Really nice affordable hotel.
I was going to the bay area for a few interviews and wanted to stay somewhere affordable near public transit.
This hotel worked great! It was 1.5 blocks from the Bart (2 min walk) and is right in the middle of most of the bus lines. Very nice management, everyone was very helpful and friendly. For $70/night it was very affordable for downtown Oakland.
The rooms are small but comfortable. There is a very comfy bed, dresser, flat screen TV, desk and small closet - and thats really all that fits in the room. But its an old hotel - so I didn't expect huge suites and it was more than comfortable for 1-2 people. The bathrooms are huge! Which is nice. They seem to be recently refurbished so everything was beautiful.
The restaurant downstairs is nice. Quick, yummy food. I had breakfast there twice during my stay.
Keep in mind there is no parking - this is really a hotel for someone who is staying in downtown Oakland and either working in Downtown Oakland or planning to take public transit.
A fellow interviewee of mine stayed here one night (I stayed 3) and commented she was "so scared she was going to get shot." Which is pretty silly. She was clearly someone who grew up in white suburbia and was afraid of cracked sidewalks and occasional homeless people. This area of Oakland is fine, but it is downtown Oakland so yes, there are occasional homeless people. The walk to the Bart was well-lit and the whole area from Bart to the hotel is where all the cabbies hang out in the evenings. I never walked a block without seeing a cop parked or driving around. As a 5'5" white female I felt perfectly safe walking around the area at night.
Overall, if I have to go back to the East Bay I would definitely stay there again. Everyone was very helpful and the whole experience was very positive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel is within walking distance to the Oakland Convention Center, BART Station, 8 miles from the Oracle Arena & Oakland Coliseum, City Hall, Federal Building, Alameda County Court House. 8 miles from Oakland International Airport (Take Bart from Airport to Hotel). Take Bart from Hotel to San Francisco.We have added parking, overnight rate $15. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel-Downtown Oakland Hotel Oakland