We’ve spent nights at the Oakland Marriott in the past, so I didn’t give a thought to my usual inspection and scrutiny of the hotel’s website for last weekend’s getaway, like I always do when we’re booking a hotel for a trip. I usually like to look at photos of the hotel rooms, lobby, restaurants and bars, and read reviews on Trip Advisor too. I like to get the scoop on what rooms have the best views, and what amenities might be available. It’s all part of the fun in planning a trip.
What a wonderful surprise to see the hotel’s very recent renovations. This stay was much more than expected. The press release I just found online says that the hotel renovation “celebrates Oakland’s Jazz and Blues Culture”; and that it does.
My husband and I stopped by the Twelve Bar Lounge Saturday night, on the hotel’s second level, for a glass of wine before having to leave to meet family for dinner elsewhere. The music was just starting, and from the first piece we heard I knew it was going to be good. I really wish we could have stayed, it promised to be a good evening of jazz.
I wandered around the hotel lobby, and second level taking some photos of posters that are placed so nicely throughout. It lends to the whole feeling.