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Quality Inn University
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A Dump!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

This hotel was awful! The room was tiny, too small for two beds. We were two people and barely had room to move. The furniture was huge, the lighting was terrible and the breakfast buffet...well, it looked so bad my daughter refused to eat there. We had to find another place to eat.

I must say though that it was convenient both to UC Berkeley AND the freeway. Also, it provided free parking, a plus in this area. It's on the main drag, so it's noisy, but the equally noisy fan provided adequate white noise. I would NOT stay at this motel again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank LosAngelino
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Berkeley, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013

Clean rooms, friendly, helpful staff. More budget hotels should be like this, The owners obviously care and take pride in the motel. My work takes me from coast to coast and often in 4 star hotels for several days at a time. I just spent 3 days and nights at The Claremont for a conference, what a rip-off joint full of posh tossers. The Quality Inn has Dish Network with too many channels to count, great pizza is just down the street all for 1/3 the price. Tripadvisor tells me that i need to type 200 characters...blah blah blah.

Room Tip: If the lobby is tired and unloved, the rooms with be SHIITE!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank t o
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2013

I stayed at this hotel for almost two weeks and the only reason I did not move to the La Quinta down the street was because Choice is offering triple points. The room was OK. It was clean and pillows were a poor quality. The breakfast was very poor. Same frozen eggs and sausage each morning. Most mornings, they were out and new frozen eggs and sausage were added to a warming tray. Never cooked. The juice machine was broken , and milk was hit or miss( 2% only). If I left early, there was no coffee available . The office was always locked and no one around. Only two types of cereal ( apple jacks & Cheerios ). Always had the choice of white bread or plane bagels. Had to get my own frozen eggs one morning and found them in a chemical closet/ bathroom sitting on top the freezer

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Mark S
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Sacramento, CA
Level Contributor
80 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

Disappointing one night stay at Quality Inn at University. And I'm disappointed in my fellow Trip Advisor reviewers for rating this hotel so highly; the modal--most frequent--rating was Very good, with the second most frequent rating being Excellent.

I nearly rated it Poor, for these reasons: The room (1) was tiny (there truly was not enough room for two people), (2) contained only one chair, (3) had a broken lamp shade, (4) contained one small bar of soap that we used for both sink and shower, (5) had badly scuffed molding, (6) the coffee maker did NOT work, (7) the bathroom light was too dim, (8) and the little pad of paper had only ONE sheet of paper (that I used to write notes for this review).

I would rate the breakfast buffet as average, if you're a mainstream eater with relatively low standards. And the buffet certainly did not look inviting.

The check-in was friendly. Very nice touches were the two small bottles of free water and the automatic light in the bathroom. The bed was good, and we slept well. And we would rate the shower as Excellent.

Overall, then, I'll go with the rating of Average.

Room Tip: No elevator so reserve a room on the ground floor if climbing stairs is an issue for you.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank VeganChela
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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

I rarely write any review but this time I will have to say something. We stayed two nights on 7/31 & 8/1. The reasons I gave it worst rating are as follows:
1, The room is awfully and uncomfortablly small;
2. The bedspread smelled bad;
3. The mattress was tilted inward so it's not comfortable;
4. Smoke detect beeped a few times at night;
5. Toilet was plugged once and my husband had to get a plunge to fix it;
6. The charge extra $5 for each sheet or blanket. Our family travels quite offten and this is the 1st time a hotel charges money for extra sheet/blanket;
7. Usually hotels supply two soaps one for bath and one for sink use. But this hotel only supplied one. You had to ask for 2nd soap (Thank God there was no extra charge for this!);
8. Free breakfast was included. But you need to be aware of two things: First, carefully check the plastic spoon before using it. They probably buy the cheapest spoon they can get - the edges of the spoon was very rough that it scrached my upper lips to bleeding; Second, you need to remind them when food item is out since they are not comming if you don't ask;
Only thing good about this hotel is that it's close to UC Berkely but there are many many other hotel options.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Shelby44881
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Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

This is now a Quality Inn, part of the Choice Hotels chain. It is an older motel, but the rooms have been updated with very comfortable bedding, a good shower/tub, nice furnishings. Its location is great for UCB visitors, or as a low price bedroom for visitors to San Francisco -- only about 4 blocks from the high-speed rail (BART), which takes you right downtown in about 15 minutes. Also free breakfast, but don't expect it to be like IHOP! Parking is tight, but we had no problem even when it was full the days we visited. Best of all, the rates are very low for California, about $70. Terrific!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ArchieGoodwin
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Oakhurst, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2011

wooooo.. nice room...
couple of days ago. i was here for UC Berkeley visit ., i found this hotel very convenient,
walking distance to UC Berkeley and Bart station.. They have hot buffet breakfast in the morning and the beds are very comfortable.......seems like recently renovated ...new furniture and top of that there was 2 bottle of a water free.... friendly staff......i feel like i m staying in 5 star hotel. Definitely i would recommend ,if anybody visiting Berkeley.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank reeyaa
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Property: Quality Inn University
Address: 1761 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703-1513 (Formerly Flamingo Motel)
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Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Quality Inn University 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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