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French Hotel

1538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Louisville, Kentucky
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57 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

A non-profit on whose board I sit made the reservation for me at this hotel. Had I known what it would be like, I would have stayed with my parents on the floor of their office, who live about 20 minutes away. It was like staying in a Catholic retreat center, except not one in a lush wooded area, and... More 

Thank haparev
Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great location in an area with many interesting places to eat. Parking lot from a grocery is on one side, however, you cannot park there. Hotel does not provide parking, so you have to use metered street parking.

Thank George M
Munich, Germany
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34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We had to change rooms during our stay, due to the hotel's booking schedule, so we saw two rooms. The first was a bit nicer and bigger; but both needed a bit more maintenance. However, both were comfortable, and I felt it was a good value for the price. I believe you get a discount at the associated cafe, but... More 

1 Thank nealjking_njk
los angeles
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Flat out, this place is pretty bad. Old key type room door greets you (two keys- one for dead bolt, one for door knob. Not labeled, so it's a 50/50 adventure every time) and once in the room my first thought was, "everywhere else was booked". Hard mattress that squeaked pretty loud when you moved. Kid you not, every time... More 

2 Thank 818traveler
Albany, New York
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I have had many trips to Berkeley since my daughter is a student at UCal. My room was large with 2 queen beds Decor was a little dated but everything was functional. At the time of my visit Berkeley was unusually hot with a temperature of 85 degrees F. No air conditioning, however box fans were provided for guests if... More 

3 Thank NYCatTrips
Manchester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

After a night in a cupboard-sized hotel room in central San Francisco, my husband and I arrived at The French Hotel with very low expectations due to the reviews on here. Luckily, we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is, indeed, very dated. However, it is clean, comfortable and the staff were super friendly and helpful. Our room was spacious, with... More 

2 Thank SarahandCameron
Berkeley, California
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

however, what it is..is a dump. A very well located dump. The only thing this place has going for it, other than location, is the fabulous coffee shop downstairs. What I don't understand is, with all the business this place obviously makes, why they cannot update/upgrade the facilities. The rugs are tattered, you have to manually crank plastic window shades... More 

4 Thank grammie d
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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33 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The French hotel is in a great location if your visiting Berkeley but don't elect anything to fancy. The cafe down stairs is great with good coffee and great snacks. Te rooms are dated but my was clean and the bed was ok. The bathrooms were also dated but the shower was very good. If you looking for a easy... More 

2 Thank Elliotbows
Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

....and what it is is funky. Definitely run down, no doubt, but we were charmed. It reminded us of a hotel we stayed at in France. The balcony was probably the best part of the room; the bathtub was nice for soaking; the bed was surprisingly comfortable. The free morning coffee from the Cafe was a real treat. The location... More 

2 Thank Michele R
new york
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is my second stay here. I love the place. It is old and tired, definitely seventies decor, but I enjoyed both of my stays here. The rooms are clean, and the maids make up the rooms as well as you could want. Except for the fantastic cafe, I would not describe this hotel as European; it is old seventies.... More 

3 Thank frida f
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