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“A bit Worn, but Clean and Comfy.” 4 of 5 stars
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Rose Garden Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2740 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705   |  
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Ranked #9 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
Chicago, Illinois
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“A bit Worn, but Clean and Comfy.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I was visiting Berkeley friends and wished to be nearby. It is a series of older homes made into a homey Inn. I would return anytime I am in the area. Excellent location with Nice clean rooms, and a pretty good breakfast.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Clemente, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This place is charming! The lobby and eating areas have a fireplace and it has a cozy feel to it. If you are looking for luxury you might go elsewhere. Although it could definitely use some refurbishing the staff is great and the breakfast amazing. The price is right and this is our place of choice to stay when visiting family in Berkeley.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is a tired building of poor quality that needs to be gutted and redeveloped. It would not pass safety regulations for electrical safety in EC countries and suspect it does not in the USA. Proximity of electrical fittings to water i.e. wash hand basins is too close to socket for safety. The bathroom is of very low build quality with the basin not fitting on the pedestal. I would certainly not allow small children in this bathroom for fear of touching electrical cables whilst wet, with the risk of electrocution. Multiple appliances into adapters shows that there is no real regard for electrical safety three of the four the switches on the table lamps don't work, the fridge is old and noisy.
There are no tiles around the basin with resultant dirt traps. The grab handle on the bath fell off and is certainly not safe to hold. I would urge you to look else where. There are numerous homeless people hanging around and the security gates to the car park have broken wheels and thus don't close. Don't spoil your visit to Berkeley by staying here.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We have now had the pleasure of three different stays at the Rose Garden Inn, an eclectic collection of several older homes in Berkeley, just south of the 1960's craziness of Telegraph Avenue. Each time, our visits have involved different rooms in different locations throughout the facility, and each time the spot hit the mark. As is true with any hotel stay, the experience begins with the staff, and the front desk is staffed by friendly and helpful people who seem committed to making the stay a memorable one. The rooms are each unique, and well appointed with furnishings which seem to fit the tenor of the original times for the buildings, with a modest mix of modern (flat screen TV, microwave, blowdryer) conveniences dotting the layout. The rooms have gas log fireplaces, and feature crown moulding and other traditional features. Perfection-demanding travelers will find flaws, no doubt, but these are, at least in our view, negligible.

Your stay includes breakfast that is prepared by the housekeeping staff, and it is served in a wood-floored great room, which on our weekend visits has included soothing harp music. It is common to have the breakfast room populated by speakers of various languages, underscoring the fact that Berkeley is an international scholars' destination. It is within walking distance to the UC campus, and offers a wonderful contrast to the other gentrified campus hotel spot (the Durant), plus the rooms here are bigger and more accommodating. It offers a great place to stay for the Cal fan/road warrior, Bear Parent, or other visitors just wishing to get a flavor of Berkeley for a day or two.

If there were negatives to share, it would be that at its margins, there are some things that could use some attention. Chief among these would be the gouged leading edges of the front steps, as well as the heavy and loud front door, which is located mere steps away from Room 605. In fairness, our first stay at the property was in 605, and I do not recall hearing the front door slam while inside that hotel room, yet it makes quite a sound in the front parlor area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rome, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Very old place, it has some atmosphere, but it needs restructuring. The hall of my building was tasting very bad, and you open the door of the building and find yourself in a bathroom. Staff is friendly, but this does not compensate for the very old structure. I would never come back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

This was our first stop on our CA honeymoon and it couldn't have been more perfect! Quiet rooms, beautiful gardens, great breakfast, close to shops and restaurants and a short drive to San Fran-what more could you ask for? Free parking and internet-yes!!! I am truly looking forward to coming back here someday!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We recently went to visit my daughter in Berkeley and were lucky to find a room in this historic rustic Victorian style complex. Jaime took our reservation and explained all the different types of rooms available to my husband. When we arrived we discovered this complex consists of five different buildings and from the outside you could not tell how big the place really is. One of the two main houses has the front office and the breakfast room which is spacious and nice. There is also a comfortable living room in both of the main houses. We stayed in one of the buildings away from the street. Since our room was in the back on the second floor it was really quiet with no street noise at all. Our room had a very comfortable bed with all of your basic needs including a really nice fireplace that you could turn on or off. There are a lot of gardens and walk ways with water fountains and patios so you can sit and enjoy the outdoors. They serve a wonderful full buffet breakfast every morning. Cookies and coffee are available throughout the day in the kitchen. Sunday they had a person playing the harp softly during breakfast. The manager Kevin was very helpful and personally walked us to our room. We found the staff very friendly. We definitely will be going back to this place. The only drawback is the limited number of parking spots available which they tell you in advance. I hope you find this information helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back are really quiet however you may want to stay in one of the main houses which look...
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Also Known As:
Rose Garden Hotel Berkeley
Rose Garden Hotel
Rose Garden Berkeley
Address: 2740 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Rose Garden Inn 2*
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