Way back when, longtime resident Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland that, “There is no there there.” If only the iconic Jazz Age author could revisit this thriving location in the here and now! San Francisco’s smaller neighbor was recently anointed the “Coolest city in California” by Rachel Ray. Soaring construction cranes dot the skyline amid a building boom driven by its red-hot real estate market. And none other than National Geographic named Alameda County’s largest metropolis as among the 28 top places to visit in 2019, alongside such storied destinations as Cairo, Egypt.
Oakland, home to Stephen Curry and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, boasts a burgeoning cuisine scene, vibrant nightlife, and popular shopping outposts. This is an especially fine time to visit. The month of May sees Oakland Art Month, a four-week celebration of the city’s vibrant and ethnically diverse arts community.
One part of the Joie de Vivre property empire, the boutique Waterfront Hotel is ideally located for visitors looking to take advantage of everything that Oakland has to offer. Situated in the heart of historic Jack London Square, this boutique hotel overlooks the picturesque marina while providing easy access to many area landmarks.
The Waterfront Hotel’s recent renovation is aimed at further enhancing its 145 rooms and suites. Private balconies, roaring fireplaces, and enticing views of the surrounding bay all feature prominently as part of an upgraded guest experience. Visitors can enjoy a heated swimming pool, 24-hour sauna, and a fitness center. The hotel’s refreshed interior features maritime colors and artwork inspired by the surrounding seafaring city.