Fabled Fisherman's Wharf is one mile long but stretches back decades into the most colorful years of San Francisco's history. The iconic site not only was a witness to the days of tall ships, Barbary Coast roustabouts and Gold Rush fever, it was the central player. And talk about longevity. Today, it's still the number one attraction for most visitors to the City by the Bay. Visitors from an earlier era, immigrants from all over the world, have since brought their culture â and flavors â to the Wharf, so today you can experience savory Italian cioppino, French bread freshly off the racks and New England-style crab served fresh out of a roiling pot.
Families in particular love attractions here such as the Ripley's Believe it or Not, the Hyde Street Pier with its historic clipper ships, and Hornblower boat tours of the Bay to see sights such as famous Alcatraz Island. But Fisherman's Wharf is much more than a piece of history. The area is a vibrant piece of San Francisco's fabric of daily life for locals.
From the older Italian-American gents playing bocce ball in Aquatic Park to fit joggers running the nearby footpaths, Fisherman's Wharf still moves to the rhythm of the city and the Argonaut is happy to call it home.
Housed in the historic Haslett Warehouse, a completely renovated all-brick building over a century old, The Argonaut is the ideal venue to experience the color and ambiance of Fisherman's Wharf. You're also walking distance from other popular nearby attractions including the shops and restaurants of Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the tall ships of Hyde Street Pier and the famous Powell-Hyde Street cable car turn-around.
Many who visit us call these attractions the highlight of their stay. We're just lucky enough to call it our front yard.
The Argonaut Hotel Offers Easy Access Pier 39
Two decades ago, one of San Francisco's most popular attractions was inaugurated at the Embarcadero. Lucky for us all, Pier 39 is just a short walk from the front door of the Argonaut. Here, shops, restaurants and boutiques cluster on the pier, and give you "one-stop shopping" for ultimate San Francisco Bay experiences. At Pier 39 that can mean anything from shopping at multiple boutiques to a sunset sail on a catamaran that will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge. (Yes, that's one for the bucket list). But even from your seat at a cafe here, your views of iconic sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are spectacular.
And speaking of getting some rare views of San Francisco, you won't want to miss the crown jewel of Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay. Featuring thousands of local sea creatures on display, this is your chance to go eyeball to eyeball with an array of denizens of the deep as you walk through oversized clear tubes that leave you surrounded - and amazed by San Francisco's aquatic residents.
Maritime National Historic Park
A Hotel With History: The Argonaut Hotel Includes The SF Maritime National Historical Park's Visitors Center And Interactive Museum
It's hard to imagine a better location for the Argonaut hotel. Housed in the century-old Haslett warehouse, we have San Francisco's vibrant past infused into every corner our all-brick building. That's especially true when you consider that the national park's Visitors Center and Interactive Museum is located right within our four walls. This is where you can do everything from view vintage navigation equipment to experience a sensory "A Walk Along The Waterfront" exhibit that recreates the sights and sound of the wharf's Golden Era.
Beyond the Visitors Center, there's more to explore in the park. Want to go back in time and raise sails on an historic schooner and sing sea chantys? Check. Just head to Hyde Park Pier where gracious sailing-era ships such as the Balclutha and CA Thayer are moored. There are also ranger-led tours of the park and guided historic walking tours of the waterfront. Or you can simply stroll the quiet paths and picnic on the lawn and take in the incredible Bay views and breathe the fresh, briny air.
Our staff knows just where to go!
Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Argonaut Hotel helps you make the most of your San Francisco stay getting our staff's favorite picks and insider tips for you.
We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in San Francisco, what would you do? They all have their ideas, so all you have to do is ask them and then you can Live Like a Local.