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The Berkeley City Club


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

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  • 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.

  • One of Berkeley's Oldest Hotel

    by Kathy L on 2017-09-26 01:38 pm

    We recently stayed the Berkeley City Club. We were not pleased with our rooms. I know it is an old hotel with historic meaning but the rooms were awful. The place is in need of a major remodel. Most of the hotels in Berkeley are old but have modernized the bathrooms. The hallway smelled and the rooms had some orders too. The woman working at the check in desk was friendly. The hotel was designed by the first female architect in the state of California so for history buffs would like this place. It is walking distance from the campus.

  • gorgeous!! best place in Berkeley!

    by kimgrace2017 on 2017-09-25 09:32 am

    I don't understand the negative reviews for this hotel. This hotel does NOT need renovation or a remodel. It is in perfect condition, and it is obviously the work being done is constant, meticulous and a true labor of love. The d?cor is artful and thoughtful. You feel like you're in someone's private home -- someone like the Earl of Grantham. Beautiful antiques surround you -- but so well maintained and spotless. The rooms are small -- typical of the original period -- but everything is conveniently appointed. Modern touches include USB ports and free Wi-Fi. The bathroom will throw you because the fixtures look old -- but they only look old. The porcelain is spotless, the plumbing works better than a 4 star hotel's, and the hot water gets hot immediately. The towels are thick and luxurious, the beds are very comfortable with thick clean sheets. The architecture of this gorgeous mini castle is wondrous. You're allowed to wander from room to room -- and there are so many corners in which to settle with a book or your computer. You'll often find a bowl of fresh apples on the table for snacks while you read. I noticed rooms dedicated for book clubs to classes on calligraphy. The biggest surprise is that indoor pool !! Just stunning. The complimentary continental breakfast was a real treat. Strong hot Peet's coffee, teas, danishes and bagels, super fresh fruit, and hard boiled eggs. That's all you need for a morning bite -- I certainly don't expect eggs made to order! Who needs a big breakfast when you're planning your day outside?

    The owners have paid attention to details. Every doorknob, every door, every pillow has been authentically sourced, installed, and cared for. You feel the history and inspiration, and you almost don't want to speak to loudly and disturb the memories in the walls. If you want a hip, modern and loud hotel -- go up the street to the Graduate. But I plan to return to City Club soon and get so much more than a clean bed.

  • Quaint Hotel close to Berkeley Campus

    by umcpastor on 2017-09-21 03:52 pm

    This is a quaint hotel filled with last century charm. The rooms are small and outfitted with period furnishings. The bathroom is adequate. There is a large closet. The public spaces are spacious and elegant. There is a coffee corner with Peet's coffee and specialty tees available on the first floor. There is swimming pool that is worth seeing if not using for a morning swim. The contenintal breakfast is adequate. The location is convientent to the campus. There is WIFI. Parking is available for an additional charge. There are none of the more modern Hotel expectations. No TV. No fridge. No microwave. (Although they are available in a common area on each floor) We were here for a 50th reunion and found the hotel appropriate for the occassion.


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