This was my first visit to the hotel, and was interested to see why it is currently rated at #2 on tripadvisor for Berkeley hotels. Check-in was not a good start as I had booked a Queen room, but was given a double, a very small room, but I did get switched to the room I had booked. The Queen room was also small, but clean, with great views over the bay to San Francisco. I should warn you that there is currently construction taking place in the adjacent lot, and it was very noisy from 6:30am on the Friday morning. Saturday was ok as there was no construction activity. There was no Wifi in my room as the signal was not strong enough to reach it. I was on the 6th floor, well away from the Wifi hotspot located near the elevators. The included breakfast was good, with fresh fruit, cereal, toast and muffins available. The interior of the hotel is great and I would encourage you to explore and take in the history. I paid $145 per night plus tax. This is way over-priced in my opinion. I am not sure why there is not a reduction in rates due to the construction next door, but even so it is not good value for money. There are no tv's in the rooms, and not even a pen and writing pad. Coffee and tea is available near the lobby, but not 24 hours a day unlike mentioned in other reviews. My room was clean and well-maintained and the bed was very comfortable. Check-out was also not a good experience, as my booking through booking.com was for $145 per night for the Thursday and Friday night, but was told upon check-out that this was wrong, and that the rate was $165 for the Friday night. I don't expect an argument when I check-out of a highly rated hotel, or any hotel for that matter. I did subsequently receive a credit though for the $20 over-charge. Overall I was disappointed with my stay, and do not think it should have such a high-rating. This is just my honest opinion based on the variety of hotels I have stayed in the area, and compared to other hotels visited across the country. The first impression of any hotel stay is the check-in, and the last the check-out, and neither were impressive.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Berkeley City Club Hotel Berkeley
- Berkeley City Hotel