Oakland’s Waterfront Hotel, A Joie De Vivre Property, Reveals Multi-Million Dollar Refresh and Appoints New General Manager
May 1, 2019 2:34pm
(OAKLAND, Calif.; May 1, 2019)—Waterfront Hotel (10 Washington St., Oakland, Calif.), located in the vibrant neighborhood of Jack London Square, reveals a multi-million dollar refresh. In collaboration with Oakland-based design firm Studio Hatch, the marinafront lifestyle hotel’s renovations enhance the lobby and collective spaces, meeting venues, as well as 145 guestrooms and suites. Waterfront Hotel now adorns a modernized finish, incorporating a lighter color palette and materials inspired by its maritime location.
Waterfront Hotel features an inviting, cozy interior with subtle nautical influences. Surrounded by panoramic views of Oakland and San Francisco Bay, the hotel has transitioned to include pale blues, light wood, rust, and coral tones. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a marine-influenced chandelier with white rope supports and glass fixtures beneath a high ceiling with wood paneling reminiscent of a sailboat. A custom-printed wallcovering in the lobby resembles beads of water beside a specially designed fluted white oak desk, embellished with pale blue penny tiles and wavelike curves.
Guests will also find abstract artwork, curated by artist Shushi, along the walls of guest room corridors, the reception area, and collective spaces—as a nod to the property’s location and historical landmarks within Oakland and Jack London Square.
In tandem with its revitalized look, Waterfront Hotel welcomes General Manager Jeffery Durkin, who brings more than 25 years of diverse hospitality management experience to the role. Leading with a hands-on approach to hospitality, Durkin will lead the property’s implementation of elevating guest service standards and manage various departments and hotel staff.
Prior to joining the Waterfront Hotel team, Durkin served as general manager at The Lauren Inn, another distinctive Joie de Vivre property in San Francisco—where he headed the 49-room boutique hotel through a $3.1 million renovation in 2017. A veteran hospitality professional, Durkin also served as general manager for a number of top-tier boutique properties in Northern California including Larkspur Landing properties in Milpitas, Pleasanton, Campbell, and Sunnyvale; as well as Hilton Sonoma Wine Country and Ultima Hospitality’s Holiday Inn Express in Mill Valley.
“I am thrilled to call the newly refreshed Waterfront Hotel home,” says Durkin. “In keeping with the Joie de Vivre ethos of providing our guests with experiential offerings, I look forward to introducing guests not only to the hotel, but all that Jack London Square has to offer travelers.”
With a focus on guest touchpoints, Durkin strives to enhance transient guests’ itineraries with localized packages that highlight Oakland’s lively restaurants, urban breweries, wineries, and diverse arts and culture scene. This includes amenities such as the Urban Wine Trail Package, through which Waterfront Hotel guests are welcomed with a bottle of local Oakland wine to be enjoyed with the self-led wine tour through Jack London Square’s favorite urban wineries housed in renovated warehouse spaces.
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Since its founding in San Francisco in 1987, Joie de Vivre Hotels has made curating authentically local and eclectic experiences its signature. Each one of Joie de Vivre's hotels is an original concept designed to reflect its location and engage the five senses. The brand has a collection of boutique hotels and resorts in California as well as properties in Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, and New York. Joie de Vivre Hotels is establishing its foothold on the East Coast with two new properties in New York City – Hotel 50 Bowery and Park South Hotel – and the now-open Revival at Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, MD. Follow @JDVHotels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for news and updates. For more information, please visit www.jdvhotels.com.
Situated in historic Jack London Square, a vibrant urban neighborhood on the scenic Oakland/Alameda Estuary, Waterfront Hotel is a recently refreshed Joie de Vivre property, embodying the spirit of its nautical location with experiential amenities that encourage guests to explore the diversity and fun of the area. Consistent with its location, the hotel features a modern yet inviting maritime theme, and its panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and downtown Oakland remind guests of the renaissance that both Jack London Square and the entire city of Oakland are experiencing. For additional details please visit the website here.
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