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French Hotel

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1538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
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French Hotel
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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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011 via mobile

We had stayed at a decent, clean hotel farther from Shattuck, and also at the Durant, but wanted to be more in the middle of the gourmet ghetto, so this is really the only choice. It does remind me a bit of less expensive pensiones in Europe, as one reviewer mentioned. My husband and I are middle aged travelers, in... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

In making our reservation we were promised a "junior suite." This turned out to be one large room with two beds. The room was filthy with torn carpet, dirty box springs, and a chair that was split open and foam hanging out. As it was late and we were not familiar with the area we had no choice but to... More

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5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

The location is good. Just near the weekly farmer's market and right in the Gourmet Ghetto. Indeed, Alice Water famed restaurant is almost opposite and the region's best pizza and delicatessen cheese counter is next door! The rooms were overpriced for the facilities. They were adequate though.

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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2010

If you're looking for a cheap room in the heart of Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, this place can't be beat. Great cafe in the building, Chez Panisse across the street, the Cheese Board a few doors down ... oh, don't get me started. But if you're the sort of traveller for whom the actual hotel experience is key, it might not... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

I ended up here thanks to the guide du routard, rated there as "very chic", what a joke! I found this hotel extremely expensive, in regards to the nicely centered hotel (Union Square Plaza), I've been in SF. The problem is that there is nothing cheap and decent in Berkeley, except the YMCA!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2009

In my opinion the French Hotel has the best coffee in the East Bay. But it's not everyone's cup of tea, as it were. The place is run-down, not particularly clean or cozy, but it is a very local haunt. The same people have been sitting there for decades, every morning, discussing how to save the world from itself. I... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2009

Right near the train and a grocery store with lots of trucks entering in the early morning. Very noise and mediocre rooms and location.

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New Jersey
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2008

This is a small comfortable hotel located on Shattack St in Berkeley across the street from Che Panise, the famous retsaurant. Ron , the manager, is very accomodating and helpful. My wife & I have stayed here several times. Excellent location to U C of Berkeley and Napa and SF. Do try it!

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san francisco
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2008

my trip started badly and ended badly in regards to this hotel. when we arrived at the hotel at 1:00a.m after making a reservation our rooms that we had booked had been given to someone else, but after about a hour of arguing with the gentleman at the lobby area, we were finally given rooms with fold out beds. they... More

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San Francisco Bay Area, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2008

My sister and I stayed here because of the lively neighborhood in which it is located. The earlier reviews were a little scary, but it seems the hotel has been more recently renovated. It's not luxurious, but perfectly comfortable, clean and safe. Actually its more like a small pension in France as the name suggests. We had one of the... More

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Address: 1538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
French Hotel Berkeley

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