My GF and I will be coming to the Bay in oct for a wedding. The plan is to arrive thursday afternoon at OAK airport, spend thu-fri mostly checking out San Fran (Not opposed to seeing what cultural offerings Oakland has to offer either) then spend time in Berkeley for the wedding (and maybe the football game) Sat and Sun, then fly out of SFO on monday morning. We are not planning to rent a car.
It looks like Oakland is pretty much in the middle in terms of the transit system, can anyone recommend a good area of town to investigate hotels that would be convenient to both SF and Berkeley? Any areas to specifically avoid? (Note, we live in the city in Boston so not exactly afraid of an urban environment, as long as it's relatively safe) Hoping to stay under say $125 a night if possible. Would we be better served staying in SF for two nights then shipping up to Berkeley?