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Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway · Oakland, California 94607 USA

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Guests visiting the Bay Area often hone in on San Francisco as their ideal vacation destination. But those who do miss out on a hidden gem: Oakland. A convenient urban retreat for travelers, Oakland invites you to discover all this spirited city and surrounding areas have to offer when you book a vacation at one of the top Bay Area hotels.

Chinatown

One of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States, Chinatown Oakland was settled in the 1850s, shortly after the gold rush. No longer just Chinese, this 16-block area is Pan Asian, with Koreans, Vietnamese and Japanese. Visitors will find foodie bliss in the hand-pulled Chinese noodles at Shan Dong (voted one of the top 10 noodle houses in the Bay Area); ChewJow Ho Fun at Vien Huong; Hong Kong style dim sum at Peony; and Boba tea at Sweet Booth and I- Tea. Wares are displayed on the sidewalks or in the windows, from herbal teas, live seafood to porcelain and delicious Shaomai at bakeries. What you won’t find in this Chinatown are ticky-tacky camera and T-shirt kiosks. This is the real deal. Look out for the expressive murals from block to block, including the Chinese Zodiac dragon on 10th and Jackson.

Location: Just a few steps from the hotel

Jack London Square

Location. Location. Location. That’s Jack London’s selling point. It’s got Bay views, the call of seabirds, and the ferry as public transit. Now the home of Sunset Magazine’s headquarters. Enjoy the peace of the waterfront, or head a few paces onshore and down European styled walkways to a booming bar and restaurant scene, including Lungomare, Haven, and BBQ joint Everett & Jones. Music can be heard almost every night of the week at Yoshi’s, the famed spot in the Bay Area for jazz and dinner. Tucked within these modern-day diversions and loft-style living are serious old-school stops. California’s second oldest bar, Heinold’s First and Last Saloon, opened in 1883 and is still lit by gas (author Jack London wrote here). Or just look for the writer’s Yukon cabin—a replica built from the original boards.

Location: Located just a half mile from the hotel, you can walk, catch a ride on the free city bus or take a quick taxi.

Lake Merritt

This large tidal lagoon, just east of downtown, is home to many acres of parkland, as well as the United States’ first official wildlife refuge. Rent a sailboat, visit the small children’s amusement park dubbed “Fairyland,” or just take a picnic and relax in Oakland’s more than 250 days per year of sunshine.

Historic Downtown & Old Oakland

Historic Downtown and Old Oakland: To say Downtown Oakland is eclectic and diverse would barely skim the surface of this melting pot. You’re just as likely to bump into a scholar, a Federal judge, a tech entrepreneur and a civil rights activist in a one-block area. Just five years ago, a swath of the area’s Victorian and Art Deco storefronts were vacant and in need of repair. Now they are renovated and lit up with cool shops like Umami (selling Japanese barware),Oaklandish (details below), and art pioneer Joyce Gordon Gallery. Downtown is peppered with architectural marvels: the African American Museum and Library in a 1902 Carnegie; the Pardee Home, dating back to 1868; and the Rotunda Building, a massive elliptical dome in the heart of the district. Different than other downtowns, Oakland’s isn’t about just business. Downtown Oakland is a vital crossroads, where all the cultures meet, eat and sleep. Many murals around the streets tell the stories of the people and of their plights. Just a hop away is Old Oakland, a historic neighborhood adjacent to downtown Oakland. You’ll want to try all the restaurants at Swan’s, voted one of the top 10 places to eat in Oakland. Swan’s is Oakland’s version of the Ferry Building, only better - featuring Ms. Ollie’s Caribbean soul food – a favorite of this author; B Dama –cool vibe Japanese, and Cosecha - the best tacos in town. Visit District for a cool bar where the locals hang, and Desco – a true gem Italian bistro.

Uptown

Once a shopping district in the early 20th century, Uptown is the hottest neighborhood in Oakland. A new restaurant, Indie boutique, or bar seemingly opens every other week, with nearly 125 opened in the past decade. Billed as the arts and entertainment district of Oakland, it fulfills its promise, particularly during the boisterous Art Murmur on First Fridays. But the prettiest art may be the Art Deco buildings themselves, with the crown jewels being the show stopping Fox and the Paramount theaters. The former is mostly a live music venue; the latter channels its inner flapper often (classic movies with a live organ player). Art galleries, run by the artists or by volunteers, are opening in brick warehouses. Down side streets are scenes of the start-up, DIY revolution with co-ops, an urban winery, entrepreneur hubs, and creative centers.

Location: Just a half mile from the hotel

Paramount Theatre

Built in 1931, this massive Art Deco movie theater was the largest multi-purpose theater on the West Coast, seating 3,476 people. Today, it is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Oakland Ballet, and venue for live music events, plays, stand-up comedy, lecture series, and screenings of classic films.

Location: Less than one mile from hotel

Oakland Zoo

A popular Bay Area attraction, this 100-acre zoo, nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, is easily walkable and contains modern exhibits. Visit your favorite furry friends and create lasting memories on your next trip! Location: Just 10 miles from the hotel, the Oakland Zoo is an easy taxi ride from the hotel.

Fox Theater

Originally opened in 1928 as Oakland’s largest movie theater palace, the grand architectural landmark flourished for many years before falling into decline and eventually closing. After more than 40 years of silence, the theater reopened in 2009 as a school, restaurant and popular live concert venue.

Location: A quick a half mile away from hotel

Oakland Urban Wine Trail

Explore The Urban Wine Trail: No need to head to traditional wine country when Oakland is home to 10 urban wineries. Experience the newly launched Oakland Urban Wine Trail at unique tasting rooms found in renovated warehouses, in the middle of art galleries and along the waterfront. Most locations are walkable from one another and are accessible by public transportation. View their website

San Francisco

Discover the many wonders San Francisco and the State of California offers to visitors from all over world. A few gems to experience:

Union Square- One of San Francisco's main retail and cultural centers, Union Square also refers to the actual park bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton streets, The park, named after the pro-Union rallies held there before and during the Civil War, was built and named in 1850 by San Francisco's first mayor, John Geary.

Fisherman’s Wharf- All San Franciscans love to hate Fisherman's Wharf. Content never to visit the area, they complain of the tacky shops selling cheap souvenirs, the "novelty" museums whose novelty has long worn off and busloads of tourists blocking the view to Alcatraz.

China Town- San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

San Francisco Zoo- The San Francisco Zoo is designed with the underlying belief that nature-focused interaction leads to conservation action. Learning about animals here inspires visitors to care for all wildlife.

Chabot Planetarium

Chabot Planetarium offers many wonderful experiences for visitors of all ages. Enjoy a date night with a live planetarium show, telescope viewings or a wide variety of exhibits. Culture is never far from our hotel.

Location: Just eight miles from the hotel

Wine Tasting (Napa Valley/Sonoma)

Over 400 vineyards with wine tasting rooms, Napa Valley takes its Wine Country nickname pretty seriously.

Oracle Arena

Home of the 2015 NBA Champions, Golden State Warriors and reigning 2 time MVP Steph Curry.  Catch an exciting game at one of the loudest and thrilling basketball arenas in the country.  

Location: Just three BART stops south of hotel.

Oakland Coliseum

Home of the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics,  the Oakland Coliseum is also a great destination for live shows and entertainment. Many of music’s biggest names play at this venue year-round. Check out the schedule to book tickets to a game or see a show during your stay!  

Location: Just three BART stops from the hotel, this is a convenient and fun attraction.