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Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Ranked #3 of 49 Hotels in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Long Beach, CA
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127 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel, fantastic service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I stayed at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland at Jack London Square for the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show. Service was above usual, with a friendly check in, helpful staff, and a lovely room. The continental breakfast is in a room with a view of the marina, and the food is excellent--fresh fruit, muffins and pastries, etc. I'll definitely be back next year.

Room Tip: If you want a waterfront view room with a balcony, make sure you ask when making your reservation
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

waterfront hotel seems to get it's fair share of bashing here on tripadvisor. well, i'm stepping up to say that all this bashing is generally underserved.

we were there for a two night run of shows at the fox theater. the hotel rooms are very nice, the service is very good and the location also is very good. oakland, from downtown to jack london square, has REALLY improved over the past few years. there are many nice/interesting restaurants and good craft beer/wine joints, and they are all within walking distance or a free bus ride from the waterfront hotel (the free B - look it up when you get there). waterfront also is right next to the ferry station across to fisherman's wharf. BART station is also close.

the bottom line is, i'm not really sure what there is to complain about, at all.

Room Tip: get a waterfront or water view room. i guess the trains are loud if you are on the other side. i cou...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Hayward, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

My husband and I spent one night at the waterfront hotel for our anniversary in March. We really liked the location at Jack London Square because it is very walkable. There are many restaurants and on Sunday the farmers market is right outside the door.


The hotel is situated on the bay estuary, we stayed in an upgraded room that had a good view of the Marina, jack London Square and a peek a view of San Francisco. The port of Oakland is directly next door, so there is a view of it as well! Luckily there was no work going on on Saturday that we good tell. The room had a nice balcony with two chairs where we sat and watched the boats come and go.
The hotel could use some renovating, our room's furniture was way outdated and worn. However the bed was quite comfortable. The bathroom was spacious and in ok shape. We wanted to use the fireplace which was gas, but it wasn't lit. We just called the front desk and they sent someone up to light the pilot right away. That was a nice feature. I really think they should invest in a exterior paint job, the building is extremely chipped and faded.

On Sunday morning we were trying to sleep in but couldn't because there was a concert down in the square. The farmers market opens at 10:00, so we just got up and went down to enjoy the activities. We had brunch at the restaurant in the hotel. Different owners. The brunch is really good. The place is dog friendly in the outdoor space. They even bring your pal water in a nice stainless steel bowl.

Even though the hotel could use a facelift, we enjoyed our stay. The area is really nice for an on foot outing. I liked not having to use our car. We had lunch on Saturday, dinner Saturday night, and brunch Sunday all in one area. Super. And if you wanted to go to San Francisco the ferry was just outside the hotel.

Room Tip: Pick a room on the water side, the city side has no view and there is the train that travels through...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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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
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Vancouver, Canada
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298 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
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
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Thank KenandDoug
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Pasadena
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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
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Lakeport, California
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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
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Property: Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Address: 10 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607-3751
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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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