First, let's be charitable and begin with the positives:
(*) The price is right. I paid about $68 a night for a room with a fridge and microwave, and didn't get a special rate. That's pretty good for the Bay Area core.
(*) Desirable amenities. The inside-the-room safe held my laptop, and the building includes a fitness center and laundry room.
(*) I would have preferred a newer and firmer mattress, but my room was just fine in all other respects. (Although the mattress did *not* have mattress encasements, which I think all motels should have to discourage bed bugs, as I have taken pains to point out in my other reviews on this site.)
(*) Good staff, good cleaning crew, usual serviceable buffet.
(*) The Coliseum BART station is fifteen minutes away on foot. (Although some out-of-towners may be uncomfortable with the neighborhood they'll walk through to get there.)
And now, the negatives:
(*) The south wall of the Days Hotel faces the parking lot of 8460 Enterprise Way, which seems to serve the Actde Benevolent Hall and the Amalgamated Transit Union.
Why do you care? Because some sort of big motorcycle shindig occurs there regularly. The brr-BRR-BRRRRAAAAAAA of the Harleys was bad on the night of Friday, May 20, and much worse on Saturday, May 21. I travel with the best 30 db ear plugs I can buy, and had to mash them in to the point of pain to block out the sound. Without the plugs, I would have been up until two or three in the morning.
A staff member told me this is an occasional, recurring problem; that the Days Hotel won't rent to the motorcyclists, but that other hotels might. For what it's worth, I spotted the motorcycles tooling in and out of the lot of La Quinta, next door.
You'll find this problem mentioned in at least one other TripAdvisor review, under the heading 'Not Very Pleasant' at http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32810-d80456-r17089911-Fairfield_Inn_Oakland_Airport-Oakland_California.html . Again, many motels are in the area, so the brr-BRR-BRRRRAAAAAAA must disturb many sleepers.
How about if you ask for a room on the north side of the Days Hotel? That might help a little, but not much. The bikes must tool up and down Edes Avenue, too.
(*) Almost unusable wi-fi. It was bad on all three nights of my stay.
(*) Days Inn needs to replace the corridor carpeting and re-paint the chartreuse doors. The room itself was fine, as noted, but the hallways are almost what you'd expect in a penal institution.
Bottom line: it's really not the fault of the hotel, but I can't recommend this place until the area hotels band together to do something about that recurring motorcycle shindig. It was perfectly quiet on the night of Sunday, May 22, and a traveler might take an educated guess that there won't be a problem here on a weeknight -- but for a weekend stay, it's a crap shoot that you won't wind up here on the same night as the bikers. Caveat emptor.
- Also Known As:
- Days Hotel Oakland
- Days Inn Oakland
- Oakland Days Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated Summer 2006, we are located just minutes from Oakland International Airport and walking distance from Network Associates Coliseum and Arena. We have newly remodeled guestrooms which now include complimentary High Speed Internet access and Wifi access is also available in the lobby, restaurant, and meeting rooms. We have a 24 hour fitness room, outdoor pool, coin laundry, and our 24 hour courtesy shuttle goes to the airport or Coliseum BART station. ... more less
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