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Graduate Berkeley


    Graduate Berkeley
 in Berkeley
    Graduate Berkeley
 in Berkeley

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  • A fun place to stay in Berkeley

    by 85254 on 2018-06-18 04:16 pm

    We stayed here one night while visiting my son who is a grad student at Berkeley. It's definitely an old hotel, but that gives it its charm. We had our dogs with us, so we had drinks in the lobby with the dogs in the evening, and then ate our breakfast in the lobby in the morning. (Restaurant/bar not pet friendly - understandable.) There was adequate parking directly behind the hotel, and then an overflow lot behind that.

  • A clear case for five stars

    by Karlkoreander on 2018-06-11 09:25 am

    This is one of my favourite hotels. It airs a remarkable art deco charme of the 1930ies and has been refurbished in a very tasteful way. And the management does pretty much everything right. The checkin is easy and smooth. The wireless internet functions flawlessly. The rooms are well equipped. The view from the rooms is very nice if you have one of the rooms on the higher floors. The restaurant has good burgers to offer - in fact the chef felt the need to write an entire book about the art of cooking burgers (and I say this as a practical vegan for most of the time). It is not cheap, but given the inflationary hotel prices in the US, it is reasonably priced. In summary, I can only highly recommend this place.

  • Some good things, some bad things

    by B J K on 2018-05-23 07:28 pm

    We came for graduation. I will start with the bad because if you can get past that, the good is good. I know, it's graduation time, but if they can charge you $200 a night during the year, they should not charge you $400 in May. Someone mentioned breakfast which is not included. We were glad we came early because they ran out of parking later in the day. The lounge area in the front is dark. The rooms are fairly small. The shower temperature was very inconsistent and could not find the right setting - too cold followed by scalding hot.

    The good. Staff was fantastic. Very helpful the whole time we were there. Bed was quite comfortable. Despite facing the street, the room was really pretty quiet which was a surprise because the other two times I stayed near Berkeley the rooms were very noisy. It was nice to get some good sleep here. The location is perfect.

    I think its probably a 4 star rating if not for the price gouging for graduation which drops the value significantly.

  • Graduate visit

    by happytraveller088 on 2018-05-17 03:42 pm

    We booked this hotel because it was so very handy for the university and graduation. Very quirky inside. Bedroom was an adequate size as was the bathroom. Linen and towels lovely. Bed comfortable. The staff that we talked to were very friendly. Those were the pluses, now for the minuses. Paper cups. Coffee supplied for the coffee machine was unpleasant, coffee creamer, which I know if very popular in the US, was awful. Bad enough in coffee, disgusting in tea. Only enough sugar etc for one cup each, why not supply enough for two servings. No glasses in the bathroom, really don't want reuse the paper cups. I'm all for eco saving but that's ridiculous. No breakfast in with the price of the room. As we paid $338 (incl taxes) I would have expected not to have several holes in the rug! Dangerous apart from just being wrong. Can't give you more than three stars, just not good value for the money charged.

    Owner Response
    Dear happytraveller088,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. We are pleased that you enjoyed the location, linens and bed during your stay. Our beds are known for being very comfortable. So much that we created cards for guests that inquire about where to purchase one for their own home.

    We also appreciate the feedback about things you were not pleased about during your stay and we apologize for any inconvenience these things caused. It is always important to us to learn from our guests about the things that they enjoyed and the things they did not enjoy while staying here. It helps us to know what we are doing right and what we can improve.

    Thank you again and we hope to have you again in the future!

    Lizzy S, Front Office Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

  • Beautiful hotel close to everything in Berkeley

    by rysac1 on 2018-05-14 01:05 pm

    The hotel is right next to the campus and is beautiful inside and out. The lobby is a great space to hang out in with many nice touches. The room was about the size you would expect in the bay and had many touches to make sure you knew you were next to UC Berkeley. The beds were very comfortable and clean. The complimentary continental breakfast had great quality food and coffee. We stayed here for a concert at the greek and it was not a far walk to the venue. Lots of food options immediately around the hotel. Parking can be a little confusing as there are two separate lots that don't connect. But once that was figured out, it was a breeze. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Would stay here again!

    Owner Response
    Dear rysac1,

    From everyone at Graduate Berkeley thank you for staying at our hotel. We absolutely agree with you about the great service, the beautiful hotel, the hotel being close to campus, and the cool lobby vibe. Not sure which concert you attended at the Greek Theatre but isn't our location and Henrys restaurant a perfect place to pre-game before walking to the venue. We sure do. We look forward to your next visit.

    Regards,

    Dell D, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review


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