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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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“Berkeley City Clug, The Little Castle, is a fairytale come true”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

If you love history. If you love Julia Morgan. You will love the Berkeley City Club. Originally a women's-only club, it has been painstakingly restored and is now part of Historic Hotels of America. Not today's boutique hotel, the BCC is all about quiet elegance of bygone times. If your heart's desire is to live like a king or queen, the Berkeley City Club is your getaway kingdom. With a Julia Morgan design, affectionately known as "The Little Castle," it's the closest you'll ever come to a night at her legendary Hearst Castle. Only members and guests can indulge in the indoor heated swimming pool, reminiscent of the bigger castle's famous Roman Pool. Guest rooms are cozy and TV-free, while common areas beckon you to unwind and garden courtyards offer meditative space. Bring a good book. A good friend. A lover. Come solo. Check online for special events and theatrical productions performed at the Club. The rate includes a continental breakfast and it's a great location! Just blocks from Shattuck, Telegraph, and UC Berkeley campus. Great dining and area attractions. Nearby performing arts district.

WI-FI spots throughout. Coffee and tea in the lobby. Lunch and dinner is now served Tuesday - Saturday at Julia's. This is a one-of-a-kind. Leave your notions of modern hotels behind. There are some larger suites but hotel rooms are of that era -- smaller but big enough. Julia never intended you to spend time in the room. It was all about the public spaces and gardens. The exquisite tile work in bathrooms, the pool. garden courtyards -- sensory overload. Tiny architectural details everywhere you look -- spend some time exploring. It's what Julia would want. Prices are very reasonable by Bay Area standards.

Room Tip: Ask for a bay view room -- vistas of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate are stunning on a clear day.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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BerkeleyCityClub, General Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
We're so glad to hear you enjoyed Bay Views from your hotel room! Thank you for your amazing room. It's great to hear you found wi-fi throughout the hotel, sometimes the connection can be a bit spotty if you're not in the main lobby and lounge areas.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights and I could have stayed a week! Very charming and clean. The building is historical, so if you need new and a Flat Screen TV go elsewhere. The food is excellent! My husband and I ate dinner there one evening and had no idea we would be eating 5****meal! Service was flawless as well. I will be back. Don't forget your swimsuit. There is a stunning indoor pool too!!!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BerkeleyGeneral_M, General Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, December 8, 2012
I'm so glad to hear you joined us at our new restaurant, Julia's! Our Executive Chef, Alaun loves your Five Stars. Feel free to ask for him next you're in!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We are self-professed architectural history junkies and made a "pilgrimage" to this lovely building. We were not disappointed. Loved to walk through the rooms, admiring the details, the gardens, the timeless feel., Property is in good shape. Breakfast was included, served in a lovely room and was good quality. Note that parking is convenient but costs $20/night. Room is small in accordance with older hotels but not cramped. We were lucky to fall into a happy hour with many interesting people. The charm of the building lingers...

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The architecture is so pleasing. Great views, especially if you get a room facing the bay. The rooms aren't modern or spacious, but that adds to the charm. Friendly staff. Not far from the campus or to the BART station.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Great Hotel stay in the bay area. Nice place. Great place to wonder and just check it out. Hotel has had a zillion dollars spent on it to save it, and in shows. You will be happy you stayed here. Great coffee in the AM.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I'm always looking for a hotel with pool facilities where you can actually swim laps. Although the depth on one side of the pool is only 3 feet, the other side is plenty deep for flip turns and it is 25 yards long with four lanes for swimming laps! Plus it is a very artistic pool - designed by Julia Morgan with tiles and a view into the garden. Lovely hotel with great rooms - though they can be fairly loud if your neighbors aren't polite (but the staff took care of our partying neighbors after the first compliant!). Great location too! We'll be back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This hotel is beautiful. They've preserved the historic feel and ambiance of this place. I half expected to see folks walking around in aristocratic 1930s attire. There are lots of different areas to explore (garden courtyard, library/study, coffee/game area, dining room, pool, historic records, etc.) You will be surrounded by historic elegance. It was all so fancy and extravagant. The swimming pool is so impressive. The bottom is all small tiles forming the decorative patterns. Lots of extras - like in the locker room/changing area next to the pool, there is a machine that spins the water out of your swimming suit - and they provide q-tips to get the water out of your ears. We were fortunate that they had a special deal going at the time that we stayed, so we got a great price. Our room was right next to a balcony with a great view. The free breakfast had a decent variety to choose from. Service was good. And it's within walking distance to multiple restaurants, including Herbivore.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Berkeley
#4 Green Hotel in Berkeley
#4 Romantic Hotel 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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