I stayed at the Red Lion for just one night and the hotel worked out well for my purposes. It was all about location—I needed to be at the Oakland airport early the next morning to meet arriving friends. I used a discount hotel website and got the room for 89.00 incl. taxes. The room was fairly large, bathroom functional and clean, the king mattress and linens comfortable. The light over the bathroom sink barely offered enough light for me to shave, so I can’t imagine what a woman would do about make-up. The hallways and elevators really show the age of the building. For some reason they have a really stinky (!) air freshener glued to the wall of one of the elevators. It was so potent it kind of clung to my clothes so I could smell it a few minutes later.
In general, maintenance is lacking-- The room door was all scarred up from where people had let the door slam on the security bar, the alarm/time switch on the clock did not work, the TV remote was missing the battery cover… After checking out, I sat in a big upholstered chair in the lobby and it tilted wildly forward – it was missing a leg. When I pointed that out to the receptionist who was 10’ away, he sort of laughed. Judging by his lack of concern, I doubt he reported it to anyone.
I found the hotel very tolerable, although not especially nice. You wouldn’t want to plan more than an overnight. Having said that, the courtesy van drivers went out of their way to be helpful. They made it hassle-free to get to/from the airport and the Coliseum BART station. The front desk gave me a number to call for pick-up and the driver was even cheerful when I called around 01:00A when returning from downtown San Francisco. Although I did tip the drivers, I didn’t feel pressured to do so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Lion Hotel Oakland International Airport hotel in Oakland, California offers superb Three-Diamond, full-service accommodations where personal service and comfort will give each guest a memorable experience. Our beautiful Oakland, California hotel is located halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, California located in the heart of the East bay. We are minutes away from the University of California at Berkley, California State University East Bay, Stanford University and San Jose State University, as well as numerous community colleges. Also be sure to visit Jack London Square bustling with unique shops, restaurants and nightlife. If your leisure time allows, please make Bay Street Mall a priority for all of your retail shopping needs, this shopping center, located less than 18 miles from the hotel, features a variety of specialty shops as well as known retailers such as Coach, Abercrombie and Fitch & Nike just to name a few. The Red Lion Hotel in Oakland, CA is also fortunate enough to have nearly forty well-established houses of worship nearby, including First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Allen Temple, Buddhist Church of Oakland, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Temple Sinai & Jehovah's Witness Oakland Central. Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceañeras and Corporate Events are our specialties, with meeting rooms ranging from our executive boardrooms to Monterey room and our California Ballroom. Red Lion Oakland International Airport Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Oakland International Airport from 4:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M. Our shuttle service also provides transportation to the Coliseum BART Station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Plaza Hotel Oakland
- Park Plaza Oakland
- Oakland Park Plaza