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The Berkeley City Club


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

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  • Cozy old place

    by patriciacP5168TW on 2019-08-06 04:41 pm

    The scale of this hotel makes is comfortable. However, rooms are small too. Pool is good for lap swimming. Restaurant and bar closed on Sun and Mon. Good location to walk everywhere. Breakfast was adequate.

  • Unique, old-fashioned hotel in a lively neighborhood.

    by Kim C on 2019-07-25 10:33 am

    While the room was small, it had character and was perfectly appointed. Great bed. Luscious linens. Decent view. Loved the windows that opened, allowing for a breeze. And everything was clean and tidy.

    Two complaints: It felt weird being repeatedly identified at the front desk as a "Hotel Tonight" customer. It was uncomfortable and unprofessional, and I'm not sure why it was relevant to anything but the hotel's own bookkeeping.

    Second, people rave about the restaurant, but I had a salad, fries and a glass of wine for lunch and it was some of the dullest, most uninteresting food I've had in months. Granted, it was only fries and a salad, but it seems like the simplest things should be the tastiest, no? And $30? Disappointing.

    That said, great place in a busy, fun neighborhood with convenient parking and BART access.

  • Back to the Club

    by Forestvillian on 2019-06-21 04:05 pm

    It's been over 7 years since I last stayed at the Berkeley City Club and being able to return there for an overnight recently was a big treat. First opened in 1930 and now a historic landmark building, the Berkeley City Club was designed as a women's social club and residence by famed architect Julia Morgan. The 6 story building currently houses a hotel, club, restaurant, event and conference center. The interior details are visually stunning. The concrete walls and ceilings were designed to resemble wood and the building has design elements that are Roman, Gothic and Medieval--a true fantasy for the senses! My favorite aspects are the lushly planted interior courtyards and the other-worldly grotto swimming pool.
    There is a gated parking lot conveniently located right next door (a very reasonable $25 overnight fee). Checking in was a relaxed and almost calming process. There is something about being inside the building that seems to immediately take one's stress away. Our room #508 was a standard Queen and quite small in size reflecting its historic roots. There was a Queen bed, 2 nightstands, small drop-front desk and chair. The wooden furniture was time-worn but not in a bad way. Our room had charming details reflecting the past including glass doorknobs and old-style tiling. For a small room, the closet was a decent size and contained shelves and a small chest of drawers.
    Available plug-in locations for electronic devices were limited but there was one outlet near the floor and a more convenient USB/electrical hub on one of the nightstands. The complimentary Wi-Fi functioned fine during our stay.
    I loved the room's openable windows without screens. There were windows on 2 walls plus a window in the bathroom--all openable. An old-time radiator was against one wall and it had newer fixtures, appearing to be a functioning heater--but the drapes hung right over/against it so that was puzzling. The day was warmish so we had no need for heat. There was a portable fan in the closet and I would have used it had we stayed a 2nd night. As it was, our room was pretty warm and stuffy at night even tho' I left 2 of the windows open a bit. I should have opened them wider!
    Our tiny bathroom lacked convenient storage space to place cosmetics bags and we had no other option but to put these items inside the wall cabinet above the sink--and then the cabinet door wouldn't close. The shower/tub had varying water pressure and setting the temperature was a bit of a challenge but one becomes accustomed to that when staying at historic hotels.
    The view from our room encompassed nearby rooftops all the way to the Bay, the UCB track field as well as attractive old buildings in the distance. Our room was adjacent to a hall door leading out onto a rooftop viewing area--a pleasant place to be both in the evening and early morning altho' there was no seating.
    A coffee station was located on the ground floor, just down the hall from the Lobby. The last time we stayed overnight we saw a very elderly woman drinking cream there and I half believed she might be a ghostly apparition. Unfortunately, I didn't see her this time. We thoroughly explored the courtyards with lush plantings, the various fascinating public rooms (including a small Julia Morgan museum) and the drop-dead beautiful interior swimming pool area with its own viewing stands. Monthly tours of the Berkeley City Club are given on Sundays and one day I hope to go on one of those.
    We ate both dinner and breakfast at the Berkeley City Club. A simple, adequate Continental buffet is included with your stay. Out dinner experience at "Julia's Restaurant" was nothing short of impressive. Altho' menu choices in each category were limited, each of the dishes we had were perfectly prepared and the quality was superb. The dining room's ambiance and decor are beautiful and the service was excellent. It was truly a wonderful dining experience from beginning to end!
    Our stay was sandwiched between visits to the Berkeley Rose Garden and the UCB Botanical Garden and there were magnificent displays of blooms at both gardens. Combined with the overnight at the Berkeley City Club, I couldn't have wished for a lovelier get-away!

  • Berkeley's Best Kept Secret, BCC is a GEM!

    by rockyblumhagen on 2019-06-07 11:12 am

    I was in Berkeley for a yoga training at Shambhala Meditation Center. The Berkeley City Club was the perfect hotel for the training. It is quiet and historical. It is listed with the Historical Hotels of America. Built in the 1930's by the famed architect, Julia Morgan and no one has messed it up. I loved the pool. The bed comfortable, linens nice, with amenities that make a 10 day longer term stay the perfect choice. I am already booked to return mid July. Julia, the overnight attendant even prepared our Peet's coffee for a daily 4:45 AM departure, now that is customer service. Michael & Langdon were great at the front desk too. And Mario does an excellent job with the grounds and the hotel windows and all common areas are so clean. They must have a wonderful General Manager!

  • A Unique Experience

    by Sharon8here on 2019-05-15 05:56 am

    I didn't realize when I booked this hotel that it was a landmark and it only had 30+ rooms. Most people use this hotel as a club (they sign in and out). The hotel opened in 1930, and it feels like the 1930's in decor and in the absence of what is normally in modern hotels (a television, small refrigerator, etc.). The water pressure in the shower was great. The bed was comfortable. A continental breakfast came with the room. Breakfast was served in a beautiful room. The hotel felt like it was once a monastery, but it wasn't. The last night I was there, a wedding was going on 2 floors below and I could hear the loud music and people. This was why I took one point off the rating. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'm glad I had it.


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