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HYATT house Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area 3.5

Emeryville, California, United States

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Pros

  • Convenient location close to East Bay freeways, Emeryville-based companies, and the Amtrak station
  • Standard guest rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves; suites with fully-equipped kitchens
  • Gym and business center open 24/7
  • Heated outdoor pool with hot tub
  • Attractive outdoor lounge with fire pit
  • Comfort food and cocktails at on-site restaurant H Bar
  • Free breakfast included
  • On-site market with snacks, sundries, and prepared foods open around-the-clock
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • On-site laundry facility and free parking
  • Pets welcome (for a fee)

Cons

  • Immediate surroundings are a dreary parking lot, train tracks, and busy intersection 
  • No on-site restaurant option for lunch
  • Corporate vibe that’s not an ideal fit for leisure travelers

Bottom Line

This 234-room, three-and-a-half-pearl hotel caters to corporate travelers, with extensive meeting space and extended-stay focused amenities like full kitchens in guest suites. An outdoor pool with a hot tub and casual restaurant offer on-site options for winding down the day, while the hotel’s location on Shellmound Street is a short drive to Emeryville-based companies and a stroll to Emeryville’s main shopping and dining drag: Bay Street. Visitors looking for a less chain-like vibe should investigate the upper-middle-range Hotel Durant in nearby Berkeley.

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Scene

Modern, generic chain property focused on business travelers

The Hyatt House’s two-toned exterior is contemporary, clean, and corporate, as are its interiors decorated in shades of beige and brown. Its 2,600-square-feet of meeting space and a 24/7 business center makes it popular with travelers in town for work. Upscale outdoor spaces like the pretty pool and welcoming lounge with a fire pit provide peaceful spots to unwind, and the hotel has a quiet atmosphere overall despite its immediate surroundings: a parking lot, train tracks, and busy Shellmound Street.

Location

Easy access to Emeryville’s businesses, UC Berkeley, and the Bay Bridge    

Situated at the foot of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the Hyatt House is well located for business meetings with Emeryville’s top companies. (Novartis, Pixar, and Bayer are all within a 10-minute drive.) But prospective students and parents also appreciate the location's proximity to the University of California at Berkeley, a 15-minute drive away. It’s seven-minutes in the car to Oakland’s MacArthur BART station, while Emeryville’s Amtrak stop is just a three-minute walk from the hotel lobby. In the immediate neighborhood, guests can walk a block on Shellmound Street to the restaurants at Emeryville Public Market, or walk seven minutes south to Bay Street for shopping at big brand stores like Gap, Pottery Barn, and Apple.

Rooms

Clean and contemporary, with home-away-from-home extras like full kitchens and living rooms in suites

Standard rooms are cozy and comfortable, with soft beds, work desks, microwaves, and mini-fridges, while suites are designed for extended-stay guests, with residential-style extras like separate living areas with flat-screen TVs and full, modern kitchens. Dark wood furniture and color schemes of gray and white are broken up with pops of color from modern artwork adorning the walls. Bathrooms are contemporary and straightforward with large mirrors, shower/tub combos, and Hyatt’s bath products. Some rooms include small balconies, and rooms in the View category lookout across the freeway to the San Francisco Bay. Free daily newspapers and high-speed Wi-Fi make it easy to stay connected.

Features

Casual dining, a 24/7 gym, an outdoor pool, and meeting spaces

Fitness fanatics will appreciate the 24/7 gym, which includes cardio and weight machines, balance balls, free weights, and a flat-screen TV, as well as the heated outdoor pool with a hot tub. A free breakfast buffet is offered each morning in the lounge, while H Bar provides a casual dinner option, with a comfort-food focused menu (think: grilled cheese sandwiches and pizza) plus wine, beer, and cocktails. For guests on the go, the hotel also has a small market with freshly prepared salads and sandwiches. Long-term guests can make use of the coin-operated laundry facilities. But perhaps the feature that is this hotel's highlight is its 2,600-square-feet of meeting space and its around-the-clock business center that caters to business travelers.

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Address

5800 Shellmound Street, Emeryville, California 94608, United States

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