Inn is located in cluster of Victorian era houses in South Berkeley. To all outward appearances, my perfect hotel: interesting rooms with fireplaces and comfy beds, fast wifi internet, free on-site parking, hot breakfast, soap and shampoo in the bathroom, cookies and coffee in the afternoon. What more to ask for? Well, apparently, all the usable rooms seem to be on the first floor in the back buildings where it was cold and dark. When we asked for a room in the main house, we were given an attractive and light room, but it smelled distinctly of damp, and was that cat pee? The place seemed a little dusty and seedy. A hostile note ("Don't even think of touching this") was taped to the non-functional router in our room. Breakfast had all the right choices, but one had to compete for table space with the housekeepers, which felt a little strange. And their job did not include busing the tables, making fresh eggs, or even, apparently, turning on the toaster machine. What could have been a lovely intimate experience instead had a bit of an institutional feel -- one where you were an inmate. Hotel is under close price competition with the professional, but still institutional, Shattuck Hotel to the north. We canceled part of our stay at the Rose Garden to return there even though we had to pay for parking and breakfast. With a little more considered maintenance and management, the Rose Garden Inn could better protect its customer base.
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- Also Known As:
- Rose Garden Hotel Berkeley
- Rose Garden Berkeley