I gave this Marriott 4 stars, not because it is a nice hotel (it's OK, just a typical Marriott), but because it is the best hotel option if you have a business in San Francisco.
Hotels inside San Francisco are 20-50% more expensive. Meanwhile, this Marriott in Oakland is on par with most of the hotels inside San Francisco. The BART station is literally right in front of the hotel. The BART ride to downtown SF stations is not very long. So, you get a huge cost savings while only losing about 30-40 minutes in commute time.
To me, that savings is worth it, even though it is business travel. SF is offensively expensive, primarily because the city overlords WANT it to be expensive. You can skip past that nonsense, stay in Oakland, and save yourself or your company some money.
Another upside of this hotel is that there are some pretty good restaurants on the same block, behind the hotel. A downside is that it takes a while to get there from SFO. But, really, it takes a while to get to downtown SF from SFO also.
I say: Do whatever you can to avoid spending money in downtown SF. The place is a rip off. People get shot randomly and the offender gets off. Until they manage the city better, spend your money in Oakland. You can still get done what you need to get done and the inconvenience is very minor. Of course, I don't recommend roaming around on foot in Oakland, but everything you need, including the BART station, is right there.
- 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