The Argonaut Hotel – At San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

Perched on the edge of the bay at Fisherman's Wharf, this timber-and-brick hotel has views on Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course Fisherman's Wharf. In-room telescopes let you see it all up close. The Argonaut Hotel is a cheery maritime-themed boutique hotel with 239 guest rooms and 13 suites nestled on the waterfront.

Argonaut Hotel San Francisco

Originally built as the Haslett warehouse for the California Fruit Canners Association back in 1908, the landmark building has been decorated to mimic a luxury cruise ship with compasses, anchors, telescopes and cruise-ship deck chairs lined in a row in the lobby. It's no surprise that the nautical theme is integrated into the hotel since the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Museum also occupies the same building.

What You Can Expect at The Argonaut Hotel

Cheerful nautical colors contrast with the original brick walls and Douglas Fir timbers. Steel warehouse doors add to the ambiance of this 4-story, nautical-inspired hotel.

Guest suites are loaded with fun touches such as canvas-wrapped sofas, textured wall treatments and spa tubs. Couple that with woodbeam ceilings and rough hewn brick walls, and the overall effect is like having your own summer beach house.

The Argonaut is a quick walk (less than 10 minutes) to the USS Pampanito Submarine and a thirty-minute walk to the Exploratorium. The Alcatraz ferry docks just a few blocks away.

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Adjoining the hotel is the popular Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar>, decorated with mermaids, Douglas-fir timbers and thick braids of rope. The menu is brimming with homemade chowders (six to choose from!), steamed mussels and grilled fish. Sea lovers will be happy to know that all the seafood is carefully chosen based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium's sustainable fisheries guidelines.

A favorite on the menu is the baked oysters Rockefeller, with Fanny Bay oysters, fresh cream, a touch of brandy, and finished with parmesan and panko. Another is the SF classic — cioppino with dungeness crab — mussels, clams, calamari, prawns, salmon in a zesty tomato broth. Pair the hearty food with local wines, microbrewed beers and a few cocktails, and you're in San Francisco culinary heaven.

Argonaut Hotel San Francisco

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