An affordable group getaway hotel that has free shuttle buses back and forth to Oakland International Airport is always a plus. Some of these East Bay hotels — those with full-service spas — are better suited to bachelorette parties. Others are pet-friendly and offer a kids-stay-free policy, making them especially attractive for a family reunion. Whatever your group may be, here is our list of the best group getaway hotels in the East Bay.
Featured Photo: Oakland Marriott City Center
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport
A free shuttle bus to and from Oakland Airport makes this one a winner. Stay here for an Oakland Athletics game. Plus, who can say no to palm trees and an outdoor pool. In the guest rooms, there’s free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, a work desk. Other amenities include a fitness center, a business center and a Bistro restaurant serving Starbucks coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening.
TIP: There’s also on-site parking.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites — Oakland Airport
TIP: The hotel has free 24-hour airport shuttles to Oakland International, only half a mile away.
Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa
When the group getaway is a bachelorette party, this is the place. Indulge in a European chateau feeling of exclusivity. Thirty miles east of San Francisco, the property has been rated AAA Four Diamond for 25 consecutive years. Features include a full-service spa and a heated outdoor swimming pool. An outdoor fireplace adds sophistication to the getaway and the Park Bistro & Bar is a magnet for groups. There’s parking, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center and room service.
TIP: Guest rooms come with fireplaces as well.
Marriott Walnut Creek
Perhaps the group getaway is a family reunion? Kids stay free at this hotel that’s only a two block’s walk from the BART station in Walnut Creek, 20 miles from downtown San Francisco. And Fido can come too, since the hotel is pet-friendly. If a group hike is on the agenda, it’s 16 miles to Mt. Diablo. Back at the hotel, there’s a heated outdoor pool and a modern fitness center.
TIP: Atrio is the in-house restaurant and bar, serving Baja California fusion cuisine, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Moxy Oakland Downtown
TIP: Don’t be confused — Moxy Oakland Downtown is actually in Oakland’s Uptown District.
Oakland Marriott City Center
TIP: Ask about the soundproof rooms.