It's clean, it's comfortable, and the rooms are updated. Tasteful décor (no awful floral bedspreads!) with granite countertops, large flatscreen TV, good-sized mini fridge and microwave. Breakfast choices are cereal, bagels, toast, muffins, cinnamon buns, pre-made omelettes, sausage, biscuits w/sausage gravy, pancakes, bananas, oatmeal, three kinds of juice, coffee, milk, yogurt and hard-boiled eggs. There's plenty of seating and food was replenished and freshened attentively. All of the staff over our weeklong visit were friendly and helpful in a quiet way.
I'm used to a very soft bed (sleep number 45) so this bed seemed hard to me, but it's of good quality and has good padding. Comes with a down comforter encased in sheets and a blanket, with four pillows of varying firmness (marked soft, medium, firm). There is a moderate amount of footstep noise if you're on one of the two lower floors, I'm a light sleeper and didn't find it bothersome. Saw plenty of kids when we went down to breakfast, but didn't hear them at all when in our room.
The neighborhood is a little gritty and has pan-Asian shops and restaurants (Indian, Thai, Afghan) all within the block but doesn't feel unsafe. If you prefer the disneyfied tourist-sanitized version you'll find it at the far end of the street near the bay, but I'll take a real neighborhood any day.
- 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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