I am giving the Hotel Shattuck Plaza five stars because TEN is not an option!
I teared up saying goodbye to the general manager, as I tried to express my heartfelt appreciation for the warmth, responsiveness, friendliness and attention that the staff provided to me and my family during our week in residence. My favorite hotel stay---ever.
We booked more than 30 rooms for an extended wedding weekend and we really put the staff through their paces, especially by starting our visit with a car crash at their front door. The hotel is beautifully kept, and the housekeeping staff brought towels & toiletries, took laundry, tidied up after the bridal party, etc. The front desk staff managed endless requests--changing rooms, calling cabs, providing BART tutorials, advising about activities & attractions, etc. The dining room/bar staff kept up with a constant stream of guests, some landing mid-meal, and many with the same last name but 30 different room numbers. [Let me recommend the entire menu, but especially the bacon & eggs and French fries, my favorite comfort foods.]
HSF is ideal for a wedding party. The lobby, bar and dining room all flow into one another so you can sit anywhere (the lobby has several seating areas) and see friends coming in the door or off the elevator. So, for example, someone could order coffee, and be joined by a couple who wanted breakfast, and wave goodbye to others heading off to sightsee in the city. Personally I enjoyed sitting at the bar where everyone could stop for a drink and make dinner plans.
As the mother-of-the-bride, I was concerned about the comfort and happiness of many people, some of whom had travelled overseas to be with us. The hotel staff made this a delightful task. They actively contributed to the success of the entire weekend. And, the bed was fabulous :-)
- 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