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Holiday Inn Express Berkeley
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1175 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702   |  
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Ranked #6 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
Three Rivers, California
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“Holiday Inn Express - A great value!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Okay - this hotel is not in the center of town - it's about a mile from Shattuck - closer to San Pablo, but it is so worth it! It was very quiet and the rooms were exceptionally clean (and I am very picky). The rooms also have refrigerators and microwave ovens. The beds were super comfy. The free parking and WIFI also added to the value. You won't find free parking at the more expensive and fancier places. Plus if you really want to get to the campus or center of town, there is good public transportation nearby! We didn't eat the free breakfast - with so many nice coffee shops and breakfast joints in Berkeley, why do a free breakfast unless you are really on a budget.

Room Tip: We asked for a quiet room.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We were extremely pleased with our New Year's Eve stay at this hotel on University Ave. - a place you would think would be very noisy and not as nice. The hotel is very nice and they have a great breakfast in the morning. The rooms were spacious enough for a smaller hotel. The parking was free and plentiful. The hotel is close enough to the university that you can get there by car or bus. I would highly recommend staying here during your next visit to Berkeley. The prices can't be beat either.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for a couple of nights while visiting family in Berkeley. They kindly gave me a quiet room as a I prefer, what they did not take into consideration was the construction site outside the window which started at 7am drilling concrete. The hotel is very clean and the typical American style, with slightly odd 80ies design. The room is a decent size with a reasonably comfortable bed. The linens are poly cotton and are ok. There are different pillows to choose from. There is a small kitchenette in the room if you wanted to make food. Bathroom is very standard fair and fine. The worst about the room was its temperature. It was very cold and the polyester duvets are not that warm. Location wise the hotel is about a mile away from the Berkeley city Center. There is a bus stop close to the hotel, 51b takes you into town and back. Bus drivers tend to be helpful and let you know where to get off. On a plus side the hotel has a free breakfast which has a variety of food (burgers, omelette, yogurts, bagels, bread, scones, porridge, fruit...pancake machine does not work. They're waiting for a belt for the machine). And there is free wifi! That's great and more expensive hotels should look at holiday inn and adopt the same policy. Would I stay here again? Probably yes.

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Southlake, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Have stayed here a few times, when having UC Berkeley campus meetings. quiet rooms and adequate parking. Nominal HI Express breakfast offering.

Local BART stop is not close.

Trader Joe's a few blocks up the street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Holiday Inn's are usually nice, no matter where you stay, and this building is no exception. The parking lot is easily accessible, the front desk and lobby are nicely done, and the rooms are nice as well. There is nothing really outstanding about the hotel, but if you're looking for a nice comfortable place to stay than this is great.

Room Tip: If you're a light sleeper, you might ask for a room that does not face University. Rooms that ar...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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 October 4, 2012

During a three week training in Berkley California, I had the pleasure of staying at the Holiday Inn Express on University Avenue. Like always I was not disappointed. The rooms were very clean, the staff was always accomodating and the hot breakfast is always nice in the morning. This is why i keep coming back.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the back side if you do not want to hear the noise from University Avenue.
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

had to go to Oakland last minute for a family event, and most hotels in emeryville (where I usually stay) were booked. This hotel was recommended and so I called and booked. It was nice. rooms looked to be recently renovated, and were clean and modern. morning breakfast was fine. there were bagels, eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and a variety of cereals. The hotel is located just off the intersection of San Pablo and University, so if you need to get around berkeley, or even down to rockridge section of oakland, it is very convenient. also very convenient to 80. it's not very far at all to the university and there are restaurants in the immediate area. didn't have time to walk around the area during the day so cannot speak to the neighborhood, but it is definitely a place i would stay again if the rates were reasonable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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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 #6 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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