I stayed here recently when I was in the East Bay area for company training. Standard Holiday Inn Express, somewhere between a Motel 6 and Red Lion or Hilton-type hotel.
-Hot free breakfast with better than average selection of entrees (omelets, biscuits and gravy, pancakes) was very much appreciated.
-Coffee and fridge in the room
-Free Wi-Fi in room was great and easy to log-into
-Bed was comfortable enough although no comforter for the bed, just a small, thin blanket. (Fortunately, it was warm when I stayed so not an issue)
-No restaurant on site and the only ones nearby where a couple of fancier, ethnic eateries and a walk-up hamburger joint with sketchy characters out front. I didn't see the Trader Joe's!
-No shuttle service from airport
The hotel itself is not in the nicest or most pedestrian friendly neighborhood (busy arterial that is difficult to cross and not many people walking around at night). The BART station is a good twenty minute walk (which feels a hell of a lot longer with luggage) and I saw no taxis or public transportation to speak.
If you are visiting for UC Berkely and have a car to get around, this is probably a great, inexpensive place to stay. I would not recommend it for business travelers - there are places equally as nice or nicer, closer to the airport or Downtown SF or Oakland with better dining and transportation options nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Berkeley! We are located on University Avenue within walking distance of Downtown Berkeley and 1.7 Miles from Central UC Berkeley Campus. Enjoy performances & concerts at the Berkeley Greek Theater. Visit the Lawrence Hall of Science Center including the Idea Lab, NanoZone, and Real Astronomy Experience. Golden Gate Fields is where the Bay comes to play, offering live thoroughbred horse racing in a spectacular setting, just 2 short miles away. The University of California Botanical Garden features over 12,000 different kinds of plants from around the world on 34 acres. If you love chocolate as much as we do, don t miss touring Scharffen Berger Chocolate Makers, producers of the highest quality chocolate using vintage European equipment right here in Berkeley. For history buffs, don t miss the USS Hornet in Alameda. It s a one-of-a-kind experience you won t want to miss! Catch a Cal Golden Bears Game at Memorial Stadium. We are the most comfortable and convenient hotel headquarters to catch all the action! When it's time to relax, return to your spacious room at the Holiday Inn Express Berkeley Hotel. Stay in touch while away from home with our complimentary high-speed Internet service. We also offer complimentary hot breakfast and free on-site parking. We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more less
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- Holiday Inn Berkeley
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