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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
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“Barely adequate for one night stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Disappointing one night stay at Quality Inn at University. And I'm disappointed in my fellow Trip Advisor reviewers for rating this hotel so highly; the modal--most frequent--rating was Very good, with the second most frequent rating being Excellent.

I nearly rated it Poor, for these reasons: The room (1) was tiny (there truly was not enough room for two people), (2) contained only one chair, (3) had a broken lamp shade, (4) contained one small bar of soap that we used for both sink and shower, (5) had badly scuffed molding, (6) the coffee maker did NOT work, (7) the bathroom light was too dim, (8) and the little pad of paper had only ONE sheet of paper (that I used to write notes for this review).

I would rate the breakfast buffet as average, if you're a mainstream eater with relatively low standards. And the buffet certainly did not look inviting.

The check-in was friendly. Very nice touches were the two small bottles of free water and the automatic light in the bathroom. The bed was good, and we slept well. And we would rate the shower as Excellent.

Overall, then, I'll go with the rating of Average.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

I rarely write any review but this time I will have to say something. We stayed two nights on 7/31 & 8/1. The reasons I gave it worst rating are as follows:
1, The room is awfully and uncomfortablly small;
2. The bedspread smelled bad;
3. The mattress was tilted inward so it's not comfortable;
4. Smoke detect beeped a few times at night;
5. Toilet was plugged once and my husband had to get a plunge to fix it;
6. The charge extra $5 for each sheet or blanket. Our family travels quite offten and this is the 1st time a hotel charges money for extra sheet/blanket;
7. Usually hotels supply two soaps one for bath and one for sink use. But this hotel only supplied one. You had to ask for 2nd soap (Thank God there was no extra charge for this!);
8. Free breakfast was included. But you need to be aware of two things: First, carefully check the plastic spoon before using it. They probably buy the cheapest spoon they can get - the edges of the spoon was very rough that it scrached my upper lips to bleeding; Second, you need to remind them when food item is out since they are not comming if you don't ask;
Only thing good about this hotel is that it's close to UC Berkely but there are many many other hotel options.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, North Carolina
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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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Oakhurst, California
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2 helpful votes 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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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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Address: 1761 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703 (Formerly Flamingo Motel)
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
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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
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Hotel Class:2 star — Quality Inn University 2*
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