If you're taking a cruise out of the San Francisco Port, chances are you'll be looking for a hotel to spend the prior night in. The hotels lining the famed Fisherman's Wharf offer an ideal place to start your vacation. This area is bustling and just steps from everything. Take a ride on the city's famed trolleys up the steep San Fransisco hills into the fashion district. From there you can even take the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) anywhere in the city. Or stay at the wharf and enjoy shopping, street performers, and views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz prison. It's all right there in Fisherman's Wharf, and that's exactly why you'll want to book your hotel room here.
495 Jefferson St.
San Fransisco, CA 94109
For a taste of luxury, book a room in this boutique hotel overlooking the hills of California. Located in the heart of the Wharf, the Argonaut offers charming nautical-inspired rooms with sweeping water views. The hotel strives to be green in its ventures. In fact, if you're driving in, come in a hybrid car and receive a 25 percent discount on parking. You can book an in-room spa service here that will put you in a relaxed state of mind before your cruise even begins. A business center, fitness center and room service round out the amenities list. Overnight room rates begin at $228.
The Wharf Inn
2601 Mason St.
San Fransisco, CA 94133
The reigning champion of the "Best Value in Fisherman's Wharf" for five years running (2010), the Wharf Inn is iconic for its old world sign and prime location in the heart of all the action. The Inn features free high speed Internet, free parking, complimentary morning coffee and newspapers and is completely smoke free. Given all these freebies, the hotel's enviable location, and the fact there there are just under 60 guest rooms, you can bet this place sells out quickly. Call early to ensure room availability. Rates begin at $148 per night.
Fairmont Heritage Place
900 North Point St.
San Fransisco, CA 94109
Rounding out the non-chain hotels in the Wharf area, the Fairmont is located in Ghiradelli Square, very close to the Wharf. What's different about the Fairmont is that you can book up to a three-bedroom guest suite, making this the ideal stopping place for large groups of families traveling together. The feel is distinctly that of a downtown loft. Services abound here including child care, in-room dining, grocery shopping (for longer stays), a complimentary daily wine and cheese reception, and a billiard room. Make sure you take the elevator to the roof to take in the stunning views from the outdoor patio area overlooking the bay. Rates are lofty, starting at $699 per night.
There are a long list of hotels with names you will recognize in the Wharf and Bay area. If you're looking for something familiar, try the Best Western Tuscan Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt, Radison, Marriott or Sheraton Hotel. All of these name brands are located near or at the Wharf and offer the pricing and amenities you're accustomed to finding at their other nationwide locations.