Hayward Journals

Hayward as Haven

A February 2002 trip to Hayward by hwlrmnky

Quote: Hayward is not a lush or luxurious destination but if you choose your motel wisely, you may find yourself relaxing in spite of yourself.

Hayward as Haven


California State University, Hayward, is a lovely campus set into the hills of this mostly-working-class town. If the university has a play in production, you may want to check it out; the theater department has a very good reputation among educators in the state.

Quick Tips:

Your biggest challenge is to decide what class of motel suits your needs. The two main areas of town with accommodations are on Mission right by the university. A few miles away, in proximity to Chabot College and the mall, is the other "strip" of accommodations.

Best Way To Get Around:

A car is a must in Hayward, unless you are quite hearty and look as though you will win any fight that picks you.

Comfort Inn Hayward

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I generally avoid motels within this price point because they tend to seem overpriced for the level of amenity and convenience offered. The Comfort Inn Hayward is a a remarkable exeception! The proprietor is extremely mannerly and helpful and the staff is highly accommodating. The rooms have recently been redone and are fresh looking and feeling. This is not a luxury property, but the decor done with taste and there is integrity to the design. There were a few glitches--a sink with a faulty stopper and a sometimes tempermental closet door--but, heck, I have those glitches at home. If you are from the country, the traffic on Mission may seem noisy; ask for a room away from the street. A city/suburb gal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2002

Comfort Inn Hayward
Hayward, California 94544

If you need a block of rooms, I highly suggest calling the Comfort Inn Hayward and asking for Kanti, who handles such matters. I have worked with motel managers on a number of events and this gentleman wins for patience, charm and plain-dealing. After my office manager (misguidedly) cancelled part of our group reservation, he calmly changed the booking back with nary a snide remark when I called him later. The Executive Inn in Hayward is a slighly more upscale venue with real conference capabilities. Prices for guest rooms seem to hover around $120 per night. The Executive will, however, require you to physically host your nightly reception and all alcohol must be surrendered at midnight. ...Read More