite.  The view from the room was beautiful, I had the Golden Gate Bridge on one side and Alcatraz on the other.....it doesn't get better than that.

There are not enough good words I can say about the Argonaut Hotel.  They truly made my day very memorable.  The day of the wedding, I knew Regina and David were going to do a great job.  It was a relief knowing that I was in good hands.

01/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
118. stephan u.
Amazing that my San Francisco Hotel has already been reviewed in Qype.

This hotel is first and foremost at a fantastic location for tourists. Take a step out of the door to you right and you can rent a bicycle and ride directly from here to the Golden Gate bridge. Also from here you have a nice view to parts of the historic harbour with Alcatraz in the background.

For a business traveller: Free wifi, and really caring staff. The place is pretty new and everything is very clean. The fitness room is not overwhelming in size or amenities but everything is brand new in there.

The place is also pet friendly, if that matters to you.

Downside: The area is very touristy, parking space is expensive.

19/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
119. Betty N.
My company held an event here and the staff overseeing it were FABULOUS!

With the exception of the front desk staff, everyone here was polite and helpful! The rooms were nice and cozy, unique from other hotels I've stayed in. Who would have thought that this place used to be a cannery?!?

Another minus was the lunch and dinner we provided for our guests. Dinner options were steak, fish, or veggie. The steak was cooked inconsistently, some very well done (and tough to eat), some medium, and some rare. When selecting the steak it was understood all steaks would be cooked medium, unless otherwise specified. To top it off the steaks were very fatty and the size of the steak was inconsistent as well. Some people received huge steaks while others got very small steaks. It was embarrassing to hear one of our attendees make a comment about it. The fish was god awful. WAY WAY over cooked. It was very dry and hard to swallow and this entree also had inconsistent portions of fish. I did not hear much feedback about the veggie dinner, but it did look pitiful.

One huge plus is their clam chowder is DELICIOUS! I had 2 bowls!! Aside from the food, everything else was wonderful.

20/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
120. Brianna D.
this place was wonderful! although i stayed in the mid grade hotel room it was amazing. right on the wharf! the guy at the front ( I can't remember his name) the gay one , seriously made me laugh out loud and was extremely friendly and outgoing. the whole experience was very welcoming!

Their chocolate milk was better than Starbucks and i am addicted ... thinking about going back for the hot cocoa alone!

The beds were unbelievably comfy and the rooms were very CLEAN!

the hotel held our bags from the beginning to even when we checked out to play on the town for a few ours before our flight out!

They have a pet goldfish in a bowl upfront which even he seemed to live like a king! hehe

anyway its a very classy hotel in a great location for tourist...

I definitely would recomend this place to anyone looking for a classy and relaxing place to stay,

25/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
121. Arielle S.
I love Kimpton hotels generally...but this was an exception.  The Argonaut has a wonderful location and has a nice decor for the feeling of being in Fisherman's Wharf. In addition they are always wonderful about having dogs stay at the hotel which when traveling with your pooch is such a find.  Because if you have traveled with your dog you know there are the hotels which say they are "dog friendly" which translates into "dog tolerant" when they tell you they charge $50 for the dog nonrefundable and the dog must always be supervised while in the hotel.  All of those restrictions= not so dog friendly.  
The Kimpton is not this kind of "dog tolerant" hotel, they truly embrace what it means to be dog friendly.  The Argonaut was no exception they treated our dog like the Queen that she is; always asking if they can give her a treat on her way out for a walk.  She loved it!

While they treated our dog wonderfully being a human at the Argonaut is a different story.   The experience was great during check in.   I asked for an upgrade, and was totally willing to pay for a better view than the interior of the hotel.  So the front desk person told me there was an upgrade which would allow for an exterior view but would be the same size as the other room.  Fair enough for $30 extra a night I thought atleast I would be able to look at the city in some aspect.  
Actually not so much, my upgrade moved me to a room where I was in the interior of the cannery which the Argonaut is connected to.  My view was of the neon Las Margaritas sign and a brick wall above it.  No sky, no bay, no streets, no people, just a neon sign.

By the time I had sat down I did not feel like dealing with a room change, I just wanted to get a drink and begin vacay.  

When I checked out I mentioned that I was disappointed about what the upgrade had gotten me, a view of a neon sign.  His reply to me was well you should have told us the first night, we could have moved you back to your original room.  So in the future just let us know right away if your not happy with it.  Then proceeded to charge me the additional $30 a night anyways.  Being calm and relaxed I accepted the neon sign upgrade and just took note.  

I have worked in a hotel and know that they can comp those upgrades.  The room was not being filled and was at no loss to them.

When they pulled my car up out of the $40 a night valet after my four day vacation and told me that a nail was in my tire I had just a bit to much of the Argonaut.  Called triple AAA and was glad to being dealing with a company that was helpful.  I dont know if they were responsible for the tire but they could have been more helpful.  

I am visiting SF next month and traveling with my dog.  Lucky SF has nearly 10 Kimpton hotels.  Obviously I picked a different Kimpton hotel this time!

04/02/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
122. Mark R.
Great hotel.  We spent this past Thanksgiving weekend at the Argonaught and had a very enjoyable stay.  After a great experience here about 3 years ago we figured we'd give it another try.  When pricing hotels it was in the same pricepoint (even with parking) as similiar hotels and when shopping for a 2 bed room they have queens when most have doubles.  The nautical theme is nice but not overdone.  The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Beds are super comfortable despite what some say.  As a club Kimpton member we got free wifi and a $10 credit on the mini bar.  The staff, concierge, valet, bellboys were all super friendl and helpful. Loved the free wine hour each evening in the lobby. Nice wines and generous pours and opportunity to meet and chat with other patrons from around the world.  They even had sparkling or hot cider for the kids and plenty of board games for the kids.  Locations is fantastic right next to the cable car with a ben and jerrys and starbucks in the building and buena vista and ghirdelli square right behind.  On our last morning the power went out for a few hours in the whole block and while it was dark and no services the staff made us feel safe and taken care of.  Will be back at the Argonaught next time in SF.

27/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
123. Annie P.
Great location, loved being next to the park and beach . Staff is very friendly and they gave me free room upgrade when I complained my room had a poor view. We loved our 2nd room overlooking the patio with a window to get some fresh air. Jacks  next door plays great music that we were able to listen to, they also has live music and pretty cool bar to sip some beers.  Skip the wine tasting unless you're cheap and want free  wine - boring with dull people. Too many other fun things to do on the Wharf and in the area. Walking to the Golden Gate bridge  easy from here. Loved all the great parks along the water. Gay bellman out front is a riot. And being able to walk to Lou's on the weekends for live blues made our night.

28/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
124. Paige P.
The hotel is in a great location. Trolley, bike rental, the Marina...all within short walking distance. Fun happy hour. Lots of folks from other countries to visit with. Would go back again. Thanks.

07/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
125. Laura d.
We visit San Francisco a few times a year, and I have always passed this hotel and thought it was really nice looking. We usually stay with family, but now we have a young child and felt it would be better to stay in a hotel. We booked the Argonaut since we were specific about staying near the Wharf and the price difference between hotels there doesn't vary much.
This hotel has superb customer service. Throughout our whole 3 days stay we were constantly treated well by the staff and helped with our bags/small child. The room had a funky decor, and was very clean. I would definitely stay here again!

25/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
126. Tim F.
We stayed two nights at the Argonaut Hotel upon arriving in California for a week of vacation to celebrate my daughter and her friend's graduation.  From the moment we pulled up, we were impressed by the staff.  We were warmly greeted curbside.  Valet parking was expensive but we were in the middle of Fisherman's Wharf so it was expected.  The front desk staff was very friendly, helpful, and fun.  When my daughter and her friend arrived in their room, they found a surprise from the hotel staff.  The rooms were very nice-- clean and spacious.  My family generally stays at Hampton Inn level hotels but we wanted to start the trip off great-- we could not have made a better choice than the Argonaut.  I simply wish I remembered everyone's name.   One of the nicest places I've ever stayed in one of the coolest cities on the planet.

11/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
127. Mo S.
Terrific decor. Love the exposed brick in the rooms. Service was very friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and tasteful. It is a bit pricey for what it is, but of course the location is amazing. The hotel is right across from the water and a block from Ghirardelli square. There was not a pool, which I would have liked to use. The nightly complimentary wine hour was really fun. It was a good way to relax at the end of a day of site seeing and it was nice to talk to other guests about their day of fun.

12/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
128. Laurel G.
My husband and I are locals who spent a night at the Argonaut for a special date night.  We were totally charmed and would happily stay here again, or try any other Klimpton hotel.  This place has a lot of character and the staff was consistently friendly and helpful.

Arriving on my bicycle, I asked whether there was a bike rack in the building.  The doorman cheerfully wheeled my bike into the lobby, handed me a numbered ticket, and stashed my bike in the hotel's secure storage room!

Our room was spacious and cute, with a view of the Hyde Street cable car turnaround and part of the Golden Gate Bridge (even though it wasn't a "bay view" room).  Bathrobes are provided, for which I always give any hotel extra points.  It was quiet and we slept very well after a big dinner at nearby Gary Danko.

The hotel's restaurant, The Blue Mermaid, serves mediocre food by San Francisco standards but it was convenient for breakfast.

The doorman rang my bicycle bell as he wheeled it out of the storage room and an envious Dutch tourist asked whether the hotel provides bicycles.  (It does not, but you can rent one a block away.)  I pedaled off to work feeling happy and rested.

10/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
129. Tressa B.
Had a bit of a "staycation" while my friend was visiting.  My goal was to make it as cheesy as possible so staying in a hotel so close to Pier 39 was a cheesy dream come true.  The staff was incredibly friendly despite having to be outside in the cold.  Loved every second of my stay there!  They were even helpful upon check-out when it came to getting a cab.  Fantastic FANTASTIC customer service!!!
Loses one star because one night we were out too late and they locked the main doors of the hotel.  It made it difficult to take smoke breaks later in the night but smoking is not that great for you to begin with.

27/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
130. Michael C.
Fantastic location right in Fisherman's Wharf and walking distance to some great scenery.  The decor is old maritime and the rooms are very charming with exposed brick and large wooden beams.  A nice happy hour every day and the staff is quite friendly.

21/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
131. Amiee L.
We only stayed here one night so it was a quick trip.

They really treat your doggie nice with a nice bed, water/food bowls and a doggie bar that comes up to the room too (though it was very $$$ so our doggie did not get to eat anything off it).

The only drawback I have is that park across the street (where you would pick up the cable cars) is big for a doggie potty area there are lots of people around all the time and later in the evening I didn't feel very safe to go out there by myself to take my doggie out. So, that is something to beware if you are traveling alone.

The staff was all wonderful except for one guy at the front desk, Josh...he was not as nice and friendly as everyone else and when you asked him for something it seemed that you were bothering him.

One of the best things that happened is we got there in time for the wine happy hour so when the valet took our car he told our bellman to grab me a glass of wine and a beer for my hubby...so it was pretty cool checking in with drink in hand :)

23/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
132. Johanna S.
Very nice, clean hotel in a great location.
The free wine in the evening is a great way to decompress and chat with other guests. I also love that the hotel is pet friendly. Spent a couple rainy evenings by the fire with complimentary wine and some furry affection- like being at home.
The staff is very friendly and extremely helpful- excellent service.

07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
133. Yara V.
Great location and beautiful decor. I chose it mainly because it  was a family friendly hotel (pet friendly too, although we don't have dogs, just kids:)

We had a suite and it was immense!!!! We have stay in suites at many hotels around the world before but this was huge! The nautical decoration was very nice and I love the exposed brick wall.

The service was fantastic as well, they went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable.

The only cons:
Parking is horrible. Valet was kind of crazy because of traffic, but this is mainly due to location.

The glass door in our bathroom had 3 kiss marks. Huh?? Clearly housekeeping missed it and why on earth someone will kiss a bathroom glass door?

At check out, the receptionist took longer than necessary to acknowledge me. She was talking on the phone, looking for papers, chatting.

Regardless, we enjoyed our stay and will stay at the Argonaut on our next San Francisco visit.

12/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Miko F.
My family spend a week in San Fransisco this summer and I must say, I was very happy with the hotel.  The staff was nothing but extremely nice and my daughter was able to get a prize every day from the treasure chest. The on-site restaurant, The Blue Mermaid, was fantastic and had the best crab chowder.

The room itself was spacious and very snazzy. My daughter loved the star carpet as well as the animal print robes. The turn down service was perfect and the location cannot be beat.

Upon a late night out, we walked into the lobby and saw Corey Maggette checking in. That was a bonus for my boyfriend. :)

All in all, I loved our vacation and our hotel. I would definitely return.

09/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
135. Angry A.
Went here in March 2010 on our first trip to San Francisco.  What a treat right from the friendly (if oddly dressed) doorman Steve.  Everyone went out of the way to make sure our stay was enjoyable.  We appreciated the hot chocolate in the afternoon and the clean, modern rooms (the robes are a kick).

Parking is horrible, but the valet service is reliable.
The location is great if you are looking for the Fisherman's Wharf experience (we were)

17/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
136. Jessica C.
This is one of the first places that my husband and I looked at when we started thinking about San Francisco (originally planned for 2012 - it's a long story that can kind of be pieced together by reading my reviews since July).

Regina was extremely warm and hospitable.  I know we would have loved working with her.  

We really liked the look of the Maritime Room because it would have been more intimate for our approximately 75 expected guests and because it doesn't look like a typical ballroom.  We also liked the idea of using the outside courtyard from pre-dinner drinks.

The setting, right on the wharf, would've been really fun for our friends and family from out of town and the guest rooms are beautiful.

I can't speak to any of the other features with authority, but I think the Argonaut Hotel would be worth checking out for anyone planning a Bay Area wedding reception.

02/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
137. Lorry P.
Great hotel... and I'm a hotel snob!

Rooms were adorable, good size, and were pretty quiet considering the location, which is both a good & bad thing. The hotel is right on Pier 39 at a cable car turnaround. Hop on the cable car to get into the heart of SF or take a stroll up the pier, the bad thing is - that is everyone else's plan so the foot traffic is heavy and noisy. Despite all the traffic, it can still take time to get a taxi, but that seems to be the case all around SF.

The lobby has lots of comfy furniture and a fireplace that is inviting. The hotel holds your bags if you arrive before check-in and after check-out. We got in very early & our room wasn't ready but we did get a phone call when it was, hours before regular check in.

The restaurant was cute, good service, tasty food, perfect for an early arrival or early departure.

Pet friendly. I'm a dog lover so it was cute to run into puppies in the hallway... be aware of this if you have allergies though.

I love San Francisco and fly up to see the SFBallet with regularity, I will definitely stay here again.

07/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
138. Monica G.
From start to end.....I had the best experience ever! Hotel was beyond clean, the decor was awesome, and the staff was beyond amazing! Right in the center of Fisherman's Wharf! Would most def be staying here when visiting San Fran again... Got a bottle of wine and free dessert for my birthday and cute card! Thanks Argonaut!

21/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
139. Laura S.
Awesome hotel to stay in SF will definitely stay here again next time I come to San Fran.

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
140. Dorotka K.
So... every night, we heard someone walking around upstairs.. Interestingly, our room was on the top floor. Out of curiosity, we asked one of the employees what was above us. We then learned that the hotel is actually haunted. How cool is that? I loved the Argonaut. From the decor, to the ambiance, the great staff and the wine hour. It was absolutely great. The rooms were clean and beautiful.

05/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
141. KK M.
Nautical theme, brick walls, clean and tidy

ITS GOOD!!! Me and a gf came over for a company dinner. We love the Aveda products in the bathrooms and everything was clean and tidy. The lobby was decorated with xmas while still holding its theme. Everyone was extremely nice. I would love to stay here again.

Everything was very convenient. In-n-out, bars, the fisherman's wharf, a park. It was the perfect GNO :D

07/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
142. Barry H.
This is an old brick building that has been beautifully restored as a hotel at Jefferson and Hyde between Fisherman's Wharf and the Marina District.  It is a short taxi ride or trolley ride from the Embarcadero Station stop for the BART.  There are lots of interesting local and chain restaurants within blocks and interesting street artists up and down the Wharf.  The Hyde Street Cable Car is literally a block away.

The hotel is new and clean and the staff is very helpful.  Rooms are nicely sized and the beds are comfortable.  The place was packed when we stayed there even thought we made our reservations less than a week before the stay.

A suggestion would be to reserve the cheaper, king sized bed room because it seems to be the more popular choice and they are likely to be unavailable.  They will upgrade you to the two queen room at no charge.  Also, be sure to make sure and request a quiet room.  That way, if you have noisy neighbors you can let the front desk know in the morning and they might discount your room further.

18/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
143. Rachel Y.
My husband and I had our wedding reception here on August 3rd (2012) about 3 weeks ago and they are AMAZING. I cannot thank the Argonaut staff enough for making our celebration the absolute best it could have been.

Jordan, catering manager, is simply fabulous. In the months prior to our wedding I emailed her multiple times a day and she responded almost instantly. She was always able to answer our questions and gave much needed advice/help. Working with Jordan I felt like she understood what we were looking for and did everything within her power to get what we wanted, exactly as we wanted it. She met with us multiple times to ensure that everything was just perfect. She even helped me to plan a surprise for my husband-to-be, to be presented to him at the reception - and he loved it! So all in all, Jordan rocks.

David, the behind the scenes guy, was terrific. He is the person who makes sure that everything on the night-of flows. He has a timeline of when things are supposed to happen and he sticks to it. Somehow he manages to blend in and not be seen, but then miraculously appears to let you know that this is happening in 5 mins, or there is a slight change in the timeline and he is just letting you know. At our reception we were running a little behind and he came to me and said "Your photographer is due to leave at this time so in order to get pictures of your cake cutting we need to move it up by 10 mins which means this has to move here and I just wanted to make sure that was okay with you". He is so on top of things it is just amazing. If you are looking for a smooth evening where everything runs like a well oiled machine, then David is your guy. He even managed to get us and about 30 of our guests into the nearby club, the Parlor, for free right after our reception ended. He walked us all over and everything...even checking with my maid of honor before he left, that everyone who needed to be there was there. Truly amazing service.

Cristina was in charge of our wedding room block at the Argonaut and she also was just stellar. All room reservations were made through her and she was able to accommodate everything we asked for - extra nights, multiple bookings, anything. Thank you!!

Finally, the hotel itself. If you haven't been inside you must go and look - it is beautiful. The guest rooms have recently been renovated and are absolutely stunning. As the bride and groom we were lucky enough to stay in one of their corner suites and it was beautiful. Formal dining table, full lounge/living room area with a big flat screen TV. HUGE bathroom with both stand up shower and bathtub (with jets). The bed was extremely comfortable, I'm pretty sure I just melted into it...and we had a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge from our windows. Couldn't have been more perfect.

We had our reception in the Maritime Room, with our cocktail hour on the little patio just outside. Although we didn't make it to the cocktail hour ourselves, we were informed that the set up was gorgeous (and the pictures showed it as well). The Maritime Room was perfect. We had 89 guests in total, 9 tables, a dance floor, bar, guest book/gift table, & cake table and if felt snug but comfortable. The room itself looked stunning - Jordan and the set-up crew made the tables (centerpieces, favors etc) look perfect and we had ivory seat covers with blue sashes - couldn't have been a better choice.

The food was delicious. We had the chicken, sea bass and veggie risotto as options for our guests. The chicken melted in your mouth and I heard great reviews on the sea bass. The salad and soup were also very good, some people even said that the soup was the best they'd ever had.

Overall, this place was just spectacular. Their service, the venue and the overall running of our event was stellar. I would not change our choice to go with the Argonaut for anything. I HIGHLY recommend that if you are looking for a San Francisco wedding/reception venue that you look into this hotel. You get so much more than you pay for and its a sensational place.

Thank you, Argonaut Staff, for making Brandon and I's wedding reception such a truly special night for us. We can't tell you enough how much we appreciate it. :)

26/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
144. soraya s.
Jordan and David made our wedding our dream wedding. The attention and service we received was first class. Jordan was always quick to respond to my billions of emails and phone calls. She offered her opinion when asked and never pushed us to do something we didn't want. On our wedding day, David was AMAZING! Our entire wedding went perfectly and smoothly because of him. He didn't blink when guests had weird and annoying requests or a high maintenance family member worried about the cold weather. David was so professional and pleasant the whole time. My best friend is getting married later this year and wants to hire David to run her wedding day! When our wedding ended and we went up to our suite, everything was already in our room, including the leftover wedding cake, gifts, cards, two bottles of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Our ceremony was held outside in the courtyard and our reception was in the charming Maritime room, it was all so beautiful and perfect. I am so happy we had our special day at the Argonaut and it would not have been as beautiful and perfect without Jordan and David. I would defendantly recommend having your wedding at the Argonaut!
Overall experience: Awesome and perfect!
Price: Extremely affordable, had 85 guests, a nighttime wedding w/open bar with filet Mignon entree, including all service fees and taxes and everything, was only 11k!

04/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
145. Scott M.
Definitely a caliber nicer than some of the other Kimptons, but Palomar is still my favorite amongst them in San Francisco. Comfortable bed, spacious room and as always at Kimptons, a very friendly staff.

The only issue I had, was the wall  on one side was paper thin and the lady in the next room had an annoying laugh that didn't stop.

17/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
146. Cherlyn M.
I've lived in San Francisco for the past 8 years and I can honestly say that the one place that I rarely EVER go to is Fisherman's Wharf.  Yet, my parents wanted to throw my graduation party in this area so I went on my search of potential venues.  The Argonaut immediately caught my attention because it's well, a KIMPTON.  I love all Kimpton hotels and I knew this place would be just ah-may-zing!  I met with Regina Cameli to discuss my options and she was very helpful and super nice - compared to some of the other party planners at the neighboring hotels :P  

When my family arrived to the hotel, they were greeted with smiling faces and perfect service - even my grandma noticed how lovely the staff was here!!  

My party was fantastic - from the bartenders, to the set-up of the reception area and the party room.  The food here is spectacular - none of the stereotypical crappy hotel food - it actually lives up to the Kimpton standards.  

The bartender we had was great! He kept us all liquored up and happy.  

Thank you Argonaut for making me feel like a princess during my party - it was pure perfection!  

If you want the same treatment, I highly recommend you contact them for any of your events ASAP ;)

06/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
147. Chad A.
My first time in San Francisco started by staying downtown at a Hilton...let's just say it was less than stellar, but when we arrived at The Argonaut I felt like my vacation began. Loved the staff and the room was super nice. But, to arrive home and discover I had been charged a second time for a room I had purchased months prior was a game changer. They managed to not only overdraw my account by $1300 after fees incurred but to spend days on the phone battling the bank and being forced to cancel a trip due to the fact I couldn't put a room hold down with no credit card... Let's just say I WILL NEVER recommend this place to a soul. I run a bar and I encounter many people who ask my opinion on almost everything and I won't be spreading the good news about the Argonaut. Thanks guys for screwing me and marring my vacation.

15/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
148. Kyle M.
I give this place 5 stars as a GREAT option for those traveling with pets.  

Location:  Literally in the middle of Fisherman's Wharf, Gheredelli square, and Maritime Park. Also within steps is a cable car turnaround. If you are looking for a place in that area you can't beat their location.  It is a bit of a pain to drive to if you are getting there during daytime hours given you likely will drive on Embarcadaro which goes at a snails pace much of the day.  

Hotel:  The whole place has a bit of a nautical theme going on.  They keep to the "boutique" hotel feel.  Our room was on the 3rd floor which is their "pet" floor and overlooked the cannery area.  Not a great view, but I didn't pay for the "view" rooms and didn't expect much.  The service at this place is also top notch.  From the valet, to the bell man to the front desk staff everyone was very happy, pleasant, and very attentive.  Their concierge was also very nice; however, I was a bit bummed by her dinner recommendation which I will explain.

Concierge:  Okay, I did have a bit of a very specific request (dinner at a decent place within walking distance and good for kids AND a dog); however, I later realized that she sent us to a place that is actually in another hotel that is owned by Kimpton hotels.  That in itself isn't a big deal, but I think her sending us there had more to do with it being part of the hotel chain than actually being a great recommendation.  (Maybe it was due to the "dog" request???).  She ended up sending us to Cafe Pescatore which did meet all my requests except for the place wasn't that great and there are much, much better restaurants in this town which I have been to in the past.  

So overall, I can't complain at all about this hotel and would definitely stay here again.  This is our second Kimpton hotel to stay in and have been very happy with both.

30/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
149. Sheri M.
Great location but pricey. Staff is friendly. A boutique Hotel.

14/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
150. Barbara m.
My husband and I were just married here on September 1, 2012. We are still raving about our day!

Jordan, Kristin, and David were absolutely fantastic, and the day went off without a hitch! It was more perfect than we could have ever imagined.

Jordan and Kristin went along with all of my crazy DIY projects and made them look fabulous in the spaces we used. The food was great, the staff was excellent... I want to do it all over again! It was a stress-free day for us, and that's worth every penny. By all accounts it's a great deal for the city, especially since it's located in one of the most visited areas in California, Fisherman's Wharf. Yes, it's busy and crowded with lots of tourists, but it was kind of fun to have complete strangers saying, "congratulations" as we walked across the street to have photos taken with the bridge in the background.

We had our ceremony in the courtyard, cocktail hour in the courtyard and Maritime Room, and our reception was in the Golden Gate Ballroom. We had one of the suites for two nights. It was massive, and provided lots of room for everyone while we were getting ready the afternoon of the wedding, and could accommodate the hair and makeup artists without feeling cramped.

If you're considering getting married in San Francisco but haven't thought of the Argonaut, do it now! You will not regret your decision to get married here. It is a beautiful place with a fantastic staff that truly does care about making your wedding day the best day ever!

27/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
151. Olivia L.
This is a review of the hotel as a wedding venue only.  We didn't have our reception here, so it's a review of the sales service and the rooms ONLY (not the banquet service).

The sales staff were disorganized.  We had a million emails, and we kept on getting handed off from one person to another on the day of our on-site visit.  That is, X isn't going to be able to make it, you're going to see Y.  And then we show up, and we're seeing Z.  

There are three primary wedding spaces.  The Maritime room has a gorgeously high ceiling and a fantastic rustic barn-like (in a nautical way) door.  The door is decorative, however, so it's not like you can come in that door for your ceremony.  The Maritime room also has these awkward giant wooden pillars everywhere.  It's not clear that there was room for a dance floor because there would have to be a pillar at each corner and possibly in the middle too.   Ergo, most people use the Maritime room for their ceremonies.  

There's a patio off the Maritime room that you can use for the cocktail hour.  But, this is a very public patio.  There will be a bajillion people taking a shortcut through that patio to get from Fisherman's Wharf to the 30 Stockton bus stop on the other side.  

After the cocktail hour, you'd have to walk back through the Maritime room, then through a service corridor to get to the Golden Gate Ballroom -- which has an abysmally low ceiling and screams "conference room" to me, personally.  

You'll share bathrooms with the lobby (which is super cute, but aggressively nautical).  So as a wedding venue, I'd give it 1 star.  

However, as a hotel, it has a great location (cable car and 30 Stockton bus, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39, and North Beach / Chinatown within walking distance) -- and they had hot chocolate in the lobby in the afternoons, which is exactly what we needed for the freezing day outside.  So +1 star.  I'd like to stay here sometime, but not for our wedding.

12/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
152. Angela T.
Planning a birthday party for five men is no easy task, but I have to say Sean McKean, the Director of Catering at the Argonaut Hotel makes it so easy! He is the most patient man on earth! After sending him multiple harassing emails, he has always been kind and pleasant to me despite the fact that the birthday boys are still in the midst of debating on their location. I recommend this hotel for any event or occasion!

The staff is amazing and not to mention, the pricing is incredibly reasonable!!

11/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
153. David K.
Love the Argonaut Hotel. It is where I try to stay when I am in San Francisco.  Short walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39.  Yet away from the crowds.  Service was friendly from the valet to the front desk.  

The hotel is large enough to be a full service hotel.  Yet, small enough to have personality.  The hotel has a full service restaurant but I did not check it out because there are plenty of restaurants nearby (from upscale seafood to In-n-Out).

I prefer staying in the Fisherman's Wharf area because it is away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco and is within a 15-20 minute walk to Chinatown and North Beach.  And just a little further to downtown San Francisco.

Join the Kimpton rewards program before you make your reservation because members get free wi-fi.  The rewards program is free to join and a link is on the Argonaut and Kimpton websites.  Argonaut is part of the Kimpton hotel chain.

Every room I have stayed in has been very clean.  The walls between rooms seem to be thick so you don't hear your neighbors.

The hotel from the lobby to the rooms appears upscale.  

The hotel lobby has a free wine reception in the late afternoon (I can't comment on it because I don't drink wine but it was very popular with the other guests).

Many basic cable channels on the television but no premium channels such as HBO.

Coffee maker in room with Starbucks brand coffee.  

Only valet parking is available at the hotel which is pricey.  However, this is the situation at most better than average hotels in San Francisco.

There is a Walgreens about a block away for snacks, toiletries, medicines, etc.  Plenty of very good restaurants for different budgets nearby.  However, if you are a foodie and want to experience the best of San Francisco restaurants, you'll want to do some research or ask the hotel concierge because the best San Francisco restaurants are outside of the Fisherman's Wharf area.  The restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf are geared towards tourists.

03/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
154. Steve L.
Every time we visit SF now, we hope that The Argonaut can accoomodate us, and our dog, despite conventions and annual events in The City that can take room occupancy levels to the max.

We, fortunately, have never been disappointed with The Argonaut experience.

Rooms have a most distinctive flair, good size and comfort. The Blue Mermaid Restaurant serves efficiently (thank you, staff!) and ample and affordable prices, always.

Parking is comparatively expensive but some room rates include overnight car parking and valet. Take advantage of this option if you can!

As MacArthur.......we will return! I trust you have an equally enjoyable stay at The Argonaut!

14/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
155. Rich C.
Comfortable rooms, uniquely styled, good location and very clean.  The WIFI is fast and free if you join their loyalty club.  Wired internet is also available.  Best part for me was the iPhone compatible clock audio and the multiple outlets including one with two USB ports, one for a tablet and one for a smartphone.

21/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
156. DX J.
This is not a traditional 5 star hotel but for the money in SF I definitely would give it 5 stars. It is conveniently located for tourists. I stayed here on business because it was a bargain in bad economic times for our business. I would now stay here in better times as well. Taxi fare was $15 to Civic Center. A week earlier I stayed near Union Square at an OK hotel that was $80 more per night. This was a much better experience.

Staff was very friendly and curb to elevator took less than 5 minutes. They were ready for me and no time wasted. Handed  me wine and said they had a free wine hour. The lobby was full of international guests and lively. Room was very clean and even though I was on the seciond floor, on the back of the building it was street level. Feared noise but other than a garbage truck in the morning very quiet.

Had quirky robes (zebra and leopard) and a loaner umbrella which is a nice touch for SF. Wireless was easy to access without a lot of sign in garbage. The connection was very strong. I really enjoyed my stay and would recommend it to all.

08/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
157. Bryn W.
The reviews are spot on for this hotel.  Very clean, excellent customer service, from the doorman, to the desk clerk, to the concierge.  The location is perfect for tourists who prefer a short walk to fisherman's wharf, the cannery, and ghirardelli square.  Stay here if you enjoy convenience and quality rooms.

13/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
158. Henry L.
First off I love Kimpton Hotels - they have a very good eclectic vibe that makes it fun to stay in their properties.

The Argonaut - definitely has that vibe, but the nautical theme felt much more dated than felt at other Kimpton properties.

One of the things I did not like was that the room door opens out to the hall rather than inward, it felt a little less secure than the traditional way a door opened.

28/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
159. Alexis G.
First I want to address the two previous reviews on yelp and say they are correct except that I had a different experience. For that reason I'm not going to talk about the positives already enumerated on yelp.

I had my wedding here an 3/10/12.

I was told the day before my wedding that the ceremony I planned wasn't possible unless I wanted to make some compromises. Ultimately, I was very disappointed with the entire visual that was covered in blue umbrellas ( it was sprinkling earlier but had stopped earlier as well). None of my guests could see me make my dramatic entrance and the photographer had to try and work around these huge and multiple umbrellas that clashed.

The food we ate at our tasting was delicious but a deception. What our guests were served was completely different. When pressed it was revealed that the hotel didn't even make the appetizers and because they weren't told the food was dry and overcooked it must not have happened.

Also, the entrance our guests were led to take was not what I was told and completely ruined the floor plan I set up. The bridal party was squeezing past tables to make their entrance and so were the bride and groom.

My guests said the walls to their room were so thin they could hear everything the neighboring guests were saying. Another of my guest was over charged $120 plus a dog fee of $80 they didn't have present. It wasn't until they looked at their credit charges they noticed their receipt was not reflective of the charges. Thats got to be illegal. If you stay here, don't give them your credit card. Check and double check.

As for the suite, we didn't have champagne and strawberries, we had champagne and kitkats....i didn't know they had a vending machine. We also had our presents and all the left over garbage from the reception. I really didn't need empty beer bottles in my room after being locked out of my room  after my wedding. Apparently they thought we checked out even though we checked in just that morning. We were also over charged and then not charged and then recharged once we started complaining.

Ultimately, I feel deceived and played for a fool by these con artists with pleasant facade. It's unfortunate the hostility I feel towards this place since the staff are so lovely. At the end of the day the multiple things that went wrong for my wedding could have been avoided. Three weeks later when asked "how was your wedding", I change the subject...

29/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
160. Mark H.
The Argonaut hotel is nestled in the heart of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.  If you're looking for easy access to the piers or want to hop on a cable car, literally 50 feet away, the Argonaut could not be in a better location.  The hotel is in a converted cannery warehouse, so it looks square and plain from the outside.  But, once you step inside it's a whole different story.

When we arrived, after surviving the drive through the crazy foot traffic around Fisherman's Wharf, we were quickly greeted by the valet.  He helped us unload our bags and took the car off our hands.  Once inside the decor is clearly nautical.  Plenty of sailing items and the concierge is wearing a fun 'Argonaut' outfit.  The check-in staff was friendly and got us our room keys quickly.

We had booked a King Deluxe room and that's what we got ( more on this point later ).  The rooms are a nice size for a basic room, with plenty of room in the bathroom to get ready in the mornings.  Comfortable bed, couch, large desk and set of drawers where the minibar and TV are as well.  The nautical theme continues through this room and there is also a giant round mirror in front of the bed.  There are only wooden blinds to block out the window.  I thought these wouldn't be enough to keep the room dark, but that did not end up mattering in the end.  The room as well as the rest of the hotel was very clean and like most Kimptons looked very well maintained.  After looking around the room, the bellman came with our bags.  He was friendly and was up to our room quickly so I was pleased with that.

After the entrance to the Argonaut though, the reality of the hotel started to set in.  This is a touristy spot, and this hotel does not try hard enough to break away from that.  I've been Inner Circle with Kimpton for a few months now and this was the sixth unique Kimpton we've stayed at this year.  Every time I'm excited to see what special way they'll welcome us and hopefully as what upgrade we might get.

I was not expecting much of an upgrade.  It was Bay to Breakers weekend, so it was busy for most hotels in San Francisco.  However, I was surprised that we didn't even get a view upgrade from Deluxe King to Bay View King.  Whatever, not the biggest issue, but surprising because I was pretty sure I saw availability the day before.  They were busy so maybe some things had changed or the website was showing extra availability than was truly out there.  What was really surprising though was the general lack of any other recognition.  Our welcome amenity was sad at best and showed absolutely no thought.  A small cheese plate and a few fruit slices along with the wine that was available free every night at the wine hour clearly shows they didn't read our preferences or want to put in any effort beyond the absolute minimum.  I get it's a busy weekend, but at least give it a shot.  Again, not the biggest issue, but compounded with the next issue it just made for a rather average stay.

When people say the walls are thin here, they are not kidding.  The rooms are long and narrow so there is not a lot of empty space between each bed, tv and couch in the nearby rooms.  This means no matter where a person is in their room you're probably no more than 10 feet from the people in the next room.  This combined with walls that clearly do not have enough insulation allows you to hear even normal conversation from the other rooms. Luckily only one night we had some neighboring guests that were loud and only for about 15 minutes, but each morning and throughout the afternoon we could easily hear our neighbors getting ready or talking to one another.  They weren't even being loud, so how can I complain about them.  It's just the hotel's poor design.  The little extra light from the shutters didn't even matter when we had bigger issues from sound.

Overall the hotel means well.  The staff seems friendly. I've had staff at other Kimptons I liked better, but no one here was particularly off.  The hotel is clean and well maintained.  It's in a great location.  But, with very mediocre, at best, IC treatment and poorly designed rooms I'd be hard pressed to ever stay here again.  I can see why so many people like this place though.  They aren't expecting anything special as we were with IC, and maybe they are used to hearing everyone in other hotels.  Maybe their kids really enjoy the theme and this deafens them to the sound from other rooms.

There are just so many other Kimptons in San Francisco; next time I'll try one of them.

29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
161. Paula E.
The stay at the Argonaut was heavenly, by far the best experience I have had on Fisherman's Wharf. Friendly, funny, playful bellmen/valet guys! Check in was great, full of smiling faces. Gorgeous lobby, big comfy chairs in front of a fireplace, wine reception at 5:00 p.m. Adjoining on one side of the hotel is a fantastic maritime history museum, for free, and on the other side, a wine tasting bar! For big kids AND little kids. The decor is adorable, nautical theme. Heavenly beds, so comfortable, and the room is almost eerily quiet, but you can crank out the window and hear the sounds of the wharf. From our room facing the Cannery, we could hear a guy playing jazz music on the corner. Wonderful time, hated to leave!  Join Kimpton Intouch and get free wi-fi and a $10 credit for the mini-bar.

06/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
162. Melissa B.
Perfect hotel for a San Francisco vacation! We literally parked the car and were able to walk to everything all weekend! The staff was friendly and the rooms immaculate. My only minor complaint was the small bathroom. I noticed this almost everywhere in San Francisco though. I wouldn't recommend any other hotel in the City! The Argonaut has everyone beat.

19/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
163. David C.
What a joke this place was.  While the room was very nice, and the view of the bay and Alcatraz was out of this world, the other events definetly lead me to never stay here again.

We spoke in person to the concierge and the valet asking for our car to be brought around at a very specific time so that we could head to a dinner reservation.  When we walked downstairs to the valet station both persons looked at us like we were complete strangers and asked what we needed.  We explained that we had just spoken to them 45 minutes before about our car.  They looked at us like we just pulled a gun on them.  Not registering any recognition at all.  Ended up taking them 20 minutes to find our car.

The next morning we called to ask for our car to be brought around as we were checking out.  When we walked out front, our car was not there.  I asked the valet where our car was and he pointed towards a brand spanking new Porsche.  While I love a good Porsche more than anyone I explained to them that this was not our car.  They asked for our ticket, matched it to the tag on the key and responded that yes, this was our car.  I explained that NO, it was not that we had a GMC Acadia.  30 minutes later they managed to find our car.  All in all, not worth the time or effort.

I actually wrote a letter of dismay to the Kimpton Corporation as I am a member of their In Touch program, and have not had any response telling me that my money is not worth their time.

I think next time the Fairmont or University Club will be better served.

10/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
164. Katy K.
Seriously cannot put into words how much I LOVE this hotel! My new husband and I were fortunate enough to be married at the Argonaut, followed by our reception there! UNREAL - from beginning (planning process) through the last dance.

The staff is VERY well organized. I just read another reviewer who says otherwise, but take it from a bride who plans events for a living...this group knows what they are doing and does it better than most. From the first meeting until the end, every person does their job very well. The planners are terrific at the details, offering options and being super responsive. The staff who make the magic happen the day-of are so calm (very important) and know your event better than you do.

The ceremony space was outside and gorgeous! I got to make such a grand entrance for our 60-person wedding that we even had strangers crying (true story) - big staircase! Not a single stranger stepped anywhere near our ceremony or cocktail hour - people have more respect that that. The beautiful brick courtyard was just perfect and very private for being a public space. The hotel blocks off your space so others don't wander into your cocktail hour.

The food - delicious!! I wish I could have had seconds! Our reception was in the Maritime Room which was so cool. Dark brick and very old doors decorate this room. We had a dance floor that worked perfectly and EVERYONE danced the entire time. Nobody cared that there were wooden pillars throughout the room. I don't even remember them! It didn't stop anyone from having a blast.

Lastly, all of their vendor recommendations were awesome! Planning an out-of-state wedding is tricky! They made is much easier.

Bottom line - I am an event perfectionist and this team exceeded my expectations. Imagine your perfect wedding day....then select the Argonaut and your perfect day will be 100 times  better than you could ever imagine. We will forever be thrilled that we had the most important day of our lives here. We were lucky to be there!

21/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
165. Pete D.
We really really like Kimpton Hotels when traveling.  Few surprises, no random extra charges, $10 credit on the mini-bar... the list goes on.  One thing we have come to also like is the complimentary coffee/tea service in the morning (a key feature is the availability of soy milk for those non-lactose folks).  So when we went downstairs for a coffee only to find this may be the one Kimpton that doesn't provide it, we were disappointed.  Other than that complaint we are more than happy with the location, room, and everything else that makes a Kimpton a Kimpton.  -1 star for the lack of coffee service.

10/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
166. C B.
The room was excellent, bed was very comfortable and the location was just what we wanted.  We had 4th floor room overlooking Jack's Bar.  During the day it was great to hear the music and sounds of everyone enjoying the day, but at night it was very quite.  We had a view of that water, but only sitting on the far side of the bed.

We walked to the Marina thru Fort Mason for dinner one night, took a bike tour over the bridge and took the cable cars to and from Union Square to do shopping. Went for an evening run to the Marina as well.  All right out the door of the hotel.  Valet parking was pricy ($46/night) but the service was fast (less 10 min).  They also had a self park lot behind that hotel for $35/night that we might used instead next time but no in and out privledges.  The starbucks around the corner made a very easy coffee and breakfast option.

Every staff member was very friendly and very helpful.  Had flowers delivered to the room before we arrived and although there was a mixup, they still had a beautiful arrangement there on time.

06/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
167. Angel L.
I had my wedding reception a month ago at Argonaut and they did an absolutely fantastic job! We chose Argonaut because we loved the look of Maritime room and that Argonaut offers well thought out reception packages at reasonable prices compared to other hotels in the city. We also liked the fact that it's right next to the wharf so my out of town guests can tour the area in addition to attending my wedding. And of course, their food is just amazing, especially the corn chowder. My aunt who usually doesn't eat much went to refill (we had a buffet style reception) twice for the corn chowder!

The best part about working with Argonaut is their staff. Everyone was so helpful from start to end. Sean was extremely fast at responding to all my questions. We also had our reception menu tasting with Sean and David, they really tried their best to accommodate every single request from us (my husband and in-law are foodies and are very picky with what they eat and offer to guests...). I remember Sean asked for places to improve when my husband was just a tiny bit hesitant about one of the choices during tasting. David had the kitchen redo the dish exactly the way my husband requested. Sarah, the catering coordinator, was extremely helpful and friendly too. We had quite a few things to display and she made sure everything was placed according to our preferences. I totally recommend Argonaut hotel to those searching for reception spaces in San Francisco. This is a place with 5-star service, 5-star food, and 5-star event spaces!

09/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
168. Diane S.
Love this place, totally dog friendly and people friendly!! Awesome customer service
And the rooms are beautiful!! Can I move
In permanently?

24/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
169. Bronwen B.
The only - and I do mean, ONLY - reason I am giving 4 stars instead of 5 is the outrageous price of parking. It's in the nation's most touristy city in the most touristy area of said city, and they charge $45 a fracking day to park your undoubtedly touristy car (ours was a Ford Focus). It's insanity, especially when you realize there's a city garage behind the hotel that charges half as much. But, of course, one doesn't realize that until you're walking around... or, until the front desk woman tells you. You know, after you've already given the valet your keys.

But, with that little bit of negativity out of the way, I literally cannot say enough good things about the Argonaut. My bf and I ended our trip to SF with a splurge on this hotel and it did not disappoint. It's in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, a block away from a cable car into the city and is literally surrounded by good smells and good vibes. I think they go a touch overboard on the nautical theme, but who am I? Certainly no hotel designer. Let's get down to brass tacks:

Service: beyond reproach. We seemed to have a lot of contact with a doorman named Steven, who was beyond awesome. We were ragged and kinda broke after several days of debauchery, a drive in from the San Joaquin Valley, and an unexpected $6 toll road on the Bay Bridge. And did I mention we likely reeked of In-N-Out Burger? But he whisked away our bags and immediately welcomed us. He disappeared for about 20 seconds and returned with two glasses of wine -- they have a complimentary wine reception every night, from 5-6 in the lobby. He instinctively knew we weren't down to mingle, so he gave us two to go.

AWESOME SAUCE. I immediately loved this man. And he was no less attentive when I explained apologetically that we didn't have any cash for a tip (damned toll).

The front desk staff was also highly attentive, and downright friendly (forget 'simply polite). I'd only booked for one night, but we already knew our flight had been cancelled, so we booked another night on the spot. No hassle, no fuss. Then we headed to the elevator and our bags arrived less than 5 minutes later. That guy - Kevin - was also awesome, despite our lack of benjamins.

Food: We only had one meal here, room service on the final night. The hotel itself - being a boutique - doesn't have a kitchen, so everything comes from the Blue Mermaid Chowder House next door. Typical SF pricey given the fact that it's room service (two people w/ a burger & fries, cup of soup, and crab sandwich/fries was $54, incl tip), but it was our final night and I didn't care. The sweet corn and crab chowder was obscenely good, with some sort of green aioli (basil?) on top. The crab salad sandwich was fab as well, and the bf reported his $14 cheeseburger was wonderful. He did a little dance of glee when his medium rare burger arrived still alive. My only disappointement was the cold, slightly limp french fries. Still, we ordered at 8:40 and dinner officially closes at 9pm, so I forgive them cold fries. They had our food to us in 20 minutes, with a smile.

Lodging: The bed is second to none... we wanted to figure a way to haul it back to Texas with us. There's plenty of space in the room, the bathroom was amazing, and the bf - who never pays attention to anything - was duly impressed by the Aveda products. For some reason, I love that they had a pocket door to the bathroom; saves so much room. Why don't all hotels do this? Oh yes, because all hotels aren't a Kimpton.

And speaking of Kimpton -- the Argonaut charges $10/day for wifi, but if you're part of thei Kimpton rewards program, it's free. While I'd only joined a few days prior to visiting for that exact reason, they also give you the opportunity to join ON THE SPOT and receive the benefit. Yeah yeah, so I'll be bombaded by emails and coupons. Does it matter? I actually had work to do - fairly unexpectedly - and even jumped in on a Skpe conference call. The strong wireless and writing desk came in super handy (which is something I never really thought I'd have to say during a vacation review).

All in all, 4 1/2 stars. When I catch other deal on Hotels.com , I'll be back. I love thee, Argonaut. Tell Steven the Taylors say hello.

24/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
170. Chris S.
We were only spending one night in San Fran so the boy splurged on a room here. It was beautiful. Great location, staff was very friendly.

We really didn't spend much time in the room since we were out exploring the area, but it was great while we were there.

The only reason I couldn't give this five stars was because of the thin walls. Lucky us, we were roomed next door to a cranky baby. That was annoying, but not worth complaining about to the staff, as we were mostly just sleeping in the room.

01/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
171. Trish M.
I love staying at Kimpton hotels, and this one's my favorite so far, because it's in such a prime location.  You are right on the wharf, an easy walk to Scoma's for dinner, Buena Vista Cafe for Irish coffees, and entertainment at Cobb's or Bimbo's, not to mention all the tourist traps on the wharf.  The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, from the valet taking care of our double-parked car, to the recommendations made by front desk staff, and the complimentary wine hour in the evenings is a great perk.  We enjoyed the nautical theme of the hotel, and the room was very comfortable.  The only downside was the parking fee, but unfortunately it's pricey everywhere in SF.  I'm saving up my Kimpton In Touch points for another stay here, hopefully soon!

23/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
172. Mary R.
I didn't stay here.  I'm a teacher.  I can't afford to sit in the lobby and wait for my friends.  But I did.

However, I'm writing the review because the people here were SO NICE.  Everyone seemed sweet and happy.  HAPPY.  IN SAN FRANCISCO.  Do you know how difficult it is to find happy people in that city?

I sat in big comfy chairs by a warm fire after getting out of the misty rain and sipped lemon water (after glancing in the toy box at the pirate rubber duckies little ones can take... how I fought the urge to take one home!)  The lights on the sails changed colors and I was transported briefly to... to... not there.  How do you get a mini-vacation in a lobby?  I'm not sure, Argonaut, but thank you.

21/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
173. Lynn C.
We stayed here on our first leg of our elopement/honeymoon extraganza!  It is a bit pricey but given the occasion, we were ok to splurge.  We opted for the "Bike the Golden Gate Package" because it gave us a better room and a few extras. With this package we got a deluxe guestroom with a view, breakfast at the Blue Mermaid Cafe and a bike rental from Blazing Saddles (next door).  With the breakfast, you could pick anything from the menu...it wasn't one of those continental only deals.  

The hotel has a lot of charm - exposed brick, windows that open so you can get fresh air and a comfy bed.  They offer wine tasting every evening and refreshments during the afternoon.  The staff was really friendly and helpful.  The nautical theme was great given the location (Fisherman's Wharf).  The Blue Mermaid Cafe was pretty good too!  Lots of breakfast options and gratuity was included with our voucher.

It's also right next door to In-and-Out Burger.  It's a perfect location for all things touristy in Fisherman's Wharf and close to public transit.  We were there Thurs-Sun and it was more crowded on the weekend because it's also a popular wedding spot.

The only bad thing was that overnight parking was $45!!!!  

One last helpful hint - you get free wi-fi if you sign up to be a member of Kimpton Hotels.  It's FREE and basically Kimpton Hotels just sends you emails.

19/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
174. M C.
Well-located, well-maintained boutique hotel.

I stayed here for a a business week (meaning Monday through Friday). I got one of the standard rooms, meaning it has one king bed squeezed into a tiny room, and my window faces the window of another room. So yeah, I didn't get to see Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge from my room, but... I still enjoyed my stay.  The bathroom was spacious, and the bath amenities and service were good. The vibe is very San Francisco. There is free wine and hot chocolate in the lobby from 3 to 5PM, and it is located in the same historic building with the Maritime National Historic Park, right in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. What a great location!

I'll be happy to return for a visit again some day.

01/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
175. Sabrina P.
I have mixed feelings about this hotel, because there are some very good and very bad points, so I based my rating according to these 5 categories: Location, Price, Friendliness of Staff, Comfort of room, View. Location: 5 stars. This hotel is super close to Pier 39 and lots of affordable (Chipotle, In-N-Out) and not so budget conscience dining locations. This is a definite plus in SF, because parking is a nightmare! This brings me to price. The online room rate was somewhere around $240 a night for a room with 2 queen beds. The AAA discount might have saved me $30.00 a night but the real kicker is the state employee discount. My hubby and I both work for the state and our rate was $150.00 a night - Sunday-Monday. This does not include taxes or PARKING. Yes...this hotel charges for valet parking. This wasn't a surprise, given that it's very difficult to find parking in SF. HOWEVER...$46.00 a NIGHT?!?! I've been to Pebble Beach - a much nicer hotel and no charge for parking. Insane! But..we were there, could not find anything else and gave in to the trap. So Price is 2 stars. 4 for the room and 0 for parking. Friendliness of Staff is a definite 5 stars. Everybody was super-nice. They were quick to suggest things to see and do, they were efficient, they were helpful, they even saw that we were traveling with our dog and offered dog bowls and a dog bed. Yup - that's another thing about this hotel - they are very dog friendly! They even have a cabinet near the door loaded with doggy bags and doggy treats. They even have a chalkboard with pet's names on it welcoming all of the 4-legged visitors to the hotel. My pup was definitely spoiled with all of the petting and attention. Comfort of room: 2 stars. The room was fairly clean, well laid out, it had an alarm clock / IPhone charger, which was nice. What it did not have was a decent bed. Maybe Tempur-pedic has spoiled me rotten, but that bed was awful. The beds had a spring mattress, which was quite firm. It also squeaked and sounded like metal rubbing on metal if I even dared to breath too deeply. It was the oddest thing - I've never heard a mattress make that sound before and it got really annoying - fast. I left miserable the next morning because I just couldn't get a good night's sleep. The beds were also almost 4 feet off the ground, and the hotel provided an ottoman/step stool? , so it must be a common complaint. I'm 5'2, and I needed the ottoman to get into bed. I would be weary to have little ones in that bed because if they fell, they'd really hurt themselves. So the mattress sucked monkey chunks, basically. The other super-annoying thing was the tv in the room. I had a lot of free time to watch late-night tv since I couldn't get comfortable and fall asleep. I had the volume turned down pretty low to not wake up my hubby, but every time I changed the channel, the new channel would project a volume at least twice of what I had it set at, and then go back to normal. As if I had turned the volume up from 15 to 30 and then back to 15, in the blink of an eye. That got annoying pretty quickly too, unfortunately. My last rating is for the view. If I hadn't been told when I booked the room that I would have a view of the bay, and then got to my room, saw the sun streaming into the windows, opened the blinds with an expectation of a gorgeous SF bay view, only to see a white wall with the windows of the other hotel guests, then maybe this wouldn't be a biggie. But I was, and this view was awful. Maybe the hotel gave us a crappy view because we got a discounted room rate, maybe somebody in reservations made a mistake - who knows. All I can say is 0 stars. This unfortunately sealed the fate of the Argonaut for me. Even though the staff was wonderful, I would not go back.

22/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
176. Lisa S.
We had a wonderful stay at the Argonaut.  The hotel is located next to Ghiardelli Square and across from Fisherman's Wharf.  The staff is incredibly welcoming and accomodating.  The room was amazing!  We stayed in a beautiful suite that accomodated 4 adults plus a 3-year old perfectly.  We arrived a few hours before check-in but we were able to park our vehicle and store our luggage while we were off to explore San Francisco.  Upon our return we were promptly checked-in and our luggage was brought up to the room.  I would definitely return to this hotel.  Great location and extremely reasonable room rates!  Be sure to join the Kimpton loyalty program to receive free wi-fi and $10 towards the mini-bar at every stay!  Oh, and though we didn't bring our dog, this hotel is pet-friendly!

22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
177. Alex H.
Haven't actually made it up to our room yet (currently sipping at The Buena Vista up the street) but so far we have had excellent service! Upon arriving, my mother made an embarrassingly odd request, she wants a room with a brick wall? Because she wants to see if she likes it enough to put one in the house. All I could think was "Here we go..." but BLASE rose to the occasion. Not only did he find us a brick walled room but upgraded us to the top floor with a view! Go Blase! So far this trip is off to a good start!

15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
178. Heather M.
We stayed the night at the Argonaut before visiting Alcatraz and it was fantastic!  The location was great, the staff friendly and the decor appropriate for the location.  

My only complaint was that we had requested a specific room and the reservation system did not notify the front desk so the room was given away literally 1/2 hour before we arrived, and the hotel was far from full so our room request should have been easy!  Had our room request been accurate we probably would have stayed longer!

Some reviews complained about outside noise and my only comment to that is yes, there is noise outside, it is located in a city directly on a working wharf...the noise did not bother us given the excellent location and views!!

14/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
179. Colin D.
This hotel was the cornerstone of our vacation to San Francisco. It was affordable at $150/night and it was perfectly located on Fisherman's Wharf for us to hit most of the northeast of San Francisco. It's 2 blocks to catch the 30-Stockton bus in to Chinatown, less than a block to catch a cablecar downtown, and a few block walk to catch the boat to Alcatraz.

The rooms are beautifully decorated and don't feel like the interior of a hotel chain, but instead feel somebody actually focused on decorating this hotel in particular. The lobby has a bunch of very comfortable chairs and they serve wine, cider and warm nuts at a complimentary happy hour from 5-6.

They also have free wireless as long as you sign up for their free rewards program. The wireless was more than capable and we even watched a show on Hulu over it. At this point, wireless is a necessity on vacations for me so that I can plan and research things as plans evolve.

The staff was also incredibly helpful, providing us with detailed explanations of what was worth doing and what wasn't and how to get there on public transit.

The only complaint that we had was that as we approached the weekend (we stayed there on a wednesday and thursday night) the area got much more crowded and touristy, but what can you expect from fisherman's wharf. The unexpected thing was that the clientele seemed to change to much more wealthy and even approaching twit which made the happy hour less enjoyable. Also, the rates go up for the weekend, but they happily gave us the non-weekend rate for our whole stay.

Overall, this is a gem of a hotel, and even more so if you can exploit it's calmer times and lower rates during the week.

15/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
180. Brittany R.
From the brick building with trailing ivy, to the elegantly achieved nautical theme, The Argonaut is a great retreat from the bustle of the wharf and Ghiradelli square.

Two queen room, November 2010, $160'ish.

Hotel:
The brick adds a special charm the this hotel, the staff was very helpful. the hot chocolate bar was a welcomed treat, the hallways did not do the rooms justice in my memory, but that is forgotten when you enter your room. We had a view of Ghiradelli square, and a distant Golden Gate bridge, with enough people watching capabilities to last a lifetime. beds, additional chairs and sitting area, standard but very clean bathroom, the nauticul theme is very obvious but not annoying. They have done an excellent job of staying away from a little kid version of the sea :)

Location:
Blue Mermaid is of course pricey, but has a great chowder, fun ambience, and it is attached to the hotel, the end of the trolley line is directly across from the hotel, on the way to the square and I would reccomend taking it at night, when crowds are less, the wharf is literally right down the street. starbucks attached to the backside of the hotel, near the square.

Bottom line: While I would not pay the $350 asking price during the summer, I will ABSOLUTELY be back when the winter prices take effect. Location is perfectly situated, decor fun but not overwhelming, close but not too close to the wharf, square and beach.

Is it November yet?

01/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
181. Deborah C.
We stayed here during our July 4th holiday week for two day week days.  I have pros and cons for this hotel.  Certainly not half as nice as I expected and I was somewhat disappointed in how things were handled.
The parking staff and door men were both excellent!  Friendly, helpful, and very nice!  I would hire any of them for my business!  The room was small but clean and comfortable.  The location of this hotel cannot be beat as you are in walking distance to the Wharf and many other SF. attractions.
The concierge employee was rude and didn't seem to be well trained in customer service.  We asked a simple question about a problem with connecting to Wi Fi.  She couldn't seem to find an answer and didn't offer to find someone else who might be able to assist in answering the question or to help us.  The hotel rooms offer body wash, shampoo, and hair conditioner inside the tub showers.  While in the shower I found out that there was no shampoo or body wash because the containers had not been refilled by the cleaning staff  Luckily I travel with my own so I used what I had.  The next morning I contacted a maid (who was cleaning the room next door) and told her there was no shampoo or body wash in our shower and asked if she would please refill them.  The maid smiled and was very pleasant however when I returned to my room that night (when I was in the shower again) there was no shampoo or body wash again!  I called to order room service but there was no answer.  I called back several times and still no answer.  I called the front desk to find out if I was dialing the wrong number.  The front desk explained the room service staff "was on the floor" (meaning unavailable to take my order) but assured me they would call back.  They did call me back (later) but by that time we decided to leave and go out for food instead.    They only serve room service until 10:00 pm. I've never heard of this especially in San Francisco.  The hotel does not offer a wide variety of food for room service so if you stay here plan to eat else where.  The restaurant adjacent to the hotel serves a lot of dishes but the room service from this hotel is scaled way back and you are only left with a few choices.  Not good for picky eaters.  Last but not least a male employee "just checking the mini bar" barged right into the room about 20 minutes after we arrived.  The hotel has door bells (which he apparently rang twice) but we didn't hear it and had no idea someone would just enter the room without waiting for a response (when the room is occupied).  They should always allow the guest to answer the door.  Had I not been dressed this would have been a huge problem!
I probably won't stay here again. The only staff members we found to be good  were those that work outside.  The others (working inside) really need training in hotel management and basic customer service.

05/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
182. Tricia C.
Well, I've stayed at the Argonaut a total of 8 nights during 3 separate visits.  Each time, our stay gets better than the last.  I had to write a review today because we decided at the last minute to take our dog, Mochi.  I called a couple of days before our arrival date, asked if there would be any problems if we decided to bring her with us and they said, "nope, not at all".  They asked what her name was, asked us if she needed anything special and when we arrived, she was so well received by the hotel staff!  I was so afraid that they would look at us and think, "oh gosh, not another dog".  But later that evening we went across the street for dinner, came back and while walking through the corridor, we noticed a beautiful dresser with a chalk board shaped in the form of a dog and our dog's  name was written on it!  They didn't tell us they would do that but they did.  It was so cute.  Wish I could post a picture.  

Ernie is absolute perfection when it comes to good solid hotel service.  He remembered us from our last visit (5 months earlier) and even offered to give me a couple of wine tokens since we had missed the free wine tasting hour.  

If you do bring your pup or pups, I encourage you to make sure you leave a cell number with the front desk in case of any problems.  Our little one had a hard time settling in while we were at dinner and had a barking fit.  So they called us but when we came back just 10 minutes later, they were so relieved.   The woman at the front desk even offered to let our pup stay at the front desk with her, should we need to leave again.  I thought that was so nice.  But we didn't leave again that night and by the next morning, she was much more calm and there were no further problems.

We are planning on coming back to San Francisco in September for another 3 nights (doing the Alcatraz Invitational Swim).   We are already booked at the Argonaut and very much looking forward to our return stay at this top notch hotel.  I can't say enough great things about this place.  Wish we could afford to come more often.

17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
183. Liza B.
I was really looking forward to staying at this hotel with my family as we've always seen it when walking around the wharf and had seen good reviews.  We had the opportunity to do so this past week and it was such a massive disappointment.  For $599 per night, the experience was bad.  The room was very small and looked out to a concrete courtyard and worse, right across the window of another room so we had to keep the window closed the entire visit.  The receptionist when I checked in was very unfriendly and I felt like I was wasting her time when I asked a simple question.  The hallways were dark.  Someone had left their room service tray outside of their room, and it was there when we checked in at noon and was still there when I checked out early the next day -- disgusting.  I'm only giving it 2 stars because the doorman was very friendly.  The rest of the experience, I would not repeat and I would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone.

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
184. Evan M.
Great staff, clean and comfy rooms. The Blue Mermaid cafe is a great compliment to the hotel. The rooms are San Francisco sized, which is to say smaller. Super location across from a park, the cable car station, Ghiradelli's and Pier 39. Good for our family of four.

23/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
185. Dan H.
Stayed here for two nights this past weekend and was mostly satisfied.  The location is a bit too touristy for my taste, but went up with the lady friend who hadn't experienced SF save for the occasional biz trip, so I figured the area would be fun for a SF novice.

Upon arrival the doorman and valet guys were hilarious.  They saw my trunk mounted sub-woofers and insisted I crank it up.  With Bob Marley jamming away they started dancing around the car, too funny.

Front desk staff were equally as friendly, and helpful.  The room was nicely appointed with the hotels signature nautical theme but a bit small for the 2 night cost of $642 inc all the taxes and related bs $$.  It had a bay view and we had a view of Alcatraz but the windows are so small that you are not afforded sweeping views by any stretch of the imagination.

Beds were comfy, all the basics worked great and it was surprisingly very quiet for a touristy area hotel.  Buena Vista and cable cars are 1/2 block up the hill and 3 blocks from the main Fishermans Wharf outside seafood stands.  It is also located 2 blocks from the #30 bus stop that takes you on a 10-15 minute ride to North Beach/China Town, very convenient.

Ok the one and only con.  Let me first preface this with the fact that I know this is THEE tourist area and one should expect to pay a premium for parking......but Dear Jesus!!  $43 per day!  If that wasn't bad enough they charged an additional $6 per day in tax.??  WTF?  Tax on a parking spot?  Hey Kimpton Corp!  Expect a strongly worded email soon.  The $12 in taxes pissed me off more than the $43.  $98+ for 2 days parking, jeesh!

If you are flying in there really isn't a reason to rent a car as most everything is easily accessed by public transpo, so the outrageous parking fees will be avoided.  I did want to take Ms. Farideh over to Sausalito via the Golden Gate but other than that the car never moved.

Besides that one huge con we most definitely enjoyed our stay here, but next time will return to the Marina District where I have stayed for 30 years worth of visits and enjoy the FREE parking.

19/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
186. Todd A.
Iwould have given 4 stars, but had to take a star away for the thin walls and LOUD noise we endured in our room. Also, all the staff we encountered at the hotel smiled and said the right thing (even received 2 calls in our room, 1 from the concierge and 1 from the front desk - welcoming us) but not sure the follow through is there to back up the friendliness.

Positives:
Cute hotel, good location, friendly staff, nicely decorated and comfortable room, decent food at the Mermaid Chowder House, complimentary wine hour from 5p-6p, and nice inclusions with the package we had (parking, breakfast, and cable car passes.)  Overall, a genuine "fun energy."  Many guests had pets, as this hotel is pet-friendly.

Minuses:
NOISE: We could hear every word and every sound coming from the rooms on either side of our room. From the room on one side we had their normal volume tv coming through the walls and we could hear what show they were watching and what was being said. Hope they enjoyed their local news broadcast. From the room on the other side, we had radio music coming through the walls and could hear all the lyrics and artists and specific songs like we were playing them in our own room. Hope they enjoyed their salsa lesson. From BELOW us (we were on the second floor), we had to endure the boom boom hip hop dance reception of the evening's wedding and got to enjoy Chris Brown, the Black-Eyed Peas, and Rhianna, among other favorites - just like they were in our own room.

I had called the front desk earlier in the day (due to the TV and radio noise mentioned above) to ask if we could be moved but was told we were definitely on the 'quietest' side of the hotel already and that a move would be to a downgraded room. That evening, I went to the front desk and got some ear plugs - again complaining about the noise.  Within moments, the front desk clerk came out with a "bag-o-plugs."  Interesting that she had them so readily available.  This time I was told that the wedding would be over by 11pm and to hang in there.  I finally went down again around 10pm saying we couldn't stand it anymore and what could they do. We did get a bit of a discount on the room, that helped us not be so angry.

DIRTY GLASS: At the wine reception, the glass I received had lipstick all over the rim. While I was assured the glass was "clean" (?!?) the server exchanged my glass.

LACK OF FOLLOW THROUGH:1) Like I mentioned, everyone was as friendly as could be, but the cable car passes in our package weren't included in our check in envelope and the front desk had to send someone out to buy them. It took a couple stops back to the front desk over several hours to actually obtain the passes.

2)The waitress in the restaurant billed our room incorrectly, said it was fixed, and then at check out, the incorrect billing was still there.

3)The front desk had called to welcome us and say she was there to help us however we needed it, but it took 3-4 calls/trips to the front desk to get anything done about the loud noise.

4)We had been told by the front desk in the welcome phone call that we had a $10 mini bar credit on our account, but the credit wasn't there when we checked out and we had to prove we were entitled.

5)We called the front desk, based on our on-screen checkout bill to have these issues addressed, but when we got to the front desk, the changes still hadn't been made.

I might sound critical, but we travel a lot and spend a bit more to stay in nice places, and I just want to receive what I'm promised. This hotel promised a few things they didn't completely deliver on, but I still give them good marks overall.

If you need to sleep, don't recommend.  If you want a fun, cute, up-beat place to hang out, definitely go.

10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
187. Craig B.
I chose this hotel for a 2-night visit to SF for the wife and myself based on Trip Advisor reviews. It didn't disappoint!

I booked the room using frequent flyer miles, and reserved a standard room. When we checked in we were offered a complimentary upgrade to a larger room with a view! The employee checking us in was a sweetheart and very friendly. After checking in, we stopped by the "living room area" of the lobby and helped ourselves to complimentary hot chocolate with all the trimmings! Yum!

The room was very large with all of the typical hotel room items (TV, mini bar, coffee maker, etc etc. Free internet was offered if you signed up for the Kimpton email list which we did. Our stay also included complimentary continental breakfast at the Blue Mermaid restaurant which is downstairs and attached to the hotel. Its not a ton of food but includes coffee, juice of choice, a bowl of fruit and toast or danish of choice. They also offer discounted add-ons like eggs and omelets and such which are available to hotel guests.

The location was perfect for us. There is a cable car stop right outside, and Pier 39 is a 10 minute stroll away.

This was our first stay at a Kimpton property and we were very impressed!

19/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
188. Leala V.
Very nice hotel in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. You are close to multiple tourist attractions. Hotel is quite pricey, even with a AAA discount. I don't recommend this place for someone on a tight budget. I have friends with Champagne taste so we stayed here.
First of all, if you get annoyed with crowds and crowds of rude tourists pushing you on the sidewalks, do not stay in the fisherman's wharf area. I would pick another neighborhood. Cow Hollow has some decent budget hotels and it gets you away from the craziness.
As for this hotel, yes it is nice. It has nautical decor and really clean. Every afternoon has a happy hour where you get to choose from either a white sangria, cabernet savignon or a malbec wine. It was nice after the first day or two but I got soon tired of the limited wine choices and would have preferred to pay for a different wine.
Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. My only complaint is that if your room is on the complete opposite side of the building as the elevator, you will be walking what seems like forever to get to and from your room to the lobby.
Most of the staff was nice and friendly but I can think of two exceptions. The concierge was not very informational other than telling you that there is no way you are going to get Alcatraz tickets at the last minute. We also asked her for recommendations of a good place to dine in the area and her response was that any place in the area was good. Really??? Any restaurant in the tourist trap area of San Francisco is going to be good? Come on. Good thing I had yelp to help. Finally, it was hard to get someone to get my bags from bag check so I could get to the airport. I felt like they were too short staffed as far as bellmen were concerned.
Other than that, it is a nice place to stay if you are willing to pay.

27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
189. Kelly P.
This is four stars? It is really nice, but not four stars, I would expect more. The hostess was weird, she wasn't friendly as her co-workers, and her  face had a look of concern when was checking us in and out.
(the pretty Asian girl)

When we first arrived we were given the keys to the room right away.We were happy because we showed up a few hours before check in.
When we got to the room it was still being cleaned and the room with "a view of the bay" had nothing but a tree in the window.

When we went back to the front we were told our room would be ready in 45 mins.We came back and hour later and the room was still not ready.

The hostess suggested we have a drink in the bar and come back in 20, so we did. Now the 4th time at the counter, our room is still not ready and they give us drink tickets and said 20 more minutes.

I wish I was kidding when I say that when I came back for the 5th time the room was still not finished. I had to remind this lady that this was this was my 5th time up to the counter and we had run out of things to do with out having a room to unpack in.

As soon as had a seat, the girl left work for the day. I went right up to the next hostess and asked for my room. He assured me it had been rushed and was very polite. Before we knew it we were finally up to the room. 2 hours later.

It was nice and had a nice view, but was not to much nicer then a Marriott as for "perks".

Cute exposed brick walls and plantations shutters. The sail boat design was beautiful with the bay view of Alcatraz and the Blaclotha Sail Boat.

So why four stars? The service is less then great, and the lobby is really cramped if more then one person is checking in or out.

Two stars for location? one for decor? The fourth must be hanging on from a long time ago when they first opened and had nicer people working that cared about making you fell like four stars.

I wont go again, and would probably recommend a place that IS four stars all around. And we would not ask anyone to pay 450 dollars for that room.

06/06/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
190. Chun L.
Stayed here for 4 nights to attend a conference&training nearby. It is indeed a very delight choice.

There is a special discount for AAA members. So it is about $149 + tax per night. Not bad for a hotel in a very good location.

There is afternoon chocolate drink hour and wine hour every day. The chocolate drink is self served between 2-3 pm. The wine hour are hosted by hotel personnel at 5-6 pm. It serves one red, one white wine, an apply cider or hot cider with bourbon. It is a very friendly and relax environment.

The fitness center is neither fancy nor big. But it has all the basic things. There are clean towers, earphones you can use freely. The room is clean and all equipments are decent.

The room itself is narrow and long. So the layout is a bit awkward. Not very big but acceptable. Very tidy and clean. Our room is near the corner of Hyde and Beach st. There is a cable car station nearby thus there is constant noise. But it quiets down after 10-11 pm.

The only negative thing we encountered is when we ask for extending checkout time till 3pm, the manager asked for $49 surcharge. But if we can checkout by 1:30 pm, then there is no charge. They can hold your luggage so you do not have to walk around town with luggages..

Anyway, very nice hotel stay and we will certainly be back in the future if needed to stay in town

30/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
191. Beth P.
This hotel was great! We were greeted by John at the door who was friendly and helpful throughout our stay.  We had signed up for the Klimpton rewards (Free!) which gave us free wifi and $10.00 for the mini bar.  The rooms aren't anything extraordinary but nice,clean and comfortable.  If you get a bay view room like we did it was amazing!  This hotel is in an amazing location and has easy access to the rail cars, fisherman's wharf, and most other sights you would want to visit.  They offered free bike rentals to bike the Golden Gate Bridge, a hot chocolate bar and wine tasting.  This was our first time in San Fran and this hotel made it a great experience and we would definitely stay here again.

25/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
192. G W.
I stayed there three months ago and it was the best hotel I've ever stayed at!  Our room was clean and It was a fairly good size  for a comparable hotel in the city.  They offer free wifi if u sign up for Kimpton rewards program. And they offer complimentary beverages (beer, wine) after 5:00pm.  Let me tell u it was a short walk from In N Out burger and their local beer went great with it.   I would definitely stay there again.

01/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
193. Mariko F.
How lucky the hubby and I were to randomly come across the Argonaut when we were on our search for a wedding venue. We found it because we were looking at the Maritime Museum, next door. When the caterers for the Museum told us $198 a head, we ran for the hills. But on our run out the door, we came across the Argonaut.

Sean McKean is the Catering Director and was amazing. He is the one that took us from initial talk to the actual event. He was with us every step of the way and was so supportive and excited, that it kept our spirits up through the entire planning process. Our wedding was going to be very un-traditional and he was very patient with us as we explained all our wants and non-wants. It was also great to have someone to talk to, who had done this before! He sometimes gave us a smack of reality. I felt so safe knowing that Sean was there to help us out.

When getting married at the Argonaut, their restaurant, The Blue Mermaid, does the catering. What's great about this is that there is only one vendor. And, as the kitchen is attached, it's easy for them and easy for you. And the food is fantastic. For our meal, we chose their award winning crab chowder, an arugula salad and then the choice between duck, sea bass or portabella mushroom. Although it was all delicious, the crab chowder was a hit. People talked about that one for a while. As we were trying to stay in our budget, we opted for an open bar during the cocktail hour only. But the bartender, Orion, continued to make cocktails if you asked for it, I heard :)

On the day, David McNerney was in charge. He is the Banquet Manager and is the most amazing task master ever. He has done more weddings than you could count, but I was still so happy that we were able to do something that he had never seen before! He was an amazing buffer on the day. Of course, being an event, some things were going to do wrong. We never heard about them. He dealt with them in the background and made the event seem flawless to me! Later, I heard about a few things (like a different wedding's cupcakes being delivered to us!), at which point, I could only laugh about them.

The hotel itself is great. The rooms are clean and comfortable -- all the greatness that you would expect from a Kimpton. The staff are incredibly nice and accommodating. Everything just seems really easy when you are here.

The team of Sean and David were amazing. I would recommend a wedding at the Argonaut to anyone just because of the absolutely amazing service that you will receive from them. To top it off, the food is great (yes! A wedding with good food! Imagine that!) the surrounding area is beautiful and is great for photos, and the hotel is fun, comfy and elegant.

27/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
194. Jo N.
This is our favorite SF Hotel.  Great location and dog friendly.  Minus one star because they DO need to update the mattresses.  I like a soft plush sleep not a hard mattress.

21/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
195. Rocelle F.
Stayed here in January 2013. Went to San Francisco with my friend just for the hell of it. She has never been there and we are in our on little minds ghost hunters haha. We also visited Alcatraz and the Winchester house on the way here. This hotel is beautiful. A boutique hotel built in 1907 originally as a fruit cannery. Opened as a hotel in 2003..not sure. This hotel is right at the bay. Just looking out of the window we can see the bay and Ghiradelli Square. Lots of places to eat outside. The kitchen downstairs was close due to fixing I believe was a gas leak. Too bad I wanted to try their food. Suprise the room actually looked like the advertised hotel pictures. The beds were comfortable. The room was very nautical from the blue color scheme and the round mirrors. Brick walls and wood beams. It was great. The closet had some animal print robes which I thought was cute but didn't wear them. Hotel is also animal friendly. Since San Francisco gets a little bit of drizzle here and there. The closet also had an umbrella that you can use but have to return because if you took it home with you you'll be charge. We didn't find any ghost must be because we were too tired from going out that night and from the club around the corner. I would definitely stay here again and next time hopefully try the hotel food.

30/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
196. Christopher L.
Nice hotel with a great view.  the conciege was wonderful.  If you plan on going to alcatraz, buy your tickets before you leave on your vacation.  this hotel is close to everything and right next to the first trolley stop.

24/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
197. Kris B.
Stayed here last week for a girls' night out and birthday celebration. What a wonderful experience from beginning to end. If you are a tourist or feel like playing tourist, this hotel is in the perfect location. We especially loved enjoying Irish Coffees at the Buena Vista just one block away and the view from our room of Aquatic Park.
But mostly it was the hotel staff that went above and beyond at every opportunity. They really made us feel like we were their personal guests and that they wanted to do anything they could to make our stay memorable.
A lot of people have mentioned the complimentary wine hour in the lobby which is always nice, but the unique touch that I loved from the Argonaut was the complimentary hot chocolate bar offered afternoons in the lobby. Perfect for when you need to duck in off the street and get rid of the bay chill.
I live just down the peninsula, but I look forward to having another excuse to stay at the Argonaut!

31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
198. James T.
Halfway through a 3 night stay, could not be a better location for a vacation. Walking distance to all. Kid friendly. Great service. And don't forget about the wine tasting from 5-6pm. Would stay here again

13/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
199. Diana S.
Everything about this hotel was wonderful.  The staff was friendly and efficient.  The hotel was very clean and comfortable.  Our dog Bruno got to stay with us and they treated him like a king. We will defiantly be staying here on our next trip to the city.

13/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
200. Lin M.
I couldn't have been more pleased with the Argonaut Hotel. The staff was super friendly and the room exceeded my expectations in cleanliness and comfort. It was amazing to be part of the historical location at The Cannery. The decor was completely appropriate for Fisherman's Wharf. Absolutely loved the hot chocolate and wine hour that made the hotel feel like a home away from home.

The Argonaut Hotel was in the prime tourist destination of Fisherman's Wharf. It was steps away from great food, great shopping and amazing views of the Bay. It was the perfect place for New Year's Eve Fireworks viewing as it was just a short walk to Pier 39 as well. Can't wait to go back!

04/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
201. MaryKate M.
My favorite hotel ever. I love the nautical theme, cute, joke-telling employees, free happy wine hour, comfortable, roomy rooms, delicious room service and exposed brick and beams.

26/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
202. Shannon H.
Our stay at the Argonaut was AMAZING!!! It is such a beautiful hotel and the staff is SO friendly and helpful. We will definitely be staying there when we go back to San Francisco.

21/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
203. Kelly S.
Stayed here for 2 nights.

It's in a great location and walking distance from many places. The room was ok. It wasnt great, but it wasnt horrible. A little small and didnt get a nice view, but didnt care too much because I planned on being out and about rather than cooped up in a room all day. The shower is nice. The bed I had trouble sleeping on but the pillows were nice and the room in general looks nice.

Complementary wine from 5-6. They just IDed me but didn't ask to see proof of staying at the hotel, so I suppose anyone who knows about it can come in.

Restaurant attached to the hotel, pretty good breakfast. Ask the front desk for coupons or else you won't be given any.

Brought our dog. There's a nice grassy area next to the hotel where you can take your dog to pee and poop. That's nice.

The first day when we got there we unpacked and hung out for a bit, then went out to get dinner. Within 30 minutes they called me to say they're getting complaints from people about my dog barking. I told them I was out for dinner and would be back as soon as I could. (This was around 6 pm) Within the next 30 minutes they called me 4 times asking when I'd get back and that they had more complaints. I got there about 45 minutes after the first phone call and my dog seemed fine. Didn't hear him barking while I was walking in the hallway. Stayed with him the rest of the night but I had plans for the next day so I was worried about getting phone calls all day. No phone calls and he was fine. His barking was somewhat annoying just because I was always worried who would complain and I was worried about getting kicked out. He doesn't really bark straight for hours, just sometimes he'll let out one or two barks every ten minutes if he hears a noise or is scared of something. He's a dog. It kind of made me mad because what people are complaining about a few dogs at a dog friendly hotel. I heard a baby crying one night, maybe I should have complained about that.

But really, I don't think you should stay here if you don't like dogs. Because dogs bark. That's what they do. I could understand to be a little upset if a dog barked for hours straight or in the middle of the night, but my dog didnt do that. But complaining about a dog who has a scared, non aggressive bark and making comments to me...don't bother staying here if you're one of those people. This is supposed to be a dog friendly hotel so..

The rest of the stay after they called me 4 times the people at the front desk were a little rude when I saw them. As someone else's reviews said, the workers inside the hotel were rude but the outside workers were nice.

10/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
204. Raquel L.
1 star for our room - No cable in the room! The room was sooo tiny, like they could only fit the bed in. The mattress was the worst one I have ever slept on. It was so hard and I think they had a layer of plastic sheets under it. The pillow was so soft that  my head feel through it and it provided no comfort to the hard bed. The sheets were starched beyond belief, they were so crunchy I could barely get to sleep with how much noise it made when I moved. We did'n't have a noise problem like many people have said but maybe we just had decent neighbors... the walls had to be paper thin though because we could hear when they were in their room.

1 star for the valet. We called ahead for our car to be out front before we checked out.  We get outside and the valet is just hanging out shooting the shit with the door man. We ask about our car and he literally runs off ... Why couldn't he have just grabbed our car 15 minutes ago when we called instead of leaving us out in the cold SF winds for another 10 waiting for him? Then when we see him he racing our nice benz up to the front and whips into the spot... we were really pissed about that. Then of course it was $45, way too expensive for the terrible service but then again you just can't bring a car into the city.

There are lots of hotels in this area that are a comparable price, make sure to check for the cost of valet parking (because you have to valet park it in that area) Compared to the flea bag hotel I got the last time I stayed in the city I'm not sure which one I preferred. At least at a shitty hotel that costs $80 for the night you know what your getting.

Positive points - The hotel is located near fisherman's wharf, very touristy. Find another hotel in the same area if that is what you are looking for.

01/05/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
205. Daniel C.
My wife (fiancé at the time) picked this hotel to break up our flight to Maui.  I wasn't sure what to expect and could not have been more pleased.  The incredible location right in the heart of the Fisherman's wharf was only trumped by the incredible staff.  When we arrived there was a bottle of champagne in our room along with a (literally) hand drawn card congratulating us on our nuptials.  This was followed by a complimentary wine tasting hour which was magnificent.  I would and will recommend this hotel to everybody I know who plans on going to San Fran.  The nautical theme is beautiful and runs throughout the entire hotel.  They have made the first nights of our honeymoon unforgettable.  You guys are awesome.  Thank you.

21/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
206. Melissa B.
Love wine hour! (Sad I missed it last visit) The only complaint I have was we were put in the tiny room all the way at the end of the hall on the second floor. Our window was at sidewalk level outside. (because of the hill) so people would sit on our window sill and seeing there behinds was not appealing to the eyes. The bed is so comfortable. They are always welcoming and will help resolve any issue. (i.e holding our luggage before and after checkout so we could explore the city)

24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
207. JaxSquared B.
Recently stayed at the Argonaut for vacation. Location was great, room was clean and designed nicely. One major problem I had was that the only window in the room looked out onto the street. Not from above but literally I saw concrete at eye level. If I opened the window, anyone walking by has a clean view of my room and I, so I kept in closed the whole time. I didn't think this hotel was anything to rant or rave about. Also, had someone else check out saying they were me? I was pretty confused as was the hotel staff. Probably should check ID or something. My girlfriend liked the hotel a lot and enjoyed the "wine hour" even though we only got to experience it once.

14/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
208. Lisa T.
This is one of the best experiences I've ever had at a San Francisco hotel. We only stayed one night but it was great. We pulled up to the curb and the doorman was right there to open my door, compliment my outfit and start welcoming us to the hotel. He was fabulous! ;-) After bringing in our bags he came back with complimentary glasses of wine because we had arrived during the free wine hour. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. I read about other reviewers complaining of the noise they could hear from other rooms but I didn't experience this. Maybe when someone nags against the wall but not talking, music, or anything else.
Fav parts of the hotel:
-EXCELLENT costumer service
-location, right by the wharf and pier 39
-ambiance and decor
-free wine hour!

drawbacks:
-valet parking was almost $60!!
-restaurant was good but a little pricey for what you get

Overall I would definitely come back to the Argonaut!

21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
209. Renee R.
Great hotel at the Wharf! From check-in to check-out, everyone was friendly, courteous & helpful. Will definitely stay here again if ever in SF area.

15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
210. Melissa T.
This hotel is haunted! I woke up and it felt as if a little kid was jumping on the bed! The bed was moving and I was the only one in the room! I heard foot steps on the ceiling and it sounded as if someone was walking on a wood floor. I felt someone grab my arm and felt a presence hovering over me!

09/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
211. Crystal I.
Top 3 favorite hotels ever!

Positives:
- excellent service...valet, door man, bell desk, front desk...every single Argonaut staff person was so kind and unconventionally generous with their service and support
- lovely King Deluxe Room with a view of The Wharf and Hyde Park...highly recommend room 438
-  happy hour from 5pm-6pm in the lobby every day..complimentary signature cocktail + red or white wine.
- the room was very clean & loved the decor
- great location!  
- bike rentals nearby
- Trolley station nearby
- Scoma's restaurant nearby was really good
- Joanie's Happy Days dinner breakfast spot was a frequent stop of ours!

We will return!!  Thank you Argonaut!!

25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
212. Grace L.
Food = amazing
Venue = pretty
Event = priceless.

Went to a wedding held here and it was a gorgeous venue with great service.  The staff was absolutely attentive and the food was prepared to perfection.  There was an hors d'oeuvre hour and everything was delectable from the lamb shanks, to the crab sandwiches.  The platters looked impressive and the flavors were amazing.

Anyone in the SF area looking for an impressive venue that will offer your guests a great experience, check this place out.

18/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
213. Maria S.
I stayed at this nautical treasure for a conference in March. I was beyond pleased with the helpfulness of the staff, the cleanliness of the rooms, and the decor - and an added bonus aveda beauty products! There is a complimentary wine tasting from 5-6 daily. The lobby is cozy and welcoming. Many rooms have a view of the golden gate bridge. The catered meals for the conference were really fresh and the service was great. I highly recommend this hotel. While I didn't utilize the services this is a pet and family friendly hotel that offers extras for that clientele.

22/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
214. Susann O.
I have stayed at some serious hotels; St Regis NYC, St Regis Dana Point, St.Regis Rome and I have to say the Argonaut is up there with service! This hotel is awesome. The rooms are the perfect balance of comfort and decor. I was a little concerned with the decor I saw on line in the pictures but this hotel did it right and it is not kitchy at all.
Our room was clean and the bed comfy!
Ernie was extremely accommodating in service and John ( I think that was his name) was so friendly at the front door it was so fun! I have already recommended this hotel twice!

25/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
215. Natalie N.
I would recommend Argonaut Hotel to anyone getting married in San Francisco. We looked at a bunch of venues and knew we loved the Argonaut as soon as we walked into the lobby and were greeted by the nicest staff and wedding coordinator/director of catering.

Regina, Sean, David and the rest of the staff were incredibly accommodating and saw to it that every question we had was answered. I have to say too, Regina & Sean were the quickest at calling or emailing me the million times I needed something or had questions. When dealing with ten plus vendors this is so important!

The hotel is in an amazing location, and the interior is beautiful. Our guests kept commenting on how nice their rooms were and the nautical theme was so charming.

We used the room with huge columns for the ceremony, moved outside for a cocktail hour in the courtyard, then had the reception in the large ballroom. All three spaces were perfect, well coordinated and set up exactly to my directions. I would highly recommend using all three spaces if the hotel is able to accommodate that and if you are under 120 people (for the ceremony space).

Both the appetizers and the main dishes were fabulous and very tasty as well as beautiful. They have really attentive staff and flexible packages as far as what you want and don't want. You also get to stay in the suite the night of the wedding. I would recommend staying the night before too, so that you can get ready with your bridesmaids! The rooms is HUGE and accommodates big wedding parties.

As you can tell I have nothing bad to say - all good! We are still getting compliments on the location and service. I love the Argonaut!

22/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
216. Jessica S.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kimpton Hotels. I let the front desk know over the phone that we would be celebrating my husband's 30th birthday.  They upgraded us to a king size suite, and left a bottle of wine and Ghiradelli chocolates in the room as a birthday gift! The room was incredible--the size of a small apartment. We were only able to stay one night, and I wish it could have been longer.  Everything is nautically decorated, it is walking distance to all of Fisherman's Wharf, and they have a free wine reception in the evening. And although ours wasn't with us at the time, they are pet friendly, like all other Kimpton hotels. Definitely stay here if you get the chance. The staff was lovely and kind as well.

15/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
217. Courtney O.
I love this hotel!!

Free wine tasting every day? Free hot chocolate every day? Yes, please!

My husband and I stayed here in December last year with four other friends. Everybody loved this hotel. The location is right at the warf and right next door to ghirardelli square. The rooms are very comfortable and the staff were very helpful. The end of the trolley line is also right across the street so you can always find your way home (even after you have had a little too much to drink!).

We go to San Fran often and have stayed at other hotels but I think this will be our go to hotel from now on.

18/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
218. Al M.
This hotel is extremely expensive, and extremely uncomfortable. We stayed there when the GF had a work function there, which meant her company picked up the tab. Good thing too, because 3 nights cost over a grand. The room we were in was decently hotel-sized by square feet, but was ridiculously long and narrow. Seriously, there was like 2' clearance between the foot of the bed and the wall. And speaking about the bed, it was like sleeping on a plank of wood. Freaking hard. On top of that, it was next door to a set of bars, and while the noise level was only slightly loud, the utter lack of any type of curtains made this room freakishly bright in the middle of the night. I can't honestly remember when I've slept in a more restless place.

Now look, guys, I understand 'fleece the tourists dumb enough to want to stay in the biggest touristy part of town' thing, it's OK. And the fact that the staff was very pleasant, the restaurant not horrible, and its insane convenience to all things touristy saves you from the 1 star review, but could we maybe have some consideration for the fact that your guests like to have a comfortable sleep at night? I'll give up the spinning compass thing over the bed, I promise, for a single heavy curtain.

I also found it pretty amusing that for such an expensive hotel (considerably more than we paid in Vegas 2 days later), the TV broke twice and the hair dryer didn't work. At least they were prompt about fixing them.

28/06/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
219. Amy R.
The service here is top notch.  From the moment I walked into the hotel, I felt welcomed and comfortable.  Everyone was friendly and willing to help with any request.

Here's a tip: Sign up for the Kimpton InTouch and you'll get free internet access during your stay as well as a welcome gift.  

Also, the daily evening wine reception is great.  There's red & white, but it looked like there was also sangria and/or mimosas.  

The hotel has a nautical theme...right down to the room door swinging open into the hall like they do on ships.  At least, that's what I think.  The last time I was on a ship was a long time ago and much booze was had.

There is only valet parking and I haven't a clue where they actually park the cars.  I was told it would take 15 minutes to get the car, but it took less than 10.  

You can walk to Fisherman's Wharf (actually, you are right there by the Hyde Street Pier & Aquatic Park) or if you are feeling up to the trek, Pier 39 or North Beach.

05/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
220. Corey Tess T.
I stayed here on my birthday trip weekend and it was really cute! It is right on the waterfront and close to the trolley station and with in walking distance to Pier 39, Ghiridelli Square.

The lobby has some great big comfy furniture and a fire place. I had to get some work done when i arrived and they let me use the internet free of charge, that was great. We got there really early, so the room wasn't ready, they checked our bags while we waited and we had breakfast at the attached restaurant The Blue Mermaid.. it was very good.

Everything seem well maintained and new. No yucky carpet detergent smell in the halls, no musty smells either..

The room was so cute, very nautical...  it totally went with the location. The bedding was nice - they had a throw blanket that was dreamy.. i wanted to take one home.  

I really enjoyed my stay...

16/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
221. Carol L.
This place definitely rates 5 stars! While not as flashy and formal as a Four Seasons or Ritz, the service is impeccable. The hotel has an old world nautical feel to it, loved the wine hour in the evening as we were able to meet some fun new people. Location is perfect. Cable car drop off next door, Starbucks 2 minute walk, and across the street from some of the best fish houses! Hotel was immaculate, nice granite bathrooms with amenities. We booked on hotwire and secured a great deal duringAmerica Cup week. We booked the hotel for our next trip in October, would highly recommend this to anyone considering a Wharf area hotel!

14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
222. Michael B.
love this bar

07/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
223. Richard M.
My wife and I celebrated her BDAY in San Francisco and stayed at this hotel.  It's an awesome location right along the SF Waterfront.  The hotel has a cool nautical theme and great FREE wine happy hour from 5-6PM.  Great hotel staff.  Tons of fun bars and restaurants in the Russian Hill and Marina neighborhood all walking distance from the hotel.

Kimpton Hotel's are the best.

12/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
224. Duane H.
Trendy (they go out of their way for pets).
EXPENSIVE.
Great decor.
In the heart of the worst of Fisherman's Wharf.
Uber helpful, Uber nice staff.

05/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
225. Gourmet G.
Housed in the historic Haslett Warehouse at The Cannery, and overlooking the Maritime National Historical Park, the Argonaut's opening was delayed when a fire blazed through the structure during renovation, destroying most of the work done up to that point. What eventually emerged from the ashes is a stunning luxury hotel that carries its nautical theme throughout the property to the nth degree. This is probably the closest you can come to being on a cruise ship without leaving land. Guest room decor, in a palette that combines the primary colors, is highlighted by whitewashed furniture and captain's style desk chairs, and some include exposed brick walls, large timbers, or warehouse steel doors, remnants of the original 1907 design. Many have unobstructed views of the Wharf, the Bay, and the downtown skyline. Amenities include Sony WEGA flat screen TVs (with WebTV, on--demand movies, and Super Nintendo) and CD/DVD players, portable two--line phones with data ports and voicemail, coffeemakers with complimentary Starbucks coffee, gourmet treats in fully--stocked honor bars, iron and ironing board, safety deposit boxes designed to hold laptops, and bathrooms with a hairdryer, terrycloth robes, and Aveda products. Six 'tall rooms' feature extra long beds and raised shower heads. A fitness center includes cardio and strength equipment. There's a complimentary evening wine reception in the lobby living room. Their website Hot Dates, Great Rates are just $159 for select dates. You can bring Spot or Puff, because the hotel is pet-friendly.

20/08/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
226. Courtney K.
I made my reservation at the Argonaut Hotel based on my sister's recommendation.  Later when I read reviews about this being a kid-friendly hotel, I was a bit worried.  I had images of children running rampant inside and I knew that this hotel sat in the very touristy (cheap and tacky souvenir shops abound) Fisherman's Wharf.  However, my concerns were unfounded.  I love this hotel!

Location: Even if you want to skip pursuing the collections of Made in China souvenirs that are plentiful in this neighborhood, this is still a great location. With the Powell-Hyde cable car terminus and F-Line Streetcar stop right outside the door, you're already in a good position to get around town.  The hotel is walking distance to many restaurants and some of the most popular attractions in on San Francisco.  If you've overindulged on Sourdough bread at Boudin down the sweet or are on a complete sugar high from Ghiradelli's around the corner, you can express your guilt with a walk, run or ride the seven mile roundtrip path to the Golden Gate.

Ambience: The Argonaut Hotel was once a cannery and the building has been renovated with a not-over-the-top nautical theme that exudes casual elegance.  The ambiance is wonderful and the "mandatory" complimentary wine tasting in the lobby each nice is a nice addition.  I love the original exposed brick that is visible in many places and the rooms were well appointed and comfortable.  I remember my sister telling me that the beds were comfy...that was an understatement. The rooms were clean and the décor was attractive.

Service:  The customer service here was outstanding.  Everyone I encountered was very friendly.  Check in and check out was easy, the concierge was super knowledgeable (I asked her some tough questions), the Doorman had magic powers in hailing a cab and one of the Bellhops was very good looking. ; - )

15/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
227. Jenny A.
This hotel is supposed to look like a ship! They offer free wine happy hour daily for one hour. Restaurant attached has nice food, great omlettes in am.

31/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
228. Sara P.
I'm not sure if, as a San Franciscan, I'd classify the location as "great" but it is in the heart of fisherman's wharf and the cable car is right around the corner. I stayed at the Argonaut for a work conference...

Valet parking is a hot mess. It took forever for my co-worker to get her car back, like 45 minutes. I recommend NOT bringing a car here. You really don't need one in SF anyway.  Plus the valet rate is ridiculous at around $45 a day.

The rooms are spacious and nautically decorated. Some even have a great view! The check in desk is small - only 3 stations so if you are coming in on a Friday night like I did or for a conference, there may be a wait to check in. Overall, that process was smooth once I got to the front of the line.

There seem to be only 2 elevators so sometimes the wait for an elevator was long, especially from the lobby. There are stairs but they should have more elevators for the number of rooms they have.

I didn't get a chance to check out the complimentary wine tasting at 5 pm in the lobby. For how many rooms are in the hotel, the lobby seems small too.

Overall, a perfectly alright place to stay if you insist on staying in the Wharf.

25/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
229. Stephen F.
Tremendous location to see a part of San Francisco, an easy walk to Fort Mason and the Marina which is worth the effort. And going further to the Golden Gate. Great place to start a bike ride to Sausalito and beyond. The hotel is interesting in an old warehouse. If you come across the talkative doorman, maybe worth another star ... Unfortunately my room had a built in alarm system that went off intermittently in the small hours of the morning, apparently a problem with the water pipes which couldn't be repaired. When asking for a one hour later check out, it required a managers blessing despite the ongoing water pipe problem. The breakfast quiche, was a day or so old and burnt which didn't add to the occasion unfortunately. Check the room and eat outside, a good option for seeing a part of San Francisco

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
230. Sarah K.
In 2009 hubby and I decided on doing a drive along the coast from San Francisco to San Diego.

Our first stop was San Francisco, we picked this place based on the location and also the cost. We got a fantastic deal.

This hotel is absolutely beautiful. It has a real nautical theme (very fitting for the area) and is close to the old cannery (which now houses many shops), Fishermans Wharf, the old Ghiradelli factory (also houses shops).

I have not one bad word to say about this place !

13/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
231. Brent K.
Smallish rooms, mostly the service was ok but they seemed a bit disorganized and tried to compensate by pouring on the cheese.  

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21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
232. Emberly N.
The Argonaut is AMAZING!

I was given the opportunity to plan Balboa's first winter formal in years, and the Argonaut & Jordan welcomed us with open arms.

They worked with our budget, our machines & foods, & most importantly, us!
We had a fairly small budget and they worked with our payments. We also had a cotton candy machine, a popcorn machine, and a 3 foot chocolate fountain as well, that they helped us with. And we also had lifetouch and our own school's CAST pathway's photographers take photos as well, where they supplied a spare christmas tree! Then, we had a few printing mishaps, and they were okay with us using their printers as well!

I'd say this place is amazing for small weddings, around 240 people were comfortable in the hallway & ballrooms(we sectioned off ballroom A for lifetouch pictures. If we kept it, there would've been a little too much space.)

For a school event, the dance floor they provide is too small, but we managed ;)

If I could come back and host another winter formal here without the school being tired of this place, I definitely would!

14/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
233. Neil T.
Good location, but over priced. I asked to check out at 12:30 instead of 12:00 noon, but they said no --- not really good service if I am paying nearly $700/night!!

16/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
234. Liz G.
So I went to Visit this hotel because i had seen it for years and always wanted to stay ... So me and my boyfriend went in to check out a reuglar room and one of there suites.. The service was great the rooms looked nice and lovely... they have free wine hour in the lobby and we was involved.

are second trip we came to look at the  Suites  and the meeting rooms where we wanted to host are wedding... and we had Amy give us a tour.... it was good and we found out great things about that hotel. the sutite was big and had a tub and shower and dvd player in each room... i loved it and cant wait to stay here.

02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
235. Jessica W.
Location Location Location

and HANDS DOWN THE BEST HONOR BAR EVER...

The Argonaut didn't let us down for our New Year's Eve stay for 2011.  Sure, we were late with checkin in so we were 10 minutes past the closing of the Happy Hour hosted wine reception in the lobby.  That was kind of a bummer.  I still need to call and ask what happened with my PRE-PAID King Suite with view of the bay... Pre Paid... I thought that meant when we arrive at 610pm to check in we would get the room I paid for, but nope.  We got a queen bed overlooking the court yard.  I will talk to them about that for sure.

In the meantime... The room was very cleanand spacious.  I appreciate the white flat sheet cover they put on the beds so you know they are fresh and you don't have to wonder how often the hotel cleans their coverlets.  ;)  That's a plus in my book for sure!

The rooms are decorated perfectly so you feel like you are out at sea on your old wooden boat.  I love the star shaped pillows on the bed.  Cute.

The reviews were correct when they talk about hearing everything that goes on with your neighboring rooms.  WE heard every conversation in the hallway and all the really curious 'WOWWWWWWWWWW"s coming from the room next store - all night long.  

Thank goodness it was New Year's Eve though.  We were drinking and coming and going from our room all night until we came back around 2am and slept peacefully til about 9am.  That was when the noise was truly annoying.  So we made ourselves get up , pack, and we headed out for breakfast.  

Not so bad.  Took forever to get our car after we checked out too, but it was New Year's Day so we tipped them anyway and were glad to be back in our car and headed home.  

I would definetly tell people who are headed to SF for a touristy experience to stay right there in the action on the Wharf.  You've got street vendors, fresh local seafood, Ghiradhelli Square, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Cable Cars, and Alcatraz... all right there when you step outside the doors of this quaint and historical boutique hotel.

02/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
236. Christopher B.
**Review from a clean freak**

Pros:
- Clean room, towels, bedding, etc.
- Big room
- Great service people (front desk, valet)
- Close to Fisherman's Wharf (essentially a few blocks from Pier 39)
- 1 block from Giraradhelli Square

Cons:
- $45/day for parking (valet, comparable for most places on the Wharf)

10/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
237. Megan B.
Checked in today and have been very impressed with the level of service.  We brought two kids and the moment we arrived the valet entertained them by dancing and telling them jokes.  They had a "treasure chest" for the kids to pick out toys. Later the kids did a treasure hunt and received another treat.  So the kids love it.  For the adults, we appreciate the cleanliness and level of service.  The location is perfect.  From our window we can see the trolley car and the Bay.  Great for jogging, sightseeing, etc.  We are very happy we picked this location.

Nice beer and wine reception at 5 pm.

Thoughtful staff at restaurant who graciously warmed a bottle of milk.  Thank you!

But beware - lots of construction going on outside (on the street-not the hotel).  Our windows are shut and we haven't heard anything.  It just made getting to the parking valet and bit tricky.  I am sure the hotel staff will be very grateful when the road construction is complete.

14/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
238. Kathleen H.
Overall, this is a terrific hotel that exceeded my expectations. Everyone who works here is really friendly and helpful. The rooms are comfortable, with good amenities, and free internet access for InTouch members (free to join). There's a daily wine happy hour and a reliable restaurant downstairs, so you don't have to venture out to avoid the tourist traps of Fisherman's Wharf. A few blocks away you can catch the F line to take you to Embarcadero/Ferry terminal for $2. Or if you prefer a taxi, it's easy to get one out front. The hotel's website also referenced a shuttle service from SFO airport that I tried on arrival and it was very convenient and only $16 door-to-door.

04/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
239. Corie N.
I am really disappointed with my stay at this hotel. I was excited by all the great reviews, location and reputation for service. First the good: the location is fabulous and the decor is very cute. For the bad service has been disappointing, room is tiny and looks out on a rooftop & air conditioners. We have two young children and chose this hotel
in part because the have a reputation for catering to children. Just as I put my kids to bed on our first night (around 8:30pm) the front desk calls to check on how we are "settling in" and wakes them up. I spend the rest of my evening getting them back to sleep. Next day we leave around 9am put on the clean room light are gone until 2pm. The room has not been cleaned so we turn of the clean room button, put on private, put our kids down for a nap and we get a call from house keeping 30 minutes later wanting in to clean the room and waking my kids up for the 2nd time in 24 hrs. Expressed my concerns to the front desk, and asked for a do not disturb, which they did but with no apology and a snarky attitude. There are so many better options at this price point in San Francisco. We will not be back that is for sure.

**I should add that I'm still here and it keeps getting worse. When they called to ask about housekeeping & woke up my kids I asked them to come later since I was hoping I could get them back to sleep. They did not so we left again, turned the maid service light back on. Came back 2+ hours later to find our room still not cleaned. Called front desk and asked for service  and was informed that housecleaning has left for the day and so has the manager for that matter when I inquired about somebody to help with the issues we have been having. So here we sit in our $400 a night hotel room with overflowing trash cans & wet towels. Really not enjoying this hotel! I have stayed in a lot of hotels and the service at this one so far has been subpar at very best.

10/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
240. Riza T.
The rooms are spacious.. compared to the other Kimpton Hotel - Sir Francis Drake.
The grassy area is closer than that of the other Kimpton Hotel - Hotel Palomar.

We didn't get the doggie welcome package like that of Hotel Palomar.. but you can request for it. We did not bother though.

Argonaut still held the Kimpton Standard of Customer Service and we are extremely happy. From the doorman, valet, bell service and front desk. Thank you. You made our family get-together at SF a great one.

I think I converted my sister to a Kimpton fan. She has never heard nor stayed in one before. I told her "Welcome to the Kimpton family"! Yay!

26/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
241. Lindsey B.
I'm a Kimpton junkie!  (I think I've confessed this before.)

On my very first trip to San Francisco, my husband and I booked our stay at the Argonaut Hotel.  Located right in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf- perfect for first timers!

Again, the service was great.  Our room overlooked Ghirardelli Square, the park and the water.  *sigh*  It was gorgeous.  They also brought up a gold fish to our room.  Made it feel like home :)

It was so easy to do shopping and go to restaurants.  You can also hop on the trolley seconds from this hotel.

But the Blue Mermaid restaurant is SOOO good- I wish I would have eaten there more.

If I want to stay near Fisherman's Wharf again- this is my go-to hotel.

22/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
242. Brad S.
5 star Location, but 3 star service, and make sure you get a room near the elevator, because it was a hike to our room. Kimpton is a great brand, I would stay there again because of the amazing location! Has nautical themed decor, I am not the craziest fan of themed decor...

22/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
243. Gillian E.
Stayed in this hotel recently with some friends and booked one of the speciality suites. We checked in late in the evening, tired after a long drive from Los Angeles and were welcomed by the lovely Ethan on arrival. He was extremely helpful, gave us lots of great little tips, made some dinner recommendations and also had a bottle of wine & some chocolate delivered to our room free of charge... Much appreciated!

Other gems at the hotel include Donovan on the front door and all the car valets who have a smile and a kind word any time of the day or night - the same cannot be said for a very icy female concierge who's name unfortunately we didn't get but she totally made us feel like our questions were an inconvenience.

On the whole though, this is a lovely hotel, great location, the service is fabulous and generally they do go all out to make your stay pleasurable - the female concierge wouldn't deter us from staying again.

25/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
244. Nasrin N.
Great Memorable Luncheon!

We reserved the Maritime room at Argonaut Hotel for a family luncheon and had a wonderful time.  The room was set up with round tables to accommodate our party.  The  catering manager was there to welcome us along with Audio Visual people and servers.  We were very happy and it turned out to be a memorable family gathering for all of us.  I recommend this room in Argonaut hotel for business and family festivities.

23/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
245. Lacey S.
My husband and I stayed here just before Christmas with our Great Danes. Loved it! Friendliest hotel staff I've come across in a long time. Super cute hotel and theme. Very dog-friendly, even large breeds. I highly recommend this hotel.

07/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
246. Natalie W.
I absolutely love this hotel!

My fiance and I stayed here for five nights last week and had the best time. This hotel has an amazing location. We were able to walk everywhere! It is right next door to Ghirardelli Square, Fort Mason, and a turn around for the cable cars. There are wonderful restaurants and bars right outside the door and all along Fisherman's Wharf too. The hotel staff members couldn't have been nicer!

Another highlight is that each evening, there was a complimentary social hour for hotel guests. The hotel provided wine and beer and mocktails to guests as well as games for people to play.

Our room was gorgeous and I love the nautical theme. The hotel halls were always sparkling clean. I really have no complaints.

I can't wait to recommend this hotel to others and stay here again.

19/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
247. Victoria C.
I only have good things to say about this hotel. It's a boutique hotel and part of the Kimpton hotels. The location is right next to Fisherman's Wharf and plenty of bars, convenient store and restaurants around.

Upon arrival the staff promptly took my luggage and check-in was fairly fast. My room is a lot bigger than a standard hotel room at any chain I've been to. The room is set to a perfect 72 degrees F. I have a nice view into a small plaza on the side of the hotel framed by white plantation shutters and a brick wall.

Some things I really liked:
- Free Wi-Fi and its fairly fast too
- On top of the desk there's a round hub with a bunch of electric outlets that you can easily plug your laptop charger and other electronics in.
- There's an alarm clock with a built in iPhone charger. Super convenient!
- The bath products use the brand C.O. Bigelow which I really like
- Shower curtain rack is bowed out so the water is contained inside and doesn't drip all over the place
- Flat screen TV
- They have a door man
- There are a long list of items that they provide if you forgot something: toothbrush, feminine products, curling and straightening iron and a lot more.

The staff is polite and really good with answering all my questions.

There were only 2 minor things that I wish they had paid more attention to.
- They didn't refill the shampoo and conditioner (it's like a fixture inside the shower when they tidied the room up
- They didn't re-stock the mini bar like the brochure says they do, supposedly daily. (I really liked the beef jerky).

I'm not sure what the price is because my company paid for it, but when I come back to SF for leisure, I would definitely stay here again.

27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
248. JJ L.
This was the first place we stayed at during our weeklong stay in CA. They upgraded our room for free--two queen beds!

Pros:
-Fast wifi
-Clean big rooms
-Safe area near the cable car line.
-Friendly front desk
-Free glasses of wine

Cons:
-Walls were paper thin! We could hear the dog barking on one side of us and since they upgraded our room as a joining room, we could very easily hear people's TV on the other side of us.

It's a great spot. Very touristy, but hey that's why we were there.

15/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
249. Rick B.
I had a great experience with the staff from the time I drove up to this hotel to time I left. The valet was courteous and the Bellman was very helpful. The room was clean and no smells of any kind. In the afternoon they have a hot chocolate bar and at 5 o'clock they have a wine reception for one hour.

02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
250. Max K.
Stayed here when I was participating in the Escape from the Rock Triathlon a few years ago. Very clean, great service and is close to everything around.  We also had nightly wine tasting but I am not sure that is a regular thing.

Rooms were big enough, we had 3 guys with their bikes staying in one 2 bed room.

Located right on the Wharf, walking distance to pretty much everywhere.

Highly recommended!

29/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
251. Dria B.
Had to come to SF for surgery and picked the Argonaut, it was close to The Stone Clinic, and was recommended by a friend. They could not have been more accommodating. Rooms are spotless and comfortable but have a lot of character as the hotel was once an old warehouse or cannery, and they have kept the ambiance alive.  The staff was attentive and professional, and I have to give a nod to Federico at the Front Desk, for going above and beyond! The icing on the cake is that dogs are welcomed with open arms, a huge bonus in my mind!!! My go to hotel when visiting
SF.

06/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
252. Jen V.
I am a Kimpton fan - in a big way. Unfortunately this hotel just didn't cut it in my book - not in the Kimpton world, nor in relation to comparably priced properties in the area at which I've stayed and received much better service. I recently joined the Kimpton perks program after realizing that my pals who would book and have me as an add on were enjoying some awesome places with free wifi and a comped minibar treat simply because they were Karma (i.e. loyalty club) members. So, I started my journey in Minneapolis, booked one as a staycation in my hometown of LA and ventured to this one in San Fran next to check it out on my quest to try them all as a Karma member myself. Well, the only one word review I could provide about our checkin experience is meh. First off, when we checked in, the valet was fairly welcoming but didn't go out of their way to greet us. We had to approach them to let them know we needed them to park our car. Here is where Kimpton will say they contract that out so not our fault. Yes, they are contracted out, however, the people you do business with directly in front of your hotel represent you by default ... as I'm sure they're not the only game in town going for that contract. Next comes checkin. The person who checked us in was rushed, not very friendly, and asked me if I knew anything about their rewards program. Hello? Shouldn't I be listed as a rewards member in their system? Not to mention, she handed me a card to welcome me as a member... with my greeting listed as a Mr/not Ms... loyalty program printing FAIL that wouldn't be such a big deal if I wasn't paying more than usual for the room due to a busy weekend in SF. Ok, fine, she could get a pass for not being the usual Kimpton uber friendly type if it was crazy busy while we were checking in. But we were the only ones checking in and no other guests were even in the lobby. Next we go to the room - this is where they earned one of their two stars. Decor is adorable, and the rooms are efficient (albeit small as others have noted but this is downtown SF and several other hotels have this issue too), beds are comfy and the building handled the earthquake that weekend like a champ - yes, THAT is when we went to SF and Napa for a work trip. Great timing, I know. The restaurant attached to the hotel is an utter debacle in its own right... I will review that separately. But there there was just this feeling of, "eh" or, "meh" as these two stars indicate. I should note that I am not extremely high maintenance. I am not a person who, in Pretty Woman fashion, needs to be completely pandered to. I've stayed at some 5 star places where they take this to an extreme and it makes me uncomfortable. That being said.... There was no positive energy here and that is a Kimpton signature that I have experienced in each and every of their other hotels I have stayed in. Several times that evening and the next morning we breezed through the lobby to enjoy the area, pop down for a late dinner, grab a morning snack and no one greeted us. Not the bellmen, not the front desk people, no one. It was as if we didn't exist. Again, Kimpton prides themselves on customer feel good-ness (if that is a thing?) and I thought long and hard before posting this review. But if one is going to spend a serious chunk of change for one night, you should at least be asked how your day/stay/night/whatever is going if no one else is in the lobby and you happen to be passing by more than one employee. The second star I've given them is for the person who checked us out. She did her best to apologize for our checkin experience (and the awful time we had at the restaurant), and I truly appreciated that. The reason I am still posting this review is because we are going back to SF in a couple of weeks. Even with her apology and a discount to try and make things right, it left us with an icky feeling and we are booking elsewhere. I wouldn't want to have that type of experience happen with a pal and I feel like that is what Yelp is for. So, here is the info for my fellow Yelpers. I say try this one at your own risk. There are plenty of other hotels (Kimptons and other) in San Fran that you can lay down around $750 at for a night plus valet and dinner, and get treated much better.

12/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
253. Misty W.
Great location!

The hotel is beautiful inside.  The nautical theme is found throughout the hotel, everywhere you look there are great little touches.  They also have complimentary wine tasting once a day in the lobby but get there early because it can get crowded, as you can imagine.  The only thing we did not care for was the TV.  We couldn't get any channels because of the poor reception, oh well.  The best part, for us, was the location.  We didn't have to drive anywhere once we got there.  It's right across the street from the cable cars and a short walk to Ghiradelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, the Alcatraz faire and Pier 39.  The staff was also top notch!  They were personable and gave great suggestions.  We would most definitely stay here again!

22/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
254. dexter p.
We have been to several of the Kimpton Hotels and Argonaut sure was the most unique! It was rebuilt from an 100 year old Dole warehouse, and it really had a lot of characters. On top of that, it was right next to Fisherman's wharf and you can walk to all of the toursit attractions, good restaurants, and night life.
Of course, everytime we stay at a Kimpton, our dogs are very happy. They get their own bed and samll presents.

09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
255. John P.
Our stay has been excellent. The staff are friendly and helpful. The room is very nicely appointed and we loved the daily happy hour. We will definitely recommend and will be back on our next trip here.

09/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
256. Casey B.
Very charming and very comfortable.  The nautical-themed decor was perfect for my first trip to San Francisco.  And free, endless wine in the lobby from 5-6pm?  Yes, please!

This is a great location.  We walked to Ghirardelli Square at night for a chocolate fix.  Our room had a nice view of the Golden Gate bridge.  The staff was perfectly hospitable and friendly.

07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
257. Francine L.
Argonaut was the hotel I choose to stay at during my vacation in San Francisco. It was based on the pet friendly issue and how they do not charge a fee for your dogie!! This hotel is literally in Fishermans Wharf and you can walk across the street and the beach is right here!

I loved how everything was close by to us or in walking distance you can get food, dessert, drinks or have a nice night out on the town.

Our trip was fun yet very unique. I would say the hotel guest were all very different and from all walks of life. Having some small talk you get to have a feel that a lot of people come to this hotel because it is known and also that the service is very friendly!

The only sad thing about this hotel or many others in San Francisco is they will charge you a fee for parking your car each night. That was a little bit hard to swallow but ehh if you have to drive up here you will need this service.

Buddy my puppy loved walking in and out of the hotel and the side of the entrance is a little table and on this table it has a white ceramic jar filled with dogie treats! So sneak up a few to give to your puppy. :)

This was one of my best trips I have had in a while and maybe my most expensive. I do believe it is worth it since I got to bed with Buddy and in a nice comfortable room. Pet friendly hotels do sometimes get a bad rap for being disgusting and dirty but this hotel really felt like it was brand spanking new and you were literally the only people that stayed in that room.which you know can't be possible!

The maids must have magic powers!

02/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
258. Colleen C.
What can we say about the Argonaut Hotel...well, it's totally awesome, that's what! I loved the location, the style, and they have the best staff!!! When we arrived to check in, after getting us squared away, they looked at my daughter and told her about all the fun things she could do in the city, as well as when she's in the hotel "resting". She really got excited about the Wii! We had a nice view on the West side of the hotel looking over to the Cable Car. The hotel was very clean, very quiet, and exceptionally comfortable. I've always liked Kimpton Hotels, and this is definitely my favorite one thus far.

Great walking distance to everything we love going to (North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero, Russian Hill, etc.). Loved the ability to get onto two different cable car lines or the street car. Parking our car there was a tad expensive, but hey, it's the city, so we expected that. I liked being able to call downstairs and tell them when we needed the car by and they made sure it was there and ready to go. They had great ice-cold water in the lobby when we came back after a long day of walking and exploring, as well as a lovely flavored tea. I honestly couldn't think of staying anywhere else. I really did love it here.

09/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
259. Jim P.
This hotel is located right in the middle of our favorite SF waterfront areas: To the West is the Aquatic Park and museums, to the East, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, etc. This is a friendly, classy, and very well-appointed facility. The staff are exceptional in every way (special props to Brooke, our concierge), and go out of their way to make guests feel welcome. The hotel is also dog-friendly, offering treats and drool towels in the lobby for four-legged guests. If you get up early, you might be able to score one of their signature Public bikes for free. And, there's a free wine happy hour in the early evening in the lobby, giving guests a great opportunity to mingle.

We'll go there again.

14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
260. Erica L.
4.5 stars. Our stay was near perfect:

-As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by the hotel's doormen with attentive and friendly service. Steve in particular was a rockstar! We loved him!!
-Check in was seamless and the front desk staff is extra nice
-Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. I love the nautical theme
-Once we were settled in, the front desk called to make sure everything was to our liking, and of course it was. It was a nice gesture for them to call
-They have daily happy hours with free wine at 5pm.
They gave us a bottle of wine as a gift since we were celebrating a bday

The only complaint I have is the guy who works during the night shift - he has communication issues and was kind of stupid. We wanted him to call a cab for us and he said we couldn't get one because there was some fiasco with "the game" ending and traffic being crazy and therefore difficult to get a cab, so he told us to go to another hotel down the street to get a cab. How does that make sense? Plus, it was almost midnight, and there was clearly no game that recently ended; I don't know what he was talking about. Once we got out on the street, there was no problem getting around. I dunno what was up with him; he seemed a bit incompetent.

Other than that one hiccup, I loved my stay here and the service/employees make you feel so welcome and appreciated.

30/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
261. Angel W.
A superb hotel in every way!

I stayed here for 4-fabulous nights and loved every second of it! This is small Kimpton boutique hotel with only 4 floors of rooms available so book early! I originally tried to book 1.5 weeks out and could not get a room. I then booked over 1 month out and was able to make a reservation. The government rate is $155/night which is typical for the area.

Area - The Argonaut is located in the very quaint Fisherman's Wharf, where everything is situated within walking distance (tours, shopping, food, trolley, Pier 39, the Alcatraz boat tour is nearby as well). As soon as I put my bags in my room, I darted out into the scene just to wander around and soak it all in. It's hard to stay put in the hotel when you see all kinds of cool things right outside your window.

Décor/Ambiance - The hotel is beautiful and the lobby and the rooms look EXACTLY as pictured online. The lobby is super cute and I wish I would have taken some time to sit in the high back red chairs by the fire place. I also loved the wood floors in the lobby. So pretty! The rooms were super clean and tastefully decorated. I loved the plantation shutters. The couch was comfortable. The linens were crisp. The temperature was breezy and perfect. The bathrooms had C.O. Bigelow Apothecary products available for use. The body wash smelled awesome. The bathroom was also equipped with a makeup mirror - always love that! Next to the door is a "Privacy" and "Make up My Room" button that is to be used in lieu of the hanging door cards. I did forget to switch the Privacy button the first day I was there so my room did not get made up but I remembered the other days.

Valet - Valet is $45 per night. Other garages nearby ran approximately $35 per night. There is some parking on the street next to the hotel that appeared to be free parking but there is a street cleaning service that runs down that street on Tuesday and Thursday after midnight, which made me wonder if they meant after Monday evening or after Tuesday evening. It could get confusing and you might get towed if you park here and don't understand the signage. The valet was more efficient than some other valet services I have used. They also did not overwhelm me with 10 attendants honing in on me trying to be helpful. It was usually just one attendant who assisted me which was exactly what I wanted. They also covered me with an umbrella while I got into my car one morning when it was raining. The valet attendants also dress in really cool costumes.

Happy Hour - Argonaut offers a complimentary wine happy hour each evening. There is a tasting room connected to the hotel which is very convenient!

Extras - the closet came with a large umbrella that guests can use and can also purchase and take home. There were also two robes in the closet; a tiger one and a leopard one. You can wear them during your stay and they were also available for purchase (the robes seemed a bit scratchy to me so I did not wear it). This was also true for a pair of snuggly socks. There is a sign in the bathroom letting guests know that if you forgot anything, the Argonaut will provide it or else find it for you, if need be. Everything from Band-Aids to a humidifier and everything in between...cell charger, contact lens solution, fashion tape, mirror, curling iron, straightening iron, floss etc. Very cool indeed, although I remembered everything for my trip so I did not test out this service, but this is such a nice added touch.

The front desk did not receive a fax I had sent earlier so I did need to stop by on my way to the airport and have them take care of some things, which they did very hastily, and I was on my way. A well oiled machine, this place!  Highly recommended!

03/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
262. birdie e.
We just stayed there for a 3 day weekend.  We were using points and didn't have many choices for hotels.  This hotel was on the list and after reading all the great reviews, we booked it.  It was a great choice.  We took our 5 year old son for his first plane ride/vacation and this hotel was the perfect choice.  I called a few days prior and told them our son was coming.  They scheduled to deliver the pet goldfish, kids bathrobe and cookies to our room upon arrival.  I also requested to be on a high floor after reading the reviews about being on street level/below street level rooms.  When we checked in Jennifer at the front desk hooked us up with a great room.  And, she treated my son and offered him a toy from the treasure  We had a view of the water, which was awesome.  It was a big room with 2 queen beds and much bigger/nicer than I expected.  The bellman, Stephen is fabulous.  Always had my son laughing.  They have scavenger hunts and wii for kids.  And every night when we go back from dinner my son got to pick a toy from the treasure box, if he had eaten his vegetables.  So cute!

We will certainly go back!

27/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
263. Carol K.
We just returned from a 5 night stay at the Argonaut. From the moment we pulled up we were made to feel special. The service here was exceptional.
Andre and Lauren were most helpful. I had a wheelchair delivered prior to our arrival and before our luggage was unloaded it had been unbowed and assembled. Because of my handicap the deluxe king room was too big for me to walk to the bathroom and within minutes we were offered other rooms with a credit issued.

We were so pleased to get our boarding passes without going near a computer. The room service was prompt and got our order correct. The staff at the Blue Mermaid were also very accomadating. Their corn chowder was outrageous.
Carol from Tucson

07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
264. Mr. F.
This hotel is super cool it's a ship themed hotel,it's pet friendly so my monkey could roll to SF with us,my girlfriend loved the rooms theme it was like being in the Titanic!!! The room was a ships all nautical themed! There was a museum in the hotel location,ideal location across from fisherman a wharf!!! We absolutely loved the hotel the staff was impeccable and the property was gorgeous!!!
Love love loved this hotel!!!!
Ps I think my room was haunted!!! How bad ass was that!!!!
My woman thinks I'm nuts!!!

14/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
265. Evan W.
We had a great stay here. Nice room with a very nice bar. Stay away from the wine bar adjacent to the lobby though not worth the pretentiousness.

22/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
266. Brad K.
Great location. Right down on in the pier area, next to maritime park, and a 1 block walk to ghirardelli square.

The rooms were very nice. Service was very good.

My only complaint is they did not offer any free tea or coffee in the morning in the lobby. This is a basic service that is expected at hotels today.

I would go back. If you want a hotel located in the heart or near the heart of everything San Francisco this is a great hotel.

07/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
267. Damon W.
Echo the other comments here. Super location at Fisherman's Wharf, near buses and right around the corner from the cable car.  Gharadelli Square, one block. Marina and waterfront, a couple blocks (ps if you are a runner and want a great location to start/finish your run, this is it...along the waterfront to Golden Gate Bridge). Attentive, friendly service that seemed sincere and not forced.  The ambiance of the hotel was very cool.  Happy Hour, very cool.  Wii for the kids, very cool.  The room was a bit small but nicely decorated. The price was within reason for a big city prime location.  Absolutely would recommend this hotel without hesitation.

Ps parking is $50/night. I did not deduct from the overall rating because this is an issue for all hotels in the city. Just don't be surprised.

23/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
268. Lisa G.
We are staying at this hotel for the first time for Memorial Day weekend.  It is absolutely wonderful.  We booked a family suite--living room, bedroom, bathroom.  The rooms are very generous, beautifully decorated & well-appointed (in the closet a robe for each of us in the right size).  The biggest plus though is the fact that the Argonaut is pet-friendly.  We were able to bring our fairly large dog (60lbs) with us with NO problems at all.  A good-sized dog bed was waiting in the room for him. He got a fantastic greeting by the charming doorman & the bellhops.  There is a dog station with supplies (treats & poop bags) by the front door.  And when we needed a water bowl one was immediately brought to our room.  There is a park mere seconds from the door so potty breaks for the pup are no problem.  We would definitely stay here again.

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
269. Shirleyanne A.
I LOVE THE ARGONAUT!  It's conveniently located next to Ghirardelli Square and it's just a short walk to Fisherman's wharf. The staff is friendly and cheerful (from the valet to the front desk...even the other hotel guests seem very cordial).  

The Argonaut is a dog friendly hotel and will let you bring your furry BFF at no extra charge.  They have a doggy "treasure chest" full of toys to ensure that your furry BFF's stay is cozy and happy.  Other plus sides to the hotel is free wifi and the daily hot chocolate hour and wine hour.  The bed is fluffy and the rooms are really clean despite the fact that they allow pets. Even the oversized doggie bed is fluffy! They also use higher thread count sheets so my oh-so delicate skin really appreciated that.

I would definitely stay again at the Argonaut Hotel (or any other dog friendly Kimpton Hotel).  I'm completely happy with my stay.

22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
270. C A.
Hands down, the best hotel ever. And by far, the most family-oriented hotel I've ever been to.

After driving for 9 hours with two kids (ages 4 and 9), we were all so restless and anxious. The doorman, Stephen, greeted the kids immediately and made them feel so welcomed. They were showered with little gifts and were so happy to be included in the entire process.

My husband and I were greeted with wine while Stephen took care of our bags and played with the kids. After they took our lugage up to our room, the bellman brought more toys for the kids. They were in heaven!  

Every time we needed our car, we called valet and our car was waiting for us by the time we got there. On our second night, Stephen took the boys on a scavenger hunt while my husband and I relaxed with complimentary wine next to the fireplace. The kids also loved that there was a Wii in the lobby and we were able to watch them from where we were sitting. We ordered food from the bar (which was amazing) and they delivered it to where we were too.

Every time we left or returned, we were greeted with big smiles and laughs. The doormen not only talked to us but chatted with the kids as well. I can't tell describe how happy that made them and how great that made us feel as parents.

When we checked out, the bell man  went the extra step to ask us if we checked the closet and bathroom and if we grabbed our chargers while he was loading up our luggage.

The only downside was that the beds are pretty uncomfortable, but I would definitely stay here again.

Thank you again for your amazing customer service and for making our trip so memorable. Our boys are already asking when we can come back and have been telling everyone that this was their favorite hotel ever.

05/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
271. Emily C.
Just got home from a short weekend at the Argonaut. It's still a great and beautiful hotel. I took off 1 star because of the valet situation this weekend. The street the hotel is located on was closed for a festival. We had planned on using valet but had no idea the street was closed. We ended up parking at a garage 6 blocks away. When we checked in, the lady told us they moved their valet spot around the corner. Also, after 5 minutes of being in our room, a piece of paper was slipped underneath the door explaining the alternative valet spot. It would have been nice if the hotel had notified it's guests beforehand in an email or phone call. It would have been much appreciated.

I still recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great place to stay! However, if you're from out of town with a car and plan to use valet, you should probably call the hotel ahead of time.

27/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
272. Amy H.
This was my second stay at this charming nautical hotel on the edge of Fisherman's Wharf. It didn't disappoint! The doorman John remembered me when I arrived (my last visit was Aug 2012), everyone was super helpful and my room was great. Not too close to the elevator, so it was very quiet. When I needed anything, the team was there. And, when it was time to go, the doorman on duty hailed a cab and walked my luggage down the street to a safe spot to board. He even gave me a hug and said to come back again soon. Such great service! If you need a hotel that's close to Fort Mason, Fisherman's Wharf and Ghiradelli Square, this is your spot. The breakfast quiche at the Mermaid Bar was great too! Enjoy. :-)

07/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
273. Sean M.
I wanted to surprise my wife for our anniversary with a suite at the Argonaut. To my wife's surprise and delight, I took care of all of the details and we looked forward to our night away from the kids in San Francisco. Our anniversary this year was on Friday, but we were celebrating on Saturday. We left the kids with my folks and drove north to the city. We arrived at the Argonaut and were excited to begin our evening of celebration. That is when things went sideways.

When we got to the front desk, I gave our name and knew something was wrong when the clerk could not find our reservation. No problem, I would pull up the confirmation on my phone. I opened the email and saw to my horror that I had somehow screwed up and booked the suite for Friday and not Saturday. This meant we missed our reservation and now had no room. My wife was crushed and I was angry at myself and embarrassed. That is when the clerk saved the day.

Her name is Lavon Nguyen and she is simply amazing. She was friendly from the start, but when the situation was going wrong, she maintained her poise and charm. While she could not get us the suite, she was able to get us a room. While we headed up to our room, Lavon went to speak to her manager about the charge for the previous night. The manager waived the charge as it was an honest mistake, which they didn't have to do. This was amazing customer service! Lavon called us in the room to let us know the good news. Our celebration was getting back on track. We headed out to see a play at A.C.T. and when we returned, we were surprised to find a bottle of sparkling apple cider and a card congratulating us on 16 years together. Lavon saved our anniversary and also represented the very best of the Argonaut.

The only bummer for us was the bed. Not horrible, but not great. We both woke up a little stiff, but that was such a little nit from an otherwise great experience. We had never stayed at a Klimpton Hotel before, but they now have solid customers. We look forward to returning to the Argonaut to experience the suite and hopefully see Lavon again. I could also see great customer service was not limited to Lavon as I witnessed four different customer interactions of various staff with patrons. All of the staff were friendly, courteous, and appeared to treat everyone as if they were the only patron.

While it is right on Fisherman's Wharf, which is totally touristy, it is right on the bay and you can easily hop on the cable car to head downtown. I have lived my whole life in the Bay Area and this was the first time I rode a cable car. Also, the hotel is dog friendly and offers a wine/beer reception in the evening. I was blown away by how many patrons came downstairs to socialize at the reception. Very cool vibe of mellow, welcoming people.

We are very impressed with Lavon and the Argonaut. I recommend giving them a try and experiencing this great customer service for yourself.

01/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
274. Rose R.
Excellent customer service and a great location. Cailin at the front desk is a superstar and will go out of her way to accommodate you.

Note: if you book through the hotel, they will honor that day's rate if it's lower than what you paid when you made your reservation. If you book through hotels.com as we did, you're stuck with the hotels.com rate. Case in point: we paid $549/night plus tax on hotels.com and the hotel's rate was $279. Yikes. We will always book through the hotel now. But when we figured out that difference, Cailin helped us navigate the situation in order to get the better price. Hence why she is a rockstar! :)

12/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
275. Dean R.
Here for work. Got a big expensive suite so we can have meetings in here. The room and hotel are fine, though located in the over-the-top, tourist-trap, no local even goes here ever for any reason part of the city.

Good if you are the kind of tourist that wants to get a flavor for other tourists, bad if you want to experience SFO. Of course the better hotels where business people go are in or near the ghetto and this isn't.

$45 a night vallet parking is a nightmare to get to because of the clueless tourons shuffling about.

There's a nice deep jacuzzi tub. With a view of the wharf and the bridge.

Good goddamn thing too, because the bed is so uncomfortable and hard I need it to fix my back, which is in such pain right now I'm soaking when I'd rather be sleeping. The only difference between the bed and floor is the height.

Seriously guys, the trend toward comfy beds was started, what, 15 years ago? Get a fucking clue. Not looking forward to sleeping on the couch for the next three nights, but, unless I go get my own room in another hotel, that's what is going to happen.

Isn't Kimpton supposed to not suck? This is inexcusable and unforgivable.

This would be a 4 or 5 star were the bed usable, but it isn't. If you can't sleep in your hotel room it is useless no matter what amenities are offered.

28/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
276. Dan S.
*had not been here in a few years, great spot a bit outta downtown
*little touristy but of course Kimpton level of everything (great)
*the nautical theme is kinda cheesy but they get away with it, great room rates too

27/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
277. Ellen M.
A nice hotel with a perfect location if you are into all the tourist stuff in SF. We just stayed for one night, but I slept good in the huge and comfy king size bed. I also enjoyed the bath tub. If I have to be picky; the room smelled a little old, but other than that I enjoyed my one night stay. Also, it would ne nice to have free wifi without signing up for other stuff. All in all, a nice hotel in the right spot if you are a tourist.

05/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
278. Goli A.
Lovely hotel right on Fisherman's Warf and a few mins from Ghirardelli Square. A short walk away from great bars, pubs, tourist attractions, fast food, parks, everything!

I arrived here late at night and had a little trouble checking in, but we got in and went straight up to our room. Great view of the park and Ghirardelli square. I unpacked and noticed some hair product had exploded on clothes, so I sent my clothes to the hotels dry cleaners. They were fast and good!

We ordered room service for breakfast and it was good, filling, and right on time.

The staff was great, and the doorman who helps with taxis was a riot. He was so awesome and polite! Did a great job always with a smile!

The only problem I had were the rooms, they were clean, yes of course, but i'm so picky! I think the rooms could have been a little cleaner.

The hotel is nautical themed, but not over done. Absolutely adorable! And a huge plus for me and my pup, pet friendly hotel! Love this place. Would come back for sure.

13/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
279. Susan S.
I absolutely loved the night I stayed at the Argonaut. Some friends and I stayed in the king suite, which was extremely comfortable - even the pull-out bed!

From the moment we got there, the vibe was just nice and friendly, including the valet who let us leave our car on the street, even amidst all the construction, while we checked in, to the front desk clerk who was very anxious to tell us jokes. When we got to the room, we found a bottle of champagne for my friend's 40th birthday with a nice handwritten note.

The nautical decor was very cool and well done. The bathroom was large and clean, and the views were amazing. I loved the exposed brick and shutters.

The nightly wine tasting was nice, and although we didn't eat in the restaurant or use our free drink tickets, the menu looked great.

Just a great, comfortable hotel with a great spirit.

03/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
280. Mike F.
We are here right now. We come here every summer. Great location. It is a little expensive but inline with other hotels in this perfect location.  Clean nice rooms. Friendly staff.

21/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
281. Caroline G.
Family enjoyed the cozy Nautical Theme, loved having evening wine, staff was friendly and the location of the hotel was close to all the restaurants and sights! TY Argonaut!

06/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
282. Michelle I.
Had a total blast here! I stayed for quite a long time -11 nights in total. The staff was fantastic, the location was top notch and the little perks - like the fruit on the desk and the evening happy hour made all the difference in the world! Its the little things after all. It was great to have a fridge in the room, housekeeping did an awesome job, and there wasn't anything that I had to call for or needed. There was a bit of street noise, but hey, you're in the hear of San Francisco, what do you expect? Definitely highly recommend.

12/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
283. Julio P.
Stayed here last weekend and really enjoyed our stay. This hotel is centrally located to a lot of tourist areas. We had a car and didn't really need it because we were able to walk or use public transportation to the areas we needed to see. We were in town celebrating my fiancé birthday and the hotel gave us a complimentary bottle of wine, great touch on their part.

The hotel is great just as it is demonstrated on the pictures, we had a room on the 3rd floor overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge so awesome view. The room was very clean and the service from check in to check out was outstanding. One person in particular was the doorman Stephen who was very friendly not only to us but it seemed with everyone he would come across with.

The few negatives and why I didn't give my review 5 stars was for the following. Parking is $50 a night and it takes them quite a while to get your vehicle. On one occasion we kept getting informed our car was on its way, only to finally get the car 20 minutes later. The other negative is the apparent shut down of the hotel that occurs at 10pm. We arrived after a long drive at 10:30 and found nobody at the valet area (we had to go inside the hotel and find someone to get our car). We were hungry so we wanted to order room service only to find out there was no more service after 10pm for food.

04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
284. Jennifer O.
It's hard not to love a gorgeous room that's the upgraded king suite - hello! - with its fantastic views of the Aquatic Park, Hyde Street Pier, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Boasting a huge, deep tub and CO Bigelow and Aveda bath products and according to my parents, a very comfortable bed, it's not hard to see that the Argonaut offers some of the largest hotel rooms in San Francisco. If I were to describe it, it's **invitingly** posh.

And Kimpton allows you to bring your dog along for the trip so if you're a pet lover, then you will be more than pleased with the lush accommodations for you and your fur child.

Since we're talking about a super-premium room and Kimpton hotel, my only comments for improvement would be to better light the "dead zone" of the suite's entry and dining area and do something about speeding up the elevators - they are slow.

Nonetheless, were I to suggest a hotel for out-of-town guests, I would wholeheartedly recommend The Argonaut. The rooms, the staff, the amenities - and that magnificent National Maritime Museum in the lobby - make this hotel very special.

It's a Kimpton property; we expect a lot - and they deliver.

13/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
285. John G.
I was pleasantly surprised with this place. At first, I thought a nautical-themed hotel right by Fisherman's Wharf was cheesy and only operated with bells and whistles, but it had substance and made perfect sense.

With a name like Argonaut Hotel, it really belongs in the wharf. The interior is decorated with all things nautical and the color scheme works. It's very pleasant on the eyes makes you feel like you're on a cruise traveling the seas. I also liked the porthole-shaped and designed mirrors in the lobby restrooms. They definitely gave an illusion that you were in the open water.

The rooms are spacious, open, clean, comfortable and very whimsical. Yup, I said it...WHIMSICAL.

And the staff was friendly, helpful and sincere. Everyone from the Doormen, Bellmen, Front Desk Agents, Maids, Servers and even Engineering greeted you warmly and they went out of their way to please you. Wow, totally unexpected level of service and we were satisfied. A service-oriented industry driven by people who understands that it's all about the service. Everything else is cherry on top.

Ship ahoy, mateys!

05/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
286. Angela S.
I was so excited once I booked our "King suite" for a great rate directly through Kimpton. I was really looking forward to our deep soaking tub with a view and the nautical theme was so cute I just knew we had to stay here as I love a good theme. We arrived late on a Friday it was about 1am (so it was really Saturday morning but we booked Friday-Sunday) after a 5 hour flight from nyc. Bad news, the doorman informs us that unfortunately there was a glitch in their system and that in fact there were no king suites available that day so we would have to stay in a double queen room. Ok , why did I never get a phone call prior to arriving? Not even an email? Seems like the room was given away since we didn't show up till 1am. Fine, too tired to debate we just went with the flow and he also let us know that the rate for the room was actually incorrect and that it was much much more (in a kind of demeaning tone as if insinuating we wouldn't be able to afford it) again why no call or email prior to the date of arrival? Ok so then he tells us they will upgrade us the next day for their mistake and keep the rate. Thanks. Not a single bit of an apologetic tone at all. We brushed it off we're troopers. It's all good things happen whatever. The room was freezing. Eco friendly ok. We just wanted to shower and sleep at this point. Next morning my boyfriend is in the shower, I had just showered and was walking around my private hotel room naked-we hear a knock on the door, we shout be right there, a person actually opens the door not even 10 seconds after knocking. One knock. I'm running to get my robe. Next thing I know this person is sticking his head through the door then he's gone in a flash. Probably embarrassed as he got a good glimpse of my man's penis (we didn't think we would need to close the bathroom door in our private hotel room) good thing my boyfriend isn't bashful but seriously wtf?! Wow. Ok still with me? We didn't complain. Again it can happen I guess? Idk I've never encountered such a situation and we've stayed at our fair share of hotels. We kept it moving and went on with our day. Later when we came back they had moved our belongings to our new room. Beautiful! Complimentary wine and a handwritten note apologizing for the mix up with the rooms. Greatly appreciated! Ok the next part you're not going to believe. I was on the toilet the next morning two hours before check out. I was alone as my boyfriend had gone to the store. Ten minutes after he left I hear voices coming from the living room area. I thought my boyfriend was back I'm shouting what? From the bathroom I thought he was saying something to me. Confused, still on the toilet, shortly after a man (not my man) walks into the bathroom which again I left the door open because for god sake who is expecting anyone to just walk into their private hotel room?!?!?!?!?! Well I guess that's just what you should expect at this hotel. I completely froze and the man made eye contact with me and walked out!!!! I shut the door and stayed in the bathroom for 7 minutes until I could gather myself from the shock and mortification!!!! When I walked out there was no one in sight of course. WTF????? I call my boyfriend immediately thinking worst case scenario did something happen?! He was still in the store. I could not believe this for a split second I thought I was hallucinating. But no it really did happen. We left right after and checked out without saying anything as we had a plane to catch. I was MORTIFIED. How could this happen?! TWICE. TWO DIFFERENT ROOMS. TRAUMATIZING.

13/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
287. Bret L.
Our stay at this hotel was great.  They have a great concierge service and we used it a lot.  This is in a convenient location to board the trolleys or public transportation.  Or if you want to go to Ghirardelli square.  It has a lot of dining in its vicinity.  Also, you are right near the bay so you have wonderful views.  Overall it is a great location.  The décor was neat as it is ship themed and the rooms were spacious and up to date.  We really enjoyed our stay.

24/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
288. Yvonne W.
Our first impression, seeing the scaffolding surrounding the building outside, was a bit apprehensive. But once inside, no evidence of renovation, just a beautiful air of elegance and history. Staff were pleasant, tho always speared too busy. The rooms were big , but what we expected. Loved the old world charm of the Argonaut Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel , and the position. We were able to reserve late seats on Broadway one evening, and still had time to all walk back to get changed and arrive on time. The area felt safe to walk around with children, even late at night. so the lobby was always very overcrowded . Would love to return.......One day!

03/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
289. Li H.
Bad view (actually no view) for a standard room. The staff at the front desk (a long-hair girl) treated me not very nicely. I pay you to have fun here. Not to live under your face! I give it a 3 for its convenient area at the bay. Also had fun along the wharf by bicycle~:)

19/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
290. Vanessa A.
Stayed here for my husbands birthday trip this passed week & everything was so perfect!

The staff was so warm and friendly they made us feel so welcome. Not to mention the speedy room service & fun wine hour.

Will be staying here next time we are in SF!

11/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
291. Audra M.
My family and I recently stayed at this hotel and had a wonderful time. My husband, upon making our reservations, let the front desk know that our seven-year-old niece was coming and very excited about trolley cars. When she arrived, in her room was a note welcoming her, a little trolley car that she could put trinkets in, cookies, and fake (juice) wine. It was adorable and she was super happy about her little welcome package! The décor is really nice. The front desk staff was welcoming and helpful. The guys who helped us in and out of our car were all very personable and helpful as well. Also, the location is perfection... water, trolley cars, yummy food!

05/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
292. Aaron E.
I like this place but I didn't feel it was the 5 star they are hoping to be. Things that were dirty shouldn't have been and their attached restaurant is super kitschy. The service was amazing but I felt the add ons in the room were a bit over the top. Overall great place, and I'll be back.

07/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
293. Cassie C.
Absolutely amazing. My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon and are looking forward to future visits. All of the employees are so nice (especially Andres!) and you can't beat the location. The specialty suite is worth the upgrade for the views alone. The Kimpton Rewards program is great to sign up for, plus it gives you free internet.

23/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
294. Janine H.
I decided to book a room at the Argonaut based on the reviews and 4 STAR ratings.  My experience was a very negative and disappointing one.The enormous valet fee of $48 per night was ridiculous considering they damaged my rear bumper on my car by severely scratching it. I never drove my car after they parked it for me. When I wanted to retrieve something from my vehicle they would not let me go to where it was parked but they were willing to drive it up to the hotel for me. When leaving the Argonaut at the end of my stay I wasn't aware of the damage as I was escorted around the side to enter my vehicle. I made one mistake upon my departure assuming my car was in good hands and i did not  thoroughly inspect my vehicle before leaving the premises. When I stopped at my first rest stop on the way home I went to put my sweater in the trunk and noticed the scratch and call the hotel immediately to report it. I took photos and emailed it to the supervisor. In the end they are not willing to cover the repair for the damage caused while my vehicle was in their care.
The lobby was the only thing that was a true representation of the websites description. When I arrived at the third floor, immediately after stepping out the elevator, I could smell a very pungent  musty odor. There was little to no decor and what was there was in very poor  taste. When I arrived to our room i was disappointed at the visually lumpy mattress and the feeling of uncleanliness. The towels in the bathroom were a grey and dingy in color, and very rough to the touch.

I was brought aware to the fact that the first guest that booked this room requested to be moved to a different room but had left behind a bottle of wine purchased by the hotel. I asked about the wine and I was told that it was "on the house" because it was left behind. After heading out to dinner and upon returning to my room, I had discovered that someone came into my room and removed the wine. I felt very violated by this intrusion while I was out dinning and felt really uneasy.
All in all the website and reviews do NOT accurately describe this hotel in the very lease. I invested $649 for two nights stay and $96 for valet parking and ended up with a damaged vehicle, no apologies. What started out to be a much needed vacation ended with a very disappointing and expensive stay in San Francisco at the Argonaut Hotel!!!
If you choose to try out this hotel be sure to insist on a thorough inspection of your vehicle prior to your departure.

03/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
295. Greg B.
This hotel is great. It made my trip. We arrived with my three dogs, Zoe, Ash and Maya. normally I would feel like I need to sneak them in but  the worlds greatest bell captain, "Steven" immediately made us feel welcome and at home. Because of him I  will return the next time I am in San Francisco.

25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
296. Ashley H.
My family and I had a great stay at the Argonaut. The staff was over the top in their customer service and the hotel is exactly where you want to be in the city. The only reason they aren't getting a 5-star review is because we ordered room service and they messed the order up twice. They were quick to fix the mistake and they comped the incorrect meal but the fact that it took multiple phone calls was annoying.

The room was very comfortable and we had a Mexican restaurant outside of our room so the room was always filled with soft Mexican music. It was great to listen to as I worked.

18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
297. Lisa M.
so far so good!!!!   I booked this hotel last night for may Parents second honeymoon on the 21st of December.  They have been married now for 44 years and separated for the last 4.  Over Thanksgiving they renewed their vows and decided to go back to San Francisco to celebrate.   So this is a really big deal for all of us and I really want to make sure their experience in San Francisco is memorable and not a disaster.   I called the hotel and the women who answered was polite enough to run over the details of the rooms and helped me figure out which room will provide the best of the best with views.  But I was never told they have suites, which was very disappointing to find out after I booked the room.  Maybe there was no suite available for that night, but it still would have been nice to know.  A view is the most important aspect to a hotel room in my opinion, so hopefully they do not stick them in a crappy room.  My parents do not drink so she was also helpful with the fact that the wine room also has other fun non alcoholic beverages.  I was a little concerned over the fact that the the 'Deluxe King Rooms' were no better than the Bay View King rooms.  But because they said Deluxe, I almost went with that room until I was told it overlooks the courtyard are the interior courtyard brick walls.  
I am very hopeful this hotel will make sure their experience as stellar as possible, considering I picked it for them and I will be in the dog house if it is anything less than awesome!   My parents have worked hard all their lives and they never treat themselves to anything nice, so it is essential that this hotel rocks!   I will make sure to report back with their experience.   Fingers crossed!  I really want to give this hotel 5 stars!!!

08/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
298. Roxanne S.
My favorite Hotel everytime I'm in town. Very clean. People at the desk are very friendly. Fun location. Good service.

16/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
299. Chel R.
Very nautical indeed.
It was everything I had imagined..
from the photos and reviews.
TY yelpers!

I love the mattress.  The pillows felt
like endless comfort and the beddings
were soft and soothing.  The decors-
I loved.  Cleanliness was great.  Wine
tasting everyday after 5pm, Yey!  

Our everyday doormen Ernie and Steve
always had our cab ready for us.  Except
for the two days I had a private car arranged
to drive us (another great experience from
this limo company, btw).

I loved everything from our trip to San
Francisco  this summer.  

We are located right at Fishermans Wharf.  
Awesome view indeed.  Definitely a unique
hotel.

I would so return and stay here again!

19/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
300. barbara n.
I absolutely loved our stay at the Argonaut!  we had a family vacation from San Diego and from reservation to check out, the service was top notch!
Best things:
1.  The robes that were delivered to the room- the kids LOVED them.
2.  The fish that was a member of our family during our stay.  So awesome!
3.  The bikes that we were able to reserve for FREE- it saved us well over $100 and we took those bikes to the Golden Gate Bridge!
4.  The proximity to the cable car turn-around.  The proximity to the Buena Vista, and the proximity to the ferry to Alcatraz.  We walked almost everywhere that we wanted to see.
5.  FREE HAPPY HOUR.  (Maybe this should have been #1)

The only bummers:
1.  It cost us $50/day to park.  No bueno
2.  The hotel restaurant was closed.

Overall, it was a great hotel for a great vacation!  We will stay at the Argonaut every time we visit San Francisco, which will hopefully be every year!

20/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
301. Gracy L.
My husband and I had our beautiful wedding reception at the Argonaut Hotel on 8/3/13. We had 10 months to plan a reception all the way from NYC and it was so simple with the help of Jordan and her amazing team. We could not have done it without her always being available by phone or getting fast responses via email.

After visiting a couple of places to have our reception, once we saw the Maritime room at the Argonaut we knew it would be perfect for our eighty guest. The natural wood pillars and exposed brick. We fell in love with the steal black door and the location for our out of state guests.

From the moment we started planning for the big day, Jordan fulfilled every request that I had and followed my set schedule. My wedding planner and Jordan were an exceptional team together, which helped make our wedding reception absolutely magical. Jordan is so sweet and so easy to work with. My husband and I had so many questions leading up to the big day, but we never felt like we were a nuisance.

Three days before our wedding, we flew in to talk through all the details for the reception. Last minute details were discussed and Jordan and her team took notes diligently.  We were told that the Argonaut would provide table card stand and the ones that we chose, they only had three of and we needed eight. My husband and I were so grateful that there was no hesitation when we were told that they would go out that day to purchase the rest. Wow, what service!

After the wedding we headed to the Argonaut Hotel for our reception and everything looked so beautiful! Everything was set where it was supposed to be; there was food and drink waiting for us in the holding area for the wedding party. I had asked for a mirror for my girls to be able to freshen up and it was there. Ever little detail counts and we were very happy. When the servers began to serve the food they were very polite and always had smiles on their faces like our entire guest did. There is nothing worse than servers with stale faces and personalities; everyone was amazing! My husband and I selected the crusted salmon and chicken for our guests, which was pretty good, but the clam chowder was our absolute favorite. Everything was just perfect.

At the end of the night, my husband and I were treated to a complementary suite. When we arrived to our room, we were amazed how large and beautiful it was! The view was of the golden gate bride, Ghirardelli Square and Alcatraz. We were greeted with a bottle of champagne and a sweet note from the staff congratulating us on our nuptials. Every detail counts, and every detail was very appreciated.

We thank the Argonaut for a perfect reception and experience. All your staff really made my husband and I feel on top of the world. For the short time that we were there we noticed that your staff really know how to welcome guest and make them feel at home. It's no wonder the Argonaut has been around for so long. You all will forever have a place in our heart and will be back for our one year anniversary!

23/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
302. Matt H.
Terribly rude concierge.  Small, boring rooms. Location is great, but the majority of the staff we encountered really ruined the potential of this hotel. I am usually a kimpton fan...but not this time. Save your money and spend it at a hotel that gives a damn. I cannot rate the concierge low enough.

24/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
303. Mike L.
Incredible service started right as we pulled up for valet.  Great personality, along with great attitudes.  Quick service and they hooked us up with free drinks off the bat.  The room was really clean and had a nice view of the gazebo and a slight view of the wharf (Pier 39).  My fiance surprised me here for my  35th birthday, and in the room waiting was a bottle of champagne on ice with a hand written note from the staff!  My fiancé did not set this up specifically,  but just told them it was for a birthday.  Definitely worth the extra money for a special occasion!

25/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
304. Marc R.
A really genuine Kimpton experience. The doorman was engaging, genuine and simply fantastic. Lavon was very personable and really wanted to make sure everything was perfect.

Upon our return from dinner she inquired about our dinner at the Blue Mermaid how many people would remember, no many.

Great property with great service a rare find.

16/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
305. Robert M.
We booked a suite last weekend and it was very nice and big with a big price too.  As a Kimpton member, you get to raid the bar in the room for$10 worth of free drinks or snacks for the whole time you are there, not daily.  The hotel is great for tourists but having lived in the city before, I wouldn't stay there again.  We usually stay at the Palomar near Market street which is more quaint and less busy.  The staff was excellent but the parking valet can take long so if you are in a rush, be sure to call ahead.

There is a coffee pot in the room but none in the lobby like the Palomar in the morning.  Only water jugs.  Parking is just as expensive per day as downtown.  Our room was as far as you can get from the elevator so if you don't want to walk much, make sure you ask for a room close to the elevator.

It was nice to play tourist but I'll stay in town next time.  Bless you.

25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
306. Jennifer K.
The location can't be beat! We've stayed at the Argonaut several times and each visit has been better than the last. We like to travel with our dog and the hotel has always been very accommodating. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the beds are comfortable. As for the location, the Argonaut is in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. There's a wine bar attached to the hotel and several restaurants within a short walking distance. We can't wait to go back

16/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
307. Barry W.
*** Located on Fisherman's Wharf with a nautical decor. ***

King Suite = Cali King Bed, living room, dining room, exposed
brick walls, wood beams, shuttered windows, 2 flat screen tvs,
shower, jacuzzi bath, excellent view of the Fisherman's Wharf,
and an iPod ready nightstand. Me likey, I wanna condo like this!

*** Valet and wine tasting happy hr in lobby is available too. ***

27/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
308. Sandra P.
The best hotel I stayed in when I used to be a tourist in San Francisco. Now that I live here, I always tell out of towners to head straight here!! They have the best location, the best staff and the coolest rooms, as this building used to be a del monte canning factory.  They have their own restaurant, the Blue Mermaid, and there are lots of other restaurants in the courtyard. Comfy beds, fresh towels that are fluffy, robes and a wine reception each evening. You can't go wrong!!!

10/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
309. K S.
Took my boyfriend here for a short trip getaway for his birthday. We had an amazing time. The location was great, the entire staff -valet staff, concierge, front desk, etc. - were all incredibly nice and super helpful. We were suprised by a "birthday basket" they sent up to our room - I'm guessing they saw my boyfriend's ID and took note it was his birthday.  We also took advantage of their complimentry happy hour hosted in the lobby. It was the perfect place to go and take in all that San Francisco has to offer. Aside from being in the Whard, the Argonaut was also within walking distance to Union Square, Little Italy, and so much more. We left the city talking about how wonderdul our experience was. We loved the Argonaut and will definitely be back.

11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
310. Greg C.
Wonderful hotel. Staff was very friendly. They had a nice happy hour every night from 5-6 and hot chocolate in the late mornings. Well located in fishermans wharf. Clean nice sized rooms and our room was very quite. I would definitely stay here again.  Close to trolley cars and north beach restaurants.

12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
311. Yvonne M.
I love this place.  Everyone we dealt with here was very professional and nice.  The rooms were clean and smelled good.  The location was great.  We wanted to come back the weekend after but they were booked because of the chocolate festival and offered to book us at their sister hotel, the Drake downtown (which was absolutely horrible).  We will absolutely stay here every chance we get.

18/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
312. Conrad O.
Stayed here this past Memorial Day weekend with the wife and was very pleased with the level of service and quality of hotel. We all know those experiences where you book a hotel online and the photos look great and when you show up it's completely different than expected. You don't get that here! Pictures don't lie here!

When checking in we let the host know we were celebrating our one year wedding anniversary. The next day when getting back from a long day of site seeing we were pleased to find a hand written note with a complimentary bottle of wine! Great touch!

The only reason I'm giving four starts in lieu of five would be due to the mini fridge in our room (room #283, I think?). We were very surprised to see the majority of the items in the mini fridge had expired way back in 2012. No bueno!

If your looking for a nice hotel near Fisherman's Wharf check this place out. Just make sure you look at expiration dates on mini fridge items BEFORE you pour yourself a cocktail. Yikes!

30/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
313. Jon G.
Great hotel for location! Enjoyed my stay there and all services were great. The valet guys were always cool and the front desk and concierge were always friendly. It was located so close to fisherman's wharf that it's just there when you walk outside.

17/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
314. Ben B.
When the in-laws came to town we had them stay at the Argonaut. It's a great location just at the end of the Fisherman's Wharf strip. You walk a couple of feet and you're right near the aquatics center. Great spot to be in for tourists and locals alike.

We had them stay here during the off season (in December) so it wasn't terribly crowded. There were just some holiday parties and maybe a wedding that was also at the hotel.

The employees were very friendly and the accommodations were great. The in-laws felt like they were extra cool since they were the oldest people at this "hip" style hotel.

The Mermaid restaurant was pretty legit as well. Definitely a crowd pleaser!

17/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
315. S T.
Happy, clean hotel and nice location for families. The bell staff are extraordinarily kind and enthusiastic about their jobs. Nautical theme was fun, and proximity to cable cars etc. was convenient for tourists.

12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
316. Julie M.
We loved staying here. It was our anniversary and they upgraded our room plus sent a bottle of wine to our room.
We found out they have unlimited use of free bicycles and we used them every day.  We also enjoyed the complimentary happy hour daily. Doorman was helpful and friendly always. Location is awesome...right by the water. We walked or biked everywhere. Never needed a cab our entire visit.

26/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
317. Cami H.
Good location, clean rooms, and fun nautical theme.  Unfortunately, it is a very noisy location, thin walls and uncomfortable beds.  I would recommend a 4th floor non view room.  That might help with the noise. For the price I would rather stay at The Four Seasons where it is quiet and beds are comfy.

08/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
318. Cho C.
This would be our 4th stay at this hotel, and it is still our choice of hotel to be at.  

Pros :
The hotel actually reads the "Additional requests on the reservation".  We put that we were traveling with children.. and our little one is 4 years old.  There was a robe in our room just for her.  Nice touch.

Staff is amazing as always.  This is one of the key things I think this hotel does right.  Most fancy schmancy hotel feels fake.  But at the Argonaut, I'm sure the managers have some sort of training sessions, and instill a pride of working for this hotel that other hotels don't.  The bellhop in the front when you check it sincerely wants to help each guests.  One great example was a former guest stopping by just to say hello to the bellhop.  Apparently this former guest is staying at another hotel because their family member booked it there, but on the walk near this hotel, the guest decided to take time to say hi to the bellhop.  I saw this on several times with other staff.

We splurged and stayed in a king suite, and this is by far the best option for a family traveling with kids.  They were able to run around and have a comfortable dinner at the dining table.

Bathroom is great.  Walk in shower, and a large jacuzzi tub.  Elegant design.

Cons :
Parking staff was a bit hectic, and took awhile to get the car.  I hope the hotel emphasizes the parking staff a bit and remind them that they are one of the initial contact with guests at this hotel.  

Wifi is spotty.  Not sure if it's because we had a room in the back, or the bricks that make up the building.  But this is the 2nd time we've tried using the internet and it drops a lot.   This is free Wifi if you sign up as a Kimpton member which i free.

Final Notes :
Amazing location, great staff, and wonderful atmosphere.  If you get a room facing the bay, you can see Alcatraz.  One thing that stands out at this hotel is the warmth and sincerity of the staff.  They really seem like they like their jobs, and take pride in that.  The decor is perfectly suited, and the rooms are clean.  When we travel to places, the rooms always feels like just another room...no big deal.  But at the Argonaut, it feels like you are away from home... a place you can relax, and be ready for the adventure of sightseeing in San Francisco.

11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
319. Princess A.
What an amazing staff ..... I had been looking forward to another trip to one of my favorite cities and chose the Argonaut as our hotel of choice.  We checked in on a Wednesday evening and were greeted by an incredible valet who clearly loves what he does and the company he works for.  The front desk was attentive and kind.  The valet escorted us to our suite where we were greeted with a beautiful welcome basket of snacks and a bottle of wine.  The 1st night, we opted for dinner close by at Fisherman's Wharf.  Unfortunately, the 2nd night that of our stay, I was stricken by horrible pains and my boyfriend ended up taking me to UCSF emergency room.  I had to have emergency surgery and needless to say, wasn't able to enjoy the hotel for the remainder of my three days.  My boyfriend went back and forth from the hotel to the hospital and each time, the staff could not have been nicer.  They even left a fruit tray in the room for us thinking that I had been released from the hospital.  I just can't say anything bad about this hotel.  It was our first time at Kimpton and this will definitely be a chain of choice.  The suite was impeccably clean, well taken care of and really, best of all was the staff.  Thank you so much for being so kind and courteous to us, even though most of our stay was spent in the hospital.

10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
320. Jennifer M.
One of my favorite hotels in San Fran but this is my last stay.... I've spent a few bucks here fighting cancer at UCSF, the way the ppl above me with kids are acting..... Disgusting.

19/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
321. Kelly B.
My wife and I checked in as Fiancés and checked out as newly weds over a four night stay at this hotel. We were so impressed with how attentive and personable they are we look to future bookings with Kimpton. The hotel was spotless, great comfy beds, roomy spaces for the both of us to move around. The concierge were the most friendly and helpful we've interacted with at a hotel. They even sent a nice wine package on the house when they heard we were getting married. It was walking distance from everything we wanted to do or a quick cheap cab fare. It was perfect, thanks Kimpton!

17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
322. Gary W.
Nice hotel. Location is perfect. There are some rooms with, I guess you can say a very, "industrial view." Several rooms have windows that look out on to the backs of other rooms' air conditioning units. They kindly upgraded me to a room with a better view for 50 extra a night. Also parking prices are like a mortgage payment, so be careful. Staff is friendly, though. One of the doormen said he'd bring up sparkling cider and goldfish crackers to our room to celebrate my daughters birthday. Never did though. Even gave him a 10 dollar tip. Must have got busy. Rooms are clean, but beds are very hard. Woke up with a sore back. Blue Mermaid Restaurant  is average with a very small dinner menu. You'd be better off venturing off down the street for better eats. Wine bar was nice. Had several complementary drinks without a catch! Good hotel. Would/will stay again.

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
323. Natalee T.
This is a great hotel right by the piers and aquatic park.  Super convenient to all kinds of attractions.  Plus, they have great spa water in the lobby ;)

I was super impressed with the staff.  Especially Ben and Federico at the front desk.  They were very helpful, even early in the morning.

22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
324. Susan F.
What can I say, I love Kimpton hotels. The customer service is terrific, the wine hour is always a blast (you meet the neatest people from all over the world!) and the beds, while not as good as my tempurpedic at home, are great.

The only negative thing on this trip was related to the restaurant (The Blue Mermaid.)  We had lunch there our first day and it was good, maybe a little high priced but you kind of expect that in a hotel and especially one in the Fisherman's Wharf area.  Later that day, hubby used the men's room in the lobby (which shares bathrooms with the restaurant) and saw a guy in kitchen whites come out of a stall and go straight back out the door. Yeah, didn't wash his hands. I wish I could unhear this story, but I can't, so I will never be able to eat in that restaurant again.  It was probably a fluke, but my OCD isn't going to be hearing any of those kinds of rationalizations.

27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
325. Kara K.
Shah is so awesome!!  Guncle (Steven) made my nieces experience so wonderful!  The rooms are so cute and clean, service amazing and I seriously don't think there is a better location for a family! Xoxo this hotel!  Oh and Nelson that brought room service went ABOVE AND BEYOND!  Love them all! Oh ya and Lavon rocks! She's super friendly and pretty awesome! Just loved it there! Miss it already

13/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
326. Heidi W.
We are repeat SFRA travelers and stayed in other hotels too. The Argonaut is unbeatable in location, staff is super friendly, rooms are great, hotel gives you the laid back chique vibe one likes in San Francisco.

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
327. Tony M.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Argonaut. Everyone was friendly, except one person, but we do live in a world full of different personalities. I'll explain more in a bit.

I've read some reviews that claim the rooms are small, but I thought it was just right. I really liked the decor.  If you get a room without a view, you will see a roof top, but remember; this is a city and nice views in this world cost more money, so those reviewers with entitlement issues should calm it down.

First for my only bad experience, and I only add it to be complete:

It was the 4th of July and we were going to eat dinner at the blue mermaid. The doorway joining the hotel and restaurant had a sign that instructed us to talk to the receptionist at the front door to be seated. That was confusing so we went to the front desk. A woman who was harried and running past us said you have to go to the front door down the street because they are full, and kept walking. The other staff members didn't have a clue about any of this. I thought it was kinda stupid that we had to walk around, outside, and down the street in the crazy 4th of July crowd when the other way was shorter. Who so you serve? The guests paying a lot for a room, or everyone else?

We went to the front door and entered the restaurant and there were 3 tables with guests. All others were empty. That didn't look full. I didn't like being lied to. I think this was the restaurant manager.

I shook it off because I've worked for people like this when I was young. Bad managers with a bad attitude and really bad ideas. They tend to remove themselves eventually. This idea was really stupid.

That was our only bad experience.

There was one bubbly cute employee who told us about places to go and eat. She was really fun.

The bed was comfortable but I have to say the Surrey in New York has spoiled me, so it would have been nice to have slept on a bed made in heaven just like the surrey, but still we were comfy.

Finally, we had a craving for crab corn chowder and called down at 10:30 pm after they don't typically serve from the restaurant to the rooms, but they still brought us some. I was expecting disappointment from employees that just wanted to go home, but they went the extra mile!

I didn't like the crowded location but that is hardly their fault, but it is the perfect location to see Fisherman's wharf and mix it up with the other tourists. Close to everything tourists come to see.  It's a short walk south to get away from the crowds. It could be worse and this hotel is far enough towards the end of the wharf that it's not unbearable.

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
328. Jennifer H.
Stayed 2 nights for a combination anniversary/birthday trip.   We arrived very early and the staff was very helpful in allowing us to store our bags and take care of our registration paperwork.  We were promised a courtesy call when our room was ready that never arrived, but we weren't too crushed by that oversight.    The free wine/beer hour is awesome, excellent perk.    Our room was lovely, no view - but we weren't planning on spending our vacation in the room anyhow.   The staff had sent up a bottle of champagne for our anniversary, very sweet touch.    

My only complaints throughout the our stay are these:   there is a sign inviting guests to call down to the desk if you forgot any amenities.   I had to call four times to get deodorant delivered.    Plus, on the second day of our stay, we arrived back at our room at around 4pm and no housekeeping service had been done.   When I called the desk, they told me that we must have left the privacy light on.   When I told them that I specifically had not done that, they responded with 'yes you did.'    In any case, housekeeping did, indeed, come up and take care of the room after that  - but it left a bad taste in my mouth.   It's not the act of missing a room (I worked in hospitality for years, I get it)  it's more the reaction that it was obviously my fault (don't get that).    

Overall though, enjoyed our stay.  The Blue Mermaid next door has a great breakfast and the hotel is right on the wharf.

28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
329. Valerie P.
This hotel has both pros and cons.
The pros:
-Very cool refurbished building converted into nautical themed hotel in downtown (touristy) fishermans wharf.
-nice gym facility
-complimentary bikes
-complimentary wine in the eve.
-free wifi

The CONS:
-unfriendly customer service, for a 4 star hotel I was highly disappointed in the way I was treated.
-pushy valet, parking is $50.00 ($56.00 a night with tax.)
-no laundry facilitators on site, would have been nice to have available if you are staying 6 nights or more like we did.
-our room was located above the gym, and I could hear people running on the treadmill every morning, it is LOUD outside as well. Remember you are in a busy touristy area and it is noisy.

I would not stay at another Kimpton  hotel, especially not the Argonaut in SF or recommend this hotel to another, mostly due to the unfriendly and rude service I witnessed.

18/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
330. Steve H.
We went a few years ago and had a great time, except the front desk person Vaugn was an uppity snob.The room was beautiful, we had a view of the street car carousel and were close to everything. Prepare to pay big bucks for parking there, but that's how it goes in Frisco. Dress warm and eat well

25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
331. Paris S.
The good:
Location is great. Convenient to touristy part of SF but still able to feel removed from the crazy when needed

The nautical theme is cute but not overdone. It is just enough commitment without being tacky.

Rooms were clean and comfy. Everything seemed well kept.

Fireplace in lobby was a great place to relax and warm up after a long day. They have free papers so you can read at your leisure.

The bad:
The walls are thin. So thin that I heard an iPhone alarm in the next room and thought it was mine. Makes it hard if you area light sleeper.

No vent in bathroom. When you shower be prepared for a steam fest.  

The staff was generally nice and welcoming, however, the doorman made a big deal about us skipping the cab line even though: he didn't tell us there was a line (until I was sitting in another can) and didn't bother to ever hail us a cab over the course of four days. And he made a smart remark about it too.

Bottom line: very nice and would stay here again.

21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
332. MC B.
My family (three adults) stayed here during Christmas week. We last stayed here in 2006. This is a very attractive hotel and always spotlessly clean. The area is much busier than when we last stayed here. We were surprised. The hallmark of this hotel is the staff. They were exceptional in today's world, especially the car valet and the front desk staff. They only had a "can do" attitude and have obviously been well trained.

We had a king suite on the 3rd floor. It was OK. The bedroom was rather small, but the bathroom was very large. The sitting room was behind it so there were no windows, making for a very dark room. In talking to a regular guest I was told there were corner suites with the sitting room next to the bedroom so there are windows in both rooms. She said that you have to request one or you get the type of suite we got. The mattresses on the bed and pull out sofa need replacing. They were very uncomfortable. Every night there were loud motorcycles going up and down the street all night long - very noisy and annoying.

During our stay the hotel was pretty full which resulted in the wine hour being very crowded (no seats and having to wait in line to get a beverage). They only had one staff member in the area which caused the waits to be longer than they should have been. We enjoyed visiting with the many dogs staying at the hotel. Another issue was the lack of communication between the hotel and guests regarding the hotel restaurant. It was closed two of the three nights we were there. There was no sign in the lobby or on the outside of the restaurant door. We had breakfast in the restaurant once. The food was good but the prices were somewhat high. We found a cute little place behind the hotel about a half a block south on Columbus Ave. called Joanie's Diner - very good food and fair prices for what you got. We had a couple of minor maintenance issues that were handled very promptly and to our satisfaction. We could not have asked for better service. Housekeeping cleaned our room early each day, which was appreciated and did an outstanding job.

All in all, we like this hotel but we don't like the location, which is why I guess it took us eight years to return even though we visit San Francisco several times a year. We prefer hotels that are convenient to the Bart and Market Street for ease in getting around the city - just a personal choice.

07/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
333. M V.
Meh.
Compared to many other Klimpton hotels I've stayed in, this is just Meh.  

Super small room, cramped bathroom and I swear a circus troupe were staying in the room above me.  

Nothing really special compared to my other fav Klimpon hotels.

26/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
334. H M.
My friends have stayed at other Kimpton hotels and LOVED it....this was not one of them. There are no amenities, the rooms are less than basic, it is the equivalent of staying at a fancy motel. I was extremely disappointed ESPECIALLY since the Omni was the same price, the pictures and the king size room availability convinced me to try this hotel and I was sorry.

The WORST part was the noise....there was a truck parked outside my room for two days that was unloading mattresses it was LOUD and obnoxious. I couldn't hear the TV let alone sleep in! Then they were going room to room changing out the mattresses and it sounded like there was construction going on it was SO LOUD. Why would they choose the busiest time when they were "Sold Out" to do this????????????????????

The only saving grace were the employees at the front desk who were nice.

The pictures they post online feel like false advertising....don't do it!

05/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
335. Emily H.
Amazing location and right on target nautical theme. Perfect for a tourist visit. We got a suite and it did not disappoint. Walked to area seafood restaurants and a few other highly rated Italian places nearby. Loved the wine in the lobby from 5 to 6. My view looked into Ghiradelli Square. There are only 4 floors so be ok with looking at people staring into your windows.

12/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
336. Janette J.
This was our first time staying in San Francisco or staying at a Kimpton Hotel, and we were extremely happy with our experience.  I brought my two children by myself and wanted to make this special, so I called ahead to have a few of their favorite snacks and drinks ready in the suite when we got there.  The staff was extremely helpful when I called the day before our arrival and even noticed that I had a double booking.  The staff member called Expedia to take care of the issued for me.

The suite was amazing.  It was the king suite with a perfect view of the bay, including Alcatraz which my kids thought was awesome! The bathtub was the equivalent of a spa (literally) and the three of us even took a swim in our suits! The room was cleaned just fine daily and I found the bed extremely comfortable, even the pull-out sofa bed.  I thought the area was extremely quiet and only heard some music early in the evening from a nearby restaurant.  I also loved that this location was so close to the trolly and the F train.  We didn't rent a car and this was all the transportation we needed to get all around the city.

The staff at the desk, the door, and the bellmen were extremely welcoming and friendly every time we walked by.  Upon checking out, I realized that I had a billing problem with the JetBlue Getaways and worked with Federico at the front desk.  He was great with my kids and extremely accommodating.  He kept in touch with me and had the whole issue resolved before I boarded the plane that afternoon.

The one negative, I must say, is the restaurant.  I agree with another review that the food is not very good and everything was served without condiments...even our toast was served without butter or jelly! We had to ask! Our server was great, though, and even gave us advise on our outing for the day.

My kids and I can't wait to go back to the Argonaut and will definitely be checking for other Kimpton hotels when we travel.

10/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
337. Meryl S.
We stayed here on our First wedding anniversary (May 25th 2014) which was Memorial day weekend as well. What a wonderful experience! The location is absolutely superb; you feel like you are part of the city when you stay here...everything is walking distance as soon as you walk out the door. If you were to stand on the roof and turn in a circle, you would get a beautiful view of San Francisco...The ENTIRE city!
The service here is above and beyond anything I have experienced in the past. We were delighted to have a delicious bottle of red wine with a lovely note acknowledging our one year of marriage. We ordered room service a few nights we were there and it was within reasonable price for everything! Such a nice surprise.
We had a rather embarrassing accident happen in the bathroom and wine was all over the floor! We were so afraid we were going to get in trouble for the wine being spilt everywhere. We left for probably 20 minutes, came back, and it was completely cleaned up! Housekeeping was so sweet and nice about it! We were so impressed with how well they kept up the rooms while we were away.
The rooms are beautiful and very tasteful. Exactly as they look online, and with tons of space. I was so excited when we walked into our room, that I literally did a cart wheel out of excitement! ...(Tons of room!)
We drank the yummy water they had in the lobby the entire weekend. The mini bar has the cutest refillable water bottles that we used every day we were there. So perfect! I really cant say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay here. Every single employee down to the bell man was super personable, nice, and genuinely wanted to help make our stay the best it possibly could! Bravo to this great hotel!! We can't wait to stay here again in the future!

05/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
338. Lauren P.
Clean hotel in touristy area. Cool nautical theme. HOWEVER Before I even walked into the hotel the valet attendant was very rude and pushy about the car. He rushed us to unpack the car and check it in at $50 a day for their parking and wasn't very helpful in any other type of parking (around the corner is a garage by hertz that's cheaper and allows in/out). The bellboy was great !

At the front desk the man was very nice and friendly about checking in and giving us the key to wifi. But the next day there was a young lady who was short and rude when we asked about some complimentary items the hotel has for guests. She was unfriendly. The concierge was also rather unfriendly. She didn't even tell us the hotel offers bicycles for their guests.

The icing on the cake - While walking to our room we asked house keeping if they had trash can to throw out a paper cup (empty). He rudely said "you have a trash can in your room" and then just continued to work.

This hotel for the price and location really needs to bump up their customer service. For what we paid I'm not happy and wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. From the other reviews I'm not the first person to observe this.

16/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
339. Steve S.
An excellent location for our stay in San Francisco although i thought the reception staff could have been a little more cheerier on our arrival. Our room overlooked the bay and was clean and tidy. Not sure if it was worth the extra $200 per night for the bay view. Please note that if you are a light sleeper you may have an issue with the Air Conditioning system, as it was very noisy through the night.
Location this hotels best selling point.

24/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
340. Andrea D.
Great spot for a San Francisco adventure. You can walk to everything as long as you don't mind navigating some tourist traps along the warf. Comfortable beds, evening complimentary wine hour and National Parks museum on-site.

27/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
341. Traveller T.
Great Hotel, Great location! customer service was amazing! hotel restaurant serves amazing food and drinks!

28/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
342. Vince R.
Very nice hotel.  Front desk, housekeeping, and doormen were great.  Valet service and restaurant need work.  The rooms are spacious and the decor is tasteful.

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
343. Lyn A.
Great location but, more importantly, great customer service.  From the valet and bell service to the front desk, everyone went out of their way to be helpful.  They were not stuffy but genuinely good people.  

We arrived at the end of the cocktail hour so, while we checked in, the gentleman who had our bags offered to get us a complementary beer or glass of wine.  One of our family members had a birthday during our stay.  She was wished happy birthday upon arrival and a note and gift was left in the room. Nice touch.

The room was nice but the beds were very high.  It makes you realize how often you sit on the edge of the bed to put your shoes on, etc.  

Adjacent to the hotel is a restaurant.  Guests in the hotel receive $10 off.  While the food was decent, the service was very poor.  There was no eye contact, no engagement, no conversation with the guests. It might not be all that different from other mediocre restaurants but it was such a difference from our experience in the hotel that I feel that it warrants mentioning.

07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
344. Cheyenne C.
An update the next day...

After making 4 formal complaints to the front desk, we never got ahold of a manager. I called last night and specifically asked for one, only to be told there wasn't one on duty. Not a manager on duty? What?!

We checked out today with the help of two incredibly hostile employees who wouldn't get out of their chairs to go get us a manager. I'm beginning to wonder if the Argonaut even has one.

Bonus tip: we paid $50 PER NIGHT for supposed valet parking. The valet system was "down" for our entire stay, and retrieving our car took on average 20-30 minutes. We were late to or missed all of our dinner reservations. We received no refund for the $50 a night. And no free wifi (although the website doesn't out rightly tell you it's 12.99 a day) because why WOULD the Argonaut do anything to convenience their guests?

I no longer believe this hotel has any customer service or class. San Francisco is a beautiful city with lots of options. Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
345. Timothy H.
We arrived in San Francisco thinking that we would be staying at the Sheraton on Fishermans Wharf, but to our dismay, upon arrival the hotel had no electric or hot water. After traveling hundreds of miles the hotel offered the option of roughing it out with no power for half price. This was not to my satisfaction so I contacted Priceline, whom I booked with, and after a 20 minute call, was transferred to the Argonaut Hotel.

Upon arrival I was given greeted at the front desk by Lauren. Lauren was super friendly and wanted to make us as comfortable as possible (especially after dealing with the stress of the non helpful staff at Sheraton). Lauren upgraded our room to a suite and pushed us into the direction of the free wine and hot coco the hotel serves daily in the lobby.

Our entire stay at the Argonaut was wonderful. The hotel was clean, the rooms were updated, the staff friendly, and the location was PERFECT! Close to great restaurants, the chocolate factory, tour buses, etc!

The night before our stay was over we even got a call offering to print boarding passes for us at the front desk.

Everything about this hotel was amazing! 5 stars to Lauren and the entire Argonaut staff!

THANK YOU for making our San Francisco trip amazing!

19/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
346. Gina P.
Perfect location right in fishermans wharf. Hotel was clean, loved the nautical theme. We especially loved the complimentary wine in the lobby between 5-6pm
Concierge was helpful. Down fall is it is very pricy!! But worth it for our once in a lifetime 25th wedding anniversary.

20/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
347. Dene L.
UPDATED REVIEW: I had the chance to speak with managment after my 1st stay . They offered a 2nd chance and boy was it worth it. They more then made up for it and far exceeded my expectations. I stayed 2 nights in one of their larger suites. I got the jacuzzi tub that I had asked for! Since it was a corner room it had lot windows on both sides, which really lit up the room. All of the staff were very polite and extremely accommodating. I will definitely be staying at the Argonaut next time I'm in the city!

10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
348. G A.
Could not have been better. The staff was outstanding especially Frederico and Donovan. Traveled for 8 days to San Francisco and felt like a queen. Traveled with my mentally challenged sister for her BD and the staff sent a bottle of wine to the room to celebrate. Donovan gave her a big hug and greeting every time he so her. She felt so special! Bowl of apples on the front desk and wine hour was a big plus.room was immaculately cleaned daily. The only minus was I wish there would have been a table in the room to enjoy my morning coffee instead of just the desk.otherwise very accommodating. Would definitely stay there again.

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
349. Phil H.
Great hotel friendly staff next to everything at the warf. Please do not stay a The Hyatt Fishermans Warf. Stayed first nightmare worst hotel 2/3 under construction dirty noisy and moldy.

05/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
350. Nicky D.
My Husband and i stayed here last year with our little pooch. I actually quite loved this hotel, cozy and clean and their acceptance of pets. Just make sure you do not leave any valuables unattended.

20/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
351. Daniel M.
Such a cool hotel. Customer service is fantastic , the best location. Super kid friendly and they have free wine! cool all around

10/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
352. Ebony J.
Okay so I'm being pretty picky here as this place is pretty great. The guys on the door are friendlier than normal (in a good way) and the hotel is quaint with a nautical theme. The reason it got 4 as opposed to 5 stars is because they aren't awfully great at answering the phone when you call from your room. Also, their menu is very seafood heavy which I guess can be expected because it's on Fisherman's Wharf but I don't eat seafood and for us 'non fish' eating types, it's a bit of a letdown. Also, no shower caps is a fail for me as they have literally everything else. All in all, it's a nice hotel - it's quite far out location wise however. 10 min drive to union square and 20 minute bus ride.

27/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
353. Amy R.
I am a fan of the Kimpton Hotel Group and have stayed at other Kimptons in SF and across the U.S. I wanted to give the Argonaut a try since the rooms looked visually appealing and the reviews were on par with my experiences at other Kimptons. Overall, I would actually say that our stay was disappointing for several reasons, most on the part of the Argonaut, the rest on myself.

Disappointing aspects (in no specific order):

The Staff - I felt it was rather non-existent, aside from the gentlemen working the front door. Check-in was fine, but not overly welcoming, this was unusual for a Kimpton. Check-out, well, even though we stood in line we waited longer since a person just sauntered up to ask questions and the the guest relations representative allowed this to happen. My usually experience at a Kimpton is you are often greeted warmly throughout your stay, and there is a large staff presence in the hotel. Any other Kimpton I have stayed at I would constantly see and be greeted by staff members at all hours of the day -This was not the case here.

The wine hour - was packed and seemed to be filled with people who knew about it, but were actually not staying at the hotel. In fact I often saw people walking away from the hotel with wine glasses. This seems like a real liability issue. I am not even sure there are people managing the wine hour.

There was no complimentary or tea or coffee service as you would find at other Kimptons in the morning. Sure, there was a coffee maker in the room, but  in the bathroom and that was uncomfortable at best. They probably didn't want to deal with another round of people coming in for the free items - logical, but not really a Kimpton experience.

The rooms - the rooms are visually appealing and spacious, but the beds were so hard that we barely slept. In hindsight, we wish we would have check out and tried another hotel because all of us (3 stayed in one room) found we were in pain a week after traveling. This is something another guest noted. The beds in the double rooms are way too hard. I actually prefer a firmer bed, but these beds were so hard that one of us actually decided to try sleeping in the arm chair in the room - they were that uncomfortable. I can't convey how much this impacted our stay and the days after our stay. I really felt awful and I am very sorry that I didn't saying anything about it at the time because I paid financially, physically, and mentally for it.

Cleanliness - the room was mostly clean, but there were a lot of inconsistencies in the cleaning from day one, to day two, and three. I also found it frustrating that the carpets were not vacuumed daily - this seems like basic room service to me. I felt there was a disconnect in this area that could be easily managed. We left tips daily, which were taken but the items we specifically requested - more towels, floor vacuumed were not provided.  

The restaurant  is terrible. Don't go! There are much better places to eat in SF and I highly recommend that you by bypass it at all cost. Our breakfast was terrible! The service was careless and lackadaisical, our server actually told us he spaced out while taking our order. The food was served cold, without any condiments, and it was EXPENSIVE for what you get. Skip it!

The location - this is my fault. I wanted to try something different and get out of downtown but I felt this location was too much on the fringe of everything. Sure it was within walking distance to many things, but they were not things I am that interested in. If you want to stay on the Wharf, note that this is on the fringe of it, not the heart of it. If you don't want to be in a touristy location with the Ding, Ding, Ding of the trolley nearby and the hoots and shouts of the duck boats then stay away from this location at all costs - it will make you mad. While not a big deal the hotel is also fully of families - at all hours children were running up and down the halls. There are also only two elevators and you often had to wait (a short wait, not a big deal)  to get to your room at all hours.  

After thinking about it after the fact, I would stay this stay was rather poor. IfI had to do it all over again I would really consider bringing it up the the management, but I checked in on Christmas day and I heard them tell someone inquiring about a room that they only had two left. I knew it would be fruitless to complain about the beds when there was clearly no comparable room we could be moved to.

When we left the doorman asked us how our stay was and we mentioned the how terrible the beds were and his response was, "Everyone says that! It's been a real problem and management is looking into it." This actually made everything worse. I won't be back.

12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
354. Grace S.
Love the location of the hotel - strategically located by the end of Fisherman Wharf (west side), within walking distance to Pier 39 and famous restaurants like Gary Danko / Scoma / Buena Vista Cafe.

The room itself is decent, spacious living room and a huge bathroom. There is also a free happy hour from 5-6pm where they serve free wine/ beer at the lobby.

Cons?
- There is no hook near the shower to hang your towel
- Hate the A/C ! Whenever it kicks on, I can hardly hear the TV (if you are in the living room)
-  Pillows are flat....like 180 degrees flat.

There are many other hotels around that area, Im not sure if I will stay here the next time I am back.

22/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
355. Robin G.
This hotel is awesome! Right in the middle of the action! But because of our room location it was perfectly quiet for a good nights sleep. They have free wine nightly in the lobby, the rooms are nice. The lady at the front desk Lavon was super duper wonderful and we have free wifi. This hotel welcomes dogs!!! How awesome is that? We would definitely stay here again!

22/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
356. Doll O.
I've stayed at this hotel several times. It seems that every other visit there is an issue. This is truly a shame because the hotel itself is breathtaking. I love the whole overall vibe of the hotel. The location is ideal. However, being a four star hotel there shouldn't be these inconsistencies.

Pros this visit: Ease of check in. Received requested room. Doormen and Concierge were incredibly polite, helpful and friendly.

Cons this visit: Being a Kimpton member and saying the secret word didn't yield me much of anything. Room was incredibly noisy (which has never happened before) to where you could hear conversations clearly from other rooms. Housekeeping wasn't quite up to par. Vacuuming was an issue and had sheets with black ink spots. The door, though it sounded as if it shut, didn't completely. So, if you didn't check your door, someone could have easily gotten into your room.

I did mention the issue with the door at check out and mentioned the rest in the survey I received after my stay. I received a response from the hotel via email. They apologized for the issues and wanted to know when it would be convenient to discuss this with me. I responded to the email, including time frames and a phone number. A week later I have not heard a thing. This is very disappointing. I guess this is what happens when you're acquired by IHG. (Note: WiFi is free if you are a Kimpton Rewards member. It costs nothing to join, so you might want to do so before your visit or you'll have to pay for WiFi.)

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
357. Fred C.
We chose this property because of its location. It's at fisherman's warf, and has lots of great restaurants near by. We choose to use taxis, street cars, and the cable cars as our primary transportation. Taxi stand at the front door, cable car turn around is on the next block, and the F line street car is two blocks away.

Be sure to take advantage of walking around the warm and Russian Hill districts- it's quiet in the am, and you can get a taste of what life is like for the locals. It was especially fun to see the fish markets and chowder/crab stalls set up for the day.

Kimpton hotels have excellent service, and the Argonaut is no different. I want to recognize Stephen, the evening doorman, for his attention to detail and desire to ensure we had a great stay. After a few days, the staff knew our names. Amazing.

We are a young family, and immediately were welcomed to the property. The room was spacious to allow our little one to crawl around, and the mini fridge in the room helped us keep the little one's diet in order. We were provided a pack n play for the little one to sleep in. Property is also very pet friendly, saw many dogs in the lobby.

You will be glad that you stayed here - location, service, and the room quality make this a worthwhile investment for your vacation. It truly was a home away from home.

Note: as we were leaving, the hotel was in the process of changing mattresses. Great to see that the continue to invest in guest comfort.

Top tip: if you are lonely during your stay, or have a little one- remember to request a gold fish to keep you company. Our little one loves it; and would insist on saying good morning and good night to it.

06/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
358. Will M.
Well, I'm not a big review type of guy but I absolutely must recognize Levon from the Argonaut Hotel and so, this is my first ever review!

My mother, father and I recently visited San Francisco and had the pleasure of meeting Levon when she checked us in last month. This nice young lady made my family feel so welcome and, although I know that she's supposed to be "nice" considering her profession, this woman is genuinely goodhearted and such a breath of fresh air. She really enjoys her work and it shows! The entire staff at the hotel was great but Levon was exceptional. GREAT customer service!!!

The hotel itself was comfortable, although I personally would've preferred to be situated near Union Square, but since mom and dad were footing the bill they had the final say and they wanted to be near the Wharf. Lol The area is cool though. No complaints...just a little too "touristy" for me, but hey! I'm a tourist, right?

The Argonaut is legit and they offer free wine in the evenings, which is awesome. It's nice to come back to a glass (or 5) of Cabernet after a long day of sightseeing with the folks! I really wished they had a pool but no biggie. All-around a great stay.

I definitely will be visiting 'Frisco again and I definitely will be staying at the Argonaut. And I will be recommending this place to my clients who frequent San Francisco.

06/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0