Where to Stay in the East Bay
The East Bay region was originally settled by the Huchiun/Ohlone tribes, followed by Spanish and Mexican conquistadors, before Americans settled in the mid-1850s. Lying across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, the East Bay consists primarily of Contra Costa County and Alameda County. Oakland, the area’s largest city, is famous for its somewhat smaller Chinatown and its beautiful waterfront Jack London Square, as well as its large port and eucalyptus-spotted hills. Berkeley, just north of Oakland, is home to the University of California and tens of thousands of students, as well as left-leaning politics and great food.
Foodies can enjoy our well-researched lists of where to eat, including where to get the best breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make use of our hiking guide and round up of the best things to do each month to get the most out of your visit. Of course, you’ll need a place to stay. We’ve also sifted through the many options to find the island’s best lodgings, including top choices for a group gathering, as well as the best luxury and good-value hotels.