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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Durant Hotel Berkeley