We were visiting family in the area in January and were looking for an economical, convenient, and safe place to stay for a few days. The location of Coral Reef is great--a few doors down from the beach, across the street from a nice mall, and probably ten minutes from the Oakland Airport. We were told all of the rooms were suites with at least a mini-kitchen. Upon our check-in, we were asked if we would like to upgrade to a one-bedroom unit with a king bed and bigger kitchen. We should have looked at both possibilities before agreeing, because we did not like the one-bedroom unit. It seemed dark, very dated, rather smelly, and not very clean. The kitchen was a good size with a full refrigerator, but the only things in the cabinets (besides crumbs) was one dinner plate, one saucer, one knife, and one spoon--no glasses, no set of silverware, no dinnerware, no cookware--nothing. After staying for one night, we asked what else would be available. The person at the front desk was very nice and gave us the option of a regular suite, with two beds and a small kitchenette. This was much more inviting, seemed larger and brighter, and we took it for the remaining time. Still, nothing in the kitchen, though. When I asked about that, they said they have a room of supplies that we could take things from. So I went to that room that had lots of cabinets with labels for things on them, but they were almost all empty. When I opened the one for dishes, a little bug flew out, so I really didn't want to use anything in there anyway.
The lobby area is appealing, but the hallways and rooms need a lot of work. Everything is worn and dated, giving an uncomfortable and almost unclean feeling. The complimentary breakfast was adequate and appreciated, and that area was clean and comfortable. There is parking available but the lot was almost always filled with several work trucks.
This place could be great, but it really needs a total makeover!
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Reef Hotel Alameda
- Coral Reef Inn And Suites
- Coral Reef Alameda