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“Newly renovated and very nice indeed!” 4 of 5 stars
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Quality Inn University
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1761 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703 (Formerly Flamingo Motel)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Newly renovated and very nice indeed!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

This is now a Quality Inn, part of the Choice Hotels chain. It is an older motel, but the rooms have been updated with very comfortable bedding, a good shower/tub, nice furnishings. Its location is great for UCB visitors, or as a low price bedroom for visitors to San Francisco -- only about 4 blocks from the high-speed rail (BART), which takes you right downtown in about 15 minutes. Also free breakfast, but don't expect it to be like IHOP! Parking is tight, but we had no problem even when it was full the days we visited. Best of all, the rates are very low for California, about $70. Terrific!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Oakhurst, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

wooooo.. nice room...
couple of days ago. i was here for UC Berkeley visit ., i found this hotel very convenient,
walking distance to UC Berkeley and Bart station.. They have hot buffet breakfast in the morning and the beds are very comfortable.......seems like recently renovated ...new furniture and top of that there was 2 bottle of a water free.... friendly staff......i feel like i m staying in 5 star hotel. Definitely i would recommend ,if anybody visiting Berkeley.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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Atlanta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011

Finding acceptable accommodations in Berkeley is not simple. The Quality Inn is a good budget option. Located about a mile from campus and the Gourmet Ghetto, the motel is downtown and a short walk to several restaurants.

The rooms were updated, comfortable and clean but small enough that we needed to take turns passing around the foot of the bed. They provided the usual Quality Inn amenities like a fridge, microwave and ironing board. Air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and free parking were available, though the parking lot filled early.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

This address is now called the "Quality Inn University". For the moderate (for Berkeley) price of about $80 per night we stayed here for two nights to visit relatives in the area and see art in SF. Furnishings and bathroom fixtures were all modern and clean. Rooms are a bit small but we did not hang out there much anyway. Free parking was good, access to SF was good by simply driving in. Breakfast was OK but we did not expect much. They did have some warm food and bagels. There are planty of places to eat nearby.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

I stayed at the Inn while attending a conference at Berkeley. It was a 20 minute walk to campus. The hotel was clean and the staff were helpful but the linens seemed well used and tired. The inn was formerly a motel and the rooms have all new furniture but the dimensions of the rooms themselves have not changed so the rooms are a bit cramped with two beds, desk, mini fridge etc. The internet is fast and free and the breakfast was not bad. Book directly with the Inn via their website look for any web specials. I managed to book the facebook rate and got it for $79/night while my friends booked through a third party website and paid much more. But the area is definitely not lively after dark. For example, the Giant Burger is the closest place to eat in the evening and it is several blocks before you can find a place to have a drink. Even further if you want to eat something that isn't fast food.

Overall not a bad cheap budget hotel but don't have high expectations and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

On my first night of a few months in Berkeley, I had to improvise and look for a hotel at 9pm. This was the first available option.

While checking in, in thought they offered quite a high rate considering the simple motel style ($100), and when I hesitated they let me have it for $90. Looking back it was a good deal.

The room was much better then expected (clean and well equipped), and by now I realise that this must be about the best Berkeley has to offer. Quite odd, that a city with so many international visiters has such poor hotelfacilities. (Look forward to see the result of the renovation of Berkeley's big landmark 'Shattuck Hotel')

  • Liked — Comfortable room in general
  • Disliked — The sligth artificial smell of 'flowers' - some sort of room aroma
Stayed June 2008
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Frankfurt
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2008

I stayed a few nights at the Inn for a conference. First of all, one has to say that it is not directly at the University, but a good 20 minutes walk from the western campus entrance. The name might be a little misleading.

The room I stayed in was newly renovated and had all sorts of nice features and was very comfortable. It was reasonably, though not spotlessly clean. There was a plasma TV, a fridge, coffee maker, a alarm clock. There is free wireless internet.

The people at the front desk were helpful when I asked them something but they did not go exactly out of their way to make things easier. One could get breakfast there, which was good, although the selection is a little bit limited.

The motel is located next to a major road so there is a fair bit of traffic, especially in the morning and evening. So if you want to sleep long, this is not really possible but I found it acceptable at night. While the area is not really lively at night, I never felt that it was dangerous.

All in all, I got a very good deal from this hotel which was much better than similar comparable hotels would offer me and I would choose it again at any time,

  • Liked — Value for price, room features
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 1761 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703 (Formerly Flamingo Motel)
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Quality Inn University 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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