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Highlander Motel


#37 of 53 hotels in Oakland
Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travelers visiting Oakland, Highlander Motel is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its budget friendly environment and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Highlander Motel makes it easy to enjoy the best of Oakland. Highlander Motel offers guests an array of room amenities including a refrigerator, air conditioning, and a desk, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available. The motel offers a 24 hour front desk, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features a snack bar. For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Oakland, Highlander Motel is located a short distance from Saint Margaret Mary Church (1.7 mi) and Tilden Nature Area (2.4 mi). While visiting Oakland, you may want to try some crab at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Daughter Thai, Camino, or The Rockin Crawfish. Best of all, Highlander Motel makes it easy to experience many great Oakland attractions like Redwood Regional Park, Joaquin Miller Park, and East Bay Regional Park District, which are some popular parks. Highlander Motel is sure to make your visit to Oakland one worth remembering.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Golf course
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Refrigerator in room
Non-smoking rooms
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3255 Macarthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602-3819
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Metropolitan Oakland Intl Airport5 mi
SFO Intl Airport16 mi
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And they come in and go through your things. We would not recommend this place especially if you are traveling with your family. I thought prostitute hotels were illegal? They should at least let you know before you book. There are many other hotels in the area. Check Yelp as well. Terrible experience.
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I stayed at the Highlander for a night and I really liked my room, apparently they rooms there are new. When I got there I was really regretting booking a place there but as soon as I got inside the room I calmed down. The staff was very helpful too.
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Wifi didn't work. Had all basic amenities though and for what u pay it really isn't so bad. The family running the joint are really sympathetic and always willing to hear u out. Location is ok also. It's about a 30/45 minute drive to central SF including traffic.
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"Highlander Motel Oakland has clean and comfortable rooms with newly remodeled insides. The motel has reasonable rates for the Oakland area. Easy and convenient location with Free Parking. All rooms have Cable TV, Air Conditioning, Fridge and Microwave, Hair Dryer, and Iron and Board." Their website boasts the above but we found this to be a half-truth. We had to be buzzed into the office to check in, which was dirty and cluttered behind the clerk's glass partition. The parking lot had many cameras, which black-flagged security. The railings on the stairs were extremely rusted, and one set of stairs leaned severely. The parking lot was filled with a large dumpster, a storage unit (POD), stacks of old furnishings, pallets of paint and remodeling materials. Enough space to park about 13 cars if all were careful. Newly remodeled insides? The walls had been painted, laminate flooring had been added, but the overall appearance of the room was hodgepodge at best. It appears the management bought out old furnishings from a hotel sale. The TV/armoire, bedside tables, side chair and a small table too small for dining or a desk were scratched, scarred and filthy inside and out. The drapes were shabby and unattractive. The door to the exterior was an old wooden one with only one lock (no flip security latch) and gaps so large you could see outside, let alone feel the draft inside. The heater/air conditioning unit was filled with dust, plaster, and other remodeling waste. It was plugged in but we didn't need the debris spewed around the room, which was very small, less than 180 sq. ft. The bath featured a new tub and toilet, but had no towel racks or robe hooks. A new vanity was added outside the bath, but no soap dish or towel bars or rings were present. The bath towels and 1 washcloth were stacked on top (no hand towels), as well as the 1-cup coffeemaker and supplies. No tissues. A half-tiled wall backed the vanity mirror. There was a small 24" wide closet area with a closet rod but no hangers. No iron/ironing board. One measly bar of soap. The floor was covered with gravel and bits of plaster and when I moved the one side chair, it was obvious that the housekeeping staff appearance cleaned. As we were checking out the next day just prior to 11 AM, one of the hotel employees was banging on the hotel room doors and yelling it was checkout time. It was also obvious that the hotel had 'residents', one of which was seen in the parking lot being dragged out of a car by 2 men because she couldn't stand and carried up the stairs to a room 2 doors down from us. The noise from her family after her arrival could wake the entire block. Stay away from this run-down mess. Not worth an American dollar.
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To check in, you had to have yourself buzzed in by a not so friendly desk clerk. The room was clean but very shabby. The bed was as hard as a rock, but the TV worked well. The neighborhood was pretty rough, so we left nothing in our room while we went to our event. I would not recommend this motel.
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$91 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesCaliforniaOakland
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