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“Hotel Durant was great” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Durant
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Berkeley
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
1 review
“Hotel Durant was great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I enjoyed staying at Hotel Durant in downtown Berkeley. It was located right next to campus, dorms, shops, and restaurants -- no need for car or parking. Classy decor and sweet ambience. The internet did not work throughout the entire hotel (upper floors were spotty), but they were improving the network during our stay. Bed was comfortable and it was surprisingly quiet for being downtown. I'd stay here again when visiting Cal.

Room Tip: Higher floor had excellent view and was above the street noise. Ask about internet service in all ro...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I stayed at the Hotel Durant for 8 nights for a meeting. It has very nice service and also in a very good neighborhood, lot of good and cheap restaurants. I think it is the best choice if you are going to UC Berkeley. Definitely will come back one day.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Portland, Oregon
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120 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I enjoy staying at older hotels because they are usually filled with classic tidbits that are now gone. And while Hotel Durant didn't disappoint in that regard, they sure need to watch the other small things. Like what? We stayed in a one bedroom for three days that had a hole in the bedspread, a coffee service but no tea, fairly thin walls and a good layer of dust everywhere. There was a nice sized walk-in closet but with no lights, so we had to put the bathroom light on to see inside the closet that was located across the entrance hall. They could also spend a bit more money on their toilet paper. Let me just say that the SFO airport had softer paper than this hotel. Last but not least, they also charge for using the computer in their lobby, even as guests, and there is only one. We needed to use it, as we printed out our boarding pass for the trip home and also some other important papers--$15 for less than 30 minutes. Not nice these days.

On the good side, the hotel is in walking distance to UC Berkeley, the staff is extremely friendly and the atmosphere oozes with charm. But those small things mentioned above really turn me off. Probably won't stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Oldstyle Berkeley with charm. Small rooms but well appointed. Parking is reasonable for Berkeley.Staff is exceptional. Only thing to improve: wine list and menu.
I will stay at this hotel again, but take my own wine with me.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Excellent service. self park is a lot just outside the back door. Reserve your parking spot in advance. The lobby is elegantly ornate. Our room had a desk from the Anthropology department and a black & white of a couple of streakers in the bathroom. Plenty of pillows, comfortable bed, ceiling fan and floor fans were nice.So close our high school student was on campus meeting CAL friends in moments to attend classes et al. I would stay again in a heart beat. Cheap & tasty eats close by.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I have stayed at The Durant four times and it has always been a pleasant experience. It's a quick 7 block walk from the Berkeley BART station, making it easy to get to from SFO. The decor of the rooms humorously recall dorm rooms and the lobby also has some whimsical academic touches that refer to its very close proximity to the University of California. It's in the heart of the colorful neighborhood that is Berkeley and also adjacent to Oakland. The staff has always been very welcoming and attentive. My requests on the website for down free rooms are always remembered. There is parking available as well.

Room Tip: Not all rooms have bathtubs. Some only have showers. If you really want one, just specify that you d...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

As an individual studying Hospitality Management, I can get a bit picky when it comes to service.

Unfortunately we had to wait about 8-10 at the front desk before any one came to help us out, after continuous ringing of the front desk bell. When a girl about my age (early 20's) finally came up to talk to us, she was giggling and completely unprofessional, without apologizing for the wait. Minor details of course, but this is something I catch as an individual in the industry. The only other issue we had during our entire stay was the cleaning staff every morning around 7:30-8ish that were very loud and boisterous and had no restraints on their voice level. For me it was no major issue as I wake up around that time, but my boyfriend for example likes to sleep in until 9-10 which isn't too much to ask for when staying at a hotel.

With that being said, this hotel was great. The decor is a spin on dorm life which of course fits perfectly into the whole atmosphere of Berkeley itself. The rooms were small but had great witty details that were fun to look for when we first arrived in our room. Our room on the top floor also allowed us access to a special lounge that included breakfast which was a nice treat and something great to take advantage of. Unfortunately with our room being on the top floor we could hear the elevator at all hours and again had problems with housekeeping and their noise levels.
I loved the details to this hotel; from the "bong" lamp to the boutique shampoo and conditioner; the entire atmosphere is fun and quirky. What we loved most though was the location; it is absolutely perfect! You are literally a block away from UC Berkeley Campus and just a couple of footsteps away from great food, pubs and funky clothing stores. My boyfriend and I came to California to experience the foodie culture and do "cool" and "different" shopping and unfortunately we were not able to find this in San Francisco, but Berkeley more than made up for this. I would definitely recommend this hotel for its location, but don't expect anything special when it comes to service; which for most people is just fine.

Room Tip: Get a room on the top floor- you get access to the lounge! Also; ask for a room AWAY from the elevat...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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