Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland City Center
371 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 279-1700
Fax: (510) 279-1701
Once the tallest building in town, the Oakland City Hall is a 320-feet (97-meter) high structure. It was built in 1914 in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. This marvel is replete with a stunning rotunda and intricate trimming. It is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located just west of Lake Merritt sits Oakland's Chinatown. Oakland's Chinatown is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to the mid-19th Century. Although it is lacking in the formal entry gate that many Chinatown's are known for, Oakland's version has some interesting and unique features such as bilingual street signs and diagonal crosswalks, making for a street-crossing frenzy during crowded times. Chinatown is also home to many of the city's best Asian restaurants, not just Chinese but also Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Japanese and more. Chinatown is also host to several celebrations throughout the year including Chinese New Year and annual Dragon Boat races.
Very few brewpubs offer beer from other breweries, but in their quest to open the ultimate beer emporium, Steve Wolff and Don Gortemiller have gone out of their way to search out the most interesting beers, and offer twenty four on tap, of which four to ten are their own at any one time.
10th Street Market, also known as the Oakland Free Market, was a commercial market and city attraction that now features on the National Register of Historic Places. The Swan Market features several tourist-oriented businesses including restaurants and boutiques, as well as the Museum of Children’s Art. This complex has also been awarded for its urban excellence.
Nestled on 2,077 acres, this park features a botanical garden, an 18 hole golf course, petting zoo, and miles of hiking, biking, and running trails. Peace Grove, the highest point in the park, offers a 360-degree view of the Bay Area.
You can view exhibits created by children, as well as participate in art classes and working studios, while at this children's museum.
The African American Museum and Library was built in 1900. This museum host several exhibitions that showcase the culture and history of African-American people across Northern California and the Bay Area. The well-preserved collection features artifacts, photographs and memorabilia, as well as digital media for research purposes.
This is considered one of the greatest historical landmarks in Northern California. Built in 1868, the house is an Italianate villa that once belonged to Enoch Pardee and his family, all of whom made a great impact on local and state politics in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. The estate is attractive both architecturally and historically and features authentic carriage and tank houses. It is known as the centerpiece of Oakland's Preservation Park Historic District.
The First Unitarian Church of Oakland is a beautiful Romanesque styled church. One breathtaking feature of the church is the stained glass windows. The church invites everyone irrespective of age, sexual orientation, race, gender identity, class, ability, theology and religious heritage. Come here to worship and feel at home and at peace. You can also avail of the religious education.
The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland Ballet and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. It is the area's foremost facility for performing arts and is known for its grand music concerts, variety shows and movies. Constructed in the post-Depression period of 1931, the Paramount Theatre is best remembered for fusing various disciplines of arts together into a harmonious whole. The Paramount frequently screens old movie classics complete with intermission with bar service.
That huge, modern glass tower perched on the edge of Lake Merritt is actually the Cathedral of Christ the Light, although it is sometimes known simply as the Oakland Cathedral. This Roman Catholic Cathedral was actually the first built in the 21st Century as a replacement for the Cathedral of Saint Frances de Sales, which was damaged beyond repair in the 1989 earthquake. Among the regular attributes, the Cathedral includes a health services center providing help to those without insurance, a mausoleum for the bishops of Oakland, a cafe, a bookstore and a public garden. The Cathedral often hosts classical and religious concerts and concert series that are free to the public.
This 122 acre park is home to Lake Merritt, the largest saltwater lake in the United States. It is also home to formal gardens, a children's amusement park, and plenty of wildlife.