5 stars for the price, availability (rooms still available when all the other places sold out), location (2-3 blocks from the BART), modern plumbing (full size sink), and the bed. 3 stars for everything else.
This place is, hands down, the most convenient and reasonably priced place around downtown Berkeley. I also love the mostly modern plumbing. With that said, there are a few odd things about this place.
The room I was in was sparsely furnished with what looked like second-hand high-end furniture. There was a super narrow modern-looking-but-not-at-all-functional desk with an Aeron knock-off that had a huge tear in it. There was also a dresser and a nightstand. That's it! No table or chairs, or a luggage rack on which I can unpack! My husband had to put all of his stuff on the floor (I took the top of the small dresser; the drawers were really difficult to open so storing my stuff inside didn't seem feasible).
There was a 40-ish inch flat screen TV on the wall and a freaking Tempur-Pedic mattress! Absolutely loved the bed! BUT, the clock on the nightstand didn't work, the lotion by the sink was half empty (used) when we arrived (and wasn't replaced until after 3 days), the newly painted room (it still faintly smelled of paint) already had dents and chips in the wall, there were holes in the carpet (cigarette burns?), patches of rust on the bathroom door frame and along the seam between the tub and the wall, and the water pressure was dismal (the room was on the second floor).
Bottom line, the place has a weird mix of great features and odd flaws, but it's a good value simply based on location!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Downtown Berkeley Inn is the newest lodging facility in Berkeley. Located just two blocks away from the University of California, Berkeley and a short five-minute walk from public transportation, our 27 rooms feature contemporary platform beds with TempurPedic-like foam mattresses, 42 inch High-Definition plasma TV with nearly 70 DirectTV channels, large desk and chair, in-room coffee machines and phone lines with data ports. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Downtown Berkeley Hotel Berkeley
- Downtown Hotel Berkeley