I was a bit apprehensive about booking here after reading some of the reviews but the reviews were so mixed that I decided to take a chance. I'm so glad I did.
I am still confused about some of the room reviews. Perhaps there are rooms that have not been upgraded. Ours was exactly as it was advertised if not better. It was comfortable, modern, clean, and large, and the balcony overlooking the marina was so relaxing we didn't want to leave. (A few times during the remainder of our trip we commented that we wished we were back on that balcony).
The staff was as friendly and helpful as we have encountered anywhere. They totally went out of their way for their guests.
The location was perfect for us, convenient for driving to other locations and for walking along the water, and it is in very close proximity to a variety of restaurants. It is also steps away from the ferry to San Francisco.
It seems the biggest complaints from other reviewers were the sounds of the trains. We did not find that a problem - in fact, quite the opposite. They were not loud. They never woke my husband and I found them quite comforting, almost like going back in time. The horn blast from the early morning ferry is what jolted me out of bed but even that was part of the charm. It was like a wake up call to go out on the balcony and watch that part of the city come alive for the day.
This was a charming place that we hope to have the opportunity to revisit someday.
- 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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