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Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport is the latest hotel to open in the corridor between Oakland International Airport and the Oakland Coliseum.

Hotel Review

Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport is a three-star hotel located between Oakland Airport and the Oakland Coliseum. The  hotel was recently re-branded and completely renovated as a result. Does Raider Nation have a new spot to hang its Silver and Black hat?

Oakland Raider fans wanting to spend the night in the Town have a new option in the Oakland Airport - Oakland Coliseum corridor: the Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport.

That can be good news or bad news depending on why you want to spend the night in Oakland. The hotel is close to Oakland International Airport and and the Coliseum BART Station and offers a free shuttle to both.

Oakland Raiders fans, however, have discovered the hotel, and quite a few fans are staying at the hotel on the nights before Raiders games, and things can get a bit rowdy. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends on the purpose of your stay.

"The Raiders were having a home game on the second night [of our three-night stay] and many fans booked rooms for the night," says a guest from Houston, Texas.

"Some of the fans decided to use their motorcycles on the back lot as a drag raceway which made for a lot of noise. So, be forewarned that Raider fans tend to be a loud crowd."

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Photos courtesy of Robert Vega of New York, New York.

The Black Hole Season Opener Kick Off Party was held at the hotel on 16 September 2017, the day before the season opener.

Robert Vega was one of 13 rabid Raider fans and members of the Silver and Black Empire that flew in from New York City to attend the 2017 season opener against the New York Jets.

Staying at the hotel for the first time, Robert was upbeat about the property - especially its location, which is within a short walk of the Oakland Coliseum.

"Great place and close to the game, where you can just walk over - a great location," Robert says.

Accommodation

As the hotel was recently re-branded and given a complete makeover, the rooms are spacious, bright, and colourful.

The hotel has a total of 266 rooms. All rooms have air-conditioning, refrigerators, and microwaves. All rooms have a work desk with ergonomic chair. Wi-fi is complimentary.

All rooms have 500-inch flat screen TVs with free HBO. Bathrooms are finished in granite. They have combined shower/bathtubs. All rooms have ironing boards.

Rooms have either one king sized bed or two queen sized beds and can accommodate up to two people. Suites have a separate living room with sofas and TVs and can accommodate up to four people.

Food + Beverage

There are numerous restaurants and fast food outlets in the vicinity. The hotel also has two on-site food and beverage outlets. 

  • RBG Restaurant Bar and Grill – serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as cocktails and bar bites. Expect mouth-watering burgers, fresh salads, local specialties, and both healthy and hardy breakfasts.
  • Starbuck’s – serves coffee, tea, and pastries.

Facilities

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room, a business centre, and a courtyard with fire pits.

Parking is free for hotel guests. Non-hotel guests are charged US$9 a day. Larger vehicles such as buses, trucks, and RVs can be accommodated.

The hotel has more than 7,400 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities for special events.

Location, Location, Location

The hotel is located off Interstate I-880. It is within walking distance of the Oakland Coliseum and Arena and the Coliseum BART Station

The hotel is within walking distance of a Jack in the Box, a McDonald's, and a Burger King. This is a rough part of town so it is not advised to wander around the hotel alone after dark. Make use of the shuttle if you are going to take BART.

The hotel is a two-mile drive from Oakland International Airport. It is 20  miles from downtown San Francisco.

Where to Party

Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill - Mecca for the Raider Nation, Ricky's is 6.4 miles south of the Radisson Oakland Airport.

Ricky's has been ranked as the second best sports bars in the nation. For the Raider Nation, however, there is no other. The drive from the Radisson to Ricky's takes 10 to 15 minutes by way of I-880 South.

Hilton Oakland Airport - The Oakland Raiders stay at the nearby Hilton Oakland Airport, which has two food and beverage outlets. 

The hotel is highly popular with visiting Oakland Raider fans, who enjoy getting to hang out with like-minded football fans - and the chance to run into one of their idols. The place is packed with fans (and players) before and after games.

Some Raider fans have also mentioned the hotel's tight security as one of the reasons they like to stay there. The drive from the Radisson down 98th Avenue toward the airport takes five to eight minutes.

Transport

The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from Oakland International Airport and the Coliseum BART Station.

Call ahead as shuttle buses do not park at the curb waiting for arriving passengers. One guest suggested that passengers taking BART call the hotel one stop ahead of their arrival at the Coliseum BART Station - that would be San Leandro or Fruitvale BART stations, depending on which direction you are traveling in.

Where

Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport – 8400 Edes Avenue, Oakland, California. Telephone: (510) 969-2490.

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