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“Good location... overpriced” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Durant
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
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Hyderabad, India
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good location... overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Due to its location it has little competition. Hence, it is overpriced. Those who are visiting UC, Berkeley, but are without a car have very few options. The rooms are small and have inadequate light. Without AC it was uncomfortable. You could crack open the window but that brings in a lot of noise from the construction next door.

They serve between 5:30 and 7 AM. Never got a chance to taste it! But the hotel is close to a lot of restaurants and one could easily access public transport.

The front office staff is really nice, friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to check me in early at 12 noon.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Wonderful place to stay; easy walking distance to Bart or Bus, restaurants; located right near the Berkeley campus. Great little restaurant and bar, too. It is an historic hotel, look it up online for information, so rooms, elevators, etc., are small, but well-appointed and comfortable. It is a green hotel so no air conditioning, but great fans to put by your window which will remain open most likely fall, winter, spring and summer. Just a really neat place to stay.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Deborah C
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FOREST RANCH
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

If you like black and white movies, you will love this hotel. It is quaint, they have a good green policy, the food in the restaurant is marvelous, and everyone is glad to help you. We saw Robert Plant at the Greek and walked both ways. In the morning we walked on the campus and saw two stunning mosaics done as WPA projects in 1934.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank debralou
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Miami Beach, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

It's important to remember that this is an old, historic building. Quite lovely and very comfortable, but don't expect it to feel like a modern 4-star hotel. That said, it's a wonderful choice if you want to be near the campus, but not feel like you're ON the campus (i.e. a quieter, mellower, more sophisticated vibe). My room was very comfortable and clean, if a bit on the small side, but it had everything I needed, including a Keurig coffee maker, which was a nice touch. The bed was very comfotable. The staff was extremely friendly and very helpful. Henry's, the in-house restaurant, is good -- probably one of the better restaurants in the area. Otherwise, to eat well, you probably want to venture a bit further away from campus. No pool or gym, but for $5, I got a university rec center pass.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms are on the small side, but larger ones exist, so you can ask for one. Also, some o...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Alibz
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California
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

I liked staying at the Hotel Durant.
The hotel itself is very nice and well kept. Everybody working there, from the reception staff to the housekeepers, was nice, friendly and helpful. My room was spacious, clean, comfortable. The location was convenient (just a few steps from campus). The internet was free and had a strong signal. I also liked the cute recycling bin in the room.
However, as many people have already noticed here, the problem is the noise, both the street and the other travelers' noise.
On my first night there, though exhausted (I had arrived late at night from the East coast) I could not fall asleep due to some LOUD party going on in one of the fraternity houses nearby (they're just across the street from the hotel). Luckily, there were no other parties during my stay there, but, on the other hand, I could hear distinctively what the people in the rooms next door were saying, word by word, almost as if they were in my room.
I mentioned this at the reception person when I checked out and was told that next year they plan to re-do the insulation to address this issue. Let's hope so, since it's really a pity that bad noise insulation should ruin the experience of this nice hotel.
About the street noise....well, there's nothing they can do, really. University towns are always noisy!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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NYC
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155 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

We lucked out at the last minute with a $189/night stay at the Durant. Although renovated, it maintains its charm, especially in the lobby and the very spacious rooms. Note there is not yet A/C - they say they plan to add that in a year or so, but we found it completely unnecessary. The room was huge, great mattress and bedding, an overhead fan, and the decorating is in keeping with Berkeley's biggest claims to fame. The reception staff advised us that their par.king lot ($30/night) was full but told us where street parking might be had for $1 on the street! It worked beautifully and the hotel is well situated so we could tour Berkeley on foot. The in-house bar and restaurant was good too and we will do a separate review on that

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JandSNyc
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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Let me count the ways...

Our family spends a fair amount of time in the East Bay, and we've stayed at a number of hotels in the vicinity. We spent a long time looking for one that was the perfect fit for us, and we finally found it -- the Hotel Durant in Berkeley.

The hotel is a historic property, built more than 80 years ago. It was renovated in 2008 and was the first boutique hotel in Berkeley to be green-certified.

First, the location: ideal for anyone visiting Berkeley. The hotel is a stone's throw from campus, and just one block up from Telegraph Avenue. It's within easy walking distance of restaurants, movie theaters, bookstores, drugstores, and more. We visited in early June, and the area was very quiet. I imagine the timing made a bit of difference here.

The hotel itself is chic, welcoming and well-appointed. Renovations were clearly done with care and respect, preserving many features of the beautiful old building. Our room was on the fifth floor and had a commanding view of the Berkeley clock tower. Amenities included high-quality bedding and iPhone/iPod docking stations, which my husband appreciated.

I guess I'll need to fess up to a couple of potential demerits. One is the parking situation. Unless you valet park (it was full when we arrived), parking in the area can be a bit of a challenge. I used to live in San Francisco, however, so I'm used to that. Berkeley is a dense urban environment, after all.

Second, a few reviewers have commented on the size of the accommodations. It's true that the room and bathroom were a bit more cozy than some. But hey, it's an older building, so that's to be expected in this case. For us, the beautiful decor more than made up for any issues we might have had about the room size.

In short, we had an absolutely fantastic stay, and will definitely return to the Hotel Durant on our next visit to the area. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank 321Blastoff
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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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