Special people! A review of Jack London Inn
The Inn could use some renovation, but the whole area is being reborn so I assume this is just a matter of time. There's also a loud train (whistle) that runs along the front of the building, but the sound is pretty muted on the inside - nothing to keep anyone awake unless they are used to the silence of the countryside. A minimal fee is charged for garage parking, and restaurants, shops and the ferry are a close walk.
What made the stay outstanding was the privilege of witnessing first-hand the enormous efforts made by the staff for the benefit of hurricane survivors who have made their way to Oakland. Besides becoming their "home", long hours are being put into facilitating local discounts, managing donations, organizing job fairs, scheduling everything from the children's school attendance to the family's laundry needs and investigating housing possibilities. All this while continuing to run a business and give first-class attention to all the guests.
Each displaced person has their own story, one of a life suddenly put on hold. From what I could see, the staff is tirelessly responsive to these very human needs and are working extra hard and long to implement quick and comforting solutions. I was so impressed with the "heart" of the Jack London Inn.