Me and my husband took a road trip to Fresno to visit family. I have always wanted to stop In San Francisco and tour the area But we were on a budget so when we are o na budget the first places I check are living social and groupon to see if there are any deals going on in the area we'd like to go stay in! there were none in SF but we found this place in Berkeley! and so glad we did :) we also had a living social credit do to referrals and a refund so all in all we stayed here for $5.00! LOL GREAT deal if you ask me! I'd like to start by saying I can be a "hotel snob" and typically like to stay at modern hotels with modern conveniences . I've never stayed any place historic like this so was a little scared I wouldn't like the room itself. I knew I'd appreciate the architecture from the pictures but was leery about the room itself. My husband on the other hand was SO excited to stay here as a history buff and hobby photographer. I'm happy to say I'm glad I decided to try some place like this! it was a very unique and cool experience! It goes with out saying the building itself and architecture is STUNNING! learning the history was really cool too! The room itself when I first walked in I was like hmmm... it's small... and old... lol... But as I cozied into our tiny little room something made me start appreciating it.. the way they have preserved the "oldness" as I called it...lol it's like taking a step back in time... It reminded me of staying at my grandmas house in some way.. but in a good way!.. it was cozy and quaint.. and made it kind of... romantic :) sort of like a bed and breakfast..
the room we had, had a fantastic view of the golden gate bridge .. it was a little hot and stuffy in the room at first but once you open up all the windows it gets a wonderful breeze flowing, as a matter of fact we slept with the windows wide open all night! the outside noise didn't bother me at all.. I actually enjoyed the "sounds of city" there were ear plugs there for people who are bothered by city noises but I wasn't. the rooms have no TV's, fridge, micro's, etc.. nothing! it really is like stepping back in time.. but that added to the whole experience of staying there! Me and the hubby had time to just lay in bed , cuddle and enjoy the view :)
we didn't have a chance to use the pool but I wanted to soooooo bad! Looked awesome!
The breakfast in the morning is included and nicely set up.. you sorta of feel like your going to an actual restaurant they even bring you a ticket at the end you sign for with a zero balance.. it is nicely set up but it really is just a typical continental hotel breakfast.. muffins, toast, pastries, yogurt, boiled eggs, fruit, oatmeal and that was about it. It would be nice if they could add some warm dishes like scrambled eggs or sausage or waffles like other hotels.
I'd never been to Berkley before and it's definitely a hippie little college town/ city. with no main type of chain restaurants around not that that is a bad thing but after a long day of sight seeing in SF we came back to the hotel around 9:30 pm and nothing was open and there was no even drive through fast food type places in Berkeley just some pubs that were filled with rowdy college kids.. so we found a walgreens that happened to carry food there so we jsut bought some pre made sandwiches and brought them back to our room to eat for dinner that evening.. the roads there are really tight and kinda hard to navigate through luckily we had GPS.though. the area itself is close to the university and we could even see the football field from our room view.. there is a free clinic next dorr so there were some homeless people in the area hanging around.. we parked our car in the lot right next door to it which was convient i was a little worried because it's not a secured lot with a guard or anything but it was fine and our car was fine no issues there it was $20 to park there though we came and went as we wanted with our car and it still was only the $20.00.. all in all I'd stay again! I really have no complaints.. other then they could spruce up the breakfast options a bit
- 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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