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Where should we stay??????????

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Vancouver, Canada
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Where should we stay??????????

We are visiting Oakland and would like to stay at a nice hotel that is close to shopping and in a nice "wander-able" disctrict..that is centrally located We also have tix to a baseball game...

We will be staying a few days.

I've read some feedback and now I'm fretting that Oakland might not be the safest or best location to stay! Can someone help with some suggestions? We want to stay in Oakland - but maybe it's better to stay somewhere else and just go to the game!

San Francisco
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for Borrego Springs, San Francisco, Solana Beach
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reviews: 26
1. Re: Where should we stay??????????

There is a BART station right at the Coliseum (there's a walkway from the station to the stadium) so it's not necessary to stay in Oakland just to go to a baseball game.

Do you have a reason, other than the game, for wanting to stay in Oakland?

Vancouver, Canada
posts: 2
reviews: 3
2. Re: Where should we stay??????????

No real reason to stay in Oakland - other than the ball game. We would stay in SFO but it's pretty expensive...but all suggestions welcome and appreciated....

Dublin, California
posts: 10,406
reviews: 30
3. Re: Where should we stay??????????

The Marriott is in an OK area. You may want to consider Emeryville, which has a lot of hotel and a nice downtown shopping area.

Santa Cruz...
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for Santa Cruz
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4. Re: Where should we stay??????????

Why in the world would you want to stay in Oakland, when one of the most beautiful cities in the world is just across the Bay and easily accessible.

Go to the San Francisco forum and the folks there can find you a reasonable hotel and then you can take inexpensive BART to your ballgame.

Dublin, California
posts: 10,406
reviews: 30
5. Re: Where should we stay??????????

Oh boy, here we go. You'll be bombarded with long and detailed replies as to why you should stay in San Francisco. Oakland gets a bad rep, sometimes deserved, sometimes not. It really depends on why you want to be in Oakland for a few days. Is it just to see one ball game? What other things do you want to do?

San Francisco
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for Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park
posts: 10,438
reviews: 41
6. Re: Where should we stay??????????

This is not about Oakland's bad rep, deserved or not.

It is about whether or not someone should spend days in a suburban hotel because they are going to a ball game nearby, instead of staying in the middle of an exciting city with countless things for visitors to do, and public transit that will get them to all those places without having to cross the Bay.

If you stay in any suburb or airport hotel, you will spend time and money to get to San Francisco. You probably commute every day for your job. If you want to commute on vacation too, you are very unlike most folks. The wasted time is the issue--do you really want to be on a crammed train or bumper-to-bumper freeway in the morning when you could have gotten up in your San Francisco hotel, looked out the window at the view, and had a leisurely breakfast while planning out your day?

If you're interested in visiting a city, staying in that city gives you the real experience. We call it ambience. You don't just go to it, you're immersed in it. You can go to your room during the day for a rest, a change of shoes, or to drop off purchases. You can stay out late and enjoy dinner or a show or club and not worry about missing the last train back. You can step outside at 11:00 p.m. in some neighborhoods and find an all-night restaurant or store; if you're at Union Square, you can go to the 24-hour Walgreen's and buy your S.F. souvenirs and sit up until 1:00 a.m. writing your postcards home, listening to the cable cars that run until almost 1:00. In many suburban locations, you won't have anything to do except maybe turn on the TV at 8:00. Ho hum.

Dublin, California
posts: 10,406
reviews: 30
7. Re: Where should we stay??????????

Oakland is s suburb? Maybe OP is not interested in visiting SF. That's why I asked what else will he be doing besides the ball game.

Oakland, California
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for Yosemite National Park
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reviews: 26
8. Re: Where should we stay??????????

If you decide to stay in the East Bay, here are a few suggestions:

1) Stay in Emeryville, which is at the foot of the Bay Bridge. There is a Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott Suites, and Woodfin that actually have beautiful views of the City and the bay. There is a shopping and restaurant area there, although the best restaurants of the East Bay (and there are many) are situated elsewhere. There is a free shuttle to BART so you can get to your game or to the City.

2) Stay in downtown Oakland at the Marriott there. There are some nice restaurants nearby tho not much shopping. You are right on the BART line there.

3) Stay at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. Not that cheap, though. But it is right on the bay with a lovely outdoor pool and a number of nice restaurants nearby. Sadly most of the shopping there has shut down so it's pretty quiet there. It has the advantage of being right by the ferry for a trip to SF, but has the downside of being about 12 blocks to BART. HOWEVER:

If you have tickets to an A's game just to see some American baseball, might I recommend that you check into getting tickets to a Giants game instead? The stadium is the most beautiful in the country and the ambience is much better. AND the ferry takes you right there! I know, I live in Oakland and I'm a traitor to my home team here, but really, the Oakland Coliseum is a lousy place to see a game!!

Berkeley, California
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for Berkeley
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9. Re: Where should we stay??????????

I wholeheartedly agree that you should not stay in a suburban or airport hotel! The experience will be Anytown U.S.A. and very dull.

Luckily for you, Oakland is not a suburb. It's a beautiful city located across the San Francisco Bay from another beautiful city (San Francisco). Oakland has its own wonderful culture, restaurants, bars, clubs, and points of interest--with the added bonus of sunny weather and a can-do attitude (both of which can be harder to find in SF). Plus it is just as easy to get around Oakland as it is SF on public transit--so no car needed!

Unfortunately the one real challenge with Oakland is accommodations. Many of the hotels are poorly located or somewhat lacking in amenities. The Waterfront Hotel (Jack London Square) and Claremont Hotel (right on top of the Oakland/Berkeley border) are probably the best bets. Otherwise you may need to venture to next-door-neighbor Berkeley for good hotels (Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Hotel Durant, etc.). Emeryville is a small city next to Oakland that offers many chain hotel options, but you won't get a proper Bay Area experience there--the Anytown U.S.A. feel is alive and well in the area surrounding the hotels.

That being said, if you do expect to spend the majority of your visit in San Francisco rather than the East Bay, it makes much more sense to stay there. There are countless hotel options surrounding Union Square that are convenient to everything there AND here--just a short BART train or AC Transit bus ride away. You can normally find good hotel deals on sites like Priceline and Hotwire.

San Francisco
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for Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park
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10. Re: Where should we stay??????????

** "I wholeheartedly agree that you should not stay in a suburban or airport hotel! ....Luckily for you, Oakland is not a suburb." **

Just about anywhere else, Oakland would not be a suburb, but a major city worthy of a vacation stay. However, put it a few miles from San Francisco, within view across the Bay....and yeah, Oakland is a suburb.

However, if someone is really insistent on staying in the East Bay, please pick Oakland rather than Hayward, Dublin, Pleasanton, or Concord.