Imperial Inn was a good motel that deserves a better reputation. The reviews on other websites do not do it justice.
Location wise, its in Oakland, 20 minutes on the Bart from downtown San Francisco city (the tourist areas). This Inn was also a two minute walk from the BART station (one block), and the train ran every ten minutes untill late at night (1am ish). The area was not the nicest but never felt unsafe (and we did walk around at night). It's also a convenient walk to walgreens (10 mins) and safeway/cvs (25mins).
The room itself was slightly dated but spotless and cleaned daily. The ensuite bathroom was also clean and towels were provided and changed every day. Plenty of hot water, which never ran out and fast, free, wifi. The facilities were great for those on a budget trip: all rooms included both a fridge and microwave (both clean).
The staff couldn't have been nicer. Family run, they let us use phones, fax, office computer and the works (when our own phone broke down). They stored our luggage. In truth, they went out of their way to make sure our stay went well.
We stayed here for six nights in July 2012. We found it to be a great value place to stay and good to explore the city from, convenient to town and the outlets. We'd reccomend it.
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