I liked staying at the Hotel Durant.
The hotel itself is very nice and well kept. Everybody working there, from the reception staff to the housekeepers, was nice, friendly and helpful. My room was spacious, clean, comfortable. The location was convenient (just a few steps from campus). The internet was free and had a strong signal. I also liked the cute recycling bin in the room.
However, as many people have already noticed here, the problem is the noise, both the street and the other travelers' noise.
On my first night there, though exhausted (I had arrived late at night from the East coast) I could not fall asleep due to some LOUD party going on in one of the fraternity houses nearby (they're just across the street from the hotel). Luckily, there were no other parties during my stay there, but, on the other hand, I could hear distinctively what the people in the rooms next door were saying, word by word, almost as if they were in my room.
I mentioned this at the reception person when I checked out and was told that next year they plan to re-do the insulation to address this issue. Let's hope so, since it's really a pity that bad noise insulation should ruin the experience of this nice hotel.
About the street noise....well, there's nothing they can do, really. University towns are always noisy!
- 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