I read the other reviews and agree with them. This is a very nice hotel and has some wonderful features. Now for a word of caution about an unusual quirk.
We booked our hotel online through one one of the hotel/airline sights - I think Orbitz. When we got to the hotel front desk a portly younger gentleman in a nice suit checked us in. A quiet and nice guy, however when we got to our two rooms on the fifth floor, we found one to be quite large and the other proportionately smaller, as if our room was built smaller to provide a bigger room next door. The room with two of us in it got the smaller room, the single person got the larger one. We thought about exchanging rooms between us but we had already started unpacking when we saw each others room and it was only for one night.
Now, here was the surprise. Both rooms had double beds; not Queen or King size, but short doubles. We didn't think much about it until bedtime, hours later. Since the two of us in the one room are 6' tall, under the very nice covers, our feet hung out over the end of the bed! And the mattress sagged in the middle. The other person in the other room is about 5'6" and she had problems with the bed being short also!
Now, back to the front desk; you would have thought the check - in person would have seen our size and perhaps suggested a different room arrangement, no? And, giving us two the smaller room to boot?
The next morning when we checked out we mentioned this to the check out person. She asked several questions, then said only 10 rooms in the hotel had double beds and we probably got those because we made our reservation online through a hotel website, which we did. And, we could have upgraded our room if we didn't like it. She said to call the hotel directly next time. So if we get a room cheaper online, does that mean we take a chance when it comes to bed size? Next time we will contact both the hotel and the website for a comparison I guess. Would we stay here again? From reading other reviews, stay away from rooms next to the elevators, rooms facing the main street ( because of noise) and rooms with small beds. Otherwise it seemed like a very nice hotel.
- 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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