Our family grew up in San Lorenzo and have been away from California for about 18 years now. My mom likes to come back to visit and when she does, I travel with her and we always stay at the San Leandro Marina Inn. Location is key for us as we grew up one city over. You can fly into Oakland or San Francisco and take the BART to the San Leandro station and call for a shuttle from the Inn. The shuttle runs daily and is a big plus for my mom who is in her 80s. We realized this trip we could have almost made it without a rental car.
We love the fact that it is near the walking path at the Marina. When I was growing up it was called the "par course." It seems to be about a mile walk around the course and it's right along the Marina and it's beautiful. It is also near Horatios and El Toritos restaurants--wIthin walking distance to both of those restaurants. The par course would be too far for my mom to walk to, but I bet the shuttle driver would take her there. If you are able to ride a bike, you can also check out a bicycle for free from the hotel and ride over to the course or just around the marina.
The room was very comfortable and there is free wi-fi. We stayed in a room with two double beds and the beds were very comfortable. Our room had a shower (no tub) with excellent water pressure. One thing to note is that if you would like a bath tub -- rooms with bath tubs are on the first floor. The walk in shower works great for my mom with plenty of places to hold on as she steps in.
Every morning there is a free continental breakfast with waffles, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, toast, fruit, bagels, cottage cheese, cereals, juices and coffee. Every afternoon there are fresh-baked cookies at the front desk. There is also a complimentary copy of USA Today and The Wall Street Journal available at the front desk.
The Staff was incredible. Very, very pleasant and outgoing. We were especially pleased with a young man named Matthew.. But everyone - the front desk help, the shuttle drivers, the ladies who cleaned our room and the men who were shampooing the carpet were all very friendly. I was walking back to my room with two cups of coffee and a newspaper and the front desk help asked if I would like help getting back to my room. I declined, but that type of customer service will keep me coming back time and time again.
Because the Inn is near the Oakland airport, it affects the cell phone coverage in some of the rooms. You may ask to be put in a room that has "better" coverage. We stayed here four years ago and I never noticed a problem. But I don't remember what room we were in. This time we were in Room 201 and had very little coverage. The Marina Inn also has balcony rooms and I could see where this would be a nice benefit if your cell phone was important to you, because you could go out on the balcony and pick up a signal. I actually enjoyed a little reprieve from my phone so it didn't bother me much.
I would definitely stay here again and we will. I recommend it to others with those two disclosures -- the cell phone factor and the bath tub factor -- both which can be remedied by talking to the reservation clerk.
(Actually forgot about being across the street from the golf course. I don't golf, but my husband does so he would love that.)
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- The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay is a peaceful waterfront hotel for business or pleasure, offering a full range of resort and conference facilities overlooking a beautiful Marina, adjacent to Monarch Bay Golf Club, and just five minutes from Oakland Airport. Guests enjoy a value unparalleled in the Oakland/San Francisco/Bay Area, with all rates including an array of complimentary amenities and services such as Courtesy Shuttle Service, Deluxe Continental Breakfast, high speed wifi, Free Parking, local calls and much more. ... more less
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