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Graduate Berkeley
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

We stayed at the Hotel Durant for one night so that my son and I could take a tour of the UC Berkeley campus. The hotel is a very short walking distance and parking was free. Everything was top notch. The front desk was helpful, full of great attitude, fast and easy to deal with. The room was comfortable a clean. The beds were extremely comfortable and the bathrooms were spotless. We had room service breakfast that was delicious and arrived exactly on time. Not one glitch. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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DurantHotelGM, James Lim, GM at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2009

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience. Congratulations to your son for being admitted to CAL Berkley!

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Reviewed April 3, 2009

I enjoyed staying at the Hotel Durant. It has been completely remodeled and is quiet nice. My room was spacious, clean, and comfortable. The ease of getting to UC Berkeley can't be beaten. The noise from the street traffic (cars and pedestrians) can be loud, but I assume that it would be the same anywhere that close to campus.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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DurantHotelGM, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2009

I appreciate you taking the time to share the positive experience about your recent stay at Hotel Durant. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed April 2, 2009

My granddaughter and I recently stayed at the Hotel Durant and oh what a pleasant surprise it proved to be. Sadly, we were to arrive in Berkeley that same day as the funeral for the 4 slain Oakland Police Officer on 3/28. We had to depart from San Francisco by 8am, much earlier than planned, no breakfast or coffee, due to travel advisories indicating the Oakland freeway may be closed for the funeral cavalcade by 9-10am until 2pm.... I called the hotel at 8:30 from the freeway for directions and inquired about the possibility of an early check-in (regular checkin in at 4) When I arrived 15 minutes later, they had a room ready and waiting for us...9am!! The hotel restaraunt is lovely, has great food and service. personalized maps and directions were provided for shopping and campus wandering. All in all, a delightful experience.

  • Stayed: March 2009
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DurantHotelGM, James Lim at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2009

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Hotel Durant. I am very happy to hear that our reservations/front desk staff were able to accommodate your request for an early arrival at 9 am. We hope to see you again soon in Berkeley's only full-service, green-certified boutique hotel!

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Reviewed March 29, 2009

Hotel Durant is one of the better hotels I have ever stayed at. Every single person I encountered in the hotel was friendly and helpful -- sometimes beyond my expectations. When we needed someone, for example, to help us get our Southwest Airlines boarding passes 24 hours ahead of time, a man working the lobby and front desk happily agreed. He came through for us with "A" boarding passes making us really grateful that our plane seating the next day would be a breeze. I was also quickly offered mapquest driving instructions to Muir woods and back to a different part of town with great service. I would guess all requests would be handled with the same aplomb. The rooms are the best. They are in part dorm room inspired, lamp and desk with pencil holder, "scantron" type door handle breakfast menus, a shower curtain with enough vocab and definitions to keep anyone's mind amused while washing up, and room keys that look like student IDs. I imagine the Durant would be a blast for any family visits to the Berkeley campus -- pure fun. On the other hand everything was also upscale, room snacks (for purchase) were all yummy looking and some were organic, the minibar was fine, all lights are on dimmer switches, iPod docking station, the bed and pillows lovely, the television was flat and huge, and the Keurig coffee maker was wonderful. I should just mention the slow close toilet seat cover just to drive home how much thought went into the recent renovation. The rest of the hotel retains some of its original Mediterranean charm and ambiance with lovely touches throughout. Our view was of the Berkeley bell tower and local neighborhood. We had a terrific stay. You should absolutely check it all out.
However, beware of the parking regulations around Durant street, they will ticket you without mercy.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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DurantHotelGM, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2009

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Hotel Durant. We are glad that you've enjoyed the newly-renovated hotel, including the small touches that went in the design of the hotel (i.e. collegiate and Berkeley theme). We hope to welcome you once again when your travels take you to Berkeley.

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Reviewed March 24, 2009

We had a wonderful stay at the newly renovated Hotel Durant in Berkeley. It was completely hassle free, quiet, clean, and beautiful. It has classic charm, and yet all the amenities you would want. Parking is convenient, location is fabulous. The bed was oh so comfortable, and the decor was beautiful. Lots of unique and interesting touches! You will love this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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DurantHotelGM, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2009

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in Tripadvisor.com. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed our newly-renovated hotel and our new bedding package. We are looking forward to having you back here at Hotel Durant! Go Bears!

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Reviewed March 24, 2009

I reserved their deluxe double bed for my cousin's wedding in Berkeley. The hotel's decor had great character with a vintage college style. The rooms were the same, but with a really nice flat screen TV. The hot water came on almost instantly and they complimentary shampoo/conditioner/soap were all of high quality. The beds (OMG) was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. I didn't want to wake up the next morning. The location was GREAT. It is located on Durant (obviously), and just one block from Telegraph Ave and UC Berkeley.

There are TONS of great restaurants, all walking distance. They are mostly quaint mom and pop places along with popular college student food stands like Top Dog and Fat Slice. There are also a lot of hole-in-the-wall asian restaurants that are just plain yummy but at a very affordable price.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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DurantHotelGM, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2009

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in Tripadvisor.com. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed our newly-renovated hotel. We are looking forward to having you back here at Hotel Durant!

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Reviewed March 5, 2009

Nice rooms, the nicest staff I've ever found at a hotel, a safe that actually accomodates a laptop, lovely TV, great room service food. Would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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Additional Information about 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: $142 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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