Let me count the ways...
Our family spends a fair amount of time in the East Bay, and we've stayed at a number of hotels in the vicinity. We spent a long time looking for one that was the perfect fit for us, and we finally found it -- the Hotel Durant in Berkeley.
The hotel is a historic property, built more than 80 years ago. It was renovated in 2008 and was the first boutique hotel in Berkeley to be green-certified.
First, the location: ideal for anyone visiting Berkeley. The hotel is a stone's throw from campus, and just one block up from Telegraph Avenue. It's within easy walking distance of restaurants, movie theaters, bookstores, drugstores, and more. We visited in early June, and the area was very quiet. I imagine the timing made a bit of difference here.
The hotel itself is chic, welcoming and well-appointed. Renovations were clearly done with care and respect, preserving many features of the beautiful old building. Our room was on the fifth floor and had a commanding view of the Berkeley clock tower. Amenities included high-quality bedding and iPhone/iPod docking stations, which my husband appreciated.
I guess I'll need to fess up to a couple of potential demerits. One is the parking situation. Unless you valet park (it was full when we arrived), parking in the area can be a bit of a challenge. I used to live in San Francisco, however, so I'm used to that. Berkeley is a dense urban environment, after all.
Second, a few reviewers have commented on the size of the accommodations. It's true that the room and bathroom were a bit more cozy than some. But hey, it's an older building, so that's to be expected in this case. For us, the beautiful decor more than made up for any issues we might have had about the room size.
In short, we had an absolutely fantastic stay, and will definitely return to the Hotel Durant on our next visit to the area. Highly recommended.
- 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