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Two fine midrange hotel options in Oakland are the Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington St., Jack London Square (www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/waterfront; tel. 888/842-5333 or 510/836-3800), and the Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway (www.marriott.com; tel. 800/228-9290 or 510/451-4000; fax 510/835-3466). Most major motel chains also have locations (and budget prices) around town and near the airport. The Claremont Resort & Spa, which borders both Berkeley and Oakland, is also an option; it's not downtown, but it's just a quick drive to all the action, and it's near the fabulous shopping and dining neighborhood of Oakland's Rockridge.

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