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Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great location since we did not want to drive a car....Amtrak, Oakland Airport bus, free Broadway shuttle to Bart, ferry to San Francisco, walk to Oakland Chinatown....all convenient to Jack London Square with a good selection of restaurants for a trip that combined work and reunion with family.

Room Tip: Ask for waterfront room to enjoy a peaceful environment overlooking the water.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank DEKess
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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
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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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 couldn't hear them at all, from the water view. also, go to the wine tasting in the lobby, weeknights 5:00-6:00, i think. not many people are there and you can drink as much free wine as you like.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 the square. The windows are double paned for sound.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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