First, you can check out the hotel review on Zagat at http://travelb.priceline.com/hotel/hotelOverviewGuide.do?key=gepvxbzm&propID=41195&jsk=2203010a2003010a20100930171415616d11453569&plf=PCLH
It sounds like nice views from the upper level floors. If you arrive early, you might ask for a high floor.
Check in time is officially 3 PM but they said they would allow early check if rooms are ready.
The $20 self parking is on a 24 hours basis. So if you check in at 3 PM Friday then you are good to go until 3 PM on Saturday.
The Marriott hotel has a breakfast buffet for $17. I asked more than once about quick and cheap breakfast places nearby and didn't get a response so I would not assume that there are a lot of breakfast options nearby (however, I know there is a Starbucks one block to the south). I am going to bring a breakfast snack with me and grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks before we meet in the lobby at 7:30 AM. Also, I told the hotel that many of us would be checking out between 7 and 7:30 AM and they are happy to store luggage for us at the front desk.
Please car pool and keep in touch with your teammates tomorrow. I should be arriving between 9:30 and 10 PM. If you have any difficulties checking into the hotel, please call me at (559) 325-4732 or send me an email. I will try to keep up with emails on the road. Have a good trip!
PS When I drove to check out the hotel last Friday, I did run into Friday afternoon traffic on I580 near the Livermore Airport. I think there was some construction going on.