Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco

495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA (show on map)

Expert reviews

Fodors review:

“The Argonaut’s spacious guest rooms have exposed-brick walls, wood-beam ceilings, and best of all, windows that open to the sea air and the sounds of the waterfront; many rooms enjoy Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge views.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in San Francisco.

Lonely Planet review:

“Fisherman’s Wharf’s top hotel was built as a cannery in 1908 and has century-old wooden beams and exposed-brick walls. Rooms sport an over-the-top nautical theme, with porthole-shaped mirrors and plush, deep-blue carpets.”

Frommers review:

“If you want to stay in a beautiful, historic building and walk right out your door into the heart Fisherman’s Wharf action—and are willing to pay for the privilege—this nautical-themed hotel is perfect for you.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in San Francisco.

Telegraph review:

“In a prime waterfront location, Argonaut offers stylish, spacious accommodations with bay views inside a century-old historic building near Fisherman’s Wharf. Convenient to cable cars, streetcars and ferries, the hotel affords easy access to popular attractions, especially for families and fitness-minded guests.”

Guest rating

This an aggregated customer review rating of Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco. We have taken customer review ratings from hotel booking sites, search engines, the official hotel website and other travel platforms. This is the average of all those ratings. We only list places that have a customer review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0

4.4 out of 5.0

Ranked 3rd in San Francisco


What guests liked

All you need to know

This fine establishment is rated four-star as a result of the quality hospitality services being rendered in the facility. The hostel is situated at 495 Jefferson Street, Fisherman’s Wharf where it provides guests with the best in amenities and modern hospitality facilities.

The hotel features stylish in-room spa services while guests can easily enjoy the traditional seafood cuisines offered in the hotel’s on-site restaurant. The Argonaut Hotel is eco-friendly and provides a stunning view of the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

The hotel offers stylish room options such as Deluxe King Room, King Room, Queen Room, Deluxe Queen Room with Two Queen Beds and King Room with Bay View. These rooms are well furnished and adorned with modern décor and fitted with fine classy furniture. The colors used in the rooms is warm and elegant while the overall aesthetic feel of the hotel is pleasing.

The hotel is located close to some major places of tourist attractions such as the USS Pampanito Submarine which is just an 8-minute walk away from the hotel and the Exploratorium which is about 4 km away from the hotel.

The popular Lombard Street is about 650 m away from the hotel while Musee Mecanique is 450 m away from the hotel.

Guests can easily reach Ghirardelli Square which is about 150 m away from the hotel.

Other services, facilities, and amenities such as concierge services, luggage storage, 24-hour front desk, and daily maid service are provided by the hotel.


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Recent guest reviews


31 March 2024

Ideal place to stay for a break in San Francisco


No breakfast


30 March 2024


Superb location, lovely hotel and large room. Great view of Alcatraz from our window. Comfortable bed.

Only coffee pods included as complimentary, anything else e.g. water and snacks in room were chargeable. For the price paid, this feels a little "tight".


29 March 2024

A good base to explore San Francisco

Location is excellent as it’s in a relatively quiet area of Fisherman’s Walk. The rooms are very comfortable with everything that you need for a nice stay

The restaurant attached to the hotel is over priced and the staff very unfriendly


26 March 2024

Amazing base for a San Fran weekend

The location The comfy bed The view of Alcatraz The cocktails The decor

The shower


26 March 2024



Noise from fridge in bedroom


25 March 2024

Eclectic hotel, good location though sketchy at night.

I had an art showing at WayPoint in North Beach and it was my birthday

The restaurant isn'r


23 March 2024

Great location- very easy to get around with lots of restaurants nearby

Lovely hotel in a gorgeous refurbished old building


22 March 2024

Elegant & Charming

Wonderful & beautiful brick building, so classy and elegant! The rooms were very comfortable and super roomy for 3 people.


20 March 2024


Staff was great to deal with. Hotel was very nice and the beds and pillows were very comfortable.

The cost if everything is very high. Also, no parking and valet is $85/day.


18 March 2024

Nice stay by the water.

Liked the location, on the wharf and in a historic building. The hotel was close to restaurants and within walking distance of Chinatown and Coit Tower. We liked the partial bay view from the room and were glad we upgraded from "courtyard" which is not really. We did not take advantage of the onsite restaurant or bar.

The area is just east is very touristy and the parking is very expensive. They charge you $10 on top of the going rate of $75 per night. There is 2 hour meter parking in the area and overnight is free sometimes, but watchout for special instructions such as "street cleaning." We found a car handy in San Fran and parking was doable if you're willing to look. Lots of free daytime parking by the beaches.


15 March 2024

Overall very pleasant and comfortable with great breakfast in an atmospheric bar/restaurant.

Really comfy beds and the nautical themed decor is a little bit different. Breakfast options were delicious and the bar food was also good. Staff are very pleasant and location is convenient to the historic cable car/tram and ferries.

The bathrooms are slightly dated and the toiletries are average. No slippers or robes or water provided in the room. For a relatively expensive hotel I would expect a little more. The hotel is located at the start of Fisherman’s Wharf and we also chose it for that reason …not realising that Fisherman’s Wharf is in fact a disappointing and tacky tourist trap. If returning to SF I think I would stay on Union Street (not Square) where there appear to be a good choice of nice cool cafes /shops and restaurants.


11 March 2024

Very good

Air con didn't appear to work.


10 March 2024


Lovely hotel,comfy rooms and in a perfect location



8 March 2024

Loved this hotel! Perfect location, great views.

Everything was perfect!

There's nothing I didn't love.


3 March 2024

Enjoyed our stay, great position

Great location, good sized room & comfortable bed



2 March 2024

Excellent location and friendly staff.

Personel, warm atmosphere, good breakfast, very good location, clean.


1 March 2024

Unique property right at Cannery

Great location near the Cannery, Buena Vista (inventor of Irish Coffee!!) & Fisherman's Wharf Amazing building restoration Excellent restaurant


1 March 2024

Overall good.

The location was great. We were able to walk to most destinations without using the car. The staff was excellent!

The bed was WAY too hard. $75 bucks for parking each day is a little to much. I did not like the destination charges as well. 400 bucks a night (when you add everything up) is pricey.


26 February 2024

It was wonderful and we will be back.

The room, the amenities, the location

No complaints


17 February 2024

The hotel felt like a special place to stay if you ignore the view from most of the rooms.

Very good quality hotel in a historic building. Breakfast great and staff are very helpful.

Many rooms have an internal view of an unattractive, modern courtyard, completely out of character with the rest of the building. See photo. This is not shown of mentioned in the description.


26 January 2024

Perfect location, good size rooms, great staff.

The room size was massive and the location is perfect.

Nothing it’s excellent.


23 January 2024


Ambience and quiet

Room could use a little more flare or similar deco as lobby area. Kinda boring


16 January 2024

Great spot in fishermen wharf

Great position in a town struggling with homeless in the CBD

Expensive Many taxes!


11 January 2024

Great location for sight seeing, comfortable bedroom and friendly staff - highly recommend it

Great location for sight seeing, comfortable bedroom and friendly staff.


2 January 2024


Location! Great building, huge quiet rooms.

Breakfast service is slow, and passive-aggressive: not good. Special Christmas menu was terrific!

Hotel facilities

Food & Drink

  • - Restaurant
  • - Bar


  • - Room service
  • - Non-smoking rooms
  • - Facilities for disabled guests
  • - Family rooms
  • - Lift
  • - Safety deposit box
  • - Heating
  • - Non-smoking throughout
  • - Air conditioning

Business facilities

  • - Meeting/banquet facilities (additional charge)
  • - Business centre (additional charge)
  • - Fax/photocopying (additional charge)

Reception services

  • - 24-hour front desk
  • - Express check-in/check-out
  • - Tour desk
  • - Luggage storage
  • - Concierge service
  • - Invoice provided


  • - Fitness centre
  • - Massage (additional charge)
  • - Bicycle rental (additional charge)

Cleaning services

  • - Laundry (additional charge)
  • - Dry cleaning (additional charge)
  • - Ironing service (additional charge)


  • - Parking garage
  • - Accessible parking


  • - Face masks for guests available
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