I stayed at the Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites (Oakland) in late-May 2017 for 3 nights at the end of a month-long tourist holiday of Cent/West USA. I found it to be all that I had hoped for from the description and reliable TA reviews.
Having stayed in San Francisco at the start of my western-region tour (at the very good Days Inn Civic Centre), without a car, I plumped for this hotel as by then I had a hire car so it gave me the opportunity to get to SF for a booked baseball game using public transport, as well as offering easier on-site car parking opportunities (as city centre locations are often more tricky in that respect), easy options to get out and about in my hire car and ultimately a straightforward way to get to SF airport on my departure.
I found it difficult to find anything other than this hotel offering a similar location/price and certainly when compared to SF (I got lucky with my Days Inn booking, not possible to replicate for this later stay in the area), plus the room specification was the most comprehensive of anywhere I had stayed or could book.
I had booked my stay via Expedia for a total cost, to be paid at the hotel, of $478/app£390 (incl taxes, make sure you allow for this when you compare prices like-for-like as some hotel booking site quotes exclude them in the headline rate !) for a 'Suite, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Bathtub - Multi Night Stay Rate' with free cancellation (up to the day before, I've often found this handy before in case a better option crops-up at the last minute !).
When I phoned the hotel many weeks beforehand to check my booking I queried the 'Accessible' nature of the suite and without any fuss my room-type was amended to a 'normal' suite for no extra charge.
On arrival, car parking proved to be as easy as hoped for and the room-change proved worthwhile, as it was absolutely huge and extremely well-appointed.
The lobby area is large/smart, BUT it is accessed via front doors which proved problematic at times for me...At night they are locked and an unexpected 'arrival check' was required to get inside (nobody had informed me what to expect when getting back late) and when unlocked they are anything but 'automatic' as signs state (important if you've luggage), since you have to press a button to get them to open; the doors are 'powered' to open/close, they are NOT 'automatic' as sensors do not activate them !!!
There is one large lift which, surprisingly, despite the hotel being so large never proved to be a problem 'hailing' or getting access to and the luggage trolleys came in handy for me on arrival/departure.
My rear-facing/high suite (requested for maximum peace and quiet) was very large, clean and well-appointed. The array of seating came in useful for relaxing and the desk handy for using wifi etc, which proved to be speedy and reliable. The only odd thing for me, considering the large room size, was how small the work surface above the fridge/microwave was - it made it's usability a bit of a challenge as the coffee machine etc are crammed on top....
I've little else to say about the room/bathroom, as it was clean and functional and as expected/hoped for.
In the evenings the car park quickly got full but I never sensed that the hotel was full of people, especially as I rarely saw or heard anyone on my floor - outside noise was non-existent, so sleeps were always peaceful.
Breakfast was better than the standard 'plastic' fayre, with eggs/cooked meat plus the usual array of fruits/yoghurt/breads.
On seeing it, the 'state' of the local area around the hotel didn't concern me in any way as much as some other reviewers mentioned. Yes, it is not at all picturesque and really quite urban - but that should not be surprising considering you are on the edge of a large city and quite close to to Oakland airport.
Night time 'activity' didn't raise any problems for me, this experienced as I used the hotel shuttle to get to the Coliseum for a baseball game and then caught a bus back (easier for me than arranging a return shuttle trip), which stopped a few hundred yards from the hotel so requiring a short walk back from there.
Getting to SF for a baseball game proved just as straightforward, by driving to the city to catch the dedicated ferry to/from SF - this includes free parking at the car park near to the ferry port, so was also an economical way of doing the trip as well plus you get a mini-bay cruise as well !
The hotel location was also good to quickly access the motorway to get to nearby visits, a main 'access' road is just a hundred yards away - from there rapid mobility is easy.
So, I enjoyed my stay at the Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites (Oakland) essentially because of the quiet setting, handy location, ease of car parking and well-appointed room. The rate was very good for a city location with the room facilities, breakfast and easy parking area - much more economical than nearby SF for 'normal' prices (my earlier stay in SF proved to be at an almost 'one-off' bargain price !). less