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“A very nice time” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Durant
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
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Detroit, Michigan
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A very nice time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed at the Hotel Durant for three nights in January 2013. The hotel, while not fancy is clean and very well situated to the UC Berkeley campus. The hotel does show its age. The front desk staff were friendly and very helpful. The bathroom, while clean, has a very small sink and VERY little area for placing shaving and other supplies in the morning. The bar and restaurant were excellent. Large, well light and the food was good. We sat in the bar and were able to watch the Ravens beat the Patriots. While we were disappointed, the well stocked bar (some very good wine) helped us through our grief.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Monrovia, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights while our daughter moved into the dorms and got settled. It was still winter break, so the streets and restaurants were quiet but it is quite close to campus so I can imagine it would be noisier when school's in session. No movies in the room but with so much to do in Berkeley that wasn't a big complaint.

The rooms were comfortable, the staff VERY helpful and friendly, and while we didn't eat at the restaurant, there were several items on the menu that looked good for vegetarians. Our daughter left her coat in her room when she checked out, and later that day it was waiting at the desk for us.

Overall a great stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, CA
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21 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The design of the Hotel Durant is stylish and charming; think "haute dorm living". Our only complaint is that it appears the previous resident of our room was a kleptomaniac. The following items were missing from the room: an iron, a garbage can, an alarm radio. The manager was apologetic, but this, especially the lack of alarm clock, put a damper on an otherwise pleasant stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Sara S
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Boise, ID
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44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Ok – If you're traveling to Berkeley and are looking for the hipest little boutique in all of Berkeley - THIS is your hotel. This place is so Cal it might as well be named Hotel Cal. From the key cards, to the names of the rooms and everything else. Let me warn you - if you like the whole Hyatt / Holiday Inn / Marriott vibe, DONT stay here. It's just not for you. But, if you're into unique hotels with charm, personality and localised authenticity - this is the place for you. Don't forget to hit up the little pub in the lobby. The BEST place to be on gameday of any kind at UCB.

Authentically Berkeley in all the right ways. Charming, Warm and buzzing with tradition.

Room Tip: Get something facing the Bay - The Views are really something special.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank millertime010
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Santa Barbara, California
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43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

As long as you are aware that this hotel sits in the midst of all the student partying, you will be fine. The rooms are old-ish and small, very European-like. The decor is very fun and made us laugh. You have to be a Cal fan to enjoy!! We didn't sleep well due to all the drunken yelling going on down on the street until maybe 3 in the morning. But, you are right in the middle of all the fun if you want that. We were not there on a game night. The restaurant/bar was packed downstairs (Saturday Night) so it's a popular place, we sat down for just dessert and it was excellent. Everyone working at the hotel is very friendly and service-oriented.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank FamilleSB
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Applegate, Oregon
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This hotel has been in operation since 1928, but was remodeled recently and is now a really nice place. The staff is super nice and helpful, the location is excellent (2 blocks from UC Berkeley, 2 blocks from Telegraph) and the accommodations are comfy and fun. It's green boutiquey essence (i.e.: IPod mounts on the alarm clock, modern and retro artwork and furniture and environmentally friendly certification) is complemented by the funkiness of being an older building (windows that open, vaulted ceiling lobby, old style bathroom tile). It's much more interesting than staying in a Super 8! The restaurant off the lobby ("Henry's") is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and has a bar. The food is pretty darn good and reasonably priced. The whole place has a nice, youthful (but not rowdy) feel.

Room Tip: Get a room on the 4th or 5th (or higher) floor and you will be less disturbed by the street noise. T...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

the hotel is a good value. it is On campus, i had no problem w noise but no game in town that weekend. it was late November so hot air in the room was Not a problem. all around very Good for price. a little walk from BART ( 6 blocks ). the staff was good and Alli was great ( in Henry's)
i would do it again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Durant
Address: 2600 Durant Ave, at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94704-1711
Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Berkeley
#3 Business Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Durant 3.5*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located one block from the nations' top ranked public university, UC Berkeley, the Hotel Durant, is a full-service, 143 room boutique hotel, with a unique blend of classic Spanish Mediterranean architecture, modern conveniences and strong ties to the campus and community. Combining traditional and contemporary cultures, this Green-certified, cheeky, rebellious, collegiate styled hotel, features guest rooms with 37" LCD flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, efficient Business work space, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet access, in-room laptop safe, 300-thread count linens and designer bath products. The addition of an Executive Level Floor - "The Graduate" - features a cozy, comfortable lounge, with a 56" flat screen TV, and complimentary evening wine and cheese hour and and upgraded guestrooms with views of the San Francisco Bay or the UC Berkeley Campanile. ... more   less 
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