Have used Providence Hospital (and Clinic) for my dog for three years now and have only good things to say about them. They have two locations in Alameda: the hospital, on Oak Street and the clinic (a smaller facility) on Webster. The veterinarians rotate between both locations. Both locations have excellent staff and are responsive for both routine and emergency appointments. They also board animals. I haven't boarded my dog but have heard good comments from people who have. One of their vets has a holistic bent so, if you want to consider that angle too, ask for Anne-Marie Wooley. All the vets are excellent.
PROS: friendly,skilled staff; fairly priced; timely appts, quality care
Got an excellent car wash/clean last Saturday (08/12/2006). Used to go to SouthShore Car Wash in Alameda but their quality's not as good as it was. I spring for a full wash ("the Works" at High Street Car Wash) about twice a year and expect a thorough cleaning inside and out. High Street did just that. Took about 25 minutes and I couldn't find a single thing to complain about... believe me, I looked!
PROS: fair price, efficient service, quality job
CONS: quirky location, but it works...