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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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South Lake Tahoe, California
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“Wow..pretty amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I booked a Groupon for our two night stay. I expected your run of the mill deal...I just loved it. The property is located a few blocks from the campus on a quiet street. The property is lovingly cared for all day long by a full staff that polishes everything in the club...the staff is wonderful. Everyone working here is delightful,helpful,kind,informative...i could go on and on....breakfast was pretty decent fair with juices,coffee,teas,egg dishes,toasted offerings,floral arrangements. The rooms are smaller but scrupulously cleaned. IF you are lucky enough to book on the West side you get a postcard view of the City of San Francisco....and fresh coastal air...the enclosed gardens are really a sweet place to sit and visit or read a book. The library is so cozy,filled with neat old tomes. Piano's in every large hall...makes you wonder HOW they got inside!
Nice old pool. Lots to see. Really worth the trip.

Room Tip: Book the westerly side with a view of both the Golden Gate,Bay Bridge and the entire city....so love...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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BerkeleyCityClub, Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Miss Manner!

Thank you for checking out every corner of our Hotel including our complimentary breakfast and gardens!

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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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Reno, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is an extraordinary hotel! I stayed here over thanksgiving weekend, slipping in due to a last minute cancellation. What a magnificent stay! It's somewhat like being in a dream. The hotel was designed by Julia Morgan in the early 1900's. It was designed as a women's club and had 4,000 members. The rooms are warm and inviting with beautiful views of the
Bay, the dining room was lovely with excellent food. The lobbies are exquisite with many formal special event rooms including a grand ballroom. In addition, they have an amazing swimming pool which is huge.

The staff awe warm and caring and very helpful. I cam't wait to visit again. The manager actually carried my suitcases outside the day i left... That's service!

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the bay.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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BerkeleyCityClub, Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
We're glad to hear you took in the amazing Julia Morgan architecture!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We had a chance to stay in this Hotel two weeks ago. The building architecture wise is just beautiful (no wonder it has a nickname called "little castle"), however, maybe the building is just plain too old or lack of maintenance, the room that we were staying (Room 601) has bad water damage on the ceiling and it was never taken care of. We were excited to use the beautiful swimming pool... again, on the picture, it looks great, but it too also was just too old and you can see some damage on the bottom of the pool and during winter time, the lighting in the indoor swimming pool was not bright enough, so it's a bit creepy to swim there... The bedroom that we had (601) was also really small, compare to regular hotel room. As another reviewer mentioned, this room is right next to the elevator and the building was so old, so during the night we didn't really have good sleep.

Room 601 is quite unique as I think this is the ONLY room that with a outside balcony which you can open it up but you probably don't want to go outside as it's kinda scary (not good if you have young children.. as I don't feel safe)... The bathtub was original, pretty, but uh...same issue with an open-to-dangerous balcony...

The FREE breakfast was good though, a bit more choices than a typical cheap continental breakfast...(donuts, coffee, etc.). You do get really nice fresh juice, pastry, toast, muffin, etc.. but that's about it. Don't expect a $30 type of buffet breakfast...

One quick note, this is a "private" club that has some long-term residents living in here, mix with hotel guests. It's kind of unique I guess although it didn't bother us.

Parking and roller bed were charged separately. So although we got a good deal from LivingSocial, at the end we paid around $150 for one night (including tax, etc.).

Also, they give you real "keys" of the hotel room and there is no plastic key cards. So you want to be careful not to lose those real room keys...

Overall, we had a rather "unique" experience in this little castle. However we probably won't come back again though...as once is probably enough.. :)

Room Tip: If you are adventurous, try room 601. :)
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BerkeleyCityClub, Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Next time we'll have you in another elegant room a bit away from the balcony. We have some great photos in our profile showing the views of the Bay from the balcony so if you missed going out all the way you can see what it's like in the gallery. Thank you for the review!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I got a Groupon for this place and went for 2 nights - loved the place, staff were amazingly helpful and friendly - feels like a real people place, I felt they knew me after just a 2 night stay. It was lovely to experience the character of the building too - beautiful architecture. Great breakfast in wonderful dining room, lovely way to start the day. I'm going back!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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BerkeleyCityClub, Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
We look forward to have you back California Traveler Insider!
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26 hotel reviews
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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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Reno Nevada
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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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): $$
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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