In downtown Oakland, there's always a bit of concern about the quality and safety of the neighborhood. This hotel was easy to get to. The parking attendant staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The room was spacious, clean, comfortable and quiet. The workout room was adequate with several treadmills and free weights. The desk staff were helpful in giving us directions to a restaurant which was within walking distance of the hotel-a brew pub. I felt safe walking in the neighborhood in the evening. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and happy that they gave the State rate. The hotel is very close to a BART station and The California Endowment.