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Hotel Durant
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2600 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704   |  
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Ranked #5 of 21 hotels in Berkeley
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Wonderful old hotel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Can't say more than we loved our stay at this lovely hotel. Rooms were charming, staff friendly and helpful and location perfect. We were on our way back home and thought it would be nice to stop and visit Berkeley. ( I went to school there more years ago than I care to remember. While the hotel was clearly renovated, it nonetheless kept its old charm. I was taken by the friendiness of all staff who went out of their ways to make sure our stay was pleasant. I would definitely reccomend to friends and return for a stay even though I live only an hour away.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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  • 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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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This was my second 4-day stay. The hotel is conveniently located right near Berkeley university within a 15 to 20 min walk from a BART station (metro) which takes you to San Francisco.
Nice safe neighborhood.
The hotel has an easy going atmosphere, informal yet helpful. Rooms are nice and clean. No A/C - which is fine except we had a room in the back and as we kept the window open during the night for ventilation we were awoken really early by the loud garbage trucks. Not a plus if you like to sleep in.
Otherwise nice hotel.
You can skip Henry's - the bar and restaurant on the ground floor. The ambience is not inviting, the beautiful bay windows dirty and the prices high. There are plenty of coffee shops etc. on Bancroft and Durant Ave. The BART station is on Shattock Ave, an easy walk, and you'll pass a bookstore and plenty of coffee shops. Generous family policy. Pets allowed. Because of its great location and friendly atmosphere I'll stay there again when I'm in the Bay Area.

Room Tip: If you have a choice, ask not to be put in the back because the garbage pick up is really early and...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Great location across the street from UC Berkeley and right near restaurants and local shopping. Super easy access to campus. The front desk staff went out of their way to explain the neighborhood and how to get around, and one of them actually gave me his own BART (subway) card out of this own pocket to get me started. My room was very comfortable with a stocked mini-bar and snacks, internet, and tv, etc...

Room Tip: I imagine some rooms on the the lower floors could be noisy as the hotel sits right on a busy street...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The Hotel Durant is a nicely appointed hotel convenient to UC Berkeley. We were looking forward to our stay there, however we were sorely disappointed from the moment we arrived. The woman at the front desk was curt and brusque. When we made the reservation, we were told we would have rooms with a/c. When we arrived, we were told that none of the rooms have a/c. Not only were our concerns pushed aside, we were given rooms on the top floor during a hot spell in Berkeley. The rooms were unbearably hot even with the windows open. We were also told that they would find us a milk alternative for the guest lounge (we have a family member with a dairy allergy who could not eat their breakfasts). None arrived, despite repeated requests. After these two incidents we decided we would be better off in another hotel and checked into the Hotel Shattuck for the remainder of our stay. We had a great stay there!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Great historic hotel, nice rooms, Ryan, the Valet was a delight,.however..the desk clerk, "Katherine",was extremely rude, the worst hotel employee I have ever encountered in my life. She has no business in the hospitality biz. As other reviewer's have stated, there is quite a bit of noise outside due to location and ongoing construction in the neighborhood, but that really didn't bother me.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Due to its location it has little competition. Hence, it is overpriced. Those who are visiting UC, Berkeley, but are without a car have very few options. The rooms are small and have inadequate light. Without AC it was uncomfortable. You could crack open the window but that brings in a lot of noise from the construction next door.

They serve between 5:30 and 7 AM. Never got a chance to taste it! But the hotel is close to a lot of restaurants and one could easily access public transport.

The front office staff is really nice, friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to check me in early at 12 noon.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Wonderful place to stay; easy walking distance to Bart or Bus, restaurants; located right near the Berkeley campus. Great little restaurant and bar, too. It is an historic hotel, look it up online for information, so rooms, elevators, etc., are small, but well-appointed and comfortable. It is a green hotel so no air conditioning, but great fans to put by your window which will remain open most likely fall, winter, spring and summer. Just a really neat place to stay.

Room Tip: This is an historic hotel. Regular rooms are very small, but nice. Overall a very comfortable hotel...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 Romantic Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Durant 3.5*
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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