Spent 5 nights attending a conference at this hotel.
We got a very good conference rate ($159 per night plus tax including Internet).
Room had plenty of space, beds were comfy, and it was quiet. Extra reading lights in addition to usual lamp were a nice touch. Staff were very nice, would often escort you outside to show you how to get to where you were going.
For those who want to "escape" their conference or the hotel for a short while or need to prepare for your meeting, you can find the post office, FedEx (12 cents a black and white copy), a discount grocery store (across the street), couple of drugstores, a used bookstore run by the public library (bought 3 mysteries for $12), day spas, independent game store (bought board games for grandsons), and several restaurants within a couple of blocks. Particularly enjoyed the nearby Thai restaurant (brown rice was an option)--try the warm tapioca and banana pudding.
The BART is literally right across the street so save yourself some $ and take the BART from the SFO airport. Only $8.50 one way.
Food is indeed very expensive at the hotel (e.g., $6.95 for a side of fruit at breakfast; $106 for a gallon of hot water/tea for meeting planners), the ballroom was echoey, microphones were missing from some of the session rooms, and electric outlets are missing next to the tables and chairs located in the lobby area near the ATM machine. Police officers and independent security officers were clearly visible when walking around the area, but, did not receive warnings of where not to travel from hotel staff--unsure whether there was need for concern.
Several of us were pleasantly surprised with Oakland, and remarked positively on the service and our experience at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oakland Marriott City Center offers commanding views of Lake Merritt, Berkeley Marina, the bay and skyline of San Francisco, and both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. Centrally located the hotel is convenient to all Bay Area attractions including Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, the East Bay and Berkeley. Downtown San Francisco is just 12 minutes via the local subway system (BART). Additional parking fees: Valet: $40 Self-Parking $35 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Oakland City Hotel Oakland
- Oakland Marriott