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The Berkeley City Club

    The Berkeley City Club
 in Berkeley
    The Berkeley City Club
 in Berkeley


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270 Reviews
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  • Room are small, drafty, tiny hard beds, concrete floors, old bathrooms

    by ellieK6586AX on 2017-11-13 03:37 am

    We checked in and checked out IMMEDIATELY! It was too cold to shower, nowhere to put anything, no amenities, small old bathroom, windows didn't close, elevator made too much noise. I will say that THE STAFF IS AMAZING, FRIENDLY, HELPFUL & LOVELY. The common rooms on the first and second floor are beautiful. This place needs a TOTAL RENOVATION!!!!!

  • A nightmare

    by Atalanta R on 2017-11-11 011:46 pm

    They should highlight the Club because it's actually a nightclub first & foremost. It has weddings that make your room vibrate from the bass until midnight....and then there's the hollering & yelling - as you would expect at some weddings but not what you would expect at the hotel you booked your family into & that touts itself as an elegant & peaceful place.
    If they want to rent out to something that noisy & that late they should not book out individual rooms or they should advise you of it so that a choice can be made - but their greed surpasses their good practice or compassion towards their less important/less valuable contracts with those who are actually trying to sleep here.
    12.40am my exhausted 10 year old finally falls asleep. So a night of frustration will turn to an exhausted ordeal tomorrow as we journey 9 hours home.
    Great job Berkeley City CLUB but as the manager said 'We have a contract with the wedding party to provide what we promised therefore there is nothing we can do to alleviate your situation'....other than pack us off to another hotel at 9.30 at the time we pack, they find somewhere, we unpack & settle down its close to midnight anyway....
    What's funny is I thought we had a contract too? A contract for us to pay for hotel services and the hotel to provide those services....i should check this with an attorney - also if it's legal to abuse a ten year old with sleep deprivation.
    So don't stay here if you think it's a hotel & you're going to have a lovely relaxing, elegant hotel experience - you're not & the staff & management are just fine with that!!!

  • Unique!

    by Elaine W on 2017-11-10 07:03 am

    We were here for an evening wedding, and decided to stay over to avoid a hour-long drive in heavy traffic late at night. We engaged two rooms, each with two beds. The rooms are small, but we found them entirely adequate....except that the afternoon sun was super-heating the space; we opened the windows and that solved the problem. I'm glad to say that the unscreened windows did not bring in any flies. In the morning, the radiator overheated the room while we were at breakfast--same solution. Breakfast was 'continental' but seemed more generous than the usual offerings. We enjoyed strolling around the various spaces--especially the courtyards--and we were impressed by the staff who served at the wedding. (The wedding refreshments were wonderful--mac 'n' cheese and mashed potatoes with garnishes for each; unique but delicious!)

  • Trip Advisor did not work for me this time

    by Julie P on 2017-10-15 07:53 pm

    I left Napa due to the fires, which were very close to my house, and booked the Berkeley City Club on my way out of town. Or so I thought. When we got there we were told they were full and had cleared all Trip Advisor rooms. Hopefully I haven''t been charged, haven't had a chance to check. We did end up staying at The Graduate, formerly Hotel Durant, very close, suggested by the hotel clerk at the City Club. After the first room wasn't quite ready for us/hadn't quite been inspected, they gave us a very sweet, comfortable room.

  • Stepping Back in Time

    by Diverdad1 on 2017-09-27 04:23 am

    I've often stayed at the nearby Graduate (formerly Hotel Durant) for its convenience in attending Cal football games, but we thought We would give The Berkeley City Club a try. It's just down the street on Durant Ave. Glad we did! My wife and I both really liked it and didn't want to leave. The hotel is an older building - a historical landmark with Moorish architecture and solid walls. No thin walls like the Graduate. But no pub either! The hotel is somewhat dark and brooding inside without much natural light but that was part of the appeal. It feels a bit like a European palace. There is interesting tapestry on the walls and art work, plus a gorgeous indoor lap pool. We didn't swim but hope to on a future visit. Our 6th floor (top) room itself was quite small but comfortable. The bed literally extended all the way to the door. The bathroom was antiquated - a tub shower with very old style fixtures - nothing modern about this place. Very little place to put things next to the tiny sink. But the water was hot and this posed no problem. There is a small "balcony window" but we didn't go out. Frankly, it didn't look safe. The breakfast (included) was a highlight. The second floor breakfast room is beautiful. The self-service selection included coffee, juices, hard boiled eggs, granola, an assortment of rolls and yogurt. It could have used more fresh fruit. If you like peace and quiet and don't mind a hotel that feels like it might be stuck in the 1930s or 1940s, this might just be among the best Berkeley has to offer.

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