I needed a cheap option for a recent trip to Berkeley, and the YMCA turned out to be a perfect choice. It's spartan, but has reasonable amenities for hostel or dormitory type lodging. Just don't expect luxury or style, and you'll be fine.
Rooms are private, single or double. Individual, locking bathrooms (with hairdryers!) and showers are down the hall. There were about three of each on my floor, which seemed more than adequate, and they were cleaned regularly. Towels were provided in the room. The room also had a desk, mini-fridge and dresser/wardrobe. Furniture was worn, but serviceable. I couldn't get the wireless internet to work in the room, but there was a LAN connection, and I had a cable, so that worked fine. Alternatively, there were three internet computers in a common area off the dining room.
What I liked most about the Berkeley YMCA:
-Location: 1 block to BART and plenty of restaurant options nearby
-Free use of YMCA health club facilities (same bldg, separate entrance)
-Clean and spacious shared kitchen w/ coffee and hot water in the mornings
What I didn't like:
-Noise: Even though my room was near the end of a hallway, there was a whole lot of noise late at night (midnight - 3am). Groups of students travelling together seemed to be going in and out of the rooms, with doors slamming, and talking very loudly. No idea whether that's typical, but bring earplugs just in case.
-The mattress was not comfortable. At $55/night including tax, I dealt with it.
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- Also Known As:
- Berkeley Ymca Hotel Berkeley