Price From $189
'Hood Fisherman's Wharf, the city's touristy pier, home to a wax museum, shops and restaurants, and sea lions who sunbathe on Pier 39. The hotel is about three blocks from Ghirardelli Square, a chocolate lover's dream.
The Gist The 252-room boutique hotel was originally a warehouse, and rooms still have attractive, exposed-brick walls and wood-beamed ceilings. Newer is the nautically themed interior design: There are deck chairs and model sailboats in the lobby, and guest rooms are dressed in sea blues, with bedspreads that sport a boat anchor pattern. The Argonaut gets high marks from online reviewers for the funky decor, the helpful and attentive staff, the views from the rooms (ask for a Bay or Gate room for unobstructed views of San Francisco Bay or the Golden Gate Bridge—and even Alcatraz), and the complimentary nightly wine hour. But drivers beware: Parking costs $43 a night.
Free Wi-Fi? No; costs $10 a day.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa.
Thanks for Sharing Reader Jerilyn likes the Argonaut's clean rooms and points out that the hotel is close to the city's cable car line and a bike rental shop.