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Something to Sea

The Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, located in Oakland, CA neighborhood, Jack London Square, is set to complete a $2-million renovation in the next month. The refreshed space by local design firm Studio Hatch offers elevated lobby and public areas, with enhancements to its meeting spaces and 145 guestrooms and suites.

“We wanted to keep the integrity of Waterfront Hotel’s maritime location with the intention of creating a higher-end, more modernized look,” said Kate Hanzo, principal of Studio Hatch. “You can see this reflected in our water-inspired palette and seaside influenced materials. When guests walk in, we want to convey a more inviting, tranquil feel. To do this we integrated pale blues, light wood, rust and coral tones, while incorporating bold art choices that pay homage to the vibrancy of Oakland and Jack London Square.”

Guests can expect to find that the space incorporates subtle nods to the vibrant city of Oakland and a modernized nautical-inspired interior. Inspired by its marina location, the property’s interior welcomes subtle nautical influences and has transitioned to a lighter, brighter color palette including pale blues, light wood, rust and coral tones. In particular, guests are welcomed by a nautically inspired chandelier featuring white rope supports and glass light fixtures, beneath a high ceiling with wood paneling reminiscent of a sailboat, and a custom-printed wallcovering in the lobby reminiscent of beads of water.
Abstract artwork pays homage to Waterfront Hotel’s location and historical landmarks of Oakland and Jack London Square, adorning the walls of guest room corridors, reception area and collective spaces. Specifically, the collective spaces offer a living-room inspired environment with a cozy, enlarged brass fireplace and multiple seating options for socializing and relaxing.