A travel journal
to Oakland by Princess KB
Quote: Oakland, the largest city on the much maligned East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, offers a wealth of cultural, epicurian, and natural attractions without the big-city prices or crowds.
Oakland is not an unsafe town, provided you have your destination and route planned in advance. Parking is easier than in San Francisco, but can still be tricky in some areas. Plan to spend an additional 10 minutes looking for parking. Parking at BART stations is currently free. BART runs through the downtown area and connects you with Berkeley, San Francisco, and the soon-to-be-completed extension to SFO.
Hotel | "Oakland Mariott"
The hotel is 4-star, modern, clean, and efficent. The rooms are average-sized with firm beds, new looking linens and furnishings, and large windows overlooking the bay or the hills. They include a coffee maker, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, and mini-bar. The bathrooms are large and well appointed with a full range of toiletries. The hotel has a restaurant and offers room service.
The best thing about this hotel is its proximity to BART. You are step away for the 12th St BART station which can take to in 20 minutes to dowtown San Francisco, or in 10 minutes to Berkeley.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2003
Marriott Oakland City Center
Oakland, California 94607
Hotel | "Gramma's Rose Garden Inn"
Gramma's, behind a vine and rose covered fence, allows you to forget the passing traffic and pedestrians that cover so much of the Berkeley landscape. Situated on the corner and taking up a good half of the block, Gramma's is three Victorian-style houses, each fully restored. The grounds are meticulously landscaped and maintained, and give you the feeling of being in a country cottage. The grounds and rooms retain a quiet elegance, despite being to close to the hubbub of Telegraph Avenue. The rooms vary in size and amenities, but all are decorated in Victorian-style. The mattresses were comfortable, and the linens were soft and becoming. The decor is period without being overwhelming. There are no TVs or minibars. Bathrooms ranged from average to exceptional, with a ball-and-claw soaking tub and separate shower. Some rooms have bay or hillside views. Parking is on site and is complimentary, as is the full hot breakfast served in the home's garden rooms downstairs.
The close proximity to campus makes the inn an excellent choice for parents visiting their children at UC Berkeley, as well as those looking for a getaway feeling without having to go too far away.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2003
Rose Garden Inn
2740 TELEGRAPH AVE
Berkeley, California 94705
Their speciality rolls are universally delicious. The Titanic is my favorite (tempura crab and shrimp with avocado wrapped in seaweed topped with alternating Ahi and salmon with spceial sauce). The proportion of rice to fish is perfect. The Ahi is always blood red and firm, the salmon melts like butter on your tongue. I've tried just about every roll on the menu and haven't had a bad one yet. Favorites include: the Eagle, the Hole-in-1, 49er, Dynamite roll, Philadelphia roll, and the ever present spicy tuna roll (theirs is certainly spicy). The most expensive roll is $7.95 and comes in 8 fat pieces. My boyfriend and I would eat here about once a week, get four rolls, and a large sapporo and it would set us back about $40, including tax and tip. I miss it.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2003
Mijori Japanese Restaurant
3260 Grand Ave
Oakland, California 94610
Restaurant | "The Blue Nile"
To start, order a liter of honey wine or Tej (the j is soft). The wine is almost sickly sweet, but it helps to cut the spice of later food. Go with three of for people and order family style. I love the curried lentils and the kitfo (spiced sirloin) cooked. Spicy dishes are only mildly spiced, and all meals come with rice and cooked vegetables (carrots and potatoes)
Be WARNED: you eat with your fingers!! Ethiopian food is traditionally eaten with a thin pancake like bread called injera, and that's how it's served here. You tear a piece of injera off and use it to scoop up some of the food on your very large platter.
I've had several very memorable meals at the Blue Nile and think it's a great place to go for a taste of Berkeley.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2004
Blue Nile Restaurant
2525 Telegraph Ave
The theatre is conveniently located two blocks from the 18th and Broadway BART station, making it accessible from San Francisco and other parts of the East Bay. Street parking is readily available and free after 6pm.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 26, 2003
Oakland, California 94612
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2004
East Bay Hills
Barclay's is an English pub in the northern California tradition. There are over 30 beers on tap and they’re always changing – there’s Guiness on pull. For those who haven't had the pleasure of a pulled beer. It's fun to watch and a touch warmer than we Americans are used to drinking. Barclay's has a full menu of better than average pub food (the fish and chips are to DIE for), a dart game set up in the back and a couple of big screens.
Sports are on in the background, but mostly you see families and friends hanging out around the antique oak tables. Smoking is allowed outside, where they have heaters to stave off the chill.
5940 College Ave
Oakland, California 94618