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“Great place to stay just a step from San Francisco” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Berkeley
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1175 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702   |  
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Ranked #7 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
Haifa
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“Great place to stay just a step from San Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

As part of business trip I stayed in Holiday Inn in Berkeley.
Later I extended the stay for vacation as well.
It was much cheaper than staying is SF, just 20 min from the SF city center.
The hotel is renovated, provides free WiFi and cable internet connection.
Free parking on site.
Free breakfast is great, especially the cinnamon rolls :-)
Evening reception was very helpful and nice.
Overall - nice place to stay, cheaper than San Francisco options.

Room Tip: All rooms are OK with respect to any noise. No problem with this.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Berkely seems to have two kinds of hotels.....the totally over the top expensive & the dumpy, cheaper places! The Holiday Inn Express is kind of in the middle. It is nice, clean, good location and plenty of parking. The rooms are good sized and quiet, the beds are comfortable. The breakfast is the standard Holiday Inn Express fare, but it is free and there are plenty of choices. I will stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Clean, comfortable, attentive staff. Elevator and luggage cart! Definitely a good value for the money in Berkley. We were a little concerned as we were driving toward the Inn, thinking it might not be the best of neighborhoods. But we realized that we were quite safe, as we parked in the enclosed lot. Breakfast was typical self-service, but nice. Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

I'll be honest-- this was not my first choice for a hotel in the area, but my first few choices were booked. So I did my research, read nice things about this hotel, and decided to give it a try. It worked out, and most likely I will be back, my daughter being a first year Berkeley student. We (my family and I) arrived very late at night. "No problem" the manager said. I slept like a baby-- the beds were firm, but not too firm, and there were plenty of comfortable pillows. Our room was quiet. It was clean-- my understanding is that there was a renovation one or two years ago, and it shows. Our particular room was also designed to accommodate people with handicaps, the doorways to the room and bathroom being extra wide and the bathroom shower having a bench. We also enjoyed the free breakfast as hot items were offered and there was variety. This hotel is convenient to UC Berkeley and downtown. This is not a hotel where you go to be pampered, but if you want a comfortable stay with good service at a reasonable price that is close to the university and local attractions, definitely consider Holiday Inn Express Berkeley.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

Hotel us clean and rooms are updated and spacious.

Their breakfast has issues though. Pancake machine didn't work the entire length of our stay (4 nights) and they stopped making cinnamon rolls an hour before breakfast ended. When I asked for more cinnamon rolls I was told no. Then I asked the front desk person and she made it happen.

Parking spaces are too small for a minivan.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Stayed at this hotel for one night, while visiting friend and alma mater. There is a lack of chain hotels in the region. This HIX offers relatively better convenience to the University and downtown Berkeley. AC Transit bus stop is located directly in front of the hotel and BART is only few blocks away. Received a welcome package with few snacks as a platinum member. Free breakfast was very "Holiday Inn Express"-style with very few and simple options. Walk towards Shattuck for better food options.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Very disappointed with the smoke coming into our room through the A/C vent. Lost my voice and had to train a roomful of people the next day!! Front Desk said "They need someplace to smoke!" I said "Over on the other side of the parking lot would be better than under the windows of a 100% non-smoking facility! Everything else was great! A shame the smoke had to detract from the rest of the amenities of the hotel...great breakfast, clean room, most of the staff very friendly and helpful...close to Bart access...good restaurants nearby.

Room Tip: Do NOT choose 106, 206 or 306 unless you want smoke in your room!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1175 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Berkeley 2.5*
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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