Lovely site, lovely building. Everyone seems to want to make it a 5 star hotel (with corresponding price) - but don't seem to know how to do it. Got there early before room available. Clerk looked, identified room which would soon be ready for us, told us to go to Paragon for a drink, they would let us know when room ready. Went to Paragon, told to sit anywhere. Did, watched the waitresses chat with each other for 20 minutes, then went to bar where nice barman took pity on us and gave us free drinks because of wait. No notification room was ready,we returned to check. Original clerk gone - our "identified" room had disappeared as well, but another eventually found. Dinner in Meritage. Food was first class. Wine list extensive, but no one could provide any advice on the wines. At any small restaurant in Berkeley the staff gets regular chances to taste wine so they can help the customers. Meritage just not working as advertised "fine" restaurant. No evening turn down service in the rooms - not what one would expect from the positioning of the hotel, and cost of room. Wife allergic to cow's milk, not supposed to drink soy milk because of other health issues, so had called ahead to Meritage to see if they had almond milk at breakfast- absolutely yes was the answer. Actually, no was the reality. Super concierge service. Not a bad place at all, but not what they claim it to be, and correspondingly not worth the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1915, the Claremont has pampered guests at the level expected of a AAA Four-Diamond award winning hotel. With stress melting spa treatments, a wide range of fitness options, special events, live music, and endless culinary delights, you’ll find the Claremont engaging - even if you choose to simply engage in quality time alone. We deliver attentive service with a gracious hospitality casual enough to make you feel right at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Claremont Hotel Club And Spa
- Claremont Hotel Club Berkeley
- Claremont Resort Berkeley
- Claremont Hotel Berkeley