Overall, I'm happy that I booked this hotel - I enjoyed taking the ferry to & from San Francisco in the sunshine, but the impression that I somehow got when booking was that Jack London Square was a cool place to hang out in the evenings. This turned out not to be the case. When I arrived at 10pm on a Friday, it was pretty dead. There was nothing much going on. I had dinner at the hotel (the risotto I ordered was too salty to be edible, but they switched it for a great pizza and gave me a free dessert) & enjoyed the jazz band playing in the bar. On Sunday, I had a great brunch overlooking the water, but I was really expecting the Square to be buzzing, rather than so empty on a weekend.
Worth noting that the last ferry back was at 6:30pm on Saturday & Sunday nights.
The room was nice, but the (empty) fridge in the room was either silent or incredibly loud - I'm not a light sleeper but it kept waking me up as it started up each time. I ended up unplugging it.
- 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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