We decided to stay at the Regency because we were booking last minute and needed somewhere cheap with easy access to public transportation into San Francisco. This MOTEL (not an "inn") was a big mistake. It's located in a very seedy area of Oakland, and I (a woman) would never had felt comfortable staying there alone; even with my boyfriend with me at all times (I didn't feel comfortable with him going out on his own, either), we still ran the gauntlet between the motel and the Bart station (about 3 blocks away) rather quickly to avoid all the homeless people who would ask us for money. We never went outside at night.
The motel itself was not a respite from the neighborhood. The room does look like the picture, but there are so many other things wrong with it. The best we can say about this motel is that we were glad none of our stuff was ever stolen. The room reeked of cigarette smoke and chlorine-- even days after we left, our suitcases and clothing still smelled terrible. They clean the room with chlorine and do a very good job of washing every surface in the bathroom area, but they seemed to forget that chlorine is a toxic gas and when we came back to the hotel after they cleaned it it would be difficult for us to break with all the fumes in the air. We did our best to keep our belongings all in one place (and the valuables tucked away!) so that the cleaning person would have no problem with the room. However, the cleaning person seemed to have OCD and would move our belongings around anyway-- for example, all the toiletries we left next to the sink were lined up against the wall and our toothbrushes moved around from where we left them. The cleaning person also threw away our plastic baggie for our airplane liquids-- we had it on the shelf for the towels, not the garbage can-- and we didn't notice until the day we were leaving that it was missing, which was a bit nerve racking for us.
The only other amenity (other than the smelly room) they offer is wireless internet. No breakfast, no laundry facilities (we had to walk over a mile away to get to a laundromat), nothing. It was close enough to the Bart, but because the Bark costs considerably more when you enter and leave San Francisco than if you just used public transportation within San Francisco, it would have been much more preferably to pay more to stay within the city. Or even to pay more to stay in downtown Oakland or Berkeley, which were places I didn't feel I would be killed in at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Regency Inn, Oakland is a comfortable hotel in the downtown Oakland area that offers spacious, comfortable rooms near downtown Oakland, Oakland International Airport and the University of California, Berkeley. ... more less