They provide ear plugs next to your bed and you will probably need them. It is not just external noise from construction and the street but also, I believe, internal noise from the elevator. The hotel is very well situated near Sproul Hall and the college campus nd it well reflects the overall quirkiness of Berkeley: a sense of shabby gentility. The pool is great and it is rare to be able to swim laps mostly by yourself. There are nice public spaces to read and catch up on the internet (since wifi does not reach the rooms very well). The cards to get in the building work sporadically. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I didn't find the architecture all that interesting; like many buldings on the campus, it seemed quite cold and stark. All in all, this is a nice choice if you're visiting the university, as we were.