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Berkeley YMCA

2001 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Olympia, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The best part about this "hotel" is the location. And the free use of the adjacent YMCA facility, otherwise I'd give it a 1. Before the trip I called for advice about parking and told it was impossible. I researched options and parked my car at the North Berkeley BART station for a nominal fee and walked back to the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The hotel offers no free parking. If you need to park your vehicle during the day, before 6:00pm, you will have to pay for parking. The Allston Way Parking Garage is nearby. You can park for free on the street after 6:00pm, when parking meters go dark. After 9:00am, you will have to pay .05 cents per two minutes, to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

General basics of a hostel was fine, room was clean and things were fine. One problem, the service of the front desk. The times I met the front desk person, he wouldn't let us explain the situation and told us to stop and let him talk.

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Munich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

This hostel - not a hotel - is not to be recommended. We chose it because it seemed to be the cheapest option for staying in Berkeley. Unfortunately it is inhospitable; rather run-down and smelly. The communal kitchen is quite dirty. Don't even try to find a close parking spot which is affordable. Travel by BART and stay one night... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

The YMCA hostel was the best experience I had staying in Berkeley as a backpacker. It's cheap, safe, run by a dedicated staff, and reasonably clean. It's a budget hostel, not a hotel: facilities are shared, there's lots of young travelers, it may take until the next day until cleanup, and don't expect designer furniture in the rooms. But all... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

I stayed at the Berkeley YMCA when I arrived in Berkeley as a temporary solution until I found a room to rent. It is an affordable place considering the high prices of housing in Berkeley. Moreover you can use the gym and pool facilities in the building (probably useful if you stay for some weeks). The rooms are private (not... More 

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Hannover, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

I visited some friends in San Francisco and needed an affordable place to stay. I don't like the bay area because everything is so expensive. And to a german guy the amount of homeless and drug-addicted people is really shocking. I did not want to pay 100 bucks per night, that' s why I chose the YMCA. The neighbourhood seems... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

The next best price I could find for a Berkeley Hotel was $100 more, so we went with the Y. It's too bad that sickness and time prevented us from making use of the great exercise facilities and pool because then the cost may really have been worth it. But, be prepared for mismatched furniture and bed coverings, bathrooms off... More 

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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

close to bart, and everything important to me... frree day pass to the ymca..

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Connecticut
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

I chose this hotel for its price and location to the BART. I was disappointed. The hallways are a maze and very hard to navigate. They charged my credit card three times instead of once. It was later resolved, but still a hassle. There were people living here longterm that were down on their luck. Bathrooms are shared and while... More 

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