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“Historic Hotel near Berkeley Campus” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Durant
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2600 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704   |  
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Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
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“Historic Hotel near Berkeley Campus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

I stayed at the Hotel Durant to attend a seminar that was held at the hotel for three days. My husband came with me to meet with some colleagues in the area. The rate offered by the hotel for the conference was very reasonable.

We had a bit of trouble locating the hotel upon arrival. Our rental car's GPS system decided to take us on a scenic tour of Berkeley campus instead of directing us to the hotel, but eventually we found it on a corner about a block east of the campus and two blocks from Telegraph Road. The hotel is in a historic brick building and is decorated in a contemporary style. Some playful touches included the collegiate-style sweaters and ties that the front desk staff wears, and the "bong lamps" in rooms.

The room was smaller than I expected, with a narrow space between the bed and the TV stand. The bathroom was also very small, but workable. Thankfully for a historic hotel, the shower was strong and hot, although the sink was awkwardly placed and it was difficult not to splash the entire bathroom. There is no air conditioning and luckily in late April we did not need it, but even so the room seemed quite warm. The ceiling fan and floor fan helped. We kept the window open most of the time, although there was some late-night noise from the neighboring student housing unit and early morning noise from the various construction projects nearby as well as garbage trucks. Wi-Fi was free, which was greatly appreciated.

My husband and I had breakfast at Henry's once and I also had lunch there once. The place was definitely hopping from mid-afternoon to evening, mostly in the bar area. The food was tasty and reasonably priced, and the wait-staff was very friendly (as were all the employees). The dining room was in the front of the hotel in a blue and gold themed room with large bay windows and the original tile. Henry's was a good choice because most of the restaurants in the area are take-out or fast food style.

The parking was expensive ($26/day) and limited, but luckily we found a spot every day. The hotel is about 10 blocks from the BART stop, which was a little too far to walk and a little too close to drive.

One of the best aspects of the hotel is the extremely friendly service in the front desk and throughout the hotel. The front desk people seemed to be college students themselves, and they spent a lot of time giving us recommendations and orienting us to the area, which we appreciated.

I would recommend Hotel Durant to anyone who has any business at the Berkeley campus or would just like to spend some time near the university and near downtown Berkeley.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LWilson2600, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review, May 14, 2011
The historic Berkeley charm certainly makes our hotel a great place to stay but it is our service that we are proud of. Thank you for your recognition of our staff as well as the many things that make us unique.
We hope to welcome you back soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2011

We were on a girls trip and overall we just felt taken care of. From check in to check out it, the experience was on par. Our room was very nice and the continental offered in the executive lounge was a wonderful touch! Keep up the great work!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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LWilson2600, Director of Operations at Hotel Durant, responded to this review, May 14, 2011
Thank you for staying with us during your girl’s weekend. We hope you make it a tradition and come back to stay with us again soon.
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011

This weekend was an exciting time as my second child was touring the Cal campus to make his college decision. While he was spending the night in the dorms, we were reliving our own college days (only much more comfortable and clean!) at the Hotel Durant. Nothing can beat this hotel's groovy college vibe -- the Blue Book chandelier in the lobby, old campus photos, college room desks, and SAT words on the shower curtain, are just a few of the special details which make the Hotel Durant a favorite! The close proximity to campus is certainly a "plus". The whole staff - doorman, valet, front desk, housekeeping - is friendly and considerate. I can't wait for football season. Go Bears!

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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LWilson2600, Director of Operations at Hotel Durant, responded to this review, May 14, 2011
Thank you. We look forward to seeing you during game days as well! Please note that this year all home Cal Games will be played in San Francisco as the stadium is being re-built but we still hope to hold our game day events here at the Hotel Durant and hope that you and your friends join us. Go Bears!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

We were planning on staying 2 days, but extended and stayed for 4! We are a family of 5, stayed in 2 adjoining rooms with plenty of space for all of us. The rooms were very clean and we loved the modern decor! All of the staff were amazing, and ready to help us with our every need. Love the restaurant/bar downstairs....food was great!!! We would definitely stay again!!!!

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LWilson2600, Director of Operations at Hotel Durant, responded to this review, May 14, 2011
Thank you for the wonderful feedback. The feeling is mutual and we hope to welcome you and your family back again soon.
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Seaside, California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

We were in town for the ballet and were pleased to find such a charming hotel only two blocks from the venue. The service was wonderful, everyone was so eager to help us. The lounge we had access to with our room was nice and we met some lovely people. I will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LWilson2600, Director of Operations at Hotel Durant, responded to this review, May 14, 2011
Thank you we appreciate you taking the time to tell others about your stay, including information on our graduate lounge which is a great spot to meet others staying with us or enjoy time with your family and friends.
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Calgary, Canada
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

We needed to stay in Berkeley for only one night between our stays in San Francisco and Sonoma. Hotel Durant worked out really well. Cute room overlooking the Berkeley campus. Convenient location within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. No complaints.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2010

You know what, we are now visiting each of the Joie de Vie hotels just for the fun of it, and Chips weekly email discounts are a great way for retirees to do this while preserving their pension pot. We had stayed at the Durant before it was acquired by the JVD organization, and it was very very tired, not a dump - but getting on that way. Chip and his design team have done a great job renovating it, without losing the beauty of a 1920's building in a Julia Morgan influenced area. It's truly beautiful, and tremendous service by an almost over enthusiastic team.
Only issue we had was very thin walls and a very deaf all-night TV watcher in the next room, but that's what ear plugs are for.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Durant

Address: 2600 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Berkeley
#3 Family Hotel in Berkeley
#3 Business Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Durant 3.5*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located one block from the nations' top ranked public university, UC Berkeley, the Hotel Durant, is a full–service, 143 room boutique hotel, with a unique blend of classic Spanish Mediterranean architecture, modern conveniences and strong ties to the campus and community. Following a multi-million dollar redesign in 2008 that combined traditional and contemporary cultures, this Green-certified, cheeky, rebellious, collegiate styled hotel, features guest rooms with 37” LCD flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, a simple, efficient workspace, complimentary wired and wireless hi-speed internet access, in-room laptop safe, 300-thread count linens and designer bath products. The addition of an Executive Level Floor - “The Graduate” - features a cozy, comfortable lounge, with a 56" flat screen TV and Playstation 3, complimentary continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese hour, and upgraded guestrooms. ... more   less 
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