A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to stay at the Marriott Oakland Convention Center. I’m not a Marriott person, and probably stay at one of their properties once or twice a year. It’s not my goto brand, but due to a corporate rate my wife got us for an event we were attending it was worth it for us to stay here. The hotel is on Broadway Street in Oakland, on the edge of sketchville, and because of that I would not find myself walking around this neighborhood after dark. It’s close to a lot of good things in Oakland, though like Jack London Square, China Town, Lake Merritt and close to BART too.