My wife and I spent 5 nights at this architectural delight. The location was perfect for us. We were in Berkeley to attend a fabulous CAL Performances Concert. If you are visiting for one of these concerts, this is an ideal hotel. First Congressional Church is just across the street and the other main venue, Zellerbach Hall is a couple of blocks away.
The hotel, designed by Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame, is absolutely beautiful. It was completed in 1930 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We loved our period room with overlooking the UC Berkeley campus. The bathroom had original tiles and was spotless. We appreciated the walk-in closet and the comfortable bed. Although the heating system made a bit of noise at night it was easy to adjust to. The public spaces on the first and second floors are very impressive. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast provided in the beautiful dining room each morning. No tv in the rooms but what a great chance to catch up on a good book. Check out the lovely library and amazing swimming pool. The staff was very polite and helpful.There is a computer available for guests in the lobby. It came in handy when we did our flight check-in and boarding passes. Yes there is complimentary w-ifi on the first and second floors. We were lucky and got a signal in our sixth floor room.
There are lots of restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel. If you head out for a walk, don`t miss the beautiful and historic UC Berkeley Campus, Take the university bus to the Botanical Gardens. The bus cost is only $1.
If you are arriving at Oakland International airport as we did, use the BART connector and BART rapid transit to get to the Downtown Berkeley station. The hotel is only 5 blocks away. BART was also our travel choice to downtown San Francisco.
- 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