Great hotel, Great price A review of Jack London Inn
This hotel felt warm and welcoming the moment I walked in (the first time.) The front desk staff is always very friendly and helpful. I've been to this hotel a few times in the last year and will stay again.
The only problem I had was that the room was a bit stuffy due to the windows being specially made to reduce noise from the trains which go right through the street the hotel is on. I requested a fan and was given one very promptly by the (maybe overly) friendly night housekeeper. Suggestion: Ask for a room on the back side of the hotel, Although the trains are fun to look at the back side of the building has windows that open to let extra fresh air in.
The hotel has other great features to consider for the price... the lobby has a courtesy computer with the internet on it, nice work out room, 2 blocks from the ferry to San Francisco, walking distance to oakland's china town and the downtown shopping area, right across the street from Barnes and Noble and smack in the middle of countless great restaurants, and again the staff is great... oh yeah and a free paper delivered to your door every morning.
I think this place is great, like any hotel I've stayed at... it has it's quirks, but overall I think it's the best you can do for the price in this area.