I recently had to do an in-depth search for a hotel for a small work event and it wasn’t an easy task. Finding a place with a resort level feel, a short drive from an airport and rooms under $150. This was no easy task, but I ended up finding a little diamond: The Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.
A Prime Location in the East Bay
You many not have heard of Lafayette if you aren’t from Northern California, but it is a cute little city about 20 minutes inland from the Oakland airport in the San Francisco region. There is a metro (BART) stop not far from the hotel that leads to both the Oakland and San Francisco airports, and they have a shuttle that will pick you up from the station. Making it easy to get to and around from, with or without a car.
If you want to see more than just San Francisco this location will give you a trip over to Berkeley or Oakland is less than twenty minutes, Napa wine country is only 45 minutes away (20 minutes closer than from San Francisco), and the city itself is only 30 minutes over the bridge.
It is a quaint neighborhood to stay in whether you are spending your whole trip in the East Bay or exploring more of California.
A Historic Feel with Resort Benefits
As soon as you step inside the property you feel like you’ve gone back a little in time, from the chandelier in the lobby to the antique bookshelves in the hallways. Walking in you are welcomed by a warm fireplace and their friendly staff. I walked up to my room (trying to get some more steps on my Fitbit) I was impressed by the size, bed and window. It might not have been a suite but was much larger than expected and I had a great view of the patio below. The rooms were quiet, didn’t hear any of my neighbors and the bed was comfortable, with two different types of pillows. I appreciate that since I hate the flat standard hotel pillow.
As I walked up to my room (trying to get some more steps on my Fitbit) I was impressed by the size, bed and window. It might not have been a suite but was much larger than expected and I had a great view of the patio below. The rooms were quiet, didn’t hear any of my neighbors and the bed was comfortable, with two different types of pillows. I appreciate that since I hate the flat standard hotel pillow.
The bathroom had decent lighting for a hotel, a great showerhead, and a very cozy bathrobe. I didn’t spend much time awake in the room but could have happily vegged out there for the evening.
Full of on-site amenities
The perfect place to have a “stay-cation” even for us Northern California residents. The hotel has a full-service spa on site, offering everything from massages to a mani-pedi. The prices aren’t cheap, but hotel guest can use the nice sized pool and sauna all they want to get the feel of a spa without the cost of a service.
The restaurant on site has a bar for watching the games, a quieter restaurant section and a great outdoor patio with a fireplace. The Park Bistro & Bar feels like a cozy neighborhood spot. Some of the prices are high but they’ve got a great selection of sandwich places for lunch, a happy hour from 4:30-6pm and for dinner their small plates quickly add up to a tasty meal. Their wine is pricey by the glass, but they have a great select of bottles for right about $30. For guests, they also have room service 24 hours a day.
A great hideaway tucked into the East Bay
Overall, I was thoroughly impressed by the property, as well as the others who attended the event. If you’re traveling into the bay, have a long layer at Oakland airport or need a “stay-cation”, the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa is a great spot to relax and get away. From the convenient location to the quality amenities you’ll feel just like you’re tucked onto a resort without the travel time.