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Two guys need a clean, safe hotel in Oakland for one night

Two guys need a clean, safe hotel in Oakland for one night

Aug 19th, 2010, 07:24 AM
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Two guys need a clean, safe hotel in Oakland for one night

Hi all. DH and DS are driving to Oakland from L.A. for an overnight to see a baseball game. They need a clean, safe room where they can park the car, sleep and shower after the game. They will be driving the coast back to L.A. the next morning. They don't need anything special, because I'm not going with them

I was going to bid on one of the Priceline 3* in Oakland. What do you think? Any better ideas? I appreciate your quick input, as they're leaving TOMORROW!

Thanks.
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Aug 19th, 2010, 07:45 AM
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you should be ok w. a 3 star in oakland but they will charge for parking.
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Aug 19th, 2010, 07:51 AM
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I've taken out the map. Would the options be better if I choose a city just south? If so, which one?
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Aug 19th, 2010, 08:17 AM
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The coliseum is near the Oakland Airport and there are some pretty good hotels there (also some bad ones!) I think the Hilton is fine if you can get a good price. Another idea is to see whether the Marriotts downtown have a good price -- then you can just take BART right to the game & back.
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Aug 19th, 2010, 09:09 AM
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http://www.sanleandromarinainn.com/

It is just a short drive south of the airport/SW of the Coliseum and in a totally safe area (which you can't say for a lot of places) and has free parking. I personally wouldn't PL in Oakland -- parking will cost extra and they could end up in a dicey area.
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Aug 19th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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Oh -meant to add - the Hilton would be OK too. But I would NOT book any other hotels/motels along the Hegenberger corridor. I've stayed in most of them when I had to visit a nearby field office once a month for a couple of years.
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Aug 19th, 2010, 09:27 AM
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Do they have a particular plan for the morning? Like what time they plan to leave, where they plan to cut over to the coast, etc.? If it were me, and if I wanted to leave in the morning during commute hours, I'd probably stay on the west side -- it's about a 1/2 hour drive from the Coliseum to San Mateo (south on 880 from the Coliseum to 92 east, over the San Mateo Bridge to 101) and they'd have a much easier drive in the morning. There's a Marriott right on 101 at 92, but there are any number of hotels within 10 minutes of that intersection.
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Aug 19th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Sorry, that's 92 west.
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Aug 20th, 2010, 06:48 AM
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DH decided he'd like to stay in San Mateo, as you have suggested sf7307. Now I'll just try to find the best deal that I can.

I appreciate all of your input. Fodorites rock!
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Aug 20th, 2010, 06:55 AM
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Before he reserves something, let me know what you've found and I'll put in my $.02!
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Aug 20th, 2010, 07:57 AM
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I'll pay you $.04 for your $.02 now! That's a pretty good ROI.

YOur recommendations are gladly accepted.
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Aug 20th, 2010, 09:27 AM
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OK, did he tell you -- is he planning on cutting over to the coast at 92 (i.e. ending up in Half Moon Bay before heading south)? If so, I'll only mention the hotels/motels closest to 92. If he's heading south first on the freeway before cutting over to the coast, I'll mention some others.
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Aug 20th, 2010, 10:20 AM
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Not knowing your price range or tolerance for no-name motels (!), I would suggest the San Mateo Marriott (which is at the intersection of 92 and 101, or any of the nearby Holiday Inns (there's a Holiday Inn a few minutes north on 101 in San Mateo, a Holiday Inn Express a few more minutes north also on 101 in Burlingame, and a Holiday Inn Express a few minutes south on El Camino in Burlingame. The locations of all of these are just fine. All but the Holiday Inn are in commercial areas -- the Holiday Inn fronts the freeway, but is otherwise in a residential area (behind and to the sides).
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Aug 20th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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Thanks, sf7307. It is my understanding that he plans on heading west from the east bay on 92, through Foster City to San Mateo. And, no name motels are just fine...the cheaper the better, so long as they are safe and clean. On this trip, they just need a utilitarian place to stay.

Looking forward to your no nasme replies!
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Aug 20th, 2010, 11:49 AM
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Actually, I don't know too many of the no-names. So,these are still "names", but if you look on googlemaps, you'll see that there's a Best Western, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn and Super 8 all on the same stretch of N. Bayshore, just north of 92. The Best Western appears to be available on Expedia for $85.00 for two beds (less for one king). These are all in an excellent location for your guys' purpose. If they want to have a decent breakfast before they take off in the morning, tell them to go up to the next exit north on 101, get off at 3rd Avenue (downtown San Mateo is 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue -- Starbucks, Peet's Noah's Bagels, etc.) Then to get to 92, they can just head south on El Camino and get on 92 west from there.
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Aug 20th, 2010, 12:06 PM
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o.k., thanks! I'm off to find a deal! Will let you know where they end up.
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Aug 20th, 2010, 12:10 PM
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I checked a couple of "non chain" hotels a little further north and they're MORE expensive!
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Aug 20th, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Well, won the Courtyard San Mateo/Foster City on Priceline for $52. Now, what should I do tonight???
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Great deal -- you were very brave
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