I love to walk so even though this Homewood Suites is not right in the heart of Oakland I found it conveniently located. The walk to the BART station is a little over a mile so I could easily handle that, and once you're on BART the whole of the Bay Area is yours to explore. If you rent a car, the freeway exit is about a block away. Try to get a water view at the back of the hotel, and you'll be very pleased with the view (although a willow tree partially blocked my view--it was planted too close to the building). The garden area is very pleasant with convenient walking paths, and the boat docks add charm and authenticity.
The entire staff is friendly and helpful, and the housekeeper kept our room neat and spotless. The lobby and dining area are cozy, and the breakfast choices were adequate. I appreciated having the complimentary computers in the lobby.
What could be improved upon? The mattress on the bed was cheap and thin, and the sheets seemed worn and did not fit the bed as they should. The sofa bed had a thin and horrible mattress--it was liking sleeping on springs--but they did furnish a thick pad to place over it, which improved the experience. Good coffee isn't hard to make. I don't understand why theirs is so bad. But Starbucks is right next door, so every morning it was off to Starbucks!
Overall, I would stay here again and recommend this hotel to others.
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- Homewood Suites Oakland
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