Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco has everything you might be expecting given the name: busy seafood restaurants, refreshing waterfront views – of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, no less – fishing vessels aplenty and a colony of sea lions that adorn the pier each winter. Experience all this first-hand by booking your hotel nearby with Culture Trip.
For its relatively youthful age, San Francisco has a sort of old soul, and a miraculous ability to keep its history and architecture alive. Case in point is the manual cable car network built in 1873 – the only transportation of its kind left on the planet – or the ridiculous hairpin turns of the perilously steep Lombard Street. The magic and wonder of chocolate at Ghirardelli Square is a joy and there are still fishermen, and others, working the wharves as they have been for a couple of centuries – yet Pier 39 has quite literally been turned into a playground. Planning on staying a while? These are the best hotels near Fisherman’s Wharf, California.
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Ever imagined what it must have been like to stay in a property overlooking San Francisco Bay back in the 19th century? No need to use your imagination because the Argonaut Hotel delivers on this fantasy. Built in 1907, his former brick factory has been refurbished to a high standard, with 252 oversized guest rooms offering a comfortable and delightful stay. The seafaring decor throughout reminds you of the nearby wharves and industry just outside, plus if you want to check out another of the famous San Francisco neighborhoods, just hop on one of the cable cars at the stop adjacent to the hotel.
This is the place for those who need a bit of breathing room accompanied by elegant style. These one-, two- and three-bedroom suites are fashioned with dark wood and softly muted colors with stupendous views over the water. As the property is part of the former Ghirardelli factory, you will be at the center of all the action with Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, the Marina District, Golden Gate Park and the Presidio all close by. For dining, try out McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood Restaurant – enjoy the views out to Alcatraz and Angel Island along with dishes such as Chilean sea bass or crab and shrimp stuffed salmon.
It’s appropriate that this sustainably focused hotel on the seafront also partners with the Oceanic Society to protect marine species and habitats. Stylish, bright yet comfortable, this property offers trendy amenities like complimentary cruisers for guests to use to get around. Great attractions like Pier 39 are literally on the doorstep as are top restaurants, such as traditional trattoria Pescatore. The outdoor sitting space is infused with personality as wooden trellises set the backdrop for lounging next to the fire.
This chic family hotel has games, fire pits, a giant telescope, foosball and more in its 8,000sqft (743sqm) outdoor space – embellished with a fire-consuming crate art structure. This “shipyard chic” really does pay homage to the Fisherman’s Wharf surroundings. The 805sqft (75sqm) indoor game room has pool and ping pong tables, tabletop shuffleboard, interactive art and even a photo booth just for fun. The new Zephyr Walk highlights excellent eateries on the premises or close by. IHOP is great for breakfast and just steps from the lobby, while the nearby Bistro Boudin celebrates good food and local history.
The unique guest rooms at this property have real urban style and appeal, while the location is perfect for rubbing shoulders with the locals. You are in the heart of the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood with great restaurants nearby such as Pescatore and the Franciscan Crab Restaurant. Guests are also close to Golden Gate Park, famous for its Japanese Tea Garden, Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden and Botanical Garden. Those more active can hit the beach, try out a round of golf or enjoy a hack at the Golden Gate Park Stables.
This chic property has much to offer – including a secluded outdoor pool with patio, bathrooms featuring rain showers, dedicated concierge staff and 24-hour access to a fitness center. You can find pretty much everything you need here. On-site restaurant Brick and Beam is all about culinary craftsmanship but is also cozy with a welcoming fireplace – a nice place to split a bottle of Napa Valley wine. The Brick and Beam’s Seafood Watch program takes a fresh approach to sustainable seafood, crafting a responsible menu of carefully sourced local foods.
These apartments are ideal for those planning a longer stay, and the property has a rooftop terrace which is perfect for views out to Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Each apartment – either one- or two-bedroom – has a living room, full-size kitchen and bathroom. There is a reception desk and spacious atrium for everyone’s convenience. Hyde Street and North Point Street cable car is a one-minute walk. Great dining is also close by, with several eateries only a few minutes’ walk away.
Kitsch, colorful and fun, the Hotel Caza is the youthful beating heart of the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood. CazBar is the hotel’s drink venue, a great place to pull up and relax while snacks can be purchased anytime at CZ2GO. There is a games room with arcades, Xbox on the 55-inch TV, foosball, pool table, bean bag toss and jumbo Jenga. Kids can also enjoy the many nearby attractions including spotting seals lounging on the wharf, learning about chocolate at Ghirardelli Square and hitting the beach at Golden Gate Park, where there is also horse riding. There is also a movie night for the entire family to enjoy.
These recommendations were updated on September 30, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Lynn Houghton