Argonaut Hotel

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Argonaut Hotel
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Argonaut Hotel

The top hotel at Fisherman's Wharf occupies a behemoth former Del Monte cannery, built in 1908 of giant timbers and red brick salvaged from the 1906 earthquake. It sits smack on the bay and overlooks the tall ships moored at the Hyde Street Pier and the San Francisco National Maritime Park. Geared toward families and ready made for a game of hide-and-seek, the 252-room hotel has an enormous lobby adjoining a Parks Service visitor center, with glorious displays of model yachts, lighthouse lenses and a recreation of the Gold Rush-era San Francisco waterfront. Rooms are fittingly decorated in a nautical theme, with anchor prints, porthole-shaped mirrors, and plush indigo carpets that evoke the deep blue of the sea. Standard rooms face a quiet interior courtyard and get lots of light, but it's worth splurging on a bay-view room for views of either Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge. Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, National Park Service rangers guide free tours of the park and wharf, beginning in the hotel's lobby.


Venue name: Argonaut Hotel
Address: 495 Jefferson St
San Francisco

Cross street: at Hyde St
Transport: Bus 19, 47, 49/cable car Powell-Hyde
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