About the Building
For over 85 years, The Lake Merritt has graced the shoreline of Oakland's Lake Merritt at 1800 Madison Street. It's a beautiful reminder of Oakland circa 1927, when well-appointed apartments and apartment hotels became the development trend around this picturesque Lakeside neighborhood.
In 1928, the hotel - then known as the Madison Lake Apartments - was proclaimed by Oakland Mayor John Davie as "a credit to the City" and by the Oakland Tribune as "Oakland's most exclusive residential hotel." Its famous, glass-enclosed Terrace Room commanded a grand view of Lake Merritt. This Art Deco ballroom quickly became the place to go for elegant dining and fabulous parties with dancing to great orchestras.
The result of the most recent renovations is understated elegance.