I was in Oakland for a wedding and this hotel was where the extended family stayed. The location and the hotel amenities worked out really well! It is an easy walk to the BART, Jack London Square, and a slightly longer walk to Lake Merritt, so we were able to do lots of sightseeing without needing a car. The huge, amazing farmers market that set up just across the street on Friday was an unexpected surprise, providing us with entertainment and lots of yummy fruit and other snacks.
The Courtyard Marriott lobby space is set up very well to accommodate mixed uses: I was there every morning at 5 am since I was still on East Coast time and needed somewhere to read, use the internet, and drink my coffee while others were still sleeping. The variety of seating - desks with computers or space to plug in, comfortable couches, and tables were great. Each morning, some people bought breakfast at the little cafe there, while others brought food down from their room (minifridges, which we stocked at the market across the street), making it really easy to eat together without much effort coordinating schedules.
The evening after the wedding, an ever-evolving group of family members met in the lobby to eat and chat over a period of a couple of hours. We felt very at home despite being a slightly messy and noisy group. Several staff stopped by to ask if we needed anything, and even comped some food we had ordered from the cafe that took a very long time to arrive.
Good selection of restaurants nearby - we tried Cambodian for the first time and loved it.
We made use of the pool everyday, which kept everyone from the little kids to their parents and grandparents happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Downtown Oakland hotel is nestled between the Old Oakland Historic District and Chinatown just one block from the BART subway to San Francisco. Get to Union Square in San Francisco in just a 12-minute ride. Guests enjoy free internet, spacious rooms, an outdoor heated pool, an onsite fitness center, and an onsite restaurant. The Courtyard Oakland Downtown is perfect for business or leisure travelers and is nearby attractions such as Jack London Square. Additional fees: Self-Parking: 40 USD Valet: 30 USD ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Oakland Downtown Hotel Oakland
- Oakland Marriott
- Oakland Courtyard