Oakland, also known as The Town, is a city of many layers. Stay in one of its interesting neighborhoods, each with a distinct personality, from lively Uptown to multicultural Chinatown. Look for hotels near the city's best restaurants if you're a foodie or near art galleries galore if you're a collector. Listen to hip-hop and play vintage Atari in a video game museum. Sip coffee or a craft beer alongside hipsters and activists, learning where they like to stay and play. Explore countless parks and trails in the Oakland Hills. Take the time to explore and find the perfect neighborhood for your stay.
Where to stayin Oakland
Where to Stay for Dining
With offerings from Japanese ramen to Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Oakland's historic Chinatown is the place to stay for Asian tastes and culture. This neighborhood is not just about eating. You can learn Balinese dance here and pick up an Asian language book at the Asian branch of the Oakland Public Library. For restaurant choices, there's no better hotel location than Piedmont Avenue. Dine at family-friendly diners, modern gastropubs, and Michelin-starred upscale restaurants. Reserve a room in Temescal for a lively food scene. Indulge in each new storefront's specialty of the moment, from mac and cheese to doughnuts.
Best Neighborhoods for First-Time Visitors
Downtown Oakland is a top place to stay if you're visiting for the first time. The rejuvenated city center features architectural marvels such as the African American Museum and Library and the Rotunda Building, as well as shops and restaurants in Victorian and art deco storefronts. Hotels here introduce visitors to the diverse landscape of the Oakland population. Consider staying in Uptown Oakland for the very hottest happenings. Visit the Art Murmur on First Fridays, stunning movie theaters, live music venues, and a staggering number of restaurants, shops, and art galleries.
Theaters, art galleries, and live music highlight some notable features of Downtown Oakland. Make a stop by Jack London Square or Oakland Museum of California while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Lake Merritt Station or 12th Street/Oakland City Center Station to get around town.
Recommended hotels in Downtown Oakland
Recommended hotels in Uptown Oakland
Top Areas to Stay for Culture
Stay in the active arts destination of KONO, with its strong ties to the Korean community and a perfect example of how Oakland has influenced Bay Area diversity. The neighborhood is easily accessible from just about anywhere in the city by foot, car, bike, or BART. Venture out from your hotel to more than 20 art venues and amazing street art displays. Reserve accommodations in Old Oakland for its late-century Victorian architecture, some of the best dining and shopping in the city, and a great farmers market. Consider staying in West Oakland, revitalized by grassroots organizations and today featuring colorful street art and fusion cuisine. Imagine banh mi meets po'boy.