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SAN FRANCISCO’s BEST ●Hotels●Fisherman’s Wharf

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Argonaut  495 Jefferson St./Hyde St., Fisherman’s Wharf.  4 stories; 252 rooms.  Fitness room.  Restaurant; room service.  Valet parking.  Located in a 1907 warehouse that once was the largest fruit and vegetable cannery in the world, this well-situated, stylish hotel is leased from the National Park Service.  All lease money goes toward preservation of the historic ships at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, which is just across the street and whose visitor center and interactive museum is located on the hotel’s ground floor.  In line with its nautical theme, the primary-colored lobby has a fleet of deck chairs to lounge in, and the hotel’s early 20th-century architectural features include natural brick walls and the building’s original massive Douglas fir wood beams that are more than 1-foot square.  Nautical room décor includes an oversize porthole-like mirror and captain’s-style swivel desk chair.  Some rooms have a view of the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz, and suites are equipped with brass telescopes. 
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          The brick-walled Blue Mermaid Restaurant continues the nautical theme and offers hand-crafted cocktails and a variety of chowders and traditional seafood items, among them excellent deep-fried calamari and fish & chips. 

Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman’s Wharf  1300 Columbus Ave./North Point St.  5 stories; 243 rooms.  Heated pool; fitness room.  3 restaurants; room service.  Self-parking.  This well-located hotel comprises two buildings across the street from each other and takes up almost two entire blocks.  A coin-operated laundry is available.

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Hotel Zephyr  250 Beach St./Powell St; 4 stories; 355 rooms;.  Heated pool; fitness room.  Self-parking.  Covering an entire block, this lodging has some rooms with bay and city views.  The pool is located within an enclosed courtyard, and a Johnny Rockets opens adjacent.  Guest rooms are decorated attractively with full-wall murals depicting the Golden Gate Bridge, and the sleep number bed underneath the mural lets you determine whether you have a soft or firm mattress.  Among the several hotel entrances and exits is one that allows you to exit into the beating heart of Fisherman’s Wharf.  A Game Room features a pool table and table tennis, and an outdoor yard has the city’s largest periscope and fire pits made from recycled soda cans. 

Hotel Zoe  425 North Point St./Mason St.  4 stories; 221 rooms.  Evening wine; restaurant; room service.  Valet parking $36.  This pleasantly appointed small hotel is reputed to be popular with filmmakers.  Complimentary hot drinks and biscotti are available each morning. 
          Appealing Cafe Pescatore has windows that open to the sidewalk in warm weather and features a menu of fresh fish, pizza baked in a wood-burning oven, and pastas.

Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf  555 North Point St./Jones St.  5 stories; 313 rooms.  Heated lap pool; hot tub; sauna; fitness room.  Restaurant; room service.  No pets.  Valet parking.  This attractive hotel recycles the historic façade of a former marble works building that was here and incorporates it into a modern interpretation of the building’s original design.  Decor is spare and modern, the color scheme is chocolate brown, and all bathrooms have ceiling-mounted sunflower showerheads.  Washers and dryers are available.
          The particularly family-friendly Knuckles Historic Sports Bar and Grill has a children’s menu and a game area with shuffleboard and a pool table.  It boasts 28 televisions, has 12 beers on tap, and peanuts are free.

Pier 2620 Hotel  2620 Jones St./Bay St.  3 stories; 234 rooms.  Fitness room.  Restaurant; room service.  No pets.  Self-parking & valet.  This motel claims to have the largest guest rooms at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Rooms vary in size but beds are made with cotton sheets and comforters and bathrooms have granite counters. 

RIU Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf  2500 Mason St./Beach St.  4 stories; 529 rooms.  Heated pool; fitness room.  2 restaurants; room service.  Valet parking.  This huge hotel takes up an entire city block.  It has spacious rooms, an “outdoor living room” with firepits, and that rarest of San Francisco amenities--a heated swimming pool.

San Francisco Marriott Fisherman's Wharf  1250 Columbus Ave./Bay St.  5 stories; 285 rooms.  Fitness room; sauna.  Restaurant; room service.  Valet parking.Comfortable public spaces include a relaxing lobby lounge equipped with a fireplace. 

Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf  2655 Hyde St./North Point St.  4 stories; 24 suites.  All kitchens.  No pets.  Self-parking.  Staying here is like living in an apartment building and makes it possible to feel like a local rather than a visitor.  In addition to offering most of the comforts of home, this lodging is located 1 block from Ghirardelli Square and is right on the Hyde Street cable car line.  It has a rooftop observation deck with a spectacular view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, and a newspaper is delivered to the door each morning.

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