The Hotel Shattuck Plaza is a gem of a hotel. It is in a renovated building that has old-school appeal and feel.
The lobby is small, you check in via 2 stands. To the right side sits a Michelin rated restaurant which is quite good and is complimented with excellent service.
Up the small elevator and you are deposited into a corridor of vibrant colors that are rarely found in hotels. The palette is lively and lends to a good "feel" of the property. The room I had was small though very well maintained and decorated. It included a king bed, a smaller wall-mounted flat screen TV, a clock radio with an iPod dock, and an over-sized bathroom with marble floors and a large shower stall. Despite the size of the bathroom counter space for your toiletry kit, etc, is limited and forced me to use the toilet tank as a shelf.
The bed was quite comfortable and the heating/cooling system worked well (it is activated by your room key BTW). There is no room safe so keep that in mind if you use hotel room safes to store valuables.
There is no parking at the hotel so you are relegated to street parking. A parking garage is across and down a bit from the hotel but it is a separately-owned business and it is not 24/7. A number of restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel (you will see some of the seedier side of Berkeley if you walk the neighborhood) and Cal is just a few blocks north of the property so location-wise it is spot on. Noise filters into the room easily so you'll hear police sirens and other street sounds, and on my particular Sunday morning at 8AM, a generator being used by someone out front.
Overall - Hotel Shattuck Plaza is a nice property marred by a lack of parking and smaller rooms. However, it is nicely decorated and maintained so the negatives hardly play a factor in my decision to return during my next trip to Berkeley.