This is a wonderful building, designed by Julia Morgan, and has been converted into a hotel. There are also many amenities, a restaurant, a theater, a ballroom, meeting rooms, a great lobby area, a library, and a museum. However, the most impressive amenity is the indoor swimming pool. It resembles the indoor swimming pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and it is wonderful!
The rooms are all different, with comfortable beds, tasteful period decor, original artwork, and views of the Bay & the Berkeley hills. The grounds are beautifully maintained, and there are hidden little gardens and courtyards all over. It is fun to explore. The location is walking distance to UC Berkeley, Shattuck &Telegraph Avenues, as well as the BART station. The hotel offers a parking lot adjacent to it, for a reasonable fee. We've been there 4 times in the past 3 years, and have not had a problematic room. The staff is helpful and friendly.