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Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Just spent a night at this wonderful old hotel in Berkley Ca. The room was great, the staff were nice but I was surprised by the add-ons of $30 for overnight parking and almost $30 for a resort fee. So if you got a good deal on Priceline like I did,.. it was not so good.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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CLAREMONT_H0TEL, Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

While we are delighted to know you enjoyed your overall stay at our hotel and found our associates to be so nice, we couldn't be more disappointed than learning that you were troubled by any of our fees. Our website is the best source for any of our charges but we apologize if there was any lack of clarity. Some of our many resort amenities include 3 pools, tennis courts, Mind & Body Center, fitness center, yoga studio, Spa and a Kid's Club day camp for guests to enjoy. We do have several packages that include various facility and parking charges to provide a reasonable alternative. Thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Just read all the positive reviews - old school - reminds me of San Diego's Hotel Del Coronado with it's flowery charm, excellent service, and great pool and fitness room - if you have the budget, don't hesitate to choose this one...only 10 min down to college ave are some amazing restaurants as well.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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CLAREMONT_H0TEL, Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing your many wonderful compliments of The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. It always delights us to hear about a guest's positive experience. We offer the perfect escape filled with all of the charm of years gone by coupled with modern convenience and it is great to know you agree. As you mentioned, we are just minutes from UC Berkeley. We look forward to your next visit and we hope it’s soon!

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stayed at the lovely Claremont for the 12 year anniversary party of our dear friend Sunshine. Joy check us in and was so accommodating and sweet. Joy definitely started our stay on the right foot and we could not have been more pleased with our check-in experience. The view from our beautiful enormous room was brilliant. We enjoyed both Paragon and Meritage for their unique and delicious food, cocktails, and exquisite wine lists. The views from both restaurants were amazing! The pools, fitness facilities and classes were beyond what you would ever imagine at a hotel. They have state of the art work out machines, and excellent teachers. Kareem checked us into the pool area and was so kind and helpful! He even had hot tea waiting for us on our way out and back to the room! Everyone was wonderful! My husband and I both took advantage of spa treatments that were relaxing and pampering. We left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. We checked out and drove to Yosemite for 5 days and on our way back decided we must go and stay at the Claremont for the end of our visit. Joy again checked us in and was an angel. Joy has such an amazing way about her and even with some difficulty in our reservation made the experience one that we will never forget! We had a second couple with us on our 2nd stay and they were also blown away. Jasmine in the Paragon was so wonderful and ensured that our party had a beautiful view for dinner, even on a busy Saturday night!! We were blown away by the generosity of the staff. We would like to thank all of the staff for making us feel home away from home. Although it is a bit expensive... we thought it was worth every penny! We highly recommend this hotel, club and spa.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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CLAREMONT_H0TEL, Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

From the moment you arrive at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa until the time you leave, we want everyone to be relaxed, comfortable and well taken care of. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay so much that you were able to come back and end your vacation experience here too! With perfect accommodations, pampering service and the best in dining what more could you ask for a getaway? Our associates will all be so glad to know that you appreciated their efforts. Thank you for your review and recommendation, we look forward to welcoming you again!

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I have been here many, many times often for weddings or brunch or business events, and recently had the occasion to be here again for 2 nites in October on business. This old hotel is unique and very pretty. Obviously, it is a bit out of the way from either SF or Oakland or even downtown Berkeley or UC, but the out of the way character is part of the charm. The architecture is unique, and it shows in everything from the extra wide corridors inside the hotel to the old school tiles in your bathroom. Lovely wood throughout, Chinese vases in the hallways, and views of the Bay to die for.
Very comfortable, clean, and spacious (at least in my case) rooms. Everything was updated, despite the fact that this must be close to 100 years old. The staff was extra nice, but with a very professional edge that I found very appropriate.
This would not be my choice if I were in Oakland or Berkeley on business that made me need to go downtown, but for a romantic getaway, or if you're going to be driving anyways, or if you need a spot for a business meeting, this is a great East Bay choice. (Or perhaps if you're here for a Cal football game.)
So why no 5 stars? Well, there was a bit of a walk to park the car and my TV remote didn't work. That's it. Otherwise, you should stay here.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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CLAREMONT_H0TEL, Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa,closing in on our 100th Anniversary soon, is filled with so many years of amazing history and we are thrilled you enjoyed your stay. We value all of our guests, whether traveling business or just a couple on a romantic escape and it is great to know that the level of service you received was so positive. Located high in the hills of Berkeley, our hotel is certainly a great East Bay choice! Thank you so much for your review and recommendations, we would love to see you again.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We left another uncomfortable hotel to finish out our extended weekend here, and were not disappointed. It's a very updated hotel, with all comforts and conveniences. The food at the terrace restaurant where we had lunch was wonderful. The pool and related facilities were great, too, the staff was helpful, cordial, and professional. The only disappointment was that we had to pay $25. a head to host our children and grandchildren at the pool, even for only 1.5 hours. We have never had to pay for our pool guests, at more modest hotels, and equally luxurious ones. We would stay here again; we would now be prepared for the extra charges, e.g. parking, as others have noted.

Room Tip: There are a few "standard" rooms that have a view of the bay.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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CLAREMONT_H0TEL, Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing feedback regarding your stay at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. What a lovely way to round out a long weekend getaway than with a visit to our historic hotel! Our associates will be delighted that they left you with such a positive impression. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time and that you and your family were able to make such good use of our outdoor pools. Our Aquatics Center is part of our Club that is open to hotel guests and Club Members and we apologize if you were surprised by our any of our fees. We hope you do come back and we hope it is soon!

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Had a beautiful weekend with family and friends at this wonderful resort. It is a hidden gem and our 3 night stay was really enjoyable. We got lucky with amazing weather. The public areas are classically tasteful, the service was great. Our room was slightly dated, especially the bathroom but still comfortable and clean. The gym, spa, and pool were great. Breakfasts were good though a little pricey. The Sunday brunch was stellar. We never had dinner at the hotel. I would high;y recommend it and plan on staying there again soon.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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CLAREMONT_H0TEL, Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you for providing such detail about your stay at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa and for sharing your weekend with family and friends with us. We are thrilled to know you were able to appreciate so much of what our hotel has to offer from our luxurious public spaces, fitness facilities and even our Spa. The Claremont truly is a unique gem and our Sunday brunch should not be missed! We look forward to welcoming you back again for another visit soon.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed at the Claremont for two nights as part of a tour. Our room was large with two king size beds, and a nice seating area. The bathroom had a shower and bath with sufficient towels. Like many hotels in the US water has to be bought, even in the room, and the pint bottles are expensive.
The hotel foyer and reception areas were impressive, but a wedding party took up most of the space in the bar, which was not difficult to find, but seemed to be set aside for the private party.
The hotel has nice grounds, and other facilities, but we were unable to avail ourselves of these due to our itinerary.
Breakfast was very good and the waiting staff helpful.
The hotel is quite some distance from San Francisco itself, across the Bay Bridge, but the drive in and out is quite spectacular.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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CLAREMONT_H0TEL, Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa is truly one of the greatest California landmarks high in the hills of Berkeley and offers all of the charm and historical significance of years gone by coupled with luxury and convenience. Thank you for sharing feedback regarding your most recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed a comfortable stay and we hope that you weren’t too inconvenienced by any guests’ celebrations. Your opinions are extremely important to us and we will be sure to share your feedback with everyone here. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back.

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Address: 41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley, CA 94705-2429
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Location: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range: $233 - $543 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 276
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opening its doors in 1915, Claremont Club & Spa has been revered as one of America's iconic luxury hotels. As it celebrates its 100th anniversary, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is proud to unveil our newest member of the Fairmont collection, ushering in a new era of luxury for the next 100 years! Overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley sets new heights in service, amenities, and accommodations. For the past 100 years, Claremont has been recognized as an icon in the Bay Area. Conveniently located in the heart of Berkeley, the hotel is only a 20-minute drive from downtown San Francisco. Private parking is available. Its 276 beautifully appointed rooms offer a mix of old world charm and California comfort, many boasting breathtaking views of San Francisco. ... more   less 
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