$118 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Nov 23, 2014 Check-out: Nov 26, 2014

Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

4 stars
10 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94610
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
106 reviews
Everything you expect

Didn't have one issue here. Paid a reasonable amount. Surrounded by amenities and entertainment. I... See full review

  • mwein
  • Sep 28, 2014
Close to Jack London

Very nice staff & helpful. Close to the A's coliseum, Thanks! See full review

  • jsugar
  • Aug 10, 2014
Luxurious waterfront hotel in Oakland's Jack London Square

The Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, sits in the heart of Oakland's Jack London Square, offering guests breathtaking views of the water as well as access to the best of the Bay Area. Guests at the Waterfront Hotel enjoy a private fitness center, valet parking, a heated pool and guest rooms with maritime themes and high-speed Wi-Fi (fees apply). The ferry is just outside the Waterfront Hotel, delivering guests to San Francisco in 20 minutes. Rooms have plasma TVs and iPod docks.

Highlights
  • 2008 multimillion-dollar renovation
  • Ferry service out the back door, taking guests to San Francisco (fees apply)
  • Free shuttle to downtown Oakland
  • Pet friendly
Rooms

The Waterfront Hotel provides guests with 143 recently renovated rooms and suites, many with furnished balconies, fireplaces and views of the San Francisco Bay. Nautical themes permeate the guest rooms, which include either 37- or 42-inch plasma flat-screen TVs with On Demand movies and Nintendo, iPod docking stations with alarms and high-speed Wi-Fi (fees apply). The non-smoking rooms at the Waterfront Hotel have in-room coffee and tea makers, hair dryers, lighted mirrors in the bathrooms and Lather's Bamboo Collection of upscale bath products.

Features

Sitting right on the water at Jack London Square, the Waterfront Hotel provides upscale luxury in the center of the action. Guests enjoy a private fitness center, heated pool and sauna. Shuttle service to downtown Oakland and nearby businesses is available during peak morning and evening work hours. The Waterfront Hotel has a 24-hour concierge and is a pet-friendly property. The ferry to San Francisco sits just outside the hotel's doors. Valet Parking surcharge applies.

Transportation
  • Oakland International Airport (5.8 mi/9.4 km)
  • San Francisco International Airport (13.6 mi/21.9 km)
  • Nearest Train: BART 12th Street Station (hotel provides free shuttle)
Attractions
  • Jack London Square (adjacent)
  • Oakland Chinatown (.4 mi/.7 km)
  • UC Berkeley (5.8 mi/9.3 km)
  • Ghirardelli Square (7.9 mi/12.7 km)
Business
  • 16 unique and flexible meeting spaces
  • High-speed Wi-Fi throughout
  • Audiovisual equipment rental
Policies and fees
  • Valet Parking surcharge applies.
  • Free local and long distance (US only) calls to all guests starting January 2013.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

37.795 -122.2786
Area served
Oakland.
Nearby airports
Oakland International Airport.
Area description
Twenty-minute ferry ride to San Francisco from hotel back door, Ten blocks from the Oakland Convention Center, Three-minute ride to downtown Oakland (including BART) with our complimentary daily shuttle service.

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Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel Rooms

Deluxe City
Room with king or 2 queen beds include In-room hairdryers and lighted vanity mirrors, Irons and full-size ironing boards, "On demand" movies and Nintendo, Non-smoking rooms, Twice-daily housekeeping, Complimentary in-room coffee and tea, Valet laundry six days a week, High speed Internet access, Two phones with data port and voicemail, In-room honor bars, safes and VCR capabilities. There will be no smoking allowed in any of the rooms.
Deluxe Water
Room with king or 2 queen beds include In-room hairdryers and lighted vanity mirrors, Irons and full-size ironing boards, "On demand" movies and Nintendo, Non-smoking rooms, Twice-daily housekeeping, Complimentary in-room coffee and tea, Valet laundry six days a week, High speed Internet access, Two phones with data port and voicemail, In-room honor bars, safes and VCR capabilities. There will be no smoking allowed in any of the rooms.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Oakland Arena: 5.2 mi
  • Oracle Arena: 5.2 mi
  • McAfee Coliseum: 5.2 mi
  • O.co Coliseum: 5.2 mi

Dining

Lungmare Restaurant
Full service Italian inspired restaurant

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (106)

Ratings and reviews for Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
106 out of 106
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.6

85% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
yachtsman
Business
los angeles
Apr 6, 2012

Great water location for boaters

Excellent. Great location. Welcoming staff. Very clean, well appointed rooms. Needs work on pool, fitness center. Wonderful restaurant and bar.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mllski
Business
Placerville, CA 95667, USA
Feb 27, 2012

Waterfront Fun

It is our family tradition for me and my wife to take our kids to Monster Jam at the Oakland Coliseum each year when it comes around. By far this hotel is the best one we have stayed at in the Oakland area, the rooms are nice and it is in an ideal location. The Continental breakfast and coffee bar are a great way to kick off the day. We won't hesitate to stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Great place for food and drink is Kincaid's, and an interesting little bar is Heinold's Last First Chance just down from Kincaid's

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
OlaMikey
Business
Moscow, ID, USA
Jan 9, 2012

Nicely done

The hotel and my room were clean, nicely decorated, and very comfortable. The desk could have been more accommodating by providing more space and more accessible power supply. The breakfast was tasty, situated next to a pool with a view of the harbor.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Jonny G.
Business
Los Angeles
Jul 31, 2011

Solid, But Not Great

The hospitality of the staff leaves a lot to be desired (if you're interested, I left a detailed review at T. Advisor), but the hotel itself is clean, nicely updated, and good. As it's a Joie de Vivre property, the staff is not even close to what I'd normally expect. The area is still early in its redevelopment, so the energy feels very far from the action, almost abandoned, even though there are clubs and restaurants nearby. Note that valet parking (20 dollars at the time of my visit) is the only option besides street parking, which is Bay Area-complicated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Oakland, CA
Jul 20, 2011

[...] last minute reservation

I made the reservation at the last minute and it worked out perfectly.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
train trekkers
Business
Pullman, WA
Jul 2, 2011

Walking distance to Amtrak!

Stopped over between Amtrak and flight home. Was great to be able to print boarding pass in lobby. Coffee machine was out of water--but nice to have hot drinks. Room was very nice, balcony view of river and ships was great.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Good directions to BART station, handy for coming from Amtrak.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 6, 2011

"The Waterfront was Wonderful"

The service was great, even the valet personnel were helpful. The room was beautiful, even the towels were soft, not hard like everywhere else. The goose down comforter was so nice...the only thing it didnt have was a microwave and fridge...but everything else was perfect:):) I will definitely be coming back Waterfront:):)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Leave your car at the hotel, for $20 bucks? You are going to spend that much anyways on parking...and you can get anywhere on the trolleys, BART. If your going to San Francisco.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
ca
May 11, 2011

great hotel but very loud

The hotel it self was great, all the staff was very helpful. If you are trying to relax and sleep this is not the best place. It is right next to a rail road so there was a bunch of trains going all night. Then there is the ships from the port moving crates that were making a bunch of noise. People unloading a truck at 6am. To top it off they have this great big LCD tv that if you do not point the remote in the right spot you cant change the channel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
1
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
unamuse jarhead
Business
chicago
Apr 11, 2011

Bad room had to pay more $ for better 1

Not much to do in the local area. Hotel was fairly bare bones. Beats Motel 6. Maybe a Motel 7 ? Lots of cab fares paid to get into the real of "O Town" !!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Boothbay, ME
Dec 27, 2010

WATERFRONT HOTEL 12/2010

We traveled to Oakland to meet our new Grand Daughter. The Waterfront hotel was fine, the room was clean and the food service was great. We had a very nice water view which made time spent in the hotel much more interesting. We are planning our next trip and joined the Waterfront's frequent flyer program to make staying there even better.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

there are a number of nice waterside restaurants within a short walk of the hotel. The food at the hotel was good also

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