Got visitors from out of town, or a visitor to Oakland yourself? With its diverse cultures, booming art and food scenes and ample open spaces, Oakland is a prime home base for visitors looking to explore the Bay Area. Read on for where to stay if you're making the trip (or simply accommodating the in-laws).
Inn at Temescal
3720 Telegraph Ave.
Conveniently located near the MacArthur BART station, this freshly renovated motel offers a good value option for guests looking for a clean and stylish option that won't break the bank. A central location means some traffic noise, but the motel is 1.2 miles from Fairyland, and 1.3 miles from the Fox Theater—and with free bicycle use available, navigating to nearby destinations won't require car keys. Rates are from $143 / night.
The Bellevue Club
525 Bellevue Ave.
The historic mansion, located directly on Lake Merritt and with an interior "inspired by Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon," has plenty of old-fashioned luxury to spare, along with amenities like a heated pool, gym, and special dinners offered to its members. But you don't need to be a member to stay the night at the club: visitors can also book a room and enjoy "old-world charm and atmosphere that modern facilities simply cannot match." Rooms for non-members are available for around $160 and up.
Best Western Plus Bayside Hotel
A "superb" rating from Hotels.com users and a 4.5 rating on Tripadvisor make this a highly recommended option for Oakland visitors. The Best Western offers an outdoor pool, free airport shuttle, fitness center and free continental breakfast, as well as shuttle service to Jack London Square and views of the bay (upon request). Rooms start at $178 / night.
10 Washington St.
For a nautically themed stay, there's the Waterfront Hotel, located on the Marina and flush with maritime accents like blue and white sheets, ship-heavy artwork and compass motifs. An outdoor pool and sauna, as well as kayaking options nearby, provide ample opportunities to lean into the theme—and a 24-hour gym and restaurant and bar/lounge on-site round out this unique spot's offerings. Rooms start at $169 / night.
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