Entrance to the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square
Entrance to the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square (credit: Randy Yagi)


When planning a trip to Oakland and the Bay Area, you might want to take a closer look at the Waterfront Hotel in historic Jack London Square. Not only is this an exceptional Joie de Vivre-branded boutique hotel, it’s also TripAdvisor’s best-valued hotel in the entire city. Coupled with magnificent views, great service and hospitality and endless things to do, it’s safe to say that business, leisure and pet-friendly travelers will simply love the Waterfront Hotel.


About The Waterfront Hotel

Waterfront Hotel

10 Washington St.
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 836-3800

The flagship hotel in Oakland’s vibrant Jack London Square, the nautical-themed Waterfront Hotel has been an integral part of Joie de Vivre brand for more than 12 years. Also the only shoreline hotel in Jack London Square, the Waterfront Hotel is easily accessible by car with Highway 880 nearby, in addition to ferry service a block away and an Oakland BART station and Amtrak station just minutes away. With its proximity to transportation, major attractions and high profile companies, this JdV property is an excellent choice for both the business and leisure traveler. Just recently, the completely smoke-free hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, with an enhanced lobby and meeting spaces and updated rooms with fine furnishings and beddings. The Waterfront Hotel also offers one of Oakland’s finest dining and lounge experiences at its restaurant, Lungomare.

About Joie de Vivre

Established in San Francisco by Chip Conley in 1987, Joie de Vivre holds California’s largest collection of lifestyle properties and the second largest operator of boutiques in the country. More recently, Joie de Vivre expanded outside of California and currently has properties in Chicago, Baltimore and New York, in addition to BEI Zhaolong Hotel in Beijing, China. Notable hotel properties under the JdV name include Hotel Vitale and Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, Ambassador Chicago and Park South Hotel in New York City. Joie de Vivre also recently opened BEI Hotel San Francisco to widespread acclaim.


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The Waterfront Hotel has 145 completely remodeled guestrooms and suites, with views of the Oakland Estuary or businesses in Jack London Square. Rooms are offered in several categories, including a 200 square foot room with a queen bed, 312-square foot room with a king bed and balcony and 640-square foot waterfront suite with king bed. Rooms are also available with accessible features like ADA-compatible showers. Each of the rooms and suites come equipped with a number of impressive amenities, like fine furnishings, flat screen TV, laptop compatible safe, complimentary Wi-Fi, Jonathan Adler bath products, coffeemaker and nightly fireside wine and cheese hour in the lobby.


Dog Friendly

The Waterfront Hotel Oakland is also dog friendly, with one dog permitted per room. Furry friends must be registered at the front desk upon check in and must not be left unattended in the room. A very modest cleaning fee of $25 for every three nights will be added to the guest’s charges.


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The Waterfront Hotel offers special hotel packages on an ongoing basis. Among the current specials are “Seize the Stay”, with World of Hyatt members receiving a discount of up to 30 percent on stays and “Hassle-Free Parking Package”. Other specials are a “Party Plank Package” for two or more nights and “San Francisco Bay Ferry Package”, with a one-trip ferry ticket per registered adult.



Visitors and guests may enjoy a sumptuous meal from Chef Chris Seyersdahl at Lungomare, specializing in Italian cuisine but also offering continental fare like salads, sandwiches rib eye and lamb chops. Additional highlights from the menus are Smoked Salmon Panini, Buffalo Mozzarella Margherita, Bucatini alla Bolognese and Ligurian Seafood Stew. Reservations are also available for private dining for up to 40 seated guests.


For breakfast, guests can order gourmet coffee and treats on-the-go at the Café at Lungomare. Seating is available indoors and outdoors for breakfast, as well as the bar counter. Lungomare also has a nice weekend brunch menu, with popular dishes like Egg Florentine and Crab Cake Benedict, in addition to soups, salads, antipasti and gourmet pizza.

Bar/Evening Dining

In the bar, guests can enjoy an extensive bar menu with premium cocktails, fine wine and crafted beers. Some current cocktail selections are Tuscan Sun with Osocalis brandy and Carpano Antica, and That’s Amaro! with Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum and Carpano Antica. Wines served by glass or bottle are primarily from Italy, such as Le Colline pinot noir, Vigna del Cristo lambrusco and Livio Felluga sauvignon blanc. However, the wine list also includes California wines from Acacia in Carneros, Seghesio in Healdsburg and Joel Gott in St. Helena. The highly rated restaurant/bar also offers an assorted collection of non-alcoholic drinks like iced tea and soft drinks, along with exceptional house made sodas like Mandarin Cream and Basil Ginger Beer.


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Valet parking, weekday wine and cheese hour and a complimentary weekday shuttle service to downtown Oakland are among the many services and amenities offered from the Waterfront Hotel. Parking is just $32, which is a bargain in comparison to San Francisco hotels that charge $75 or more. Additional services include concierge, luggage storage, business center, complimentary newspapers and room service. A very competitive amenity fee of $15 plus tax per night will be added to the reservation.


Jack London Square Activities

The Waterfront Hotel is close to many popular attractions in Jack London Square. Among the suggested businesses to visit are California Canoe & Kayak, Plank Oakland for bowling and video games or a drink at historic Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, the city’s oldest. Additional activities may include a round trip ferry ride with San Francisco Bay Ferry, wine tasting at Rosenblum Cellars, USS Potomac, the Farmer’s Market on Sundays and walking along the Bay Trail. In addition to wine tasting, Plank and Heinold’s, an evening can also be spent at Esports Arena or live music at Yoshi’s one of the leading jazz clubs in the Bay Area. Jack London Square also offers many more dining options, along with boutique shops and an impressive collection of public art. Additional information about what to do in Oakland may be found at the Visit Oakland office, just footsteps from the entrance to the Waterfront Hotel.


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Conference/Meeting Facilities

For special events, wedding receptions and more, the Waterfront Hotel Oakland offers 8,000 square foot of conference and meeting space. Of the 13 meeting and event spaces, the 2,500 square foot Spinnaker is the largest and can accommodate up to 300 guests. Catering services is available through Lungomare.


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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. His stories have also appeared in the Daily Meal, Examiner.com, CBS Radio, and Radio.com, among others. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).