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OaklandUnited States of America

Farmers markets, a multicultural culinary scene, stunning art deco architecture and an exciting zoo make Oakland a must-visit location for Bay area visitors. 

Visit Oakland to discover one of America’s most beautiful theaters or explore the country’s first wildlife refuge. Enjoy waterfront dining and shopping in Jack London Square or relax in one of the city’s many live music bars.

Oakland is the third-largest city in the San Francisco Bay area. Once infamous as home to the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, the city has reinvented itself and now combines historical treasures such as City Hall with modern wonders like the Chabot Space & Science Center.

Learn about the city’s past in the Oakland Museum, which features historical exhibits, a display on California’s ecology and a rooftop sculpture garden. Discover the stories of Oakland’s black population in the African American Museum & Library.

Take a walk or a jog around Lake Merritt, a saltwater lagoon in the middle of the city. This was also the first nature reserve in the United States. The city has about 260 sunny days a year, making it a great place for outdoor enthusiasts.

Families will enjoy the Oakland Zoo, while couples and friends can attend a live performance in the splendid Paramount Theatre. Go to Jack London Square and stop in at the saloon where the novelist used to drink. This waterside square has a Sunday farmers market in addition to its fine dining and shopping.

Oakland’s creative side is highlighted at the annual August Art + Soul, a festival featuring musical performances, arts and crafts, food and more. Take advantage of the monthly event known as the First Friday Arts Festival, when galleries stay open late, performers line the streets and pop-up food stalls offer a variety of delicious treats.

Get around on the Bay Area Rapid Transportation (BART) rail system or use the good network of buses. Some BART stations, most notably the one on 16th Street, are attractions in themselves, showcasing interesting architecture and ornate facades.

Oakland’s warm weather, arts and multiculturalism give you the best ingredients of the modern California city.

Top hotels in Oakland

The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay
The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay
2.5 out of 5
68 Monarch Bay Dr, San Leandro, CA
The price is €93 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Situated in San Leandro, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Monarch Bay Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of RingCentral Coliseum and Oracle Arena. Oakland ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,489 reviews)

"Sylvia at the front desk was so welcoming. The hotel was quiet and clean, and our view of the marina was lovely. This hotel will be my go to when I am in Oakland again."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2020

The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
3.5 out of 5
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA
The price is €105 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park and Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley Marina and Adventure Playground ...

3.8/5Good! (1,275 reviews)

"Next to the ocean .................................."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4 out of 5
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
The price is €104 per night from 16 Dec to 17 Dec

Located in Downtown Berkeley, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gourmet Ghetto, University of California, Berkeley and Greek Theater. Berkeley Marina is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (978 reviews)

"Incredible hotel - great location, very clean, gorgeous & comforting. The staff has been so kind & accommodating. I have enjoyed every minute of my stay. Hotel Shattuck Plaza has exceeded all of my expectations."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Oakland

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
400 Park St, Alameda, CA
The price is €109 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec

Located in East End, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of USS Hornet Museum, Jack London Square and RingCentral Coliseum. Oracle Arena and Oakland Museum ...

3.4/5 (2,219 reviews)

"Stayed in the room with lagoon view. Worth the extra money in my opinion, even though the beach is right across the street!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Superb Location. Sunny 3700sqf Sanctuary. Trails/woods/views. 20min From SF
Superb Location. Sunny 3700sqf Sanctuary. Trails/woods/views. 20min From SF
5170 Crockett Pl, Oakland, CA

Located in Woodminster, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Redwood Regional Park and Chabot Space and Science Center. Oakland Zoo and Kaiser Permanente ...

3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good spot for team offsite

"We hosted 4 of our remote team members overnight here, and used the main spaces for our team offsite. The space has good flow and lots of space for a group of about 18 (our size). The outdoor patio made for a great space for socializing and taking breaks. This was great for our easygoing crowd, but ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2019

Superb Location. Sunny 3700sqf Sanctuary. Trails/woods/views. 20min From SF
Epic, Gorgeous, Huge Historic, Victorian Mansion - Easily Sleeps 30+
Epic, Gorgeous, Huge Historic, Victorian Mansion - Easily Sleeps 30+
1218 East 21st Street, Oakland, CA
The price is €1,368 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in the heart of Oakland, this historic holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Oakland Museum of California, Jack London Square and Oakland Convention ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Fabulous victorian mansion

"Beautiful and truly unique place. Owner was very quick and easy with communications. All bathrooms are newly renovated while bedrooms maintain victorian chic. Great for friends/family reunions."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2020

Epic, Gorgeous, Huge Historic, Victorian Mansion - Easily Sleeps 30+
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Oakland

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Love Oakland, can't wait to come back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Oct 2019

Oakland area looked safe and clean. Traffic around Oakland was fine. Traffic into San Francisco is terrible it took us 2 hours to get into San Francisco even at 6am. We received terrible service at the Denny's close to this hotel, do not go there.

3/5 - Okay

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30 Sep 2019

Nothing much happening.