image of a green plant

Eco Facts

Learn what makes our San Francisco hotel eco-friendly

The Argonaut is certified as a Green Business by the Department of the Environment and has been recognized with 4 Green Keys by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. In addition, it has achieved GreenLeader Gold Level status with Tripadvisor.

We push well beyond Green Business Program or Green Key requirements with eco-friendly efforts to preserve and protect the indoor and outdoor environment.

Eco Facts

Check out why we're a green hotel in San Francisco, and what makes us that way. From LED light bulbs to motion-sensor control panels in guest rooms and public spaces, stem battery power to low-flow water valves, environmentally responsible cleaning solutions to ongoing recycling efforts, we make sure that not only is our hotel green, but we make sure it's easy for you to be green too.

Preserve, Protect, Inspire

The Argonaut is a certified Green Business, and we're proud of it, but we’re also continually developing eco-friendly efforts to preserve and protect the environment, while still offering an indulgent (and healthier) hotel experience.

Water Conservation

The hotel’s water-saving systems, water miser faucet control valves and toilets, account for a 15% reduction in annual water use.

Diversion From Landfill

No more tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Instead, our guests may treat themselves or someone special to the yummy scent and body-drenching nourishment of our Lather bath & body essentials in large shower pump bottles.

We also recycle our kitchen grease into bio fuel and compost, further helping us divert as much as 74% of the hotel’s waste stream from landfill.

Breathing Through The Outdoors

According to the EPA, indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air. We raise indoor air quality by circulating large amounts of outdoor air into guest rooms (all our Bay View accommodations and Suites have windows that open!). The hotel also uses low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) carpets and pads, sealants, paints and adhesives.

Reduction of Chemicals

We use Green Seal certified cleaning products, resulting in sustainability and simplicity by producing environmentally responsible cleaning solutions right here on property, automatically and available as needed. Our team reuses bottles and reduces hazards with non-irritating cleaners.

Second Time Around

A winner of the 2009 California Preservation Foundation Design Award for Large Rehabilitation Projects, the Argonaut represents an alteration, renovation and seismic strengthening of a 4 story, 200,000 sf building dating from 1907 that served as the warehouse for the Cannery. The building, constructed of heavy timber and thick brick bearing walls, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The warehouse, owned by the National Park Service, was converted to a hotel with a National Maritime Visitor Center at Ground Level in 2003.


Our guests are free to check out our complimentary bicycles to explore San Francisco safely and comfortably without the hassle of gas, traffic and parking. And if you arrive by electric car, our garage offers complimentary juice bars for those who valet-park their vehicles with us.

Local & Organic

Our famed Blue Mermaid Restaurant & Bar features a menu that brims with Barbary Coast heritage and Gold Rush nostalgia, all prepared with a twist of San Francisco sizzle. Dishes like three types of homemade chowders, steamed mussels and classic cioppino are prepared in an Earth-friendly fashion respectful of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's sustainable fisheries guidelines. Cuisine here is paired with a selection of wines, microbrew beer, and hand crafted cocktails.

Community Efforts

Aside from the Argonaut housing the National Park Visitor Center, the partnership has created many opportunities to directly benefit the community. One such wonderful co-op is the Historic Waterfront Walking Tour, offered every Sunday & Every Saturday, between 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Hotel guests, visitors and locals alike get to stroll with a Park Ranger to discover the history of this vibrant area on this mile-long tour through the Aquatic Park Historic District, the Cannery, Hyde Street Pier, and "Fish Alley" at Fisherman's Wharf. For more information, visit the National Park Service website.

Through its affiliation with Noble House Hotels & Resorts, and being a recognized leader in the San Francisco hospitality community, the Argonaut believes in prideful practices to aid and assist its community. The team regularly donates and volunteers with local partners that benefit a variety of needful and impacting non-profit organizations. The Argonaut seeks out and assists various local partners, and donates time, space and services in an ongoing effort to improve the community.

Same Light, Less Energy

The adaptive reuse of the famed Haslett Warehouse into the Argonaut Hotel included major structural alterations (e.g. creation of a light well in the building center) for the hotel conversion.

We reduce greenhouse gases by using LED light bulbs in a majority of fixtures. Guestrooms and event spaces alike are equipped with motion sensors, and the hotel is a recognized participant in the Step Up And Power Down initiative by PG&E.

The recent installation of a stem battery helps us save electricity during the peak demand, providing automated peak reduction through a combination of high definition data which allows demand response signals to take a load off the grid.