I had to take some time to decide what rating to give this hotel, and here is why...
GOOD: The hotel and the rooms is very clean, it looks like many of the features are newly installed. The staff is helpful and amiable. Especially the day front desk manager who is a very nice lady and takes the time to talk to people and ask them how things are going and make a personal connection. Breakfast is your average fair, although more fruits (usually there were only old bananas) would be welcome, and since it was California that should not be too expensive, but as it is free I suppose it's good. The free wifi is good, but at night VERY slow, so if you have to do any work, keep that in mind. There is free parking and you are within walking distance to BART (20 min), although after 9pm the streets are empty so it would be best if you had a car, drove it to BART and parked there (~$1 per day for parking), if you need to go to San Francisco.
BAD: Here is where I had a problem. The AC/heating system in the rooms is a window/wall unit and you can only control it by settings such as hot-cold-high-low. This means if you set the heater to low-hot it will blow warm/hot air into the room with a slow fan... continuously! So, I turned on the heater and went to sleep and woke up to a stifling room in the middle of the night and had to get up and shut it down and after a few hours woke up from the cold and had to restart the heater! Not a big deal? It is when you have a big meeting in the morning and you need to get enough sleep and no headache! And thus the lower rating for the hotel.
So, I would say this place is great for vacation but not so good for business, unless your threshold of comfort for temperatures is really wide!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Berkeley! We are located on University Avenue within walking distance of Downtown Berkeley and 1.7 Miles from Central UC Berkeley Campus. Enjoy performances & concerts at the Berkeley Greek Theater. Visit the Lawrence Hall of Science Center including the Idea Lab, NanoZone, and Real Astronomy Experience. Golden Gate Fields is where the Bay comes to play, offering live thoroughbred horse racing in a spectacular setting, just 2 short miles away. The University of California Botanical Garden features over 12,000 different kinds of plants from around the world on 34 acres. If you love chocolate as much as we do, don t miss touring Scharffen Berger Chocolate Makers, producers of the highest quality chocolate using vintage European equipment right here in Berkeley. For history buffs, don t miss the USS Hornet in Alameda. It s a one-of-a-kind experience you won t want to miss! Catch a Cal Golden Bears Game at Memorial Stadium. We are the most comfortable and convenient hotel headquarters to catch all the action! When it's time to relax, return to your spacious room at the Holiday Inn Express Berkeley Hotel. Stay in touch while away from home with our complimentary high-speed Internet service. We also offer complimentary hot breakfast and free on-site parking. We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Holiday Inn Berkeley
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