The ancient, early 1900's exterior is a hint at what's instore for guests at this hotel. Let's get my gripes out of the way first:
PARKING: The hotel tells you that there is parking available across the street for $12/night. I thought this was a pretty good deal. The parking is actually in the parking lot of the Marriott Convention Center parking lot. You take a ticket from the machine when you enter and basically throw that away. When you're ready to go, you have to sign for a key card from the desk clerk. The key card lets you exit the garage. You have to then drive around the block and park in front of the hotel to return the key card to the desk clerk so that the next guest can use it to get their car out. Anbd you have to do this EVERY time you want to get in your car and go somewhere. One day when I was trying to get to an appointment, I had to wait in the lobby for 15 minutes for guests to a key card (all three were out). I guess the upside is that you're paying half of what others are paying to stay in the same parking lot.
BAR/RESTAURANT: The nice looking bar in the lobby is only open from 5pm to 9pm, Monday through Friday. No weekends. Period. The restaurant attached to the lobby has the same hours.
ROOM SIZE: This was the smallest hotel room I've ever stayed in. It was outright tiny.
Now, all gripes aside, the hotel is actually nicely appointed. The lobby is well kept, and nicely furnished. The front desk staff were very friendly, and helpful. The elevator was probably the original one. It's more like riding up in a cage and you can smell the grease and gears of the elevator shaft.
The hallways are narrow, as is normal for buildings of this period, and the rooms are small. But despite their 'smallness', the rooms are nicely furnished. Don't bring too many clothes as some rooms only have a small wardrobe for hanging up clothing. My room only had a mini ironing board (just like i had in my dorm room in college), a nice sized desk, comfortable bed, and nice sized bathroom. The pedastel sink is actually in the bedroom, but it's attractive and gives the room some flavor.
I stayed in room #308. I took a peek in room #307 since it was open. There was a guy installing new carpet in there. 307 was larger than 308 as it had a sitting area in addition to the bedroom. I'm guessing it was a Jr. Suite.
The hotel is in a great location for doing business downtown. It was a perfect basecamp for me as most of the places I had to go were walking distance. I felt pretty safe in the area as the Oakland Police headquarters is a few blocks away, and there always seemed to be a police car driving down the street or parked nearby.
I'd consider staying here again if I was on business or traveling solo. I like open spaces and two people in my room would have been VERY uncomfortable for me.
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