If you want to get to know the University of California at Berkeley and its area community, then the Beau Sky Hotel is THE place to stay. Instead of hermetically sealing myself in a "luxury" hotel room, I stayed in this former sorority house--itself a charming example of Berkeley history. I made the right decision. My second-floor room had a balcony overlooking the "food ghetto" of eclectic restaurants and shops that surround the university. Instead of bedding down to processed air from the typical window unit hotel air conditioner, I had my best sleep in months because of the fresh air that wafted in from the open window. Yes, the voices of college students and other Berkeley types also wafted in--but I was here to get to know BERKELEY, not wall myself off from it. And, as I have said, the fresh air knocked me out, like a powerful sleeping pill--and that goes for naps during the day as well. In Berkeley, I walked and walked and walked. The Beau Sky is just a few minutes on foot from the campus and all the eateries, book and clothing stores, and other small commercial establishments that make this community such a fun college town. I parked my car in the lot provided by the hotel and did not drive for two days. I walked and took the bus and BART. The staff at larger hotels is typically friendly but always hurries you along. But the family that runs the Beau Sky did all they could to make this visitor from Texas feel at home. For example, they advised me about the perfect place to shop to get my wife a lovely necklace and to fulfill my promise to bring home a special toy for my four-year old daughter. The proprietors of the Beau Sky have lived in the Berkeley area for years and years, are most friendly, and delight in chatting with their guests. They even gave me breakfast vouchers that I redeemed the best muffins I have ever eaten, at a famous doughnut shop (the reputation is richly deserved) across the street. I've not enjoyed this small-hotel experience since traveling years ago in Europe. If I return to Berkeley, I will definitely stay at the Beau Sky Hotel.
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