Great hotel -- good alternative to downtown San Francisco A review of Marriott Oakland City Center
I stayed there for two weeks over Christmas. All the staff was gracious and competent. Although a middle of the road Marriott in terms of infrastructure, etc., this is probably one of my favorites in the chain. It attracts many road warriors working in the East Bay or downtown San Francisco, quite a number stay for weeks at a time and return month after month -- they've earned a loyal following for good reason. It is across the street from BART and thus an easy commute everywhere. It is within a few blocks of Oakland Chinatown and very near many good inexpensive restaurants. The concierge lounge staff was by far the friendliest/most helpful I have ever encountered. There are also laundry facilities, something not mentioned on their web page. I prefer this to the Marriott and Renaissance properties in either San Francisco proper or the airport.
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