This is a tough one to review.
First the positive: This motel enjoys a great location on Lake Merritt, close to the County Court, the Cathedral of Light and other major Oakland institutions. The management is very solicitous and engaged. The bed was comfortable and there is free breakfast.
I chose this motel because it had a positive TripAdvisor review and because I wanted to start my work day (I'm on business) with a nice run around Lake Merritt (the run was great!), there is free parking and free Internet -- I planned to work all morning from my room.
Now the negatives: The motel is old and while there are some improvements (bed, desks, etc), it is very dated, The bathroom in my room (126) looked to be in near original condition and I had plumbing problems when I first used the toilet -- not a great way to start a stay, especially given that I pulled in at 10 pm. The worst part was that the wireless service simply didn't work at a level that I could work. So it's off to find a Starbucks.
The motel staff had someone in my room immediately after I complained about the toilet and they discounted my room due to the internet issue.
All in all, if you want to start your day with a run in an extremely convenient place, but don't care about a luxe travel experience, this is the place for you. Next time, I'll make sure I'm closer to the wireless router and I certainly would never stay here with my wife.
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