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Jack London Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   444 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607   |  
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Ranked #40 of 47 hotels in Oakland
San Jose, California
1 review
“decent for price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

the service was courteous and professional. The hotel is old and can use some upgrading but all in all, it is clean and definitely worth the price. My room was comfortable and had the normal amenities of most hotels. I could hear train noise but the sound was not intolerable. Most hotels that I stay at have noise, either from other rooms or exterior. There was no breakfast but I don't like the food most hotels serve therefore no issue. the swimming pool was not operational but I do not swim in public pools. the exercise room had average exercise equipment. The linens in the room were clean. Checked out the bed for the little cridders and could not see any. Carpet was old but clean. I would stay here on my next visit to the area. Cannot beat the price.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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Goleta, California
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Jack London Inn is the least costly hotel for miles and the rate includes parking. BUT the train tracks to the Port of Oakland and the Oakland AMTRAK station are in the middle of the street in front of the Inn. The first train passed within 15 minutes of my arrival. The trains blow their horn constantly. It was LOUD, but only one train. NO, there were many, one about every 15 minutes at some times. My room was on the front side second floor, likely the worst in the hotel. Back side rooms should be much quieter.

Now to the room, a cut below Motel 6. A fairly clean cheap motel when you need one and don't wish to spend more.

Room Tip: Get a room on the back of the hotel! The rooms on the front are VERY noisy!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I don't know where to begin! Should I start with the roaches, extremely nasty carpet, NO TOWELS, no toilet paper, trains rolling by all night, or maybe I should warn you that the garbage in the halls reeked of stale ? and there was a cloud of insects flying inside the garbage and roaches running hiding inside, yes I said hiding. The first thing I noticed was when I drove in the parking garage. There was a car there with both doors open, yet no one inside -hmmm. If there are two of you, make sure one stays up all night and watches your car. My car alarm went off once and when I went to check, there was a hooded man sitting on top of a pick-up truck next to my car. I moved my car! The car alarms go off all night, and I don't think it's because of the trains! The view from my window was a badly tattered rooftop with a diaper thrown on top of the roof!? The only good thing about this hotel was the location and staff, they were very friendly. The location is in a very trendy, touristy part of Oakland, ahem, with lots of drug addicts and prostitutes. How dare they call this place a hotel! There's more people, but seriously, don't ruin your vacation by staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

we come in september 2012 for 2 days when we get to the hotel ( motel)
we get a room the toilet dosent work no light in room the ac was with air with smoke smile . and the area was very terible becuse this we wake up in 7:00 am turn on the car and back in 8 pm just to shower and sleep and if you can to sleep near a train ? all 10 minute you here a the train horn the hotel is one from train . never come back again pepole how want cheap sleep in the car much better.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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California City, California
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Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

This hotel is located a block away from the bay at Jack London Square in an area that is gentrifying. The neighborhood has a mix of bars and restaurants, new high rise condos and old warehouses. The Oakland train station is a block away, so you can hear the trains whistle early and late in the day. Up Broadway a few blocks is the BART station that can take you to San Francisco and Berkeley. If you don’t mind some party noise from the surrounding bars this hotel maybe a good choice for you. The bed was comfortable and had nice furniture, a coffee pot and free wifi. The bathroom was starting to show wear and could use a new door in the room I was in. They had a nice pool area with plenty of lounge chairs. On -site secured parking was $12.00 a night. There is also good freeway, bridge and ferry access to all the cities around the bay.

Room Tip: All rooms surround the pool area. Your only real choice is 1st or 2nd floor. None of the rooms have...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wrexham
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Because Sanfrancisco is so busy at the moment we had trouble finding rooms at a price we were willing to pay so unfortunately booked three nights at the Jack London Inn. The Internet site advertised: continental breakfast, hair dryers, swimming pool. The whole area is supposed to be in the process of being modernised so we assumed all would be well. How wrong we were. The corridors were smelly and the room, particularly the carpet, was dirty. I wouldn't walk barefoot! There was no hair dryer, only two small towels, no plug in the sink, TV didn't work and needless to say, no breakfast or pool. The receptionist, who was actually very helpful, said that they'd stopped serving breakfast over a year ago. Also what wasn't mentioned in the website, of course, is that Amtrack trains run on the street day and night! I have given the Inn one mark because I couldn't Tripadvisor wouln't let me award no marks.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Anaheim, California
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

As soon I entered the room, the floor felt weird and had disgusting sticky stains on it. Walking on the carpet got my feet dirty, I had to wear my shoes around the room. There were old blood stains on my sheets and "questionable" hairs on the bed. The beds had no comforter. TV was not working and there was no attempt to fix it. You have to beg for towels and even then they were not even clean. I swear some of the people here are hookers and a lot of smoking going on in this building, smell of weed is abundant. Rooms smelled like urine! Trains at all hours of the night pass by and loud people at all hours of the night! Do not even think about staying here, WALK AWAY!

Room Tip: No room is a good room, they all smell bad and are all disgusting
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Jack London Inn

Address: 444 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607
Location: United States > California > Oakland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 47 hotels in Oakland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Jack London Inn 2*
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