I work in Oakland and San Francisco quite often so I have stayed at most all of the hotels. The Waterfront Hotel is by far my favorite! You couldn't ask for a nicer staff! I always ask for a room upgrade to one with a balcony over the water so you can watch the sailboats and barges. The rooms are quite spacious and if you enjoy nautical motif you'll love it. Some rooms even have fireplaces. Keep in mind it is a nicely kept older hotel but the warmth and friendliness of the staff will trump anything else. During peak season the ferry dock is right next door so it's just a 15 minute ferry ride to Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco and it leaves every hour. There is no need to fight the traffic or find your way to the subway. It is easy to get on the freeways from this hotel. There are plenty of restaurants and a movie theatre within a block radius and the restaurant at the hotel is fabulous. I highly recommend this hotel! By far the most pleasurable place to stay in Oakland.