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“great location and great people”
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Graduate Berkeley
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
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“great location and great people”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Great location across the street from UC Berkeley and right near restaurants and local shopping. Super easy access to campus. The front desk staff went out of their way to explain the neighborhood and how to get around, and one of them actually gave me his own BART (subway) card out of this own pocket to get me started. My room was very comfortable with a stocked mini-bar and snacks, internet, and tv, etc...

Room Tip: I imagine some rooms on the the lower floors could be noisy as the hotel sits right on a busy street...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

The Hotel Durant is a nicely appointed hotel convenient to UC Berkeley. We were looking forward to our stay there, however we were sorely disappointed from the moment we arrived. The woman at the front desk was curt and brusque. When we made the reservation, we were told we would have rooms with a/c. When we arrived, we were told that none of the rooms have a/c. Not only were our concerns pushed aside, we were given rooms on the top floor during a hot spell in Berkeley. The rooms were unbearably hot even with the windows open. We were also told that they would find us a milk alternative for the guest lounge (we have a family member with a dairy allergy who could not eat their breakfasts). None arrived, despite repeated requests. After these two incidents we decided we would be better off in another hotel and checked into the Hotel Shattuck for the remainder of our stay. We had a great stay there!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Great historic hotel, nice rooms, Ryan, the Valet was a delight,.however..the desk clerk, "Katherine",was extremely rude, the worst hotel employee I have ever encountered in my life. She has no business in the hospitality biz. As other reviewer's have stated, there is quite a bit of noise outside due to location and ongoing construction in the neighborhood, but that really didn't bother me.

  • Stayed July 2013
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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
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Tucson, Arizona
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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.

Room Tip: This is an historic hotel. Regular rooms are very small, but nice. Overall a very comfortable hotel...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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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
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Miami Beach, Florida
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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.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Graduate Berkeley
Address: 2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1711 (Formerly Hotel Durant)
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 — Graduate Berkeley 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME BACK TO THE GLORY DAYS OF COLLEGE LIFE, WITH A FEW OF THE NEW COMFORTS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T HAVE THE FIRST TIME AROUND. Graduate Berkeley—where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay. Located one block from the nations' top-ranked public university, UC Berkeley, the Graduate Berkeley, is a full-service, 144 room boutique hotel. Graduate Berkeley is a one block walk to campus at the corner of the city stir and game day buzz. Steps from Telegraph Avenue shops and stops. A quick five-minute walk to entertainment at Cal Memorial Stadium, Cal Performances or the Greek Theater. The hotel is a virtual post card from its counterculture past, Graduate Berkeley now resides in the historically renovated Hotel Durant, making it the most storied place around. The lobby invites nods to the arts and academia, the well-traveled local and Berkeley’s Bohemian roots. Collegiate plaids mix with a faraway but familiar feel, like a home away from home. Thousands of “Nat Geo” magazines journey across the front desk walls, dressing them in California gold. Curl up with a book amidst Ikat patterned easy chairs and printed velvet sofas in deep blues and burgundy with a vintage vibe. Sweeping wood floors are layered with hand-woven rugs from India, while graphic street art mixes with chinoiserie accessories offset by original millwork and moldings. Gather some Golden Bears for a post-game bite at the restaurant Henry’s or convene at a communal wood table; it’s the perfect hub for conversation, camaraderie and robust exchange of ideas and intellect. So whether you’re in town for a meeting or meet up, cheering along with Oski on The Hill or enjoying a show at the Greek, the Graduate Berkeley is here to make it memorable. You will feel like a local, at home again even if it’s your first time in town. Graduate Berkeley rooms are ready for a night like you’ve never had before, where little moments of surprise and discovery will meet you down every corridor and around each corner. This is Graduate—be ready to be inspired. Rooms amenities include complimentary wireless hi-speed internet access, flat screen TV, refrigerator, in-room laptop safe, triple-sheeted linens and designer bath products. ... more   less 
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