This was obviously designed as temporary housing for visitors to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, but LBNL has decided to make it available to the general public as well. My wife and I stayed here while visiting the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute just up the hill from LBNL, and the lodging was comfortable, even if a bit basic (but not any more so than, say, your usual Super 8). The staff were friendly and helpful, and the views of the Bay from the second story common room were to die for.
The biggest catch: LBNL is a secure area, which means entrance and exit is controlled at guard houses. This is not a big problem if you are staying at the Guest House, since you will have the credentials to get by the guards, but it does mean that you'd really better have your own car, since it makes access to the grounds much simpler. There is a spacious free parking lot by the Guest House, so you'll have a place to put that auto when you do make it through a bit of a maze and get to your lodging. But if your business is down the hill in Berkeley proper, you are likely to find this arrangement somewhat inconvenient.
Incidentally, if you like wildlife, LBNL has some that is unusual. I'm including a photo of a line of wild turkeys marching by the place in the early morning. The Guest House staff swear that the turkeys have learned that it is safest to use the marked pedestrian walkways when crossing the road, and that drivers dutifully give them the right of way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our beautiful Guest House is conveniently located on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus and features 57 tastefully appointed guest rooms. You will find "a home away from home" at our Guest House. Many of the rooms offer spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, skyline, and City of Berkeley. The Guest House is only a few minutes away from the University of California Berkeley campus and the dynamic Berkeley community. ... more less