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SenS Hotel & Vanne Bistro Berkeley
Ranked #20 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Reviewed December 12, 2004

This is a good, comfortable, clean hotel near the university. It is reasonable, staffed by friendly people, the maid service is excellent, and the cafe downstairs wonderful. Outside the elevator on each floor is a little sitting area with magazines, which I thought was a nice touch. This is a place to stay when visiting friends or relatives, when one needs a nice place to nap, shower, change, etc. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

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Idaho
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Reviewed November 30, 2004

Great location and clean, safe rooms. This is not a luxury hotel. It's a hotel for those who want be in the heart of Berkeley's restaurant and bookstore district, at a reasonable price. I have stayed here off and on for the past two years. Highly recommended!

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Reviewed March 28, 2004

I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Berkeley. It is child friendly and in a wonderful part of town. I have family in Berkeley and every time I visit I have stay at the French hotel. The staff there is SUPER friendly and it's so nice to be able to just go downstairs in the morning and enjoy a drink and a conversation with the regulars before heading off for the day. The housekeepers are friendly and the front desk staff is helpful and accomodating.

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Berkeley, CA
114
Reviewed January 3, 2004

I made the mistake of assuming the French Hotel would be nice, like the cafe downstairs. WRONG. The service is nonexistant, the metal blinds on the windows were broken so there was no natural light, the furniture in the rooms was terrible and all of the windows (if you get a room where the blinds are not broken) look out onto one of two parking lots. Avoid at all costs.

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Aliso Viejo, CA
117
Reviewed August 30, 2003

I really feel I was duped. I read 2 reviews online and the French Hotel sounded totally charming. I'm usually not very picky, but this place is really beat up, dingy, needs a paint job, the carpeting sucks, is stained, I could go on. The cafe downstairs is very cool, but the rooms look like they were thrown together with junk from a Scandinavian thrift store.

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17  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled with friends
Thank Marion S
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Additional Information about SenS Hotel & Vanne Bistro Berkeley

Address: 1538 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1517 (Formerly French Hotel)
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Price Range: $181 - $206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — SenS Hotel & Vanne Bistro Berkeley 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SenS Hotel & Bistro is centrally-located in one of the best food destinations in the Bay Area. The famous Gourmet Ghetto is renowned for its epicurean delights provided by restaurants like the world renowned Chez Panisse, the upscale Mexican restaurant Cesar, and the enormously popular Cheese Board Collective. The famous SenS Bistro is located on the ground-floor and serves the best espressos, lattes and pastries in town. Hotel guests enjoy complementary morning coffee as well as fresh pastries and bagels all while soaking up Berkeley's morning sun and catching up on-line with access to our complimentary Wi-Fi. Our three-level, historical hotel is centrally-located in one of the best walking neighborhoods in town. The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation featuring new amenities such as luxurious walk in showers, high end linens, and new flat screen TVs. Renovations will be completed in early 2017, but until then, you can enjoy our spacious, comfortable rooms equipped with cozy beds, cherrywood armoirs and writing tables. Several of our rooms have balconies. We are conveniently located close to University of California Berkeley and many Berkeley corporate offices. San Francisco is minutes away via freeway and BART. Both San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport are a comfortable drive from our hotel. Our friendly staff will happily assist in any special arrangements that you might need. ... more   less 
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