I booked this hotel online last week and stayed for a week, with my main priorities being bed, shower and cheapest price in a good, safe location. Jack London Inn didn't disappoint in that respect. It's a budget hotel, so I wasn't expecting much beyond that and was happily surprised by the experience. The room was clean and comfortable, free wi-fi (I was worried about that one because I live on my computer!), cable, nice, comfortable bed and a good working heater (did I mention how cold Oakland is?!) and the bathroom had everything I needed. Great water pressure and the hot water really took the chill out of my bones. I'm from Alabama and didn't quite prepare for how cold Northern California is. And I loved the location in Jack London Square. Lots of restaurants, clubs, and the waterfront along the Bay is beautiful with all the boats and the ferry to San Francisco. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when I found a Ben & Jerry's two blocks down. Seriously, a shop that sells nothing but Ben & Jerry's ice cream, with a movie theater right across the street. And downtown Oakland and the BART station were an easy walk.
But the best part was that the room I was in had a sliding glass door that led onto a deck with lounge chairs and tables that overlooked the square and waterfront. Really great view. The trains were quaint running along right in front of the hotel, but the horns took some getting used to, so the employee at front desk in the lobby was nice enough to give me earplugs so I could sleep. I ended up not even needing them. Totally worth it!
Try to get something with a deck or balcony. They overlook the square.
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