The staff is helpful and pleasant. Clerk offered no-cost upgrade to suite (one bedroom with sitting room) for free. The location is good for us to be close to family. Having to drive in the Bay Area is a hassle with traffic galore. But Coral Reef is badly in need of updating. noisy Toilet ran constantly; had to close doors to keep it from bothering us at nite. Even though had kitchenette, nothing provided, not even wash cloth or soap. overhead fan in br very noisy, (like horses hooves on stone) turn it on to cool down and then turn off. Cleaning staff inconsistent at best. One day, bathroom supplies replenished but bed not made; several days towels were taken and not replaced, don't think the floor was vacuumed during our stay (at least some areas remained dirty, found paper under couch, etc.) Had two TV's, one in bedroom didn't work. Both were old picture-tube type, not flat screen and obviously not HD. No DVD player.
If you are not familiar with the Bay Area, Alameda is an island just off Oakland, across the bay from SF. The hotel is a block from the bay and you are close to wonderful walks, bird sanctuary. The Bay Area can have huge ranges of kind of weather and temperatures. Summer here can include foggy, overcast 50-60 degree weather or nice sunny days. you need to prepare for both. A short walk you can see SF across the bay. Beautiful view. There is a WONDERFUL ferry service from Alameda to SF Fishermans' Wharf. IT IS ONLY WAY TO TRAVEL THERE; AVOID DRIVING AT ALL COSTS.
for us, the location would bring us back, only to avoid driving from nearby areas. My sister found a suite in a private home and IT WAS WONDERFUL. Check out those possibilities.
In summary, the location overall was quiet, did have free off-street parking. Continental breakfast provided (donuts, cereal, juice, coffee). Internet was fairly good at this particular room. Wish they would update the place and give better attention to servicing room.
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- Also Known As:
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- Coral Reef Inn And Suites
- Coral Reef Alameda