Four nights at the Hotel Durant were very pleasant and entirely satisfactory. Proximity to campus was ideal for me. My room (a double double) was as pictured on the website background; cheerful contemporary decor that works well in a 1928 structure. The bathroom was a bit cramped but manageable (again, they are working with 1928 dimensions). Fixtures were entirely modern, and maintenance was fastidious. The staff is polite and pleasant. The bed was extremely comfortable, lighting was good, and I appreciated the upgraded amenities that seem to be sadly lacking in the bigger hotel chains: free wifi, real ceramic coffee mugs (with a GOOD coffee maker and good-quality coffee!), real glasses, cozy bathrobes, upgraded toiletries. I subsequently stayed in a Hilton which was a whole lot more pretense and far less substance...the Hotel Durant does a nice job. No air conditioning, but in the chilliest summer I've experienced in Berkeley in years, I did not need it. (The room had both a ceiling fan and a portable floor fan available, as well as screened windows that opened,) Henry's restaurant was convenient, cozy, and the food was delicious, up to par with my expectations for NorCal. The bar was undergoing renovation, but I have visited there before - it is lively, classy, and they mix some interesting cocktails. A well-recommended stay in every respect.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Durant Hotel Berkeley