Oakland Hotels
San Francisco’s Bay Area is picture perfect. Here you'll find impressive hills, plenty of open space, and the calm waters of the San Francisco Bay framing one of the largest urban areas in the United States. But all this beauty doesn't come cheap. San Francisco is one of the most expensive urban areas in North America to visit.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Oakland

Points of Interest
O.co Coliseum
Red Lion Hotel Oakland International Airport
Red Lion Hotel Oakland International Airport
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3.1
1088 reviews
150 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland
from $89
Quality Inn Oakland Airport
Quality Inn Oakland Airport
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3.6
872 reviews
8471 Enterprise Way, Oakland
from $79
Hilton Oakland Airport
Hilton Oakland Airport
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3.4
808 reviews
1 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland
from $99
Executive Inn & Suites - Oakland Waterfront
Executive Inn & Suites - Oakland Waterfront
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4.1
583 reviews
1755 Embarcadero, Oakland
from $139
Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
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4.1
857 reviews
10 Washington Street, Oakland
from $129
La Quinta Inn Oakland Airport/Coliseum
La Quinta Inn Oakland Airport/Coliseum
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3.7
843 reviews
8465 Enterprise Way, Oakland
from $75
Days Hotel Oakland Airport-Coliseum
Days Hotel Oakland Airport-Coliseum
8350 Edes Avenue, Oakland
from $67
Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland Marriott City Center
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4.0
791 reviews
1001 Broadway, Oakland
from $119
Civic Center Lodge
Civic Center Lodge
50-6th Street, Oakland
from $67
Ramada Oakland Airport
Ramada Oakland Airport
8400 Edes Ave, Oakland
from $0
More About Oakland Hotels...

If you are traveling to the Bay Area, consider skipping the high-rent districts around San Francisco and opt instead to stay in Oakland, CA. Located across the Oakland Bay Bridge only 12 miles from the San Francisco city center, Oakland offers plenty of cheap hotels and other budget accommodations.

Stay Near the Airport for the Cheapest Hotels

The new Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oakland and the Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites are both cheap hotels in Oakland that consistently get great reviews. You’ll also find plenty of national budget chains, including Super 8, La Quinta, Comfort Inn, and Motel 6 Oakland near the airport.

These budget properties not only offer free airport shuttles, but many also offer free shuttles around Oakland, including drops at most local public transportation points, so you can save money by skipping the rental car.

Speaking of Public Transportation: Meet BART

BART (which stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit) is the local train system. There are a number of stations throughout Oakland. Visit the BART website for route information and a complete map. You'll see commuters of all ages on these trains, many of which are equipped with free WiFi. As in most large urban areas, if you're walking to a BART station or other public transportation in Oakland, be sure to keep an eye on your surroundings and don't leave yourself vulnerable. Some areas of Oakland can be dangerous, especially after dark.

Book Early for the Best Rates

Oakland can be quite busy during certain times of year, including football, baseball, and back-to-school seasons. If your travel plans are flexible, pay attention to what’s happening in the area and adjust your travel schedule accordingly.

To find the best hotel deals in Oakland you’ll want to book at least three weeks in advance. Most hotels offer a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hours before arrival, so there is little risk even if your plans change after booking.

Stretch Your Budget with Free Local Attractions

There are plenty of free things to do in and around Oakland. Check out Lake Merritt, a large tidal lagoon just east of downtown Oakland, surrounded by parks and city neighborhoods. Visit the Redwood Regional Park, less than ten miles from the Oakland city center, to view the impressive and ancient redwood trees. Or hop across the Oakland Bay Bridge and head into San Francisco for a stroll through the famed Mission District or the colorful Castro neighborhoods.

Consider an Airbnb Rental for Even Cheaper Accommodations

Airbnb is a great option if you're looking for cheap accommodations in Oakland, CA. For about $110 per night, you can rent a private suite in a safe, quiet neighborhood near downtown, Emeryville, or nearby downtown Berkeley. Or, for only a few bucks more, rent an entire private house. Keep in mind that many of the Oakland Airbnb rentals require a minimum of two or three-night stays.

In these residential areas, walking to the BART stations is generally safe, so you can take advantage of the local public transportation. And with your own kitchen, you can save money by cooking most meals. Many of the Airbnb properties in Oakland are within walking distance to Trader Joes and other nice grocery stores where you can stock up.

Bay Area on a Budget in Oakland

Most Bay Area locals and frequent visitors prefer the smaller Oakland International Airport to San Francisco International. Add Oakland's ample selection of affordable hotels, and you've got the perfect home base from which to work and play.

Warm Winter, Great Rates

You won't find Super 8 prices so close to San Francisco, but you can find the best hotel deals from December to May, especially if you're able to book more than three weeks in advance. Prices go up in the summer and stay there until after Thanksgiving, so keep timing in mind.

Skip the Stadium Crowds

O.co Stadium in the Coliseum Industrial area is host to both the NFL's Oakland Raiders and the Oakland Athletics MLB teams, so the area can get hectic during football and baseball seasons. That's great if you're a fan, but visitors who want to avoid rowdy crowds may want to stay elsewhere.

Go by BART or Shuttle

Airport hotels like Hilton Oakland Airport, Holiday Inn Oakland Airport, and Red Lion Hotel Oakland International Airport offer complimentary round-trip airport shuttle service. It's also easy to get to the airport via the BART public bus system, which is also a great way to explore the city.

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