We thought the star attraction of this visit to Oakland would be our new grandson, and of course he was, but of nearly equal pleasure was this lovely Oakland B & B within walking distance of his crib, perfect for us when we returned each evening. If our grandson isn't what you're in Oakland for, the home is also a few short blocks from the great shops along trendy Piedmont and a very resonable walk to Lake Merritt. Still, though, it's in its own little world on a residential street where we had no trouble parking at the end of the day.
Owners Nancy and Jason could not have been more gracious or hospitable. Nancy rightfully prides herself on the healthy, low-fat, yet sumptuous breakfasts she serves in her cozy kitchen. We were guests for 7 days and had 7 wonderful and different breakfasts, including blueberry lemon pancakes, pumpkin waffles, bagels and lox, eggs and potatoes, and all served with delicious fresh fruit, some of it from the garden, and that bottomless pot of coffee or tea. That garden, by the way, is Jason's domain, and he'll give you a tour if you like. Pay attention to his green installations, his composting revelations, his chickens! Delightful out there.
There are three rooms, each with its own bath (see pictures on the website) and the beds are comfortable. The closets and drawers are ample even in the smallest room (which we stayed in). You are given a key and come and go as you please. You have access to the common rooms, yet there is a great sense of privacy and separation from other guests and the home's on-site owners. We will definitely return.
Only downsides: If you don't have a car it's not near a BART station. Also, if you are infirm, the front door is up a flight of stairs, and the guest rooms up another.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A B&B On Fairmount, a home-stay style B&B, has been operating in the friendly Piedmont Avenue neighborhood of Oakland since 1996. The Craftsman-era home has large and welcoming guest rooms and common spaces, countless sunny windows, and an over-sized organic garden with seasonal hens giving us fresh eggs. The congenial hosts enjoy sharing their home and Oakland's (and Berkeley's) terrific restaurants and attractions. Average rates are $125.40 To $182.40. ... more less