Once an industrious, working waterfront where fishermen pulled in crab and fish by the boatload, Fisherman’s Wharf today is more of a family-friendly tourist hub and shopping center more than anything else. The many nearby chain hotels fit right in with the area’s commercial vibe, but travelers wanting to stay somewhere with more local character will do well at one of these four boutique hotels.
Taking inspiration from the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf, this hotel has a chic and industrial vibe that makes it stand out from other mid-range boutique properties in the area. The 233 nautically-themed rooms feature dangling Edison pendant lights and metal locker-style wardrobes, plus amenities like mini-fridges and coffeemakers; some offer sitting areas. Hotel features include a 24-hour gym, a stylish bistro, a lounge bar, a mini-market, and a VIP clubhouse. Multiple meeting rooms, and a large courtyard are available for private events. There’s no full-service restaurant, but this property is one of the best options in its category in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Converted from an 1908 fruit canning factory and reopened in 2003 with 252 nautical-themed rooms and suites, the Argonaut is one of Fisherman's Wharf's trendiest options. Spacious rooms have more character than the nearby chain hotels, and their amenities include comfortable pillow-top beds, flat-screen TVs, minibars, large safes, coffeemakers with free coffee, and free Wi-Fi. A block from Ghirardelli Square, the hotel's location makes some of San Francisco's most popular attractions easily accessible.
Hotel Zoe is an elegant mid-range property with an excellent location in Fisherman's Wharf. Soft track lighting and a chandelier give give the lobby a classy vibe, while black-and-white photos of historic Fisherman's Wharf create a sense of place. The 221 rooms feature stylish contemporary decor, mini-fridges, 50-inch flat-screen HDTVs, and clothes steamers; some suites even have gas fireplaces. Amenities are geared toward business travelers, with an Italian restaurant, lots of meeting space, and the option of catering and private dining. However, the hotel's location makes it an equally attractive option for sightseers.
Formerly a Radisson, Hotel Zephyr completed a $32 million renovation in 2015, which gave the waterfront hotel a funky maritime theme and an outdoor lounge space. The maritime theme has a playful bent, with walls made of old shipping containers and chairs shaped out of reclaimed metal signage from the waterfront. The interior of the elevator is decorated with text taken from Moby Dick in a vintage-typewriter font. Local artists were brought on to decorate the space and recycled materials were used throughout. The heart of the hotel is "The Yard," an eclectic outdoor lounge with seating around fire pits, a unique rusty-pipe water fountain, and a super-sized version of Jenga. Even its 361 guest rooms have a playful spirit, stocked with dart boards, iPod docks, and 48-inch smart TVs.