About the Building

The San Francisco Chronicle hails The Lake Merritt as a "Jewel on the Lake." 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 panoramic 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.

William Week’s design of what is now The Lake Merritt was praised when it opened in 1927.  As the leader of one of the largest and oldest architectural firms in California, Weeks offered a new "apartment hotel” concept for the project, featuring large, sumptuous suites, “perfect for those who arrived in Oakland for an extended stay.”  His elaborate Art Deco touches throughout were distinctive and luxury and comfort were emphasized throughout the building.

The result of the most recent renovations is understated elegance.

Your Home on Lake Merritt

On the Water

Imagine Yourself Living Here!

Our Warm and Inviting Lobby

Our Grand Entrance

Views of the Lake Merritt through our Windows

Enjoy Live Performances on our Baby Grand Piano 

Panoramic Views from our Dining Room