Oakland, CA - Lake Merritt Logistics

Oakland Housing & Transportation Guide

Please contact these hotels directly; please do not call our host facility, Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, for housing assistance or advice. Rates are subject to change, so please verify.

Wisdom University’s site for Oakland California Intensives is Lake Merritt United Methodist Church (LMUMC). For a map of hotels in Oakland, click here—zoom in on this map—and LMUMC is on the southeast corner of the Lake Merritt. See the LMUMC website for photos and more directions.

The Washington Inn

Recommended by Wisdom University as your 1st Choice to be near other students

  • 496 10th St. Oakland 94607 (right off Broadway). Telephone 510.452.1776
  • When booking your room ask for the “Wisdom University Rate“: currently $79 per night for Queen, $89 double, $109 King suite.
  • Check the website for attractions, dining, and entertainment.
  • 1.0 miles to UMC/4 minute drive
  • Bus #14 (labeled “Fruitvale” - see schedule) at 11th & Broadway in front of the adjacent Marriott Hotel goes to the back side of the Lake Merritt UMC class-site (1st Ave. & International).
  • If driving from Oakland Airport: Take I-880 North. Take Broadway exit towards Downtown Oakland. Exit right to Alameda. Road becomes Broadway. Turn left on 10th St.

Jack London Inn

(reportedly less clean as of 7/09)

  • 444 Embarcadero West, Oakland 94607. 1.800.549.8780; 1. 510.444.2032.
  • When booking your room ask for the “Wisdom University Rate”: $65/per night.
  • Check the website for attractions, dining, and entertainment.
  • 2 blocks to Amtrak station, trains are frequent throughout the night.
  • 1.98 miles to UMC/6 minute drive.
  • If driving from Oakland Airport: Take I-880 North. Take Broadway exit towards Downtown. Turn left on Broadway and travel 5 blocks to Embarcadero West.

Best Western Inn at the Square

  • 233 Broadway, Oakland 94607 (near 3rd street); 1-800-633-5973/1-510-452-4565
  • When booking your room ask for the “Wisdom University Rate”: $89/per night.
  • Check the website for attractions, dining, and entertainment.
  • 1.71 miles to UMC/6 minute drive
  • If driving from Oakland Airport: Take I-880 North. Take Broadway exit towards Downtown Oakland. Turn left on Broadway

Marriott Courtyard

  • 988 Broadway Oakland 94607 (9th Street). Reservations call 800.228.9290
  • Rates are usually about $170 - $180. - with internet bargains sometimes less than half that
  • Check the website for attractions, dining, and entertainment
  • 1.0 miles to UMC/4 minute drive
  • Bus #14 (labeled ”Fruitvale“ - see schedule) at 11th & Broadway in front of the adjacent Marriott Hotel goes to the back side of the Lake Merritt UMC class-site (1st Ave. & International).
  • If driving from Oakland Airport: Take I-880 North. Take Broadway exit towards Downtown Oakland. Take Broadway exit towards Downtown and make a right turn onto Broadway. Proceed to Ninth Street and turn right and hotel is on the left.

Four Points by Sheridan

  • Emeryville, at Route 80/580. Telephone 510.547.7888. Car needed for travel to UMC.
  • $175/per night. Ask for ‘best rates’.
  • Check the website for attractions, dining, and entertainment

Extended StayAmerica - Efficiency Studios

  • 1350 Marina Village Pkwy. Alameda, CA. Telephone 800.398.7829 or 510.864.1333
  • $633/per week (taxes included).
  • Advanced reservations highly recommended.
  • Check the website for attractions, dining, and entertainment.
  • 7.62 miles to UMC/7 minute drive
  • If driving from Oakland Airport: From I-880 North, take the BROADWAY Exit (stay to the right). Turn right onto BROADWAY and travel 100 yards Turn right onto 7TH ST. and travel 1/4 mileTurn right onto WEBSTER ST. Take the WEBSTER TUBE toward ALAMEDA 1 mile. Take the MARINA VILLAGE PKWY. Exit on the left Turn left onto MARINA VILLAGE PKWY. and travel 3/4 mile Extended StayAmerica will be on the right.

YMCA

  • 2001 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA. Telephone 510.848.6800.
  • Short walk to BART. No availability until September 2007. Men and women.
  • Single $45, Double $65, Triple $90 per room. All rooms shared baths. Use of gym.
  • Check the website for attractions, dining, and entertainment.
  • Need to book early.
  • If taking BART (subway) from Oakland Airport: Take AirBart to Coliseum/Airport BART Station ($3.00). Buy BART ticket to Downtown Berkeley station ($2.10). Take Richmond Train to Downtown Berkeley. Start out going south on Shattuck Ave. toward Allston Way. Turn right onto Allston Way (3 blocks from Downtown Berkeley station to Allston Way).
  • If taking BART (subway) from YMCA to Lake Merritt United Methodist Church: Buy BART ticket to Lake Merritt station ($1.40). Get off Lake Merritt station. Go to the N.E corner of Lake Merrritt Station (8th Street and Oak). Be sure to check bus schedule, some buses run every hour. Take bus #59/Jack London Sq ($1.75). Get off 10th Street and Oak. Walk 4 blocks to 14th Street. Follow the curve of the water to Lakeshore Avenue.

Motel 6

  • 1801 Embarcadero, Oakland 94606. Off Highway 880. Telephone 510.436.0103.
  • $77.69/per night for check-in Sunday and check-out Friday. $88.79 for check-in Friday or Saturday.
  • Check the website
  • Need to take bus to UMC, about half hour travel time.
  • If driving from Oakland Airport: Take I-880 North. Exit right, following sign to take 23rd Avenue. Exit ramp bear left at 23rd Avenue. Turn left on E. 12th Street. Turn left on 16th Avenue. Continue, road becomes Embarcadero. Arrive at 1801 Embarcadero
  • If taking bus from Motel 6 to Lake Merritt United Methodist Church Stand at N.E corner of International Ave. and 14th Street ($1.75). Take bus #1R/UC Berkeley. Get off International Ave. and 1st Street. Head N.W to Lakeshore Ave.

Private Apartment Bedroom

  • $65/night if mention “Wisdom University” (usually $80)—renting out on a short-term basis
  • Contact Laura Sutra (bio), 510-444-3820 (email) (website), Fine Art Photography
  • beautiful, sunny comfortable and private room, comes with kitchen privileges
  • rented in the past to Wisdom University students
  • The room is on the top floor of an 8 unit building
  • 10 minute walk north from our classrooms on Lakeshore Avenue.
  • Looks out on Lake Merritt, you can look at the photographs on her website

Econolodge

We strongly recommend that you DO NOT book this hotel in Oakland. There have been reports of illegal activities and students have stated that they felt unsafe at this hotel.

Airport Transportation

Advanced reservations highly recommended

Bay airport shuttle

• Servicing all bay area airports OAK, SFO, SJC. 1-800-299-0058. Website.

North Bay’s Limo Service

• Features: Sedans, Limos, Hummers, Executive Vans, Buses & Coaches. Website.

Shuttle Pro: Oakland Airport Shuttle

• San Francisco to OAK- $25. (415)550-7433 or book online: $22. Website.

Bus Directions to Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

  • Go to transit website.
  • Type in exact address of hotel and Lake Merritt United Methodist Church: 1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland CA 94606
  • AC TRANSIT $1.75 -$2.00 Adults, $0.80-$1.10 Seniors (65+)

In the Forest of Dreaming

October 26–30, 2012

Faculty: Dr. Jeremy Taylor and Dr. Bruce Silverman

Oakland Housing Options

Washington Inn

Jack London Inn

Best Western Inn at the Square

Marriott Courtyard

Four Points by Sheridan

Extended Stay America

YMCA

Motel 6