HYATT house Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area
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... prison cells via the showers and take the audio tour around the cell blocks. It is so surreal to be here and even more to go into the cells especially those in solitary confinment. The prison hospital was also open and here you could see their 'treatment' rooms and the bird man of alcatraz's cell as he got to stay here in a larger cell because he was a great minipulater of people. After the audio ...
... Park. We wandered around looking at the sites and ended up at the Japanese Tea Garden for lunch. The hot bowl of Miso soup was fabulous on such a cold day. We've worked out that you need to allow for wind chill here. You think you are warm when you test the weather outside the apartment, but walking out in the open is a different matter. Mind you - the 14 degrees here is preferable to the 41 degree Melbourne day we ...
... a lot and thought a lot. I attended a few yoga classes in Bali. Back in California, when I learned about the Niroga Institute's programs of providing life skills through yoga to prisons and juvenile hall inmates, my whole body resonated. I literally trembleled. Later I learned about the Prison Yoga Project and followed up by taking classes to become certified. The 200 hour yoga teacher training program was an amazing journey. The Yoga Garden ...
... of the next bus ride.
As we crossed Market Street to catch the 21 trolley bus at the Civic Centre, one was pulling away from ...
... up and move on. We only move a few blocks down, not great but better than the other one and we have wi-fi! We really wanted to visit Alcatraz but due to the Government shutdown it's not open :( so we decide to get a tour on the Hoho bus which gives us a good look around the main points of interest and some bits of history. Hmmm Union Square next......nice shops!!!!! Tiffanys, Mulberry, Prada, Fab Ugg shop!!! ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews HYATT house Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area
Great for families and business travelers!
We stayed here for 4 nights on a family vacation (We have a 6 year old and a 3 year old) and had a great stay! The majority of people we saw were here on business, but there were a few families there as well. The hotel looked relatively new, and was clean.
We stayed on the side facing the railroad tracks, and this was the greatest thing in the world for our 3 year old. He spent much of his stay looking out the window at the trains going by. Yes, you can hear the trains from the hotel, but there weren't many after 9 or 10 pm. It wasn't loud enough to wake any of us up.
Below is a run down of what exactly they have available.
Living room: Work desk with a ethernet hookup for internet access, fold out couch, coffee table, and TV with VCR AND DVD player (There is a library in the main lobby where VHS and DVD movies are available for free rental. There were about 100 movies available.)
Bedroom: We stayed in a room with two double beds. Beds were comfortable. There was no dressers for storing clothes.
Kitchen: There is a full size refrigerator/ freezer, microwave/ convection oven, stove, coffeemaker and a small dishwasher. you don't need to bring your own dishwashing detergent, as a dishwashing tablet is provided each day. Paper towels are also in the kitchen. There is a set of dishes, pots, pans, cups and mugs available.
Food/ drink: They had a buffet available in the mornings. Since we stayed for 4 nights, we got to try everything. Scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, hash browns, oatmeal, fresh fruit, pastries, toast, muffins. A couple of mornings, they had make your own waffles. The food was adequate, but we got tired of it by the last morning. There was also a weeknight reception with drinks and snacks (chips/ pretzels) which we didn't go to.
Pool: Nice and warm. Jacuzzi available too, which we didn't use. Took a quick look in the exercise area adjacent. It was small, but they had the standard treadmill, weights, etc.
Other amenities: The business center had two computers available for free internet access, xerox machine, and a fax machine. Free newspapers on weekdays, and in the business center there was a sign over a closet area to let you "choose your own pillows". Next to the front desk was a tiny "store" where they had ice cream, microwave meals, and drinks and wine. Parking is free- there's a large lot behind the hotel, adjacent to the train station.
Shops/ Shuttle services: The hotel has a shuttle available, where they will drive you within a couple mile radius if you give them a couple hours notice.
Emeryville also has a free shuttle that goes to the BART station, as well as the local shops. The pickup spot for this shuttle (called the Emery Go Round) is in front of the hotel.
The shops are actually within walking distance (5-20 minutes, depending on what shops you want to go to.) There is a bookstore next to the parking lot; the Emeryville Public Market is there too- it's a bunch of food stalls in a warehouse setting, where they have anything from fish and chips, to Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese food.
Housekeeping was great!
Tourist tip: If you're going to Fisherman's Wharf/ Pier 39, take the ferry from Jack London Square in Oakland, as opposed to driving in. Awesome city views for only $5.50 each way.
We stayed at the Woodfin Suites in April 2005, sight unseen. We were pleasantly surprised! The suite was spacious, bright, and clean, and parking was free. Everyone at the desk was always pleasant and helpful and the breakfast buffet that was included each morning was wonderful. WS is convenient to shopping and the BART. In fact, we walked to IKEA and the new shopping area, took the hotel shuttle to the BART (5 min) and the Emery-go-Round shuttle back to the hotel from the BART. We will not stay anywhere else when we visit again next year!
Great Hotel for Dogs Too!
Our son attends school nearby and we love staying at the Woodfin when we visit. We bring our large yellow lab along too. They charge a pet deposit, but as long as nothing gets ruined they refund it right back upon checkout. The staff is very friendly and they treat all of us wonderfully. Ask for Minh and request a bay view if possible. You'll love it!
Woodfin Suites Hotel Emeryville Almost Heaven!
I can't say enough good things about this hotel. It is almost perfect! And the price is unbelievable for what you get! A full breakfast in the morning and during the week they have a social hour. The suite is just like an apartment and so clean! I've stayed in many so-called "first class" hotels and none match this one for cleanliness. Only one problem: my room was right next to the train depot and sometimes the trains are noisy at night. I would suggest that you request a room on the Bay side where it's quieter. But I stayed for five nights and didn't notice it until my last night so maybe it's sporadic. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in the East Bay area.
Excellent hotel, never stay anywhere else
I travel to the Bay Area for business every couple of months and have been staying at the Woodfin for over two years, even though it's not the closest hotel to my office. They always have government rate rooms, keep my information on file, and process reservations impeccably.
I often bring family or friends with me to stay at the hotel while I'm at the office during the day. It's close to great shopping, both high-end and more reasonable (within walking distance to IKEA), an international food court, Borders (show your room key for a 20% discount), etc. Plenty to do without a car. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to anywhere within a 5-mile radius.
The breakfasts are always more than adequate and the appetizers in the evening often serve as a small dinner for me.
The only complaint, if I had to reach, is that the front-desk staff is a little standoffish, but they certainly do their job.
Excellent hotel overall.
Woodfin Emeryville is our favorite Hotel now!
Needed a hotel for several Hospital appts. in the Bay Area and nothing compares to Woodfin Emeryville. Rooms are spacious (separate bedroom) Full Kitchen, huge bathroom, Free mini-dinner in evenings in lounge, with free cocktails, beer and wine, and free hot breakfast in morning! located near IKEA, which is a fun place to spend hours shopping at. Located next to many Bay Area freeways which make it easy to get around the area. Save your money on the high-priced SF hotel with outragous parking prices (free at the Woodin). Base yourself at Woodfin and take BART or AMRAK(bus) into the Cityor many surrounding areas.
Staff is very friendly. A big plus is Free high-speed internet access in each suite, so makes it easy to bring your laptop, I believe they even have a couple of computers for guest use in the business center as well. Well worth the price when you consider all the freebies, your kids will love this place! As my granddaughter says "I see people trains" -Vickie
Great place, nice views, close to Oakand and Berkeley, easo of access to bay bridge by car
Great place, close to Bay Bridge, easy to get to SF by car, close to shopping and easy to Oakland and Berkeley. Full kitchenettes.
We went up to the bay area to visit family and have done so for many years. This was the first time we stayed and the Woodfin and we no longer have to search for any other hotel. The stay was excellent!. We have 3 small children and the 2 rooms were a God send. The room was spotless and comfortable. The breakfast downstairs was delicious and convenient. I am online now making reservations at the woodfin for our next trip. Oh and btw, there is a train station behind the hotel separated by a large parking lot. the kids loved watching the trains and all we had to do was close the sliding door and most of the noise was gone.
New, clean, good service, suites
I flew regularly to Emeryville for work and at one time or other stayed in all of the hotels there (Holiday Inn, Marriot Courtyard, Sheraton FourPoints as well as some in Berkeley). Woodfin is by far the nicest and most convenient, and through my company, at least, I was able to get the same rate as the Holiday Inn.
The hotel is about a year old now and it sparkles compared to the others. Rooms are big and comfortable with good ammenities (except as of last spring, they still didn't have high-speed internet access).
They have a happy hour in the evening, with food. They have a great free breakfast. You can rent videos and they even have some heat-up food you can buy in the lobby. A lot of people seem to have extended stays there, and the hotel is built to accomodate that need.
The hotel is right on the Amtrak line, and is close to a foot-court mall. Ask for a room away from the tracks since the trains can be noisy (but never a real problem for me).
Emeryville is a sketchy place. While I worked at my company over several years, there were several people mugged and one seriously injured walking across the train bridge. Be careful. The Woodfin parking lot is well lit and ample.
Great SFO Bay Area Hotel at Reasonable Rates
I have stayed at the the Woodfin Hotel twice in 2001--once with my wife and two children as a liesure guest and once during a business trip. In a word, the Woodfin Hotel is a class act! The staff is keyed to top-notch customer service, and the value-to-rate ratios of the Woodfin suites and rooms are absolutely untouchable by most hotels both above and below its class in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. My wife and I were able to enjoy special rate offers for both stays (Suite-$120/Room-$100). The ambiance of the Woodfin's lobby, dining room, general use spaces, rooms, and suites displays a modern decor that is at once tasteful, elegant, and simple. I found the free full-menu breakfasts, no-fee book and videotape library, and guest business support accomodations with PC sytems to be great value-added features of this fine hotel.