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“Berkeley Gem” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704   |  
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Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
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“Berkeley Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greg M, General Manager at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear BlueSpinnaker,

We appreciate you sharing about your experience while a guest at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza. We are installing safes alter this year and continue to try and find a solution to parking that won’t cost you $40-$60 like in SF.

We look forward to your next stay and until then safe travels.

Kindest regards.

Greg

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Hotel Shattuck Plaza | FIVE, a Modern American Bistro
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I first stayed at the Hotel Shattuck in 2001 and did not think too much of it. Slightly old and worn down back then. Now flash forward to 2013 to the newly renovated Hotel Shattuck, and it has been transformed into a very comfortable, clean and modern hotel. A night and day difference from the previous Hotel Shattuck! The new Hotel Shattuck is a gem and I will definitely plan to stay here again on my next business or pleasure trip to the east bay.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Greg M, General Manager at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear Pete S,

Thank you for the great review and we are thrilled to see your comparison to who we were and what we have become. We are always evolving and feedback such as yours helps us know that we are on the right track.

We look forward to your return!

Kindest regards.

Greg

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Hotel Shattuck Plaza | FIVE, a Modern American Bistro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Enjoyed my overnight here. Easy walk to nice restaurants. Near bart. Clean. Helpful staff. A to die for dessert. Fought the coffee maker and it won. Not real intuitive. Otherwise very nice stay. Would stay again and spend more time and try restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I stayed at Hotel Shattuck Plaza for 2 weeks while doing an advanced management program at Haas/Berkeley.
The hotel is housed in a historic building dating back 100+ years, but has been lovingly restored. The location was great - within walking distance of UC Berkeley and just across the street from a BART station which gives easy access to SF and SFO.
There's a parking garage across the street ($22/day maximum charge) and free parking along the street at night - if you're lucky enough to find an empty spot. There's a Walgreens just across the street, and numerous restaurants, cafes and eateries in the vicinity, all within walking distance.
The staff at the front desk are friendly and helpful. No complaints, overall, except that by international standards, the hotel is pretty average. There's no fridge or safe in the rooms, which vary in size, so ask for a bigger room at check-in. (I've heard from friends who stayed at other hotels in Berkeley that theirs is much worse.)

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza on Thursday and Friday nights and appreciated the convenient proximity to the BART station and UC Berkeley (a 20-minute walk to North Central campus). We parked in the garage across the street at a reasonable cost of $30 for 48 hours. Our room, like the hotel lobby, was thoughtfully-designed and immaculate. The king bed was very comfortable, and though we were on the third floor adjacent to the HVAC units, we experienced no issues with street or mechanical noise. The room's working/sitting area was on the small side, perfect for one person, but cramped for two people with laptops. The staff were neither super friendly nor particularly visible, but they were accomodating with our few requests (e.g. a late checkout). In summary, we slept well, worked adequately in somewhat tight quarters, and easily commuted to meetings in San Francisco and at UC Berkeley. We'd stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Greg M, General Manager at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear Sara S.

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback. We value all feedback and incorporate it into our culture and operations. It is also good to know we were convenient to your appointments at both UC Berkeley and San Francisco.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Greg

Greg Mauldin | General Manager
Hotel Shattuck Plaza | FIVE, a Modern American Bistro
2086 Allston Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Stayed here for three nights for a conference at the university. Was mostly very happy with the hotel. I love old hotels and this one has a beautifully restored exterior that gives you an idea of what it looked like in the 1930s. This was my first time in BErkeley and I loved the art deco architecture downtown and the well-preserved buildings..if you have time check the BErkely Public Library as well, also a gorgeous deco building.
When you're in the lobby of the hotel, check out the fascinating original menus and newspaper clippings from the hotel's early days that are on the wall above the computers that are to the left of the check-in desk.
The hotel location is great, right near the bart station, making it easy to get to and from San Francisco. I wanted to spend more time in SF than in Berkeley when I had spare time and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to get to the downtown SF area from Berekely..a quick trip on the bart and then transfer to muni line at the Embarcadero stop. Coming back at night can take a bit longer because you have to transfer in Oakland Bart rather than getting a direct train to berkeley from downtown.
I was very happy with the hotel itself. The interior has been given a contemporary modern deign look rather than trying to make it look as it might have looked in the 1930s (which I would have preferred), but the rooms have been smartly done.
Even though my room was very small, things were organized well. I felt glad that my room was not above the street because I was concerned it might be noisy if it had been. I looked onto the back of a different wing of the hotel and could see across to the BErkeley public library, so I didn't have to worry about street noise.
The dark blue carpets in the halls were a slightly odd choice, because I noticed they tended to show every bit of dirt and lint...when I would get off the elevator on my floor, the carpets outside the elevator always looked like they needed to be vacuumed, with lots of white lint and dust.
There are many restaurants in short walking distance from the hotel. We had a nice breakfast at Venus down the street. And try the Italian gelato shop also nearby, run by a guy from Italy, with some unusual and interesting flavours, like lavender blueberry.
The main thing I didn't like about the hotel was how extremely noisy the lobby always was..mainly because the lobby is really just a tiny little section directly across from the bar/restaurant, which is not closed off from the lobby in any way..So when I first walked in to the hotel I thought I had come in to the restaurant by mistake and that there must be a different door for the hotel lobby...But the check-in desk is actually just a tiny desk over to the left when you come in..Because there is a big, long bar right as you walk in, and the floors and walls are all hard surfaces, it is extremely noisy when people are there having drinks etc after work..
I prefer a quiet, relaxing hotel lobby when I'm coming and going , so did not enjoy this at all..I felt sorry for the desk clerks having to work in all that noise all the time. I wish the hotel designers had found a way to separate the lobby from the restaurant to create a quieter space, but it's a small space, so that would have been difficult, I guess.
The workout room is very small, so I didn't bother, but the Berkeley YMCA is just down the street about a block, so I went there to exercise each day. I happen to be a Y member so was able to use their gym with a $5 charge. Apparently the hotel can also give you a day pass to the Y..not sure if there is a charge for this, but the Y has great facilities.
So overall, I would definitely stay at this hotel again for the location and convenience of being so close to the Bart station. Just be prepared for a very noisy lobby, especially at night.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greg M, General Manager at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear Steve1,

We appreciated your review as your feedback was rich with specifics and provides us with greater insight into our design and operations. While we enjoy a vibrant and energized lobby/bar we understand that is not always appreciated by all guests and we do have plans to make those enhancements middle of this year. Your comments about our convenience to BART and some of our local purveyors like Almare Gelato and downtown Berkeley has become a marketplace for great variety of cuisines to experience and ranges from fast and convenient to fine/casual. We expect to have worked out a partnership with the YMCA across the street and while in our test phase it is complimentary, we do expect that a small fee for the day use pass will begin in April. But as you attested, it is a magnificent YMCA.

Thank you again for the feedback and w look forward to exceeding your expectations on your next stay.

Greg

Greg Mauldin | General Manager
Hotel Shattuck Plaza | FIVE, a Modern American Bistro
2086 Allston Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We love this hotel. The restaurant itself is enough of a draw; its some of the best food we have had period. It makes other hotel restaurants look like mediocre fast food. The staff is always welcoming and pleasant. The rooms are always well appointed and clean. This hotels is across from the BART station and within walking distance to many other great restaurants as well as the UC Berkeley campus. We come here to visit our son at CAL. The first thing we do is have dinner at the restaurant Five. It is something we all look forward too. The wait staff is great.

Room Tip: Ak for an upper floor. Less street noise and a better view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Greg M, General Manager at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear Eekmama,

Thank you for your recent review and we are delighted to have consistently met or exceeded your expectations. Chef Banks and the team at FIVE was honored you spoke so favorably to your dining experience.

We look forward to your next visit and trust that you will once again be delighted by the seasonally changing menu at FIVE.

Best,

Greg

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Hotel Shattuck Plaza | FIVE, a Modern American Bistro
2086 Allston Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
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Address: 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Shattuck Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Shattuck Plaza reopened in June 2009 as the jewel of downtown Berkeley, California. After a multimillion dollar renovation which combined the building’s historic charm with modern technologies and amenities, this landmark, boutique hotel provides an upscale haven for business or leisure travelers. Located two blocks from the UC Berkeley campus and next to the Berkeley BART station, the hotel is perfectly positioned for guests visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. ... more   less 
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