Came up here to tour the UC Berkeley campus as our daughter was recently accepted. I wanted to stay in Berkeley to get a better "feel" for the surrounding area and found this hotel by using reviews on Trip Advisor.
It is a wonderful boutique style hotel with history. We utilized the parking garage across the street for parking but know they do not validate the parking. I spent about $40 for the weekend for parking there, which isn't bad, considering I also paid $40 for 4 HOURS of parking in San Francisco at Pier 39. As usual, parking is always at a premium in the San Fran area.
Check-in was wonderful, the girl who checked us in was also a Cal student and spent a good 10 minutes during check-in talking to my daughter and I about the school, etc. We received more information from her than the admissions people over the phone, which was appreciated. They gave us directions and a map as well.
The room was nice, albeit a bit smaller than I expected but it is a nicely renovated historic property, so I expected this. The rooms were beautifully decorated with modern decor, beautiful high ceilings with crown mouldings, etc. Bathroom was situated at far end of room, which was different, with a beautiful "bowl-style" sink situated on top of the counter, a regular shower and toilet as well. I liked the energy conserving nature of the hotel requiring your room key to be in a slot to operate the lights, heating, etc. Beds were extremely comfortable with quality linens. Entire room was lined by tall windows with wonderful sheer curtains and heavier silk drapes that could be pulled. It was just a very elegant type of room, indicative of the hotels past grandness. I personally enjoyed that.
All of the modern amenities you need in a hotel, plenty of outlets, plenty of lighting. I agree with a previous poster who mentioned the desk seems high--it is--not conducive for getting work done over the long haul but I have a feeling most people utilizing this hotel are not there on business.
Be prepared for quite a walk to your hotel, depending on where your room is located. Ours was about as far away from the elevator as you could be but it was okay. Halls are curiously decorated in different wall paper themes at every turn.
Others complained of noise and although on Friday night when we first turned in, there were sirens, loud cars, etc..I wondered if I would be able to even sleep, but after awhile it calmed down and I slept all night just fine without being woken up. I had to be up at 6am, and it was perfectly quiet outside until probably around 7am, so I wasn't woken up by any loud traffic or people noise either. I am a bit particular about sound too, so believe me when I say it was not that bad, at least on the rooms that face Shattuck and I would have actually expected those to be the more noisy rooms. Another poster mentioned they had a room directly next to the elevator and could hear a chain type noise every time it went up and down-- and Yes, I did notice that were was literally a room RIGHT next door to the elevator (door actually seemed to almost touch the elevator doors!) and just standing outside waiting for the elevator, I can hear the sound they were speaking about and I would definitely NOT want that room right next to the elevator shaft/doors.
They have a Keurig machine in the room with 4 different types of coffee and tea. This is wonderful, but my only complaint is they give you this wonderful coffee to enjoy in your room but ruin the experience by including only the basic generic powdered creamer and sugar packets you see at every lower end hotel. They should at least have liquid creamers of some type to use with the Keurigs, it defeats the purpose and wonderful touch of having the keurig in the room in the first place. Alternatively, we went a few doors down to the Starbucks located in the lower level of the building (but outside of the actual hotel) and enjoyed looking at all the old photographs of the Hotel Shattuck Plaza from back in the old days.
A wonderful, historic hotel that we will definitely be using again on our next trip up to Berkeley with our daughter.
- 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