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The Washington Inn
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

My 1st impression of the room was "wow it is small!. The decor is cute the bed comforter is so soft and comfortable. But it needs upkeep-like other reviewis I noticed a lot of scuffs on the walls-Just clean the walls and touchup withth the same color not some paint almost the same color! The bathroom leaves a lot to be desired. The shower floor looks awful. Bathroom needs to be updated. The tv is old school and there is a VCR on top of the TV with an old tape stuck in it. The staff needs training in customer service in which they are lacking. You can see they spend $ on refurbishing the place just needs some TLC. Oh and there is no fitness room as advertised

Room Tip: Corner room is a lil bigger
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

The room was very spacious and charming. The best feature was its old historical floor to ceiling windows. It is about 100 years old and all of its old world character is so charming and unbelievably modern considering its age. The elevator is sooo shabby chic! It was reminiscent of a small French elevator. The value is incomparable and we slept like babies! We are very hard to please as we have a tempurpedic bed at home. To my surprise, they have fresh coffee in the morning, cereal, and basic white toast. Just enough to get your day started and off to a real breakfast! This is the place to stay during a vacation. If you are looking for a hot breakfast, a gym, or pool, this is not the place for you. On the downside, they only have one staff available and hotel is kinda left unmanned during the night if the hotel staff (1) is busy taking care of a customer. I did see a vagrant walk in to use the restroom. I must say that the young lady who was there on the 14th and 15th worked very hard to help everyone. The manager seemed to sit and watch. However, it was the best bang for my buck! Hope this helps.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been visiting Oakland, CA for work since 1990. The Washington Inn became a standard bunk place for my team and me. I continue to stay here because the price is right, I know the place and it is tolerable. The staff are barely competent, but they try hard; the lobby bar is abandoned most nights; the restaurant has never tempted me (dinner only) and the complimentary continental breakfast would be sumptuous...in a starving third world village. The rooms are clean, but there is a certain cringe factor that makes me tiptoe in the bathroom and keeps me from flopping on the bedspread. No pool, no gym, no business center, just a bed and a TV with a remote that might work. The bed is comfortable and the pillows are nice. The place would rank poor if it weren't for the value factor. My review is a bit harsh and I don't think you will hate the place, but having stayed here often those are my impressions.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank LGB-Local
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Contrary the info about this hotel, it does not have any work out facility. They offer you a discounted pass to a nearby gym. We walked around the hotel a bit at night, but I would not recommend that. If you do, walk toward and past the BART station entrance. The other way just gets seedier.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
2  Thank Catherine J
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Well, one of the first hints that this hotel has some issues should be the fact that you walk in the room and there is a VCR. It is, in a word, obsolete. It is a place to sleep if you need it, right in the heart of downtown Oakland. That comes with some pluses and minuses. Very convenient to some of the newer, more chic restaurants. It is close to the BART and easily accessible by the airport. It is also close to old school Oakland, CA including many of the Asian restaurants and some social centers of the Asian American community. The walls were thin and you could hear the boom of the Irish bar next door. Luckily, the night life is lacking and the sounds did not go past 8 or 9pm. The actual hotel is just okay. Avoid the very old and rickety elevator when you can. The rooms are small yet sufficient. The bathrooms are European style. Toilet and shower in the bathroom. Sink on the outside. Toilet did not flush well. The doors do not spring like most conventional hotels, meaning that I saw many doors ajar because people had not been intentional enough about closing them. The hotel offers a continental that consists of day-old pastries, weak coffee, and coffee-flavored tea. It is good for your morning toast. There is a weak internet connection, but no business cetner or printing services. Seeing as I was there for business, this was a bit of a problem. The beds were comfortable. The TV was barely watchable and like the old VCR, there was an older tube TV. I only stayed there, because someone paid my way. I would not stay here again.

Room Tip: Tell them to keep you away from the bars. Walls are thin!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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3  Thank worktotravel14
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