3 star hotel
Area: East Peralta
1.53 mi from Lake Merritt
Best Rooms: All Water View guest rooms and suites have similar views of the waterway, but you'll get to see more of it from floor 3.
Best Rooms: From floors 4 and above, you'll get views of Berkeley (the city and the campus) from both the west and north sides of the hotel. The south side faces the parking lot, but it does tend to be quieter.
Best Rooms: The outward-facing rooms at Knights Inn Berkeley offer a view of the buildings. Whereas, rooms facing inward have a view of the parking lot.
2 star hotel
Area: Coliseum Industrial Complex
5.51 mi from Lake Merritt
Best Rooms: There are no real views offered at this hotel, as it's surrounded by the parking lot; however, rooms facing Enterprise Way offer the best available views, which are of surrounding buildings.
Best Rooms: Odd numbered rooms at Hampton Inn Oakland Airport are your best options for a view as these rooms overlook the bay and also offer a view of the airport runway.