Argonaut Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel

495 Jefferson Street | San Francisco, CA 94109 [See Map]
#11 in Best San Francisco Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 3716 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 252 rooms, 4 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Bay
Style Modern
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Guests of this hotel in Fisherman's Wharf will feel as if they've just stepped aboard a cruise ship, even though the Argonaut sits firmly on solid ground. Guest rooms which are decked out with nautical artifacts like compasses and sand dollars offer spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. (Just note that these vistas don't come cheap, according to some travelers.) Meanwhile, common areas like the lobby and the in-house seafood restaurant, Blue Mermaid, feature all the trademarks of a Kimpton Hotel: bright, flashy colors and fun, quirky furnishings. Visitors especially appreciate the perks associated with the Kimpton brand, including complimentary wine receptions in the evenings and a friendly service staff. Plus, guests can redeem perks such free stays or complimentary Wi-Fi through the Kimpton Karma program.

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Critic Reviews


“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.”
Award: Frommer's Highly Recommended

Lonely Planet

“Rooms sport an over-the-top nautical theme, with porthole-shaped mirrors and plush, deep-blue carpets. Though all have the amenities of an upper-end hotel — ultra-comfy beds, iPod docks — some rooms are tiny with limited sunlight.”
Award: Lonely Planet Top Pick

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Fodor's Choice

Guest Rooms

With exposed brick and navy blue walls and cream-colored linens, the Argonaut brings touches of Fisherman's Wharf into all its rooms. Guest rooms have views of the wharf, Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz Island. Other amenities include flat-screen Web TVs, coffee makers with complimentary Starbucks coffee and iHome docking stations.

  • In-room Wi-Fi for $12.99; free for Kimpton Karma Rewards members

Standard room size:

300 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 3716 guests have reviewed the Argonaut Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 3716 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

With exposed brick walls and a subtle nautical theme, the Argonaut reflects the historic feel of Fisherman's Warf, which it overlooks. Guests can see the blue waters and white sailed ships from their rooms and can easily walk to the wharf, which offers ample shopping and dining options.

  • About half a mile west of Pier 39
  • Three blocks east of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Cable car stops one block south
  • About 15 miles north of San Francisco International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($50 to $61)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar, the on-site restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. With its proximity to the wharf, the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood dishes. The eatery offers a distinct Barbary Coast heritage and Gold Rush feel and its menu includes six types of homemade chowder and items like salmon, cioppino, dungeness crab and ahi tuna.

  • Indoor and outdoor seating available
  • Complimentary wine hour offered in the hotel lobby 5 to 6 p.m. daily
  • Kids menu available

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



While the hotel doesn't have an on-site spa facility, it does offer in-room spa services.

  • Spa service hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • After-hours spa services available with $25 surcharge
  • Online bookings available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



Guests can access the hotel's fitness center 24 hours a day. The gym features cardio machines, weight-training equipment and free weights.

  • In-room yoga program provides yoga mats and TV channel with instruction

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The hotel offers about 9,000 square feet of business space that can accommodate a small, intimate business gathering or an event for up to 300. The hotel's staff can assist in planning meetings aboard a ship by the wharf or at the Maritime Museum.

  • Audiovisual capabilities
  • Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The hotel allows pets with no extra fees or weight restrictions.

  • Online pet registration
  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



Couples can say their vows and celebrate with friends and family at one of the hotel's wedding venues, which include a grand ballroom and a courtyard. The largest space, the Golden Gate Ballroom, can accommodate up to 340 for a seated reception and up to 400 for a cocktail reception. The venues offer views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower and more.

  • Customized wedding packages
  • Pride and LGBT weddings
  • Wedding room blocks available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Argonaut Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel

495 Jefferson Street | San Francisco, CA 94109 [See Full Map]