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“Fantastic place to stay if going to a show at Yoshi's in Oakland” 4 of 5 stars
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Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   10 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607   |  
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Ranked #6 of 47 hotels in Oakland
Santa Rosa
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“Fantastic place to stay if going to a show at Yoshi's in Oakland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Waterfront Hotel was the perfect place for our group of friends to stay when we went to a show at Yoshi's in Oakland. The check in process was smooth and I received a bottle of wine since I am a Joie De Vivre member (free to be a member). The hotel is directly across the street from Yoshi's. The parking is valet but you can park in the parking garage across the street and get validated at Yoshi's and it is much less expensive. We just checked in and then went and parked. The hotel room was a good rate for being such a nice hotel. The rooms were very clean and we had a large balcony over looking the pool and harbor. I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kings Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Me an some friends stayed here to go to a show at the Fox last month. I had just gotten a new puppy and wasn't comfortable leaving her at home or in a kennel, so I changed my Mariott Reservation to here as they are pet friendly. It was pricey, but the location can't be beat. Also the staff was very helpful and the rooms were nicely furnished. I really enjoyed our balcony that overlooked the pool area/waterfront.

The pool was great! I wish I had more time to spend at the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

After driving 2+ hours from Monterey, pulling up to this hotel was a sight for sore eyes. The desk clerk let us check in earlier than usual, and the valet couldn't have been more helpful with our bags. The room was very clean, decorated with vintage nautical and/or tattoo art. We spent most of our time walking around Jack London Square-totally unplanned, but we really liked the area. We'll be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This was my first stay at this property on Jack London's waterfront. Usually you'll find these hotels to be overpriced for what they are however in this case I was pleasantly surprised. We stayed in a water view room. It was on the first floor and right outside our door was the swimming pool. The rooms are nicely decorated and very clean and in good shape. The bath shows the age of the hotel as the shower stall was small, dark and awkward in terms of opening the door to the bathroom and the shower at the same time. My bathroom at home is nicer. That being said, we were very pleasantly surprised by the overall comfort of the room. The bed was very comfortable and the room extremely quiet. The lighting is a bit harsh with florescent bulbs.

We arrived on a Friday evening and my only complaint was that the parking valet and front desk seemed somewhat understaffed with one individual each at these posts with lots of people waiting around to be helped.

The location is great, central to everything in Oakland. I moved away several years ago and am pleasantly surprised by the amount of activity now in this area. The chain restaurants at Jack London have given way to other wonderful restaurants. We ate at Bocanova one evening and really enjoyed it. During the spring/summer months on the first Friday there is Jack's night market with lots of great food stalls, craft booths, gastrotrucks and entertainment.

Old Oakland is also a short 5 block walk away and there are lots of great looking restaruants there as well. Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: There are trains that utilize tracks adjacent to Jack London Square so a water view room will help w...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great location since we did not want to drive a car....Amtrak, Oakland Airport bus, free Broadway shuttle to Bart, ferry to San Francisco, walk to Oakland Chinatown....all convenient to Jack London Square with a good selection of restaurants for a trip that combined work and reunion with family.

Room Tip: Ask for waterfront room to enjoy a peaceful environment overlooking the water.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Long Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I stayed at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland at Jack London Square for the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show. Service was above usual, with a friendly check in, helpful staff, and a lovely room. The continental breakfast is in a room with a view of the marina, and the food is excellent--fresh fruit, muffins and pastries, etc. I'll definitely be back next year.

Room Tip: If you want a waterfront view room with a balcony, make sure you ask when making your reservation
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

waterfront hotel seems to get it's fair share of bashing here on tripadvisor. well, i'm stepping up to say that all this bashing is generally underserved.

we were there for a two night run of shows at the fox theater. the hotel rooms are very nice, the service is very good and the location also is very good. oakland, from downtown to jack london square, has REALLY improved over the past few years. there are many nice/interesting restaurants and good craft beer/wine joints, and they are all within walking distance or a free bus ride from the waterfront hotel (the free B - look it up when you get there). waterfront also is right next to the ferry station across to fisherman's wharf. BART station is also close.

the bottom line is, i'm not really sure what there is to complain about, at all.

Room Tip: get a waterfront or water view room. i guess the trains are loud if you are on the other side. i cou...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: 10 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
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Location: United States > California > Oakland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Oakland
#5 Family Hotel in Oakland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel 3.5*
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