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1538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
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French Hotel
Ranked #17 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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Albany, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Berkeley, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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

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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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
8 helpful votes 8 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Address: 1538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
French Hotel Berkeley

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