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“Historical, beautiful and convenient” 5 of 5 stars
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Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704   |  
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
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Stockton, California
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“Historical, beautiful and convenient”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

My room was impeccable, and the entire building and small garden area are a treat. Coffee and breakfast were great as well as internet access. Location is near Telegraph, Cal campus, downtown, and walking distance to North Shattuck. Parking is affordable. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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thewalrus711
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

I typically stay at one of two hotels when I am up in the Berkeley area but both were booked on a recent trip so I took a chance on Berkeley City Club. I was given a queen room on the 6th floor but interestingly, the biggest rooms with the bigger beds are closest to the elevator and since the hotel is an older building, you can hear hallway, street and elevator noise extremely well in the room. The building is beautiful and I enjoyed exploring the different public spaces to read, eat, etc. that are all over the first two floors. The breakfast is more than a typical continental breakfast which was a great surprise. One of the reasons I chose to try this hotel out over a few others was the the pool but I arrived to find that it was currently under renovation (there was no such alert on the website at booking time and no discount offered). The rooms are "period" which is marketing speak for outdated and in need of upgrading in my opinion. The exterior windows and doors in the rooms have thin glass and dont closetightly so the rooms get cold. The locations is pretty good, but there are better located hotels in Berkeley(Hotel Shattuck Plaza) and while the "experience" is certainly different from any other hotels I have stayed at, I think there are better "experience" hotels in the area as well that aren't much more expensive (Claremont). The service was pretty forgettable but I didnt have any interactions beyond two people at the front desk.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Forestville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

Having grown up on the Central Coast, Hearst Castle was always an iconic landmark. Recently when I had a chance to stay overnight at what came to be known as “the Little Castle” (aka the Berkeley City Club) I jumped at the opportunity to experience another of architect Julia Morgan’s uniquely beautiful buildings. As a guest at the hotel, one can wander thru the many rooms and garden areas or take a formal tour if planned ahead of time. I loved the flawless melding of Italian Renaissance, Gothic and Romanesque characteristics. My husband thought the indoor pool was the prettiest one he had ever been in. The fabulous architecture and art are nearly overwhelming and I imagine that one would discover many features and details during each and every visit.

My lodging experience was a very good one, but not quite equal to the building itself. Our room #609 was on the top (6th) floor and at the end of a hall, adjacent to a rooftop terrace where we had views out over the city all the way to the Bay, as well as towards the Berkeley Hills. The sunset was gorgeous from up there!

Our room was small as is the case in many historic hotels, and the queen bed took up much of the floorspace. The bed had a mattress topper which seemed like it might be too soft, but turned out to be comfortable. There were 2 chairs and a small secretary desk in the room, a walk-in closet with plenty of hangers and a luggage rack; telephone and clock radio on one of the nightstands (the clock had a display which strangely wasn’t visible in daylight), and 2 packs of earplugs were on the nightstands--a harbinger of things to come. The flooring was concrete (Julia Morgan utilized that material in all the best ways) and there was a deep-pile Oriental style area rug. Thick, attractive floor-length curtains covered the openable (non-screened) windows. There were only plastic cups in the room and no coffee maker (coffee was available on Lobby level). An old-fashioned radiator provided heat and our room remained at a comfortable temperature throughout what was a rather cold night. Lighting inc’d a ceiling fixture and a lamp on each bedstand, but their bulbs were low-wattage and IMO didn’t provide enough light to read without straining.

The small (but not cramped) bathroom had a nice vintage tiled floor. Since there was no fan, the openable window was appreciated. Other than the window sill and a narrow cabinet, there was no space to stash toiletries/cosmetics. There was only a single small rack to hang towels. A hairdryer was on the wall. The deep, narrow tub/shower had a wrap-around shower curtain. Water pressure was fine, but a comfortable temperature was rather hard to achieve or maintain.

Unfortunately, we had ill timing to arrive on the day when there was an Occupy Oakland demonstration ongoing at UCB (a very short distance away) AND a police action occurring on campus as well. As a result there were 4 news helicopters hovering not far away and they were there for at least 3 hrs. When we got back from dinner they were gone, but then they briefly revisited us about 9 pm. Following the departure of the copters, someone down on street level began yelling methodically for about half an hour. Add that to the din of the traffic and the sounds of the trains, and the noise level ramped up to well above the norm for a city hotel. Altho’ arplugs were set out on each nightstand, I actually ended up not using them since the noise did drop off dramatically by 10 pm. Inside the hotel, all was quiet, but the noise from the outside really did have a negative impact on our stay, and is the only reason that I didn’t give the BCC a higher rating. (If I could have given a 4.5, that would have been more accurate).

A complimentary breakfast buffet was served in the beautiful 2nd floor dining room. The selections were basic but satisfying and inc’d scrambled eggs, bacon, bagels, pastries and muffins, toast, dry cereal, watermelon slices, a variety of juices, coffee and teas. We also had dinner there and we really pleased with the quality of both the service and the food. Their menu was surprisingly creative.

There is a parking lot next to the hotel and altho’ our lodging package inc’d parking, the regular fee is only $12 per night--quite a bargain in the Bay Area!

All hotel staff we encountered were cheerful and friendly, and the pleasant woman at the front desk both at check-in and check-out was extremely helpful in a thorough and unhurried way.

The Berkeley City Club is an exceptionally beautiful historic hotel and offers a very unique, unforgettable lodging experience.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Dallas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Stayed at the Berkeley City Club on a business trip this week. The hotel is very clean and is a must for architecture and history buffs. It's not your new, contemporary hotel - it is almost like you are staying in a museum. The staff is very friendly and our stay was pleasant.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Folsom, Ca
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Me and a buddy needed a place to stay in Berkeley, because Primus was playing at the Greek Theater. Found this hotel on LivingSocial for 1/2 price. What an awesome place even at full price. Gorgeous historical building, incredible indoor pool...just awesome! When we got there Dale, who owns the hair salon in the hotel gave us a private tour. Great way to start our stay. The included breakfast in the morning was fantastic with real fresh squeezed orange juice. I am definitely staying here when I'm in the area again.What was really cool too, is that you can't even get in the front door of the hotel without your key and your car is in a private lot with security cameras...The concert was great! The hotel was even better!! It really made the trip~ Oh, ask for a room on the 5th or 6th floor...Great views!!!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Salem, Oregon, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

We enjoyed every nook and cranny of this architectural gem, which included gardens and an enclosed sun room.There's a wonderful pool as well. There are many common-use places for sitting and visiting on the first two floors. The room includes breakfast and parking. The hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from UC's campus. It's easy walking to many great restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

The Pool and breakfast was wonderful! The room was small but very clean (their Maid's rock). I do feel they should have T V's in the rooms. There is a T. V. in the "History Room" downstairs. I had to pay $120 a night for my room It would have been nicer to get a even better rate as I am a senior I could stay here a lot more.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Berkeley City Club

Address: 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blending Romanesque and Moorish architecture, the Berkeley City Club was elaborately crafted by Hearst Castle designer Julia Morgan. Carved archways, vaulted ceilings, an indoor mosaic tiled swimming, and leaded-glass windows overlooking lush courtyards give the building its unique old world charm. The Berkeley City Club boasts six floors of classically designed standard, junior suite and suite size hotel rooms. Experience breathtaking views from each room, whether its the iconic fog rolling in over the San Francisco bay or the beautiful sunrises over the Berkeley Hills. Enjoy complimentary breakfast in the dining room, including fresh fruit, toast, bagels, pastries, hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, and juice. For entertainment, check out special member events, fitness classes, theater performances, salon services, lounge hours and dining in the restaurant, Julia's or visit local Berkeley attractions just steps away from the Club. ... more   less 
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