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Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Ranked #3 of 48 Hotels in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Oakland, California
1 review
“Wedding Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Most of our wedding party, including the bride and grrom, stayed at the waterfront after having our rehersal dinner at El Pascatore. We never left jack London Square and enjoyed all venues very much. We booked one of the suites but it really wasn't anything special. Overall, we had a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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298 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

The staff here are super. Loved the coffee in the AM in the lobby and the newspapers. Super room, but walls a bit thin. Rooms finished off nicely, a bit dated. Hallways need a bit of fixing up. LOVE they are pet friendly. Charge for valet parking a bit steep, esp. if you are staying for a week.

Room Tip: Top floor, then you don't get people walking loudly on 'your ceiling'.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank KenandDoug
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Pasadena
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37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I was attending a conference while staying at the Waterfront Hotel. Check in was easy and the staff was super friendly. They host a wine and cheese by the fireplace around 5ish and it nice to meet some of the other hotel guests. If you are hungry there are a number of restaurants around the hotel within walking distance. If you want to go into San Francisco there is a ferry very nearby to take you across the water. Overall I found the room to be well appointed and comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank rosacatlover
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Lakeport, California
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I have nothing to complain about - my stay at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland exceeded my expectations. Friendly and very helpful staff, fine accomodations, quiet. I particularly enjoyed the bath/shower, and the bedding was absolutely wonderful. I made a special request for a fridge and received one no problem. Valet parking was very convenient. The hotel is within walking distance from just about anything you could want in a short vacation - we had tickets for a great show at Yoshi's across the street, excellent dinner both down the street and even more convenient, at the hotel itself! Do not miss the restaurant Lungomare!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Waterfront Hotel was selected on the basis that it was part of the joie de Vivre group and therefore similar to the White Swan Inn in San Francisco, but nothing can be further from the truth. This is in no way a boutique hotel. The rooms at the Waterfront Inn are basic, like a travel lodge in England, maintenance is lacking with doors off hinges, loose rails in the bathroom and ironing boards that collapse, resulting in a comedy show, as well as health and safety nightmare.

While in the White Swan breakfast is included, this is not the case at the Waterfront Hotel, nor is coffee and tea, or water available all day. There is no fridge in the room, free soft drinks, free cookies at tea-time or a generous buffet with wine at 5 p.m

However, the view from the rooms overlooking the pool are breathtaking, with the sea, ferry to San Francisco and yachts to watch. The hotel is set within a plaza full of restaurants and pubs, and a Sunday Market. You do need a car as you are far away from Bart.

Room Tip: Rooms over looking the pool have the best views
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Monica319
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Medan, Indonesia
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66 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I was a little bit worry when read that the hotel is not really comfortable. However, since my office had booked there, I have no choice, I didn't expect too much, in fact, I'm ready with all the bad experience that I might have. Surprisingly, the hotel is nice: room is very comfortable, I could sleep very well, helpful staff, I can ride a free shuttle bus to downtown and I can easily find various restaurant nearby hotel. It's like all good package at once! I really like the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank EviKaban
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Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed here for two nights on a recent business trip - room was comfortable, clean and above all.....quiet! Staff was helpful and friendly - even when I needed a cab at 430 in the morning.... I recommend this hotel for a pleasant stay. BTW, the nearby restaurant, Scott's seafood, was excellent.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Address: 10 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
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Location: United States > California > Oakland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Oakland
#3 Business Hotel in Oakland
#3 Family Hotel in Oakland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrating the spirit of Jack London Square, the Waterfront Hotel blends the unique atmosphere of the Oakland waterfront with a vibrant, nautical decor. Comfortable, modern, and stylish, our 145 rooms and suites are ideally located for exploring, and many of them offer balconies, fireplaces, and views of the San Francisco Bay. Amenities include complimentary weekday shuttle service to downtown Oakland, weekday wine and cheese social, and valet parking. Don't forget to take a dip (or dive!) into our outdoor heated pool! ... more   less 
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