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Argonaut Hotel

The location of this boutique hotel, in a former brick warehouse at the western end of Fisherman's Wharf, makes it prime lodging for families exploring the waterfront. It shares first-floor space with the visitor center for the Maritime National Historical Park. Across the street is the Hyde Street Pier, where the Balclutha and other historic ships are docked. Around the corner is the Powell & Hyde cable car line, and a block away is Ghirardelli Square. Nautical motifs -- anchors, ships' wheels, fish -- abound throughout the hotel, but I was particularly fond of the kinda cool, kinda creepy octopus-print wallpaper in my bathroom. I asked for a quiet room and got one, which meant a view of the central air shaft. However, it was spacious, and the king-size bed, dressed in crisp blue and white linens, was comfortable. 495 Jefferson St.; (415) 563-0800, Doubles from $229.
Anne Harnagel / Los Angeles Times
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