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French Hotel

1538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
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French Hotel
Ranked #16 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
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Rating summary
  • 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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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

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new york
1 review
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

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

If I ever come back to Berkeley, CA, I will stay at The French Hotel. Right in the middle of the Gourmet Ghetto (Chez Panisse is across the street and, sadly, under reconstruction after a fire), This place is everything and more! Other reviews had me a bit worried, but either a) things have been made much better here or... More

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Dana Point, California, United States
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I consider writing this review a public service because it's really, really bad. The reason this place has an average of 3.5 stars is that the French Hotel Cafe is veritably fantastic, and a lot of these reviews are for the cafe or are skewed by loyalty to the cafe. In fact, besides location, the only good thing about the... More

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Closter, New Jersey
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

after the negative reviews for this hotel, i booked a stay at the french hotel for 4 nights this past february. the location was ideal, close to my daughter's condo and my grandson's pre-school. i was very pleasantly surprised by the comfort and convenience of this hotel. the french hotel is not a hilton or even a days inn. it... More

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San Francisco, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Carpet is worn out and ripped, walls are dirty, guy at desk kept talking to his girlfriend when I asked a question. One of the worst hotels I have ever had the misfortune to visit. Heat was a small radiator hidden under the desk -- I froze during the night. Stay away.

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Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This hotel has a great location in the area north of Berkeley. Great shopping and restaurants nearby. We found the room to be clean and bright. It is a bit on the worn side but was still comfortable and spacious and on par with many of the other Berkeley hotels. We found the staff to be quite pleasant and helpful.... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

in case your friends have a full house, this is your choice to stay overnight, at a walking distance. shattuck ave has everything you need at hand: bars, yoga, supermarket, farmers market, and the best pizza in town. the coffee place at the entrance gives your room a very tropical aroma.

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This hotel actually does remind me of a french hotel in Paris I once stayed in when I was backpacking through Europe on a strict budget. Not in a positive way. I booked this place based mainly on its location directly across the street from Chez Panisse - photos I found had it looking bare bones but in decent shape.... More

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Fort Worth, Texas, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Wonderful location--everything you need is within walking distance. However, have to agree with other reviewers that the hotel itself is in serious need of some updating. As for cafe/coffee shop, it's busy and apparently popular with locals as well as travelers.

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Also Known As:
French Hotel Berkeley
Address: 1538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$

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