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Patch community, I need your help.

My husband has a friend who is coming to visit the Bay Area from Los Angeles. He is bringing his two young boys and wife for a mini-vacation. They asked about local accommodations and, well, I was basically at a loss.

Now, when I was young and my family went on vacation, we stayed with the family we were visiting. For example, my parents would take over the room of one of my cousins, that cousin would sleep on a couch or with a sibling, and my sister and I would sleep on the floor of whatever room my parents were sleeping in.

Come to think of it, my dad has a friend who is traveling to the United States from Finland this summer. He is not just taking over a room, my sister is going to live in our family room for three weeks, while the visiting family stays in her house. Sure, it’s a bit of an inconvenience. But we’re all happy to do it.

When I asked my husband if his friends were going to stay with us downstairs, he mentioned that they were looking for a place nearby where they could spread out a little more.

But where?

There’s the out on Bay Farm and the on Webster. And isn’t there by the at ?

Is that it? Don’t we have anything with a little hometown pizazz? I thought we might have a few bed and breakfasts on the Island, but I can’t find any listings.

The family asked about The Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa and The Club Sport Walnut Creek Hotel. Sure, they’re both beautiful, but costly. And dealing with traffic through the tunnel might remind them too much of LA to ever want to come back!

So I'm asking you Alameda, have you stayed somewhere in Alameda or close by? Where do your friends and family stay when they're visiting? Inquiring minds want to know.  

Michele Kuttner March 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
My in laws and mom both stay at the Coral Reef and they love it! If you want something upscale with stellar breakfast, it's probably not for you. But, if you want a reasonably priced hotel with roomy suites and a great location you should check it out. Our folks love that they can walk along the beach in the morning, walk across the street to buy groceries for their kitchenette or get a bite to eat at South Shore and walk down to the shops on Park St. The fact that the location is conducive to leaving the car and biking or walking around Alameda is a big plus. Good luck!
Avrage Guy March 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Have them stay in San Francisco and commute!
Anonymous Johnson March 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
It's not on the main island, but the Hampton Inn is the best reviewed Hotel in Alameda: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g29073-d1146653-Reviews-Hampton_Inn_Suites_Oakland_Airport-Alameda_California.html
Avrage Guy March 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Executive Suites off of 880 in Oakland is nice. I've stayed there, and was satisfied.
Judy Judy March 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thanks Alameda, this is great! I knew I could count on you! ;)


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