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Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed one night at the Shattuck and had a great time. It is located in downtown Berkeley, right next to the BART station.The staff was nice and friendly, and the room was clean ans quite spacious. We would've definitely stayed a few more nights there.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Stayed 4 nights for a conference at UCB... Both my husband and I had attended Cal, but did not even realize this hotel was here before! The location is so easy next to the BART station in downtown Berkeley (which of course comes with some homeless folks on Shattuck, but they are everywhere in Berkeley so...) The room was pretty good sized, not huge but not tiny either. The bar and restaurant are really good (pricey, but delicious). Hubby loved the various beers on tap (especially the dark ones), and I had a sample of a bunch of drinks from their specialty menu (yum). Ate breakfast at the hotel every day (ok, spent a lot here, but convenience and friendly staff made it easy for us and our 4 year old daughter). We really enjoyed our stay! Only major drawback is there is no hotel valet or parking, we had to park in a lot (which had strange pricing policies, sometimes for overnight we paid $5, sometimes $7.50, sometimes $12). We faced Shattuck, so the noise level was not too bad except for some emergency vehicle sirens once in a while or some drumming late Friday night, but still not too loud with the windows and drapes shut.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed at the Shattuck Plaza for a second time in order to attend an event at the university. The previous stay was two years ago. This time, the room was not as well-tended as before. The carpet was lumpy, creating a tripping hazard. It should be re-stretched. The bathroom had virtually no counter space, yet there was an entirely unused and rather large area in the bathroom that could have been used to install some shelves or a small vanity to accommodate travelers. Also, a hallway door opposite our room's door had a plaque (even in Braille) indicating that it was a stairway down. In fact, when we opened it to descend to the lobby, we discovered that the stairway only went to higher floors! What a savety hazard To the hotel's potential credit, it sent us a questionnaire asking us to provide comments regarding our stay. However, we did so right away, particularly emphasizing the hazards of carpet and stairway sign, as well as service, etc. We received no comment or reply. The reception staff were pleasant enough, but didn't seem as sincerely interested in being helpful as before.

We also ate at the hotel restaurant, FIVE, which is generally highly acclaimed. Afternoon bar food and service were just fine. Dinner for four was less so. It was a chore to get service to order food and wine. Our main server was best at serving up some attitude. Nobody checked re food preparation once put on the table, when we could have reported that some shrimp were undercooked while others were overlooked. There seemed to be a lack of training and a clear idea of efficiency.

All in all, this Shattuck Plaza experience was a bit disappointing as to room, service and dining. That's a shame because the location is great, and because our previous experience tells that all could be well again. However, attention to detail and training have fallen off. We'll have to rethink our hotel choice for our next Berkeley visit.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Greg M, General Manager at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2012

Dear Delmarduo,

Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience while a guest at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza. I apologize that I had not responded personally via email sooner as I had earlier today. We value feedback like yours as it is one way we learn what we are doing well and where we have opportunity to improve. Rest assured that since receiving your survey that we have been working on addressing the issues. Thank you again for your feedback and we hope that you will consider the Hotel Shattuck Plaza when you return to the Bay Area.

Kindest regards,

Greg

Greg Mauldin | General Manager
Hotel Shattuck Plaza | FIVE, a Modern American Bistro

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We stayed in the Hotel Shattuck Plaza for a week in September, and were very glad we chose this hotel (mostly because of the good reviews on Tripadvisor). The room was clean and had all the amenities we could ask for, including coffee machine, free wi-fi and a free bottle of water every day (a very nice touch!). Anything we asked for was delivered very promptly (iron & ironing board, extra blanket) and with a smile. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom has the kind of light that goes on automatically when you enter the room, which is also a nice feature to have at night! The only problem was some noise from the street (no fault of the hotel), but it didn't bother us that much.
We ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant twice and enjoyed it both times: good food and excellent service. There are also many many good restaurants in the center of Berkeley within walking distance of the hotel, and we were also able to walk to the "Gourmet Ghetto" in North Berkeley (about 20-30 minutes walking).
Also within walking distance of the hotel is the Berkeley Repertory Theater, where we saw an interesting play, and of course the U. of Cal campus which is 2 blocks away.
All in all we would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a good place to stay in Berkeley.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I recently stayed in the Shattuck on business, and have to say I was very satisfied. From the moment I booked, until I checked out, everything was perfect, with one small exception. Will get back to that.

The people at the front desk were very friendly, and helped me out with all questions I had during my stay. A bit "layed-back", but that is possibly the liberal Berkeley charm? I have to commend the guys at the bar; very professional, knowledgeable and entertaining. If you're not a guest of the hotel, be sure to stop by for a drink when in town. Rooms are great, if a bit on the small side, and the beds/pillows were just wonderful. I have never slept so well in a hotel, even being jet-lagged from my flight from Europe. The room was spotless too! Be sure to request a quiet room facing the back of the hotel, or on the top (5th) floor.

Only downside; inadequate water pressure in the shower, something my business partners experienced as well.

I will certainly use the Shattuck Plaza next time I am in Berkeley!

Room Tip: Top floor or facing the back to avoid street noise.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We asked for a quiet room. Got on over the physical plant. Moved to a room over Berkeley's main street. We specifically asked if it was quiet. Yes, we were told. No street life after 11 pm. This was as false as can be as troops of homeless camp out in front of the hotel, making noise at all hours. In addition, nearby subway entrance directs train noise directly to front of hotel. Stay away.

Room Tip: Choose another hotel. If you must stay here (location would be great were it not for the noise and h...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Although small, room was beautifully appointed and quiet; decor throughout hotel is terrific - contemporary, fun, tasteful; experience w/ busy desk and restaurant staff was positive. Given lobby's small size and proximity of bar, it can be a little to very noisy - but sometimes a buzz is a good thing, and its not a problem once you're in your room. The location is fabulous. I look forward to staying there again.

Room Tip: Choose a room that doesn't face street if you want to assure quiet. Hotel does have some smalle...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-1430
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Berkeley
#1 Business Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range: $175 - $384 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Shattuck Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Shattuck Plaza reopened in June 2009 as the jewel of downtown Berkeley, California. After a multimillion dollar renovation which combined the building’s historic charm with modern technologies and amenities, this landmark, boutique hotel provides an upscale haven for business or leisure travelers. Located two blocks from the UC Berkeley campus and next to the Berkeley BART station, the hotel is perfectly positioned for guests visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. ... more   less 
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