I have stayed at this property about 2 dozen times over the last few years. I find the location to be convenient to freeway access and close to the activities I enjoy in the area. It is a decent value during non-peak season. The property is very old but generally clean and adequately maintained. I considerate it to be a midrange property, nothing fancy or elegant. Although the property is now 100% non-smoking I always sense a musty odor thoughout the whole building and rooms that causes my nose to start plugging up. The first thing I do after checking in the room is open the window and leave it open the entire time during my stay. Sometimes I have difficulty breathing at night because of the musty odor so I turn on the bathroom fan/light to pull in a little more fresh air from outside. Unfortunately, the bathroom fan is on a motion detector so it shuts of after about 20 minutes if you are not in there.
A few other things: The breakfast is more than adequate. So far I have not had any problem with parking my car. The beds tend to sag and not provide much back support. The elevator is old and EXTREMELY slow for only 3 floors. Unless you have heavy luggage or something with wheels you can save a lot of time just using the stairs. There are only 2 luggage carts available but there should be at least 3 or 4. Especially during check out time both luggage carts are nowhere to be found - very frustrating when you need to leave. The place can be pretty noisy from inconsiderate guests stomping their feet when they walk, letting doors slam, loud conversations in the hallway or after getting out of their car when arriving late. Also, this property is located just a few blocks from a very busy train line. The line is used by cargo and Amtrack trains. Apparently, the trains are required to blow their horn at every train crossing and there are several of them nearby. So you will likely hear train horns day and night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Berkeley's Best Priced -Limited Service HotelAmenities: FREE Breakfast and Wifi, “Seasonal “Heated Pool, Fitness Center, Business Center and Complimentary Parking, - Are All Inclusive In Room Rate. We have On-Site Guest Laundry and Same Day Dry Cleaning Available.Event Space for Rent- Continental Ballroom (4000 SQ Ft) - Berkeley Room (836 SQ Ft) and our Campus Room (392 SQ FT) for Small Functions. We are 1 Mile from Berkeley Marina, 2.5 miles from UC Berkeley Campus, Walking distance to 4th Street shops and restaurants and 13.7 miles from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Quinta Inn Berkeley Hotel Berkeley
- La Quinta Hotel Berkeley
- La Quinta Berkeley
- Berkeley La Quinta