We arrived on a Thursday afternoon. As our cab pulled up to the front door, a doorman was waiting to welcome us (Steve, who was great) and take us into the hotel and introduced us to the front desk staff. Check in took less than five minutes. We had joined the Kimpton program prior to our arrived to get free internet in our room and also received a ten dollar gift card for the mini bar! Our room was 469. Not much of a view - of the mexican restaurant next door - but we were rarely in the room!. Had a large sofa in the living area which was great when we returned, exhausted, to the room. The bathroom was nice too - had shampoo and conditioner in the shower, a hair dryer, lotion, cotton balls and swabs and plenty of towels. The room had a safe, iron and ironing board, robes and slipper socks (to use while you were there) and an umbrella to use while there (which came in handy). There was a fully stocked mini bar and plenty of room in the fridge for our leftovers! There was also a CD player and a CD to listen to. The hotel lobby was very unique, with deck chairs and cushions to complete the nautical theme. There is a light by your door to indicate whether you want your room made up or not. There are no knocks on the door - they just see the light and move on if you want privacy! The hotel is pet friendly and placards on the doors indicated which rooms had pets. We love dogs and had no issues with this. The bed was quite comfy - but had a really large mirror at the foot of it, which has a little unsettling when you got up in the middle of the night. There is a motion light in the entry way that comes on when you up to use the restroom and also the light in the bathroom is a dimmer switch. The only downside - starbucks coffee (which my husband hates) with the coffee maker (also located in the bathroom). A big plus for me is that the closet contains lots of hangers - i had a hanger for everything - even my husband got to use some - which rarely happens! The bathroom also has a large makeup mirror and bath mat. Another thing we really enjoyed was the ability to actually open our window. The weather was quite cool and we enjoyed feeling the breeze at night. There are also ample outlets to plug things in. The hotel offers a hot chocolate hour for kids (we never made it) and a wine hour from 5 - 6 pm every night. This is a great way to sample some California wines. I really, really enjoyed the "hot toddies" which were apple cider, bourbon and whipped cream. I know it doesn't sound all that great, but you have to try it. They offered cider for the kids during the wine hour too, which was nice. Get there a little early if you want a seat - the lobby is rather small and the seats fill up quickly. I recommend the chairs by the fire - a great place to sip your toddy and met fellow travelers. We also used the business center located at the end of the main lobby hallway. There are a couple of computers and a printer that we used to print our boarding passes. There is a fitness center on the second floor (the hotel has four floors) that we looked in but never used. There seemed to be many pieces of equipment and some hula hoops. The location cant be beat - we are older (50's and 60's) and walked everywhere - the cable car turnaround is right next door to the hotel. We walked down to the Alcatraz landing and Ferry Building. The Ferry Building is about a mile, but seems shorter as there is so much to see along the way. Pier 39 is also just a few blocks away - with lots of restaurants and shops and the sea lions. Customer service is a priority here - Steve, the doorman, was especially helpful - offering suggestions on restaurants, helping us get a cab, etc. When we checked out it was April Fool's Day and Blase, who waited on us, said "Did you feel the earthquake last night?" I said "NO!" - quite disappointed that I didn't, and he said "That's because there wasn't one - April Fool's!!!!" This hotel is pretty expensive, but well worth it in my opinion. The other hotels we saw on the Wharf didn't even compare with the Argonaut. I think you will love this place. I would definitely stay here if we return to San Francisco. Also, eat at the Blue Mermaid - the crab and corn chowder was the best i had anywhere on the Wharf - and the calamari was excellent! Breakfast was very good too.
We didn't have a view - but didn't ask for one. We left our room early in the morning and r...
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