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Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, California 94607

The hotel now known as the Oakland Marriott City Center was originally known as the Oakland Hyatt Regency when it opened on Monday, May 16, 1983. 1 The opening was celebrated with a large special supplement in the previous Sunday's Oakland Tribune, which featured numerous ads from companies and groups welcoming the hotel and adjoining Oakland Convention Center to Oakland City Center.

Oakland Tribune May 15, 1983 2 Oakland Tribune May 15, 1983 3 Oakland Tribune May 15, 1983 4

On April 1, 1991, the hotel lost its affiliation with the Hyatt chain, and became known as the Parc Oakland. 5 On January 26, 1991, it became part of the Marriott chain and was officially renamed the Oakland Marriott City Center. 6 In addition to changes in affiliation and management, the hotel has also gone through a few changes in ownership. CIM Group purchased the hotel in 2007, and DiNapoli Group purchased it in May 2015, for a price of $66 million. 7 Interestingly, a review of available title records show that this was just an acquisition of a ground lease for the hotel building, and that the same entity purchased the underlying land from the City of Oakland about a year later for about $780,000. 8 The current owner, an affiliate of GAW Capital, purchased the hotel for approximately $134 million the following year, 2017. 9,10

The hotel is home to three murals, the most prominent of which is called "The Child" by its artist, but is more commonly known as "Zero Hunger" based on the series which includes this mural. 11 It is known to be the largest mural ever painted in Oakland, and is on the east side of the hotel tower facing Broadway. The other two murals are the Marriott Mural by Kal, which faces a passageway between Broadway and 10th Street under the tower, and the Visit Oakland mural by Illuminaries, which faces 11th Street and Broadway near the hotel's main entrance.

Courtesy of the artist, Victor Ash 11 Marriott Mural Visit Oakland

Links and References

  1. Countdown at the Hyatt Oakland Tribune May 15, 1983
  2. Welcome ... ad from The Tribune Oakland Tribune May 15, 1983
  3. Building Oakland Together ... ad Oakland Tribune May 15, 1983
  4. BART Your Way About The Bay ad Oakland Tribune May 15, 1983
  5. Night Sounds column by Perry Phillips Oakland Tribune March 26, 1991
  6. There's A New Marriott in Oakland ad Oakland Tribune March 31, 1996
  7. Oakland Marriott bought by DiNapoli Group for estimated $84 million Oakland Tribune May 11, 2015
  8. Ground Lease Assignment and deed recorded in 2015 and 2015, respectively Marriott Assignment.pdf Marriott Deed.pdf
  9. Deed recorded in 2017 2017 Marriott Deed.pdf
  10. GAW Capital website listing for hotel
  11. Latest Works, Victor Ash