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Graduate Berkeley

    Graduate Berkeley
 in Berkeley
    Graduate Berkeley
 in Berkeley


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805 Reviews
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  • Great old boutique hotel

    by Elizabeth D on 2018-03-21 12:44 am

    I was here for work for a few days and it was lovely. My room was comfortable and I loved the room decor, especially the bong lamps!

    I enjoyed being able to open the window as my room got stuffy & warm on the first floor, but other colleagues on the upper floors complained their rooms were too chilly. Give it up to an old, historic hotel.

    The staff were fantastic every time I encountered any of them. Friendly & helpful. Their lobby/library is warm and perfect for their wine/cheese happy hour each evening & breakfast in the morning. Great coffee & pastries each day! It was very rainy while I was here & the front desk kindly loans out large umbrellas. So fantastic & helpful!

    And if you want to be green & decline housekeeping, you will find a nice little snack pack full of goodies. Worth skipping extra towels if you ask me!

  • December visit

    by John K on 2018-02-13 09:52 am

    Last time I stayed here it was called the Hotel Durant, but the graduate does seem fitting considering its next to Cal. I stayed here with a group of 6 friends back in late December, and had an amazing time as I always have. The staff are very patient with customers and help fulfill their needs. I keep coming back here because of the great location and comfort level, thanks again you guys for a great weekend

    Owner Response
    Dear John K,

    No review is too late! We are pleased you remembered to give us a great shout out even 2 months after your stay. It is evident we left a lasting impression on you and your friends, and we look forward to servicing you in the future. Thanks for the review!

    GraduateTeam, Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

  • Great Boutique Hotel in Berkeley

    by gogobellatravel on 2018-02-04 09:32 am

    Stayed here in August 2017 it was unusually hot for Berkeley around 85 degrees Air conditioning was great.
    Great looking place.Nice Bar.I had the best Mezcal Margarita with smoked salt that I have ever had in my life!The food is good but very limited menu.They have quirky hours too...pleasant staff.Would stay again but the prices have gone up since more people are finding out about it.

    Owner Response
    Dear gogobellatravel,

    We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay at Graduate Berkeley. Can't think of a better drink than the "Mezcal Margarita with smoked salt" on a warm day. We look forward to your next visit.

    Warm regards,

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

  • Perfect Hotel for CALHomecoming Weekend

    by XrsPappas5 on 2018-02-04 09:00 am

    Husband and I stayed here for 2 nights. Very old historic hotel with little amenities, especially during this busy weekend. Our room was not ready and we had to wait about 45 minutes. Small but nice king size bed room. Clean room and cute decor. Very old historic hotel. Unfortunately Henry's Bar & Grill was cleared out for large crowds and not table service. The lobby bathroom is tiny for large events with single stall. It felt like we were back in college for pre-game festivities. Not complaining-actually liked the retro experience. Would stay again for a CAL visit, but probably not during Homecoming.

    Owner Response
    Dear XrsPappas5,

    Thank you for staying with us during Homecoming weekend. What a wild football game that was. We are delighted you enjoyed the hotels pre game tailgate experience. Graduate Berkeley and Henrys prides ourselves on providing that type of fun experience before every Cal Bears home game. We look forward to your next visit.

    Warm regards,

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

  • Dystopian Bohemia!

    by blissfield1949 on 2018-01-22 09:56 am

    My wife and I stayed here for three nights over a long weekend. Where can I begin. Location is not everything. The recently remodeled dark and depressing lobby highlighted by thousands of National Geographic magazines neatly filed blank yellow spines outward behind the front desk is nearly beyond comment. The d?cor purports to be bohemian but I would characterize it as "heart of darkness". Our room was tiny, no sink or mirror or electrical outlet in the bathroom, with a collage of hanging artwork apparently intended to bring back fond memories of days spent at Berkeley from around 1890 to 1965. I suspect the interior decorator was a member of the class of 1965 still suffering from some sort of post psychedelic traumatic syndrome. The breakfast buffet, in lieu of the closed restaurant, was awful. It includes a jumble of bananas, hard boiled eggs, sliced bread sans butter or jam, and inedible pastries. Did I mention the worlds worst coffee? How do you manage that in a city known for its coffee and pastries and breads? This hotel, formerly known as the Durant, was built in 1928 and at least, however worn and old fashioned, retained some dignity about itself. When taxes and assessments and parking charges are thrown in you are pretty much paying $300 a night for a closet and a nightmare on Durant Avenue every time to enter or exit the lobby. One positive note, the hotel staff without exception was friendly, courteous, kind and helpful. What troopers!

    Owner Response
    Dear blissfield1949,

    Thank you for taking the time to give us a thorough review. The inspiration behind the hotel redesign is to focus on community and the history of Berkeley. Unfortunately we didn't get the response from yourself and that emotionally charged bond wasn't there. As for the F&B space, they are making some great changes that we cant wait for you to see. The continental breakfast wasn't implemented to completely replace breakfast, but something our guests can enjoy as a grab and go. The team will be ecstatic to hear that we continue to give unwavering guest service. Overall, we hope you return and start to see the charm of our new identity that our guests have come to love.

    GraduateTeam, Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

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