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“Should be 4 stars... minus 1 for continued bad attitude” 3 of 5 stars
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Marina Village Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1151 Pacific Marina, Alameda, CA 94501   |  
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Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Alameda
Orlando, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Should be 4 stars... minus 1 for continued bad attitude”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you want tranquility by the Estuary, this is a great location next to Oakland Yacht Club. I've known this place since the late 1980s... the Inn is painted every few years, but otherwise hasn't had a facelift in decades and shows it. The location is quiet, off the beaten path yet convenient if you have a rental car; its a fair hike to the bus line. There is nothing within walking distance, really... you need a car for this location. Extended Stay America offers a nearly new property in a similar location with better aesthetics and a lower price; consequently, Marina Village Inn is never full or nearly full, there's usually just a few cars in the lot. Unfortunately, even when confronted with the reality of their aging property, lack of amenities and high prices, Management are flat-out pricks to deal with. They will either not answer the phone, not return calls, or just be short and rude when you finally reach them. There are no deals, don't ask. So, for less $ you can stay at the newer, nicer ESA just up the road, leaving pretty much zero reason to stay here. This is not a one-time experience with MVI Management; I spend every summer in Alameda and contacted them in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, with the same miserable experience every time. It's a shame, because its a nice waterfront location on the Estuary walking path... but then again, so is ESA for 20% less.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tucson
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Old and Tired. The only thing "king" about the King Suite was the bed.Way overpriced as it was nothing more than a mom and pop econoroom that happened to have loveseat and desk-that's a suite? Beautiful marina view from the balcony-the only redeeming factor.I'm being generous with the "average" rating. Great location but I'd look elsewhere. By the way the house phone didn't work and the continental breakfast was a few stale bagels and two jars of sugar frosted flakes.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Needed a one night motel stay in Alameda while celebrating a family birthday in Alameda. All the Chain Motels were booked so I took this one. The price was $129--In retrospect, WAAAY to high for the accommodations. The location was exquisite--adjacent to the Oakland Yacht Club facing the estuary. Once we found our room (no help from the surly front desk kid) we found a musty shabby room. A King bed dominated the room; crammed into the corner against the non working air conditioner was a worn and stained sofa bed. The pillows were shredded foam that felt like 10,000 lumps in grey tinged pillow cases. The bathroom was spotless but missing an entire set of towels. The phone was caked with other people's residue and the screen door hardly opened without brute force.
Breakfast (packaged bear claws and frozen bagels) was available--there were no cups or plates and no front desk help either. Helped myself to cups and plates from the open storage room and received an admonishment from the continued surly and lackadaisical front desk child. TV blasting added to the ambience (not). Owned by the family Patel, they need a lesson in adjusting to the tastes of the people they service. All in all a true rip off.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Ripon, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Marina Village Inn needs to really upgrade their rooms. Old everything in the rooms. It is located in a very nice area overlooking the water and boats. But the rooms our terrible for the price that they are asking. We stayed a couple of years ago and this time we picked another hotel which was less expensive and way nicer. We ran into a couple who recently stayed at the Marina Village and told us that they have not changed a thing. The place is still run down and they were very disappointed that they stayed there.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

My husband and I booked a 7 night stay ,air conditioner never worked, had to request clean towels, shower door wouldn't close, no extra pillows, pillows the size or travel pillows. When asked for AC repair, pillows was told no open rooms . In morning wait for coffee for over an hour. Located in an Industrial park, empty buildings, shopping center has Insurance, CVS, and businesss, tabacco shop. Not once did the staff try to find solution to problem. Decided to leave and was nevr asked was there anything they could do so we would stay. I wouldnt recommend this hotel to anyone friend or foe.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, California, United States
2 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I personally had a great stay here! My boyfriend came for a visit so we decided to book this last minute and it turned out to be a great experience. I enjoyed the location and the room. It didnt smell and was peacefully quiet. Downtown alameda is pretty cute! i didnt expect anything crazy but there are great japanese restaurants down there to try!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I'm always so amazed by the disparity of reviews. I've stayed at the Marina Village Inn three times in the past couple years. It's a lovely location on Alameda, right next to the Yacht Club. I look being able to look out over the boats in the Marina. On the various times I have stayed at MVI, I have found the accommodations to be completely acceptable. The first time, we got bumped up to the bigger room and it was really great. We had a balcony (kind of rundown, but whatever) overlooking the boats. WE loved it. It's about on par with a nice Motel 6, but safe and fun because of the area. I don't recall any weird smells or any complaints about the linens. The breakfast was plenty to fill me up -- but I wasn't expecting eggs or waffles or anything. I'll definitely be going back.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1151 Pacific Marina, Alameda, CA 94501
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Location: United States > California > Alameda
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Alameda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Marina Village Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 51
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