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“Acceptable for the price” 4 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
San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Acceptable for the price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

It is indeed clean, and the decor is tasteful. The bed was comfortable. It's nothing special, though. The breakfast food is average to below average, the pre-made "omelettes" inedible. It's primary sales point is its price, which, for what one gets, is a good value. Perhaps also its location, which is in between UC Berkeley and the marina. The neighborhood is not inviting but doesn't feel unsafe. It is not close to a BART station. There was some construction going on next door when we were there.. Overall, for the price, I would recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

It's clean, it's comfortable, and the rooms are updated. Tasteful décor (no awful floral bedspreads!) with granite countertops, large flatscreen TV, good-sized mini fridge and microwave. Breakfast choices are cereal, bagels, toast, muffins, cinnamon buns, pre-made omelettes, sausage, biscuits w/sausage gravy, pancakes, bananas, oatmeal, three kinds of juice, coffee, milk, yogurt and hard-boiled eggs. There's plenty of seating and food was replenished and freshened attentively. All of the staff over our weeklong visit were friendly and helpful in a quiet way.
I'm used to a very soft bed (sleep number 45) so this bed seemed hard to me, but it's of good quality and has good padding. Comes with a down comforter encased in sheets and a blanket, with four pillows of varying firmness (marked soft, medium, firm). There is a moderate amount of footstep noise if you're on one of the two lower floors, I'm a light sleeper and didn't find it bothersome. Saw plenty of kids when we went down to breakfast, but didn't hear them at all when in our room.
The neighborhood is a little gritty and has pan-Asian shops and restaurants (Indian, Thai, Afghan) all within the block but doesn't feel unsafe. If you prefer the disneyfied tourist-sanitized version you'll find it at the far end of the street near the bay, but I'll take a real neighborhood any day.

Room Tip: As at any hotel, book the top floor if you will mind footstep noise.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The room was clean and quiet (but the carpet was stained, including a large stain near the nightstand). A short drive to the marina or CAL. Breakfast was not very good, but it's free. The woman at the desk was very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Central California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I recently travelled to Berkeley with my 12 year old son to attend a concert at the Greek Theater. Not knowing anything about the area, we picked this hotel based on reviews and price. It was a very nice hotel right in the downtown area. The surrounding area looked a little shady, but that is just the way it goes in any downtown. Check in was prompt and courteous. Lobby is very welcoming. We found the room to be bright, which we liked. That is very different from the other Holiday Inn Express locations that I have stayed at. Most of them look like a dungeon. This was a nice suprise. Room was clean, beds were very comfortable. They had Dish network which offered a great number of channels to choose from. Free Wifi was available as well. The hotel looked like it was full, but we heard no noise at all. Had a very peaceful nights rest. Breakfast the next morning was not the best, but there were certainly many choices to choose from, so neither of us went hungry.

I would definitely recommend this to family & friends.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

During a business trip, I booked a two-bedroom suite so that we could save some money. However, there are not "two bedrooms" in the suite -- instead, there is a normal hotel room with two full beds, with one additional room closed off with a king-sized bed. This is a little different than what you'd expect normally from a "two-bedroom" description.

The room was nice enough, with a full kitchen. However, there were no pots, pans, or plates that we saw. Also, the room was very awkwardly set up.

The shower was fairly strong, which I've come to expect as a Holiday Inn Express standard. Towels were relatively fresh and adequate.The bed was mediocre and felt like it had crumbs in it. The king sized bed comforter had a "K" drawn on it in sharpie. However, the internet was incredibly fast, and service was a breeze.

Room Tip: I picked a suite on the first floor, was happy with it.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Berkeley, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Albert L,

We greatly value your comments and would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am happy you enjoyed the shower and internet service. I have noted that you experienced inconvenience and discomfort with the bed and room layout during your stay and would like to extend my most sincere apologies for this. I have taken note of your comments and your review will be used to reconsider improvements needed and I hope you can give us a chance to show what we have done.

Once again, thank you for your valuable comments and recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Sincerely,

Zelyn N
Case Manager
IHGCare
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LA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We picked this hotel because it is close to CAL. The hotel is relatively new so the room is extremely clean. Bed is very comfortable with all the necessary amenities. The room rate is not cheap due to its location I guess. We spent 2 nights there and really enjoy our stay. The hot breakfast was very nice with plenty of selections. Definitely we will come back in the future.
On a side note, we had dinner in the Thai restaurant next door, the food was surprisingly good and priced reasonably.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Wow what a Great Location this Hotel has, not far from the College Campus on one side,
But close enough to San Francisco just a Hop onto the Bay Bridge at the end of the street,
and Quick. Tons of fantastic eating places with in walking distance.
Dont Miss the Thai Food Next door, or the BBQ Place around the corner from the Drug Store.

Ritchie H

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Berkeley 2.5*
Number of rooms: 69
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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