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.
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