Visitors that come to San Francisco tend to stay at hotels in two distinct areas. One is Union Square, home to the theater district and high end retail stores. The other is of course, the Fisherman’s Wharf area, essentially a must-see spot for many local attractions.

Although some residents and travelers will say Fisherman’s Wharf is far too touristy, it’s also home to some of the best hotels. On top of that, it does have phenomenal bayside views and a variety of outstanding restaurants. Furthermore, for families with children, it’s definitely the best spot to stay in the City by the Bay.

Still need more persuasion? I know this because I’ve had the privilege of staying of each of these following places. Here are my five personal recommendations for lodging in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood.

Please visit each hotel’s website for special deals and packages.


Exterior of the AAA Four StarArgonaut Hotel near San Francisco Fisherman's Whar
Argonaut Hotel (credit: Randy Yagi)

Argonaut Hotel

495 Jefferson St.
San Francisco, CA  94109
(415) 563-0800

Housed within a historic warehouse building,  Argonaut is similarly acclaimed for its accommodations and dining. Not only that, it’s dog friendly and a AAA-Four Star Award winner for 18 consecutive years. Graced with a nautical-themed decor, this boutique hotel offers 252 nicely furnished rooms and 13 suites. Equally impressive is the casual  Blue Mermaid Restaurant led by Executive Chef Erick Sison. Argonaut charges a daily amenity fee. Nevertheless it includes access to a 24-hour fitness center and complimentary Wi-Fi and bike rentals. San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf is just a few minutes away.


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Luxurious living space inside the two bedroom residence at the Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square
2-Br Luxury Suite, Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square (credit: Randy Yagi)


Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

900 N. Point St., Suite D100
San Francisco, CA  94109
(415) 268-9900

With an important connection to the City’s earliest days, Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square is Fisherman’s Wharf only 5-star hotel. Furthermore, it offers some of the largest and finest accommodations in San Francisco. Among exceptional services and amenities are 24-hour butler service and in-room dining delivery. For leisure, Ghirardelli Square offers upscale dining, retail shopping and a Ghirardelli Chocolate store.


Interior space at Hotel Zephyr San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Zephyr. (credit: Randy Yagi)


Hotel Zephyr Fisherman’s Wharf

250 Beach St.
San Francisco, CA  94133
(415) 617-6565

In the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, Hotel Zephyr is an upscale spot accentuated by its “shipyard chic”. With many of its 361 guest rooms providing bayside views, Hotel Zephyr particularly stands out for its accommodations. That’s not to mention the great game room, spacious outdoor patio and it’s delightfully dog friendly. Hotel Zephyr’s daily resort fee includes complimentary amenities like a reusable Hotel Zephyr water bottle and bike rentals.


Signature king suite with separate living room at Hotel Zoe in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood
Signature King Suite, Hotel Zoe (credit: Randy Yagi)


Hotel Zoe Fisherman’s Wharf

425 N. Point St.
San Francisco, CA  94133
(415) 561-110

A short stroll from most any Fisherman’s Wharf attraction, Hotel Zoe ranks among San Francisco’s best hotels. Each of the 221 guest rooms are stylishly furnished with a luxury yacht décor. As nice as the guest rooms are, the suites are especially nice, with additional features and a separate living space. Hotel Zoe also offers superb Italian cuisine at Pescatore Trattoria, led by Executive Chef Rafael Mayoral. Hotel Zoe’s daily amenity fee includes complimentary bike rentals, food credits and passes to Crunch Fitness. Lastly, Hotel Zoe is pet friendly like Hotel Zephyr other “Z hotels” in the city.


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Interior of the new luxury hotel The Alton, one block from San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
The Kimpton Alton (credit: Randy Yagi)


Kimpton Alton Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf

495 Beach St.
San Francisco, CA  94133
(415) 771-9000

The newest hotel in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood instantly emerged as one of the finest. The latest addition from San Francisco’s original boutique brand, the pet-friendly Alton features nearly 250 rooms, including Specialty Suites. Coupled with a laid back California décor yet with stellar hospitality, the Alton is an exceptionally impressive hotel. Surprisingly, there is more to come from the Kimpton Alton after it unveils its highly anticipated new Restaurant Abacá. Although a daily amenity fee is assessed, it includes an in-room Victrola record player and a walking tour. Additionally, the Alton offers loaner bikers, pet amenities and hosted social hour.

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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, Engadget and He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University, U.S. Army veteran and lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.