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.
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