While the Red Lion is close to the airport in Oakland (five minutes by free shuttle) it is really more of a motel than a hotel. I had to walk out across a cold parking lot from the reception lobby to get to my room in the “west wing” of the facility. Several people who were apparently hotel staff members were in the parking lot smoking. The room featured literally the loudest HVAC I have ever experienced. It was cold and I wanted the heat to be on, but I eventually turned it off because it kept waking me up. It did drown out the noise from the neighboring rooms; television sets, music, conversations, toilets flushing. The walls are very thin. And my “non-smoking” room smelled distinctly like cigarette smoke. And the free Internet didn’t work either. And the mattress was so hard I awoke with very sore hips and back.
It’s a tired old facility. The staff was very nice and things seemed to be clean. But that hardly made up for the other issues. And $100 a night for a single traveler? Highly disappointing.
If you’re unlucky enough to have to do an overnight at the Oakland Airport, there are a number of other options. If I find myself in that position again, I will explore them and skip the Red Lion.More
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