Oakland’s troubled Hegenberger Road is losing another national chain resident, as the Hilton Hotel near the Oakland Airport is shutting down permanently at the end of August.

It somehow made national news when In-N-Out announced in January that they were closing their only Oakland location. Barely a week later, the Oakland Denny’s restaurant on Hegenberger Road also announced it was closing permanently. Both of these restaurant chains had their now-shuttered locations on Hegenberger Road, which is well-known for its crime problems.

Now another chain location on Hegenberger Road is closing, as the Chronicle reported Monday morning that the Hilton Oakland Airport hotel is closing. The hotel, which has been open since 1968, will have its last day in business on Wednesday, August 28.  

KTVU notes the closure had been long-rumored, but Hilton Hotels had been officially denying this. In March, a Hilton Hotels & Resorts spokesperson told KTVU that “Hilton Oakland Airport remains open and operational. Hilton continues to manage the property under the Hilton Hotels & Resorts flag. We remain fully committed to welcoming guests with the quality service and hospitality experience they have come to enjoy."

That statement is apparently no longer operable. And the news did not come from Hilton, but instead from the Port of Oakland, which owns the property at One Hegenberger Road where the hotel is located.

“We understand that the hospitality sector continues to be negatively impacted by larger economic trends post-pandemic,” the Port said in a statement to the Chronicle, adding that they plan to evaluate “the best use for this property moving forward.”

But a Hilton Hotels & Resorts spokesperson confirmed to the Chronicle that hotel chain had “reached a decision to permanently close Hilton Oakland Airport, effective Aug. 28.” They did not give a reason.

Brittany L. via Yelp

But crime in the area might be that reason, or chief among them. The above photo is from that hotel’s Yelp page. And as the Chronicle points out, “From 2019 to 2023, four businesses along that corridor — the Chevron and Shell gas stations, a now-defunct Black Bear Diner, and a building at 8450 Edgewater Drive that houses a Wingstop and a Subway sandwich shop — saw 2,773 reported criminal incidents among them.”

But there is a temptation to wonder if the Hilton Hotels chain is having larger financial issues at the moment. After all, the Union Square Hilton surrendered that property to its lender last year, and is in receivership looking for a new buyer. Both the Union Square and Oakland Airport Hiltons are owned by Virginia-based Park Hotels & Resorts.

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Image: Hilton Oakland Airport via Yelp