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“Beautiful hotel with history” 5 of 5 stars
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Berkeley City Club
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704   |  
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel with history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My wife and I booked a stay through a Bloomspot deal that gave us a great rate on a one night stay with continental breakfast. We had to cancel our first booking just minutes before check-in time because our toddler had a fever. Though the hotel was within their rights to invoke their cancellation policy, they kindly let us cancel the deal without penalty and reschedule.

When we did stay, we were greeted warmly by the front desk clerk, and were impressed with the grand appearance of the lobby area. We had a room on the top floor, right by the elevator, but the noise never bothered us. It was a bit chilly, since the windows were single-pane and not sealed very tightly, but at night we were able to use the radiator and a (provided) space heater to stay warm.

We had cocktails and appetizers at the happy hour, both of which were delicious. We were able to walk to and from a nice restaurant on Shattuck for dinner and later grab some ice cream sandwiches from C.R.E.A.M. just a couple of blocks away. We checked out the beautiful indoor pool and wandered around anywhere we were allowed, just taking in the gorgeous architecture.

The only other slightly negative experiences were:
- Shower was a little hard to get a decent temperature (it was far too easy to be either too hot or too cold)
- The continental breakfast supposedly featured a "warm egg dish" but we found nothing but the usual pastries, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, etc. We did go on the late side, but didn't see any evidence of a warm breakfast.
- The bed was not at all firm.

Even those were very minor and not enough to deter us from wanting to come back next time we have a reason to spend the night in Berkeley.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the elevator.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank foil_swan
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BerkeleyCityClub, Marketing Mananger at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thank you for letting us know about your room being on the chilly side. I'm going to personally have a look at the single window pain in your room to see what we can do. Good to know we provided a space heater to keep you warm through the night.

Be sure to ask for me next time you're our guest and I'll make sure you're content with your new room. Hope to have you back soon!
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Seattle
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This hotel is a gem! It was built by Julia Morgan in 1930 and retains all of its charm and history.The common areas are stunning and the rooms are small but spotlessly clean and comfortable. The staff are all friendly and helpful and the breakfast buffet is excellent.

Room Tip: There is construction next door so ask to be on the quiet side.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank kasia1950
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BerkeleyCityClub, Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Great location, gorgeous building and pool, with spartan but clean rooms. Rooms have painted cement floors with area rugs, with a clean and basic bathroom. The staff was all friendly and warm, like the building. Hot tea and coffee 24 hours a day too. There was a lot of loud construction going on next door during our stay but the hotel obviously can't help that.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank TeslaCA
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BerkeleyCityClub, Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Hi TeslaCA!

Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you found our location perfect during your visit from San Diego. Yes the demolition down the street was a bit loud but the good news is that they're done.

Be sure to let us know when you're headed back north and we'll have one of our more quiet rooms waiting for you.

Berkeley City Club
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed there for two nights and needed two rooms for the five of us. Not the best immediate area but only a short walk to Berkeley U, and not too far to the train station and shops, although a bit of a slog with our suitcases. A quicky hotel, quaint furnishings but fairly nice and very clean. Breakfast was ok but not great. Overall a good place to stay.

Room Tip: Try to get a room facing San Fransisco, the views of the city and the bridge are wonderful.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Ruth W
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BerkeleyCityClub, Manager at Berkeley City Club, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Hi Ruth-

We're glad to hear that you and your friends enjoyed the Bay views from your hotel room! Glad to hear you made to the Dining Room though we're sorry you didn't find everything you were looking for at the complimentary continental breakfast. What were we missing?

Hope to have you back soon,

Berkeley City Club Hotel
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank missmanners45
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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!

BCC
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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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank pennyrr r
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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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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank whchuang
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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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Address: 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Berkeley
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Berkeley City Club 2.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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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