The building was operated as the Lake Merritt Lodge, an SRO hotel, after it was sold off by the YWCA. In the 2000s, the then-owner proposed to convert it to a more typical business hotel with 103 units. The name was definitely changed, but it is unclear whether the conversion was ever completed. The building was eventually purchased by the current owner in a foreclosure auction. In 2014 it underwent a large-scale renovation, and in January 2015 reopened as Hult Lodge, an undergraduate dormitory for the Hult International Business School in San Francisco.
Links and References
- "Foreign investors to revive Merritt Hotel in Oakland," Bianca Torres, San Francisco Business Times, December 24, 2013
- Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan , Attachment F, Broadway Valdez CEQA Historic Resources
- Startups.co listing for proposal to convert 156-room Lake Merritt Lodge into 103-room Merritt Hotel
- 2009 listing for sale of Merritt Hotel
- CV for John Rachlin, noting that he served as receiver to protect and manage this building as a 156-room hotel