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The Inn at Jack London Square
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   233 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607   |  
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Ranked #12 of 47 hotels in Oakland
Los Angeles, California
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11 hotel reviews
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“Clean and comfortable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Nice location near restaurants, movie theater, BevMo. Good breakfast restaurant right next door. Clean room, nice pool and gym. Only downside is proximity to railroad tracks - you hear the trains all night but get used to it after a while.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Pros: Affordable for the area
Front desk staff was more than helpful at check in. We arrived during a busy evening and even though the phone was ringing and multiple people needed check ins, the evening front desk lady was a joy
Very clean; Very comfortable
Although the hotel was near capacity, the room was always quiet
The elevator was definitely unique; vintage charm
Although poorly lit, the hallways feature great maps framed along the walls
The Inn is a short walk to the waterfront and Jack London's house
Cons: The parking was a little bit sketch. It really didn't feel very secure, although we didn't have any issue, it's fairly accessible to the general public.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this motel for a week in August. The location is perfect. It is a short two block walk to the square, and is surrounded by great cafes, restaurants and bars.
This is not a modern hotel - think a california motel from the 60's, BUT is is extremely clean and well kept up. The pool area is very nicely done with ample seating, the area was spotless. There is also a very good diner type restaurant attached that did a very brisk business. We had breakfast there,a nd it was delicious - and huge.
The staff was friendly and helpful, and the room was very, very clean, as were the common areas.
We were very pleased with this property and would certainly recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

OK, it's on old hotel near the (slowly) revitalised Jack London Square in Oakland' across the bay from downtown San Francisco. Expectation was not high, but arrival by the BART (12th St, Broadway) and a 10 minute walk (or as found out later, a free B shuttle down to intersection of Broadway and 3rd), found a tidy hotel. Check in was quick.

First floor has a nice pool, clean and well maintained. Arrived at room on second floor and was greeted by 2 double beds, small round table and chair, work table and roller chair and a tall unit with TV. ApThe room was not big so a little squeezy with 2 beds and furniture. Basin and shower/toilet to the rear of the room. Where is the luxury? It was the towels...nice and thick and fluffy, every day. Usually with older hotels one expects well used, thin towels but not here! Another unexpected luxury was the aircon unit temperature controls works very well - bonus!

Only small complaint is that there were no easily accessible powerpoints near the work or round tables. There are powerpoints next to one of the beds however.

The Buttercup Grill cafe right next door served good food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are quite a few good eating places nearby (within 100-odd metres) including ribs, steak, seafood, and sports bar. Further along are Cambodian, Japanese, and Peruvian restaurant.

All in all, The Inn at Jack London Square is a well serviced hotel and good value for money.

One last thing, if you are walking down from the BART station at night, might look a bit dodgy, especially under the bridge section but it is well lit and had no problems.

Room Tip: There are a few rooms facing out back towards a sports bar that hosts karaoke and parties. Very nois...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

My room was clean, quiet, spacious for the $$. The hotel pool area was surprisingly well appointed, with fresh towels and appealing lounge chairs. Location is mixed but that's Oakland. "Adult novelty" store right around the corner but a gentrified area w great deli/cafe on the next block.
One negative: needed early a.m. cab to airport and night clerk who booked it clearly had some kind of "arrangement" with the guy who picked me up. He tried to charge me double at airport and immediately backed down when I confronted him

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The prices in San Fran are not cheap so we thought we'd save some $$$ by staying here (it was about half the cost) and using the ferry to get to the city.

Getting here was a simple BART trip from San Francisco Airport (no changing) and a ten dollar cab ride.

Hotel is in a nice area adjacent the ferry. Literally a 2 minute walk from the front desk. The ferry runs frequently and is about $6 to get you to Pier 39. It has refreshemnts on board so you can grab a coffeee on the way over and a beer or a wine on the way back. Takes 40 minutes and is a nice trip in itself.

The hotel was pretty good. Very good staff on the desk. All staff very friendly. Room was a decent size and comfortable. Had a gas heater if the weather got too cold. Nice bar alongside which is not directly owned by the hotel, but you can take drinks back to your room with no problem. Great barman who gave us a few tips for visiting the City.

Only problem was that a train runs about a block back from the hotel (there's a container terminal just up the road which doesn't sound very romantic but you only see it on the ferry - and it actually looks quite nice at night. Or maybe that was the beer). The train runs across the streets behind the hotel and sounds its horn at every intersection. If you're a light sleeper I'd recommend ear plugs.

There wasn't meant to be a shuttle service on the morning we left but they said what the hell, and arranged a lift to the BART for our trip to the airport anyway.

If you want to hit the San Fran bars, clubs and restaurants in the evening then you'd probably need a hotel that side of the Bay. But if you just want to spend the day there and do the sights, this is a great option.

By the way, there's a Farmer's market alongside the ferry terminal on the San Francisco side and that's worth a visit. Good place for breakfast in the morning and a top quaility wine bar that was buzzing when we went there one evening. Good selection of beers as well. Great place to sit and wonder about which ferry you're going to catch back. One for the road?

Room Tip: Away from the railway
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Us three girls shared the room for three nights. We didn't feel crowded and we slept well. The google directions were a little off. It had us going around the block in the end. The restaurant next door was great and they made my friend a meal not on the menu! It was close to China Town and we had chinese food everyday some place new. It was a nice adventure, Nice Jazz music just around the corner was fab.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 233 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Location: United States > California > Oakland
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 47 hotels in Oakland
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Inn at Jack London Square 3*
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