We came to Oakland for a friend's wedding and needed to be there by 4 pm. From the first phone conversation, the hosts (it seems to be a family-run business) were willing to make our room ready for us early, so we could have more time to rest, shower and change. We really appreciated that.
The building is rather old, but the room was clean and nicely decorated. The beds were comfortable, the water was hot, the iron, hairdryer and wifi all worked. The neighborhood seemed a little on the rough side, but the parking lot is gated and under surveillance. A metalwork fence and gate closes off the pleasant courtyard (complete with tiled fountain) in the center of the inn.
The location is convenient, 5 minutes from the downtown/Lake Merritt area by car, and near a BART station. We're glad we chose the Imperial Inn.
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