This review is based on multiple stays in the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, most recently in March 2014, with comparisons to four hotels and 1 B&B in and around Berkeley. For my needs, the Shattuck was clearly the best of the bunch. Far better than the quaint but aging UC Berkeley faculty club, the dreary Durant, the pleasant but tired Bancroft, or the unpleasant and tired Rose Garden Inn B&B (Rose Garden's great breakfast notwithstanding). Location is more convenient to BART and Berkeley biz than the otherwise excellent Hyatt in Emeryville.
Rooms: This is an older hotel with variation in room features. In my experience, the rooms varied from good to excellent. The standard rooms were large and bright with a comfortable bed, up to date furnishings and recently renovated bathrooms. Some had tubs and some had showers. On my most recent visit, I lucked out with an upgrade to a very nice junior suite. The junior suite (448) was a corner room with couch and two easy chairs and huge bed. Some noise early in the morning from trash collection.
Advice: Do not hesitate to ask for features that you value. Bath tub or shower. High floor or low. Light or dark. Quiet or noisy. Near or far. It is a one block (literally) walk from the elevators to rooms at the southern end of the floors. If you prefer to do your hiking in the Berkeley hills request a room on the Allston Way side.
Staff: From front desk to maids, excellent service. Efficient, courteous and warm. Friendly without adopting the full California "hey I am your best friend for life." Very well trained.
Location: Great location right at the south exit from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Surrounded by good eating, close to the UC campus . . ..
Advice: If you need transport from SFO to Berkeley, especially during rush hours, take the BART instead of taxi or super shuttle. The BART takes about an hour and costs $9.25 . A colleague went with Super Shuttle during PM rush hour. It took twice as long as the BART and cost much more. BART times are variable and you have to allow time for the shuttle from BART to terminals, so allow 90 minutes for transit.
Advice: For an outstanding selection of local craft beers, skip the hotel bar and head across Shattuck to the Jupiter.
Old Quibbles Corrected: In previous visits, the wifi was slow, desk chair was uncomfortable and desk was too high for comfortable computer use and outlets were too few. Desk was still a bit too high for computer use. Desk chair now fine. Ample number of outlets in base of lamps. The new two tiered wifi system worked well. Even the free service was functional.
Enjoy your stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Shattuck Plaza reopened in June 2009 as the jewel of downtown Berkeley, California. After a multimillion dollar renovation which combined the building’s historic charm with modern technologies and amenities, this landmark, boutique hotel provides an upscale haven for business or leisure travelers. Located two blocks from the UC Berkeley campus and next to the Berkeley BART station, the hotel is perfectly positioned for guests visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shattuck Plaza Hotel
- Shattuck Plaza Berkeley