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Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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10 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Maine
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This hotel has great views of the waterfront and friendly service. In looking around the city it appears this is the best Oakland has to offer. There are many restaurants near by and the ferry to San Francisco is a few minutes walk away. I would take exception to the hotel billing itself as a boutique hotel as the rooms... More 

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bosaki, Manager at Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

vacation023, thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience with us. Location, location, location is key. We have many options here in Jack London square from high end restaurants like Haven, Bocanova and Lungomare and the casual like Planks, Fat Lady and my favorite Home of Chicken and Waffles and they can be open until 2am. Thanks again... More 

Healdsburg, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

For our tenth wedding anniversary, my husband and I stayed once again at the Waterfront, our favorite spot in Oakland. At reception, a smiling Imee and Sara informed us that we were staying in the penthouse suite, and that there was a gift awaiting us! We thought perhaps there was a mistake, yet we opened the doors to an impressive... More 

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bosaki, Manager at Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

SBkennedy05, we love to love our guest. Happy 10th Anniversary. That is amazing. I hope I get there someday. I am getting married this year. How exciting!! Our team was excited to hear that you were sharing your fantastic day with us and decided to make it special for you. I will make sure to share with Imee, Sara and... More 

Newport, Rhode Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Stayed at the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland for three nights and had a fabulous time. The hotel staff was friendly, professional and helpful. I had a spectacular room with a large balcony overlooking the Oakland waterfront across to Alameda. The rooms are generous and comfortable with great bathrooms and plenty of elbow room. The beds are... More 

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bosaki, Manager at Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Sally H, thank you for the wonderful review and taking the time in sharing your experience with us. We are proud about our service and we are thrilled to hear that we were able to make an impact on you. Location makes a big difference. We do have many options of transportation to all of your needs to San Francisco.... More 

Highland, Maryland
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175 reviews 175 reviews
63 hotel reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We enjoyed being here. We had a view overlooking the water and ferry dock. Saw big Sabal Palms as we looked towards shore from our bed -- which was VERY comfortable. Downstairs lobby is inviting, with a nice fireplace. Internet very good. A famous SF jazz club --Yoshi's -- is only steps away. Only down side -- the towels are... More 

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bosaki, Manager at Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Richard_Traveller, thank you for the wondeful review about our hotel. Location, location, location is what I am talking about. The Palm trees, the water and the views. Heaven. I am so glad you were able to chill and relax with us. This is a hidden gem where people do not have to go far to escape and just decompress. The... More 

Eureka
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Located in the Jack London Square area, lots of little eateries and such. Great stroll along the marina boardwalk (actual boards!). Check-in was great. Valet only, but really nice and efficient. Front desk was no problem. Lounge area a bit small, but nice fireplace and comfy seating. As requested, we got top floor (three stories) at end of hall (quiet... More 

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bosaki, Manager at Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Randlburger, thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience with our hotel. We are excited to hear that you had a wonderful time at the Waterfront. The stroll in Jack London Square can be very relaxing and fun. Yes, you had one of our Water Suite rooms that has a great balcony. We do not have many of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Waterfront hotel in Jack London Square is a great jewel in Oakland. The hotel staff is always very pleasant. The rooms are clean an very comfortable and tastefully decorated in nautical themes. The location is excellent for romantic getaways. There are places to play like Plank, a new sportsbar with bowling and an arcade and great restaurants like Scott's,... More 

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bosaki, Manager at Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Lisakis, thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience with our hotel. You are right about the jewel in Oakland, just across the bay from San Francisco. It is about location, where we have tons of places to eat and tons of things to do. From bowling at Planks, jogging around Jack London Square near the water and... More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Hotel Staff very pleseant esp. Imee, nice hotel, a little dated, but as good as it gets in oakland. Watch out for the trains though they run all night. Get a balcony room if you can. Can't say enough about the professionalism and willingness to be accommodating by Imee

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Todd P, thank you for your time in writing a reivew abou the Waterfront Hotel. We are exctied to hear that Imee, our front office agent made an impression during your stay. The balcony rooms are the popular rooms. You have the wonderful view of the water and you can sit and enjoy some wine in the evening or some... More 

Hayward, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My husband and I stay @ Jack London Square every Christmas and we ALWAYS stay at the Waterfront Hotel. For the first time we stayed this past weekend on March 28, 2015 for a mini spring "staycation: as we live a few miles away. The rooms are clean, smell fresh and the staff are all very helpful, efficient and friendly.... More 

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awest2chat, thanks for the kind words and sharing your experience at the Waterfront Hotel. We are excited to hear that you had a great time and you were able to take advantage of Jack London Square and what it provids. I like to call our property a little hidden gem across the hustle city of San Francisco. We are a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My wife and I were visiting from Arizona and had originally planned to stay at her sister's group community guest room. After finding that thear neighbors we're not ok with us having a small, quiet, shed free dog, we decided we needed to find another place to stay for the remainder of our trip. Then we found the Water Front.... More 

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kerestesrobotics, thank you for the great review and spending time in sharing your experience with the Waterfront Hotel. I am thrilled to hear that you were able to enjoy yourselves. Imee was estatic to see her name mentioned. Yes, we do have balcony rooms that face the water. It is nice on beautiful morning when the sun is rising and... More 

Portland, Oregon
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The staff was wonderful to me, even sewing up a torn pocket on my rain jacket. I would certainly return. Also, I had business in Oakland, South SF, and San Francisco, and this hotel is located right by a ferry stop. Extremely convenient!

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Morgan G, thank you for taking the time in sharing your experience with us about the hotel. I am happy to hear that we were able to go above and beyond when necessary and make that impact as simple as sewing your raincoat. Yes, we do have a ferry next to us. Location, location, location and having other options for... More 

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