The Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco is well-known for its uniformed Beefeater doormen — one of which is the city’s most famed hotel staffer, Tom Sweeney, who has been posted on Powell Street for over 25 years. According to local legend, Mr. Sweeney holds the honor of being the most photographed person in San Francisco.
But he — and his Beefeater colleagues — just might have some competition. Meet Doorman John from the nautical-themed Argonaut Hotel: he’s friendly, he’s fun, and he’s rockin’ puffy sleeves and a sweet hat like it ain’t no thang.
Both hotels are run by Kimpton, a hotel company that is apparently quite skilled at finding and hiring gentlemen who are very, very good sports. Give the Argonaut a few more years (it opened in 2003; the Drake has been around since 1928), and those sailor-ish uniforms just might creep into just as many San Francisco photographs as those Beefeaters.