School is in, which means week-long vacations will have to wait a while. If you’re still craving a little getaway, why not plan a sweet staycation right in San Francisco? If you want to play tourist, there’s no better place than Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39 and the rest of the Embarcadero. Best part? We found the sweetest hotel—The Argonaut—that’s smack dab in the middle of all the action. Keep reading to find out more.
This charming boutique hotel is located on the corner of Jefferson and Hyde Street, in the historic Haslett Warehouse. You’ll immediately be drawn in by the nautical-inspired decor, exposed brick wall and friendly staff. There’s a roaring fire in the evenings, a wine-tasting bar off the entrance, and The Argonaut shares it’s billing with the San Francisco Maritime National Park’s Visitor Center, so there’s always something interesting to look at on your way in or out of the hotel.
Nautical/seaside decor such as gorgeous wallpaper (think gilded octopus graphics), exposed brick walls, seal stuffies for the little guests, rich blue hues and plantation shutters are a similar thread throughout all the rooms, which vary from spacious guestrooms to larger suites.
photo: courtesy of The Argonaut
The Blue Mermaid
Be sure to dine at The Argonaut’s signature restaurant. It is known for the clam chowder, but the corn and crab chowder is also delicious, with generous chunks of crab and green onions to give it a zing. For apps, the asparagus and prosciutto is a must. The asparagus is served crisp, with a creamy balsamic reduction. The half oysters on the shell are also delicious and fresh.
You can’t beat The Argonaut for its location. Stroll over the Maritime Museum, or grab a complimentary bike and head toward Fort Mason and Crissy Field, all while admiring the Golden Gate Bridge on the horizon. Head the other direction toward Pier 39 to appreciate the sweeping Bay views, which of course, include Angel Island and Alcatraz. Or, if you want to play total tourist, hop on the Hyde Street Cable Car (when was the last time you did that?!) and go shopping at Union Square. If it’s education fun you want, A quick cab ride will take you up the Embarcadero to the Exploratorium, which is a Bay Area favorite for all families. For more ideas on how to spend your staycation with the family, check out our ultimate list of things to do with kids in San Francisco.
Rates start at $260 per night
496 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Editor’s Note: This hotel experience was paid for by The Argonaut Hotel, but all opinions belong to the writer.
Photos by Gabby Cullen unless noted otherwise.