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“Colossal Disappointment”
Review of Berkeley City Club

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Berkeley City Club
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 12, 2006

How ironic that this building has such a beautiful public area downstairs and such awful private accommodations upstairs. Our room was decrepit, ill-maintained, a cross between a monastary and a slum. The carpet was filthy throughout and rumpled as well. The tub enclosure was peeling. A hole had been knocked in the bathroom wall for a soap holder and never finished. Mismatched Salvation Army furniture, one picture above one side of the bed and an empty picture hook over the other. The venetian blinds were blackish with dirt. Most importantly, the overall effect was depressing.The "continental breakfast" was so unappetizing that we left without eating - and this in Berkely, home of the good food revolution. The Berkeley City Club should be ashamed to treat its guests like this. They are capitalizing on a historic building and failing in their role as innkeepers. This is not "charm,"
"funk,", or "simplicity." It's a disgrace. We had reserved for 4 nights and left after one. No one even asked why we were leaving.

Stayed: December 2005
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Reviewed August 21, 2005

i stayed at the berkeley city club for one night. i was working in the area for a couple of days. the carpet and furniture could really use some updating. if you've visited the hearst castle, it's quite amazing to stay at this hotel. the first and second floor are gorgeous (including the courtyard which includes some resident birds!) make sure that you bring your swim suit, because the heated indoor pool is really impressive. the view from my room (which faced west) was exceptional. i could see the golden gate bridge and san francisco when the fog rolled away. the staff was friendly. this was my first stay in berkeley, so i'm not able to compare it to other hotels in the area.

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Eugene, Or
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Reviewed July 27, 2005

  • Stayed: June 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 9, 2004

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Reviewed May 29, 2004

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Reviewed February 16, 2004

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Additional Information about Berkeley City Club

Address: 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range: $178 - $453 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Berkeley City Club 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Berkeley City Club was elaborately crafted by architect Julia Morgan. Carved archways, vaulted ceilings, an indoor mosaic tiled swimming, and leaded-glass windows overlooking lush courtyards give the building its unique old world charm. The Berkeley City Club boasts six floors of classically designed standard, junior suite and suite size hotel rooms. Experience breathtaking views from each room, whether its the iconic fog rolling in over the San Francisco bay or the beautiful sunrises over the Berkeley Hills. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, including fresh fruit, toast, bagels, pastries, hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt and juice. For entertainment, check out special member events, fitness classes, theater performances, salon services, lounge hours and dining in the restaurant, Julia's or visit local Berkeley attractions just steps away from the Club. ... more   less 
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