We stayed in a relatively large and spacious room facing west at the south end of the hotel. We had a huge king bed, which was very luxuriously provided for by way of high count sheets, a beautiful comforter and comfortable pillows and bolster. The room had an ethernet connection and a USB port - could've used more, but the alarm clock could also be used to charge a 30 pin iPhone, which was helpful. The room itself was decorated in an updated, modern look in earth tones and was very attractive. There was a large bathroom with marble flooring and wall covering - the fixtures and decoration were all nearly brand new. Whether by design or luck, our room was very quiet and we slept well both nights.
We found the staff helpful and attentive, especially the gentleman who brought up our luggage and checked us out. There is cheap covered parking across and down the street a short way away in a city parking garage. We paid $12 one night and $15 the second, when we parked a little longer. The garage opens relatively late, however, 8 a.m., which wasn't completely convenient for us.
The only element which was a bit jarring was some of the decor, which uses high contrast wallpaper, particularly the black and white prints found in the lobby/bar/restaurant area on the ground floor and in some of the hallway areas. On the other hand, our twenty-something daughter and friend loved the prints and the high energy feel of the ground floor areas. Our room could also have used some kind of mini-blind or other device to control and filter the sunlight - the window was covered with sheers and very heavy black out curtains. The sheers did nothing to moderate the sunshine and glare, while pretty much eliminating the view out to the Bay. We ended up using the black out curtains, but that felt a bit claustrophobic. The black out curtains, however, were perfect in the morning to keep the room dark and comfortable until we were ready to get up.
Overall, we enjoyed staying at the Shattuck Plaza and would enjoy doing so again on a return stay. The hotel is within a few blocks of campus and many excellent restaurants such as the new Julia's in the Berkeley City Club.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shattuck Plaza Hotel
- Shattuck Plaza Berkeley