Top 5 most beautiful hotels in Oakland

Once considered a mere suburb of San Francisco, Oakland is becoming the most stylish and elegant place in northern California. With that, tourists are starting to flock to this sunny city, and hotel offerings reflect this. There are hundreds of gorgeous hotels in Oakland – we chose 5.

Claremont Hotel

If you decide to stay at this charming place, Berkeley Art Museum, Greek Theater, Pacific Film Archive, People’s Park, and Memorial Stadium will be just 2 miles away. The hotel features a full-service spa, 8 outdoor tennis courts, and 3 outdoor pools. It is non-smoking only. However, it welcomes kids – there is a children’s pool and a club and supervised childcare (free).

The 276 guestrooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with digital channels, slippers, bathrobes, and other thoughtful items. Each room has a mini-bar. Other amenities include luxury bedding and 24-hour room service.

Executive Inn & Suites

This gorgeous property has a pool, free parking, an ultra-modern fitness center, free Wi-Fi, a shuttle bus service, a business center with Internet access, and meeting rooms. The building is very beautiful, truly an architectural work of art with fabulous views.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Oakland Airport

This hotel features breathtaking views and property amenities such as a business center with Internet access, free Wi-Fi, a pool, a fitness center with a gym and a workout room, 24-hour room service, and an excellent restaurant.

Best Western Plus Bayside

The Bayside Hotel features stunning views, with some rooms overlooking the city’s estuary. The property is eco-friendly and fully non-smoking. The airy, spacious, beautifully designed rooms ensure a relaxing stay.

A Bed and Breakfast on Fairmount, Oakland

This hotel isn’t typically beautiful, but it’s charming and quaint. It is an artsy house with gorgeous views and nice, helpful staff.


The best steakhouses in Oakland 2019

When it comes to enjoying a good steak in Oakland, you can be hard-pressed for choice. We’ve narrowed it down to three for your convenience: Galeto, Kincaids, and Belcampo.


According to the vast majority of reviewers on Trip Advisor, the food here is absolutely delicious. The side dishes are fab as well. The steak is so tender it melts in your mouth, and the staff is helpful and friendly. It’s a great place for a date (romantic atmosphere), but it’s casual enough for a dinner with family and friends too.


Kincaids has 5 locations in the US, and the best restaurant is in Oakland, as luck would have it. It serves delicious steak, but also a variety of fish and seafood for those looking for something a bit different. It’s a great place for a casual lunch or dinner, but fancy enough for a date or business meeting. All the steaks are served with butter, fresh market vegetables, and your choice green onion potato cakes, parmesan-sprinkled fingerling potatoes, or mashed Yukon potatoes. The most delectable options: the 12 oz. New York steak, Filet Mignon, or 40-Day Aged American Wagyu Sirloin steak.

Belcampo Restaurant & Butcher Shop

Finally, this is place serving delicious, top-quality, compassionately and sustainably raised meat. Beef empanadas, dry aged burgers, or an Argentinean mixed grill – you’ll never want for choice. We love the beef tartare – a juicy concoction of minced beef sirloin with egg yolk, caper, shallots, and grilled bread. We also recommend the lamb tartare – minced leg of lamb with parsley, harissa, and flatbread.

Those looking for something unique would do well to choose the beef carpaccio – sirloin with red onion, crispy capers, pecorino, lemon, arugula, olive oil, and grilled bread. Finally, a good choice for a bigger group is the skewer dish with your choice of beef heart, leg of lamb, or chicken thigh.


Top 5 best farmers’ markets in Oakland

Farmers’ markets are to Oakland what the Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. Fresh fruits and vegetables are all the rage in this sunny California city, with strawberries and artichoke counting among local favorites. The best markets in Oakland also have coffee, music, and baked goods to offer.

Grand Lake

This local favorite is huge and enjoys a prime location near Lake Merritt. Offerings include homemade sausage, bean and yam vegetarian tamales, smoked cheddar, and gluten-free baked delights from Bacano Bakery.

Temescal Farmers Market

Temescal features live music, which you can enjoy as you munch on organic delectables from Donna’s Tamales and Andy and Cindy’s Thai Food.

Old Oakland Farmers Market

Also known as the People’s Market, Old Oakland at 9th Street / Broadway takes place every Friday from 8am to 2pm. According to the Urban Village Farmers Market Association, this market has been the most accessible, diverse, and affordable one in the city over the past two decades.

Jack London Squares Sunday

Jack London Squares features gorgeous scenery, but its picturesque location on the border of Temescal and Rockridge is not the only thing it’s got going for it. This is the market for food lovers of every generation, from millennials to Baby Boomers, single and married, gay and straight, you name it. You’ll also see local chefs and food writers wandering about, lending the place a professional flair. There’s no better place to enjoy homemade pasta and California nuts than this!

Montclair Village

This tiny market in La Salle Ave. at Moraga Ave., open every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm, has all the necessities one could yearn for according to highly positive Yelp reviews. This is despite its being a block long. Organic food isn’t the only choice – prepared delights include French crêpes and even an oyster vendor.