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“Peaceful, delightful, friendly” 5 of 5 stars
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Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704   |  
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
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Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Peaceful, delightful, friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

This is an old Julia Morgan historical building and I loved it! Staff were helpful and friendly, building was elegant and well maintained. Our room had a beautiful quilt on the bed and windows opened to inner courtyard, so very quiet.
It felt like a safe and nurturing place for a single woman, but my husband enjoyed it too. Quiet and definitely not a party place, but very pleasant. Loved using the indoor pool also.
Nice breakfast in morning was included.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

Great beds, pillows are unfortunately overly soft. Lots of heritage if you want that, but it's not as amazing as I had hoped. Breakfast was ok but also not amazing. Great access to campus, though the free clinic up the way made me happy I wasn't driving. ("clean needles save lives" is great, but junkies break into cars too).

Kinda pricey for the unique experience I was hoping for, but there are some great gems; if you need to work the library is awesome. Lots of events on though (almost a community centre), so you may be interrupted.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

Really enjoyed my stay at this lovely historic landmark. The hotel has many beautiful places to sit both indoors and out, and with free access to hot drinks from level one, you feel very at home wandering, drinking tea, & sitting and using wifi in the public areas of the hotel. My room was charming with a huge walk-in wardrobe and lovely bathroom. Great location close to UC Berkeley and the BART station.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

I had booked a night at this hotel during Cal move-in weekend. After getting my son moved into his dorm, I walked to the hotel to get checked in. The guy at the desk had my reservation, and had printed out paper with all my information, but no room had been assigned and I was told that none was available. I'm not even sure how that happens? I would have felt better if they had no record of my reservation. Since it was move-in weekend, there was nothing close to the campus. Which was a problem because I didn't have a car (we had flown in from out of state). The location of the hotel is great and it looked clean from what I could tell, but I would never attempt to stay here again because there was "no room at the inn" for me...

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

I stayed in the City Club for more that 6 weeks in 2008 and 2009 and I can tell you... Best thing ever (if you don't miss a TV in your room). The rooms are tiny but the building is amazing. There is a private indoor pool in the 1st floor (used it every day). Free breakfast (not like Super8 crap, al real breakfast with daly changing special).

Parking is 12 bucks a day. Also, University is just 1 block away... I love it!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

Stayed here in April for my sisters wedding. Pros -- Good location in Berkley, beautiful building and grounds, good breakfast. Cons- The rooms are tiny (it is a vintage hotel). The staff at this hotel are a headache. There was one staff (of the four we interacted with) who was helpful. When they accidentally booked our card for four nights (we only stayed two) they told us "it sounds like your problem". That attitude was constant. Any request was met with a bad attitude (again with the exception of one staff).

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bay Area
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

I stayed at the BCC with my teenage son recently. The room rate was great (particularly given the links to other university-type eating/hotel clubs), the public spaces were fabulous (designed by famed CA architect Julia Morgan in 1930), the pool was gorgeous (I didn't use the free access to the UC athletic system across the street), and the food was fine. A very tasty burger, great breakfasts, free coffee and tea through the day (I worked on my computer at the hotel much of the week).

And I unexpectedly saw a play about the Jewish egg farmers of Petaluma--it has a real sense of a community cultural hub.

Reminded me of my wonderful experiences at the Tabard Inn in Washington. No TV in the rooms (there's one elsewhere in the hotel) but the historic vibe was more than worth the tradeoff.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Berkeley City Club

Address: 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 35
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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