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“Old World Elegance”

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Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Pacific Grove, California
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4 reviews
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“Old World Elegance”
Reviewed February 14, 2011

I appreciated the Old World elegance; the wide hallways, the piano bar, the cheese platter with wine, the room, the bed, the view, the spa, the neighborhood, the thoughtful service. I am an innkeeper from the Central Coast of CA -- I look forward to a return visit.

Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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TFelsen, General Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this review, February 21, 2011
Coming from an innkeeper, your review is quite a compliment and we love your description of the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa as Old World Elegance! We also look forward to your return. Thank you for sharing the highlights of your stay.
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Reviewed February 11, 2011

I started out my 50th birthday with an 80 minute sports massage with Efleda - the best !

I love the Claremont, the view, the service, the location, the great food; but I especially love the spa & specifically Efleda who has the healing hands my stressed-out body needs.

Treat yourself to an experience you will soon become addicted to; run - don't walk - go now !

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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TFelsen, General Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2011
Happy Birthday! What a perfect way to start off a 50th birthday! We’re thrilled that you were able to start off your birthday celebration with relief of your stresses at the hands of our beloved staff! Thanks for the great recommendation and we hope you’ll be running back to the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa soon!
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

From reservation to check out, the service and facilities are the best of the best. For example, when I called the hotel to make my reservation, Shabnam Vakil was able to steer into the perfect combination of room and upgrades, at the best possible price, for my entire stay. Even let me know of benefits that I could not locate from online sites.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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TFelsen, General Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2011
What a wonderful compliment and review to receive! We sincerely appreciate the acknowledgment of one of our staff members who was able to make your visit with us that much better. Thank you for the wonderful review and we hope you’ll visit with us at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa again soon.
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

I am writing to praise Shabnam Vakil, the excellent Claremont Hotel Front Desk Supervisor. My husband and I are having an extended stay at the Claremont Hotel due to unexpected and challenging personal circumstances. Shabnam is a bright light fo us, not only because of her warm, welcoming personality but also because of her willingness to work hard to help us find a room that is like a second home to us. She is an efficient, "can-do" woman with a generous heart, and her presence as the Front Desk Supervisor makes this beautiful hotel shine even brighter.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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TFelsen, General Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this review, February 11, 2011
Thank you for highlighting our staff at Claremont Hotel, Club, & Spa. We were pleased to help in any way possible during your unexpected circumstances and honored that we could be considered your second home. We will pass along your kind words and thank you for sharing your experience.
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Reviewed January 25, 2011

What an amazing stay for the whole family. The staff and facilities at the Club were outstanding-- they remembered the kids' names and made sure we had everything we needed. Pools and fitness area were incredible. Entering the Spa felt perfect and my massage was worth every penny. This area could use some upgrading compared to other 4 star properties, but the staff were terrific. Highly recommend this hotel for anyone coming to the bay area--best views at sunset.

  • Stayed January 2011
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TFelsen, General Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this review, February 1, 2011
We are thrilled that you and your family had an amazing stay at Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. The feedback we receive from our guests is invaluable to us, so we truly appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts. Thank you for the recommendation and we hope you and your family will visit with us again soon.
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

This is a nice enbough hotel, but it is wrong for a 3 or 4 star hotel to charge customers an unavoidable $24 "service charge" on top of the price you pay when you book on-line. The price I book on-line should be the price I pay. It is some sort of cheap bait and switch for a hotel of this stature to sneak the extra $24/day and refuse to waive it. Are you that hard up for cash, Hotel Clairmont, that you prefer to trick customers (and guarantee I will never return)? I will stay at your local rival next time.
Everything else about this hotel is nice, bu tht edishonest orice switch bothered me so much I will stay elsewhere next time if they are honest about the price.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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TFelsen, General Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2011
It is disappointing when we learn that a guest feels that we have not shared important information with them. The Facilities Charge, as we have listed on our website, offers our guests access to the Club and its three pools, and also includes 3 hours of childcare at our Kids' Club, access to the sauna & whirlpool at the Club, access to the 50+ fitness classes offered weekly, in-room coffee & tea, high speed internet, newspaper and local calls.

We also offer several packages that include both the Facilities Charge and Parking Charge within the rate. They are a wonderful value for both business and leisure travelers. You can find the details of this information on our website.

We deeply regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please know that we will bring your review to our management team to further discuss your concerns. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts of your stay at the Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa.
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

I must preface this review by admitting that I am a UC Berkeley alumni and this clearly interferes with my objectivity. That being said, the location is perfect, the staff quite helpful and pleasant, the room outdated, the view stellar, and sunset from the terrace is about as good as it gets!

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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TFelsen, General Manager at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2011
Even if being a UC Berkeley alumni might interfere with your objectivity, we greatly appreciate the wonderful review you’ve shared of your stay at the Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa! We hope you will return again soon and enjoy the Cal Alumni special package we have to offer. Thanks again for your review!
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Property: Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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