Imperial Inn1.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
I have now written over 117 reviews of Hotels and this has to be the worst. I should have realised at check when the staff were protected by a floor to ceiling protective screen rather like a bank. There was a lot of building work going on in other rooms, our room was “adequate” to be fair, the bathroom was poor, the bed was very uncomfortable and the springs shot. Towels and bed linen were “grey”. There is a water fountain in the central communal area (outside) which appears to be left on all night (noise). We got very little little sleep due to “strange noises” in the room above - sounded as though it was being used as a buiness premises and someone was working all night. Would not recommend this place at all. For the price there are better options.
We were told that the place was kind of run down, and that it wasn't one of the better neighborhoods -- but we found the place freshly and cheerfully renovated inside and out, pleasant extras in each room, like iron and blow dryer, microwave, fridge, flat panel tv, new heat pump, etc. OK, so the closet had a luggage rack but the rod for hanging clothes was missing. We were so busy, we didn't bother to tell the staff, who were otherwise amazingly gracious, helpful, and polite. The fountain in the courtyard was another nice surprise to enjoy as we sat at the patio table enjoying the sun.
Old, dirty, repairs half done, dirty tissue wad behind door, stained towels and bath mat. Bathroom door won't close. No idea what room the people got who rated this place "very good". I wouldn't trust those reviews. First time trip advisor has been wrong. Only plus is the two block walk to BART.
I'm not giving this place a one star review because check in was easy and the people working were super nice. Everything else, not so much. Room reeked of old cigarette smoke, toilet had feces on it, the carpet and furniture was old and dusty, there was graffiti in the drawers, there was about a 2 inch gap between the base of the front door and the floor, the TV didn't work, the people next to me were smoking although I was on a "non-smoking" floor, bed sheets had stains and lastly the mini fridge had crud all over it. This room was like something I'd expect in New York's Times Square in 1979. Especially for how much they're charging. Thumbs. Down.
We had not stayed in a motel before so were unsure what to expect. The rooms were very basic and could have been slightly cleaner but nothing too bad. There was always available parking which was very convenient. The room smelt strongly of smoke unfortunately, which for two non-smokers wasn't very pleasant and the walls were very thin!
Inn is 500m away from MacArthur BART and 100m away from nearest bus stops (#6 bus to downtown Oakland every 8-10 mins - or #800 night bus from downtown San Fran.) 5 min walk to BART and 16 mins to downtown SanFran for $3.65 one way is as quick to get to San Francisco as walking from a downtown San Fran hotel that will cost you twice the price per night's stay. My room was on ground floor (no lift/elevator to upper floors). Two double beds in the room yet still had plenty of space available. Bed was very comfortable with plenty of pillows available. Room was so quiet you could hardly hear the fountain outside or even the mini fridge in the room - even at 3.00am. Curtains good at blocking out the light. Very large work desk and drawers still didn't diminish the size of the room. Filtered coffee provided in the room too - about only complaint was that there was nowhere by the desk to plug it into (double socket taken up by TV & box), so had to take tray to make-up bench beside the washbasin and plug it in there - on the plus side though this made cleaning up the spill into the tray when I forgot to swap over cups while making the coffee very easy ! I felt safe walking around the neighbourhood - even at night - and even walking 9 blocks down Telegraph Ave to the Commonwealth Pub (TIP - if worried about the homeless sleeping under the MacArthur Freeway bridge stay on the east side of Telegraph, their tent city is on the west side of the street.)
I planned a two night stay close to the Fox Theater since I was visiting only for a concert. Imperial Inn was the only place I found to be less costly, and even then I felt $220 was too much. The building is old, and the only steps (some broken) to go to my room on the third floor felt unsafe, especially if someone is going to carry a big piece of luggage. In the room, the carpet looked old and dirty, chairs were old, dirty, and torn, and the telephone was not working at all. The sheets and pillow cases were fine, nice and clean. There was a small refrigerator which cooled well and a functioning microwave. The TV was not working. I thought it was me that couldn't figure out the remote, so I walked all the way down to the front desk to ask for help. No one came up, so I called on my cell phone. Finally a clerk came up and had to exchange the cable box and card from another room to get the TV working in about 30 minutes. Well, it stopped working after a few minutes and I decided to just forget about it. The bathroom, although it looked somewhat remodeled, had a dirty shower curtain and a toilet with a sign to remove a rubber band, which I failed to notice until my second day. Towels in bathroom and sink were dirty with dark stains (glad I always carry my own). I feel this place is over priced for its below average quality. If you decide to stay, I suggest you carry your own towel, flip flops, and bleach towelettes to clean surfaces. It was walking distance from The Bart MacArthur station and Fox Theater. There is a Walgreens two blocks away, a Carl's Jr. next door, and some coffee shops in the area.
Nice room, bed was large with nice crisp White sheets, we had a ground floor room and nice table and chairs outside to sit on in evening, downside bathroom is very tiny Trains only 5 mins walk straight into San Francisco
The hotel rooms were ok, although the cleaning could be improved. The manager was not too friendly and was stressful upon welcoming us, but his colleagues were really helpful. As it is near to the BART station, it is low budget solution for visiting Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco.
If you visit San Fransico , you can stay here. only 4 min. away from the metro to SF. very good reception , verry kindly. big rooms especially if you hven 1 kings bed. No Breakfast !! all incl. coffe maker , magnetron, one - point. the frigiator was standing on the groun , why not on a little table , it is so much easier what you see in more motels to less power sockets. here only 2. why not an electrical distributor. you had to load : battery for camera, your iphone , your i pad and so much more but , this motel is to advise in this region.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- 24-hour front desk
Located within a mile (2 km) of Children's Hospital Oakland, Imperial Inn is within 2 miles (3 km) of Paramount Theatre. This 60-room motel welcomes guests with in-room amenities like refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. It's in central Oakland and also close to Oakland Museum of California and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
All 60 air-conditioned rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. 27-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other amenities include free bottled water, phones, and desks.
At Imperial Inn, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and free newspapers. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff always at the ready. Additional amenities include a terrace and a TV in a common area.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
54.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 140 reviews