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“Quirky and comfortable”
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Graduate Berkeley
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

I stayed at the Durant upon the recommendation of a friend and I was not sorry. Check-in was speedy and the staff was helpful in trying to help me find a restaurant that would open early the following day. (No luck, evidently Berekely sleeps until 7)

I knew something was different when I noticed the rooms on my floor were all named for famous Berekely grads. My room was the Mario Savio room on the 6th floor with a view towards the campus. The decorating of the room was fun with bong-shaped lamps, a lab table from the cultural anthropology department, and composition-book guest-directory, and tie-dyed curtains. The art work was a pair of streakers from the 60's and a movie poster for the graduate. Fun!

The room was clean, bed comfortable, tv large. The cable selections were minimal. The "bathroom" sink was in the bedroom, but this wasn't a problem when staying alone. The construction must be on other floor or hours because I never heard a thing, although I could hear doors closing when other travelers went to their rooms late at night. Nevertheless, I slept well and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

After flying back from New York, I was excited to try out a hotel in Berkeley while visiting my friends for the night. I had some mixed reviews while looking over previous guests comments, but decided to give it a try.
Although I feel I should not have enjoyed the room as much as I did, I left very satisfied. My cons for the room were that it was very quaint, the bathroom tiny (one of the worlds smallest sinks), and since they are renovating you could tell they needed to pay a little bit more attention to details (carpet not laid correct, bathtub/shower had minor scratches). The walls are very thin, but if you leave the fan on, it really provides fantastic back round noise.
Now although those are some areas of the hotel they could work on, it would not stop me from returning. I enjoyed the quirky details (the lamp, the desk and hotel catalog, the modern but yet old fashioned touches in the room, and the service was great. I also loved walking into town, and thought that Henry's (Gastropub in the hotel) was fantastic too. If I returned to Berkeley, I would stay here again. In the grand scheme of things, of course there are much better hotels, but overall for the price and location it was good.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Hotel is currently under construction. If you are a light sleeper or want to have private conversations in your room, I would not recommend this hotel. Room walls are so thin that conversations in the adjacent room can be heard.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

I stayed at the Hotel Durant for a week in September. I hadn't stayed here for 20 years so it was a blast to come back. It is very centrally located next to the campus. It is easy to walk to Top Dog or many of the other choices that are close by. One can either walk to BART (a hike) or take a bus. It made it a reasonable stay when all of the hotels in SF were up over $400 due to conferences and last minute reservations. Street side is a bit loud, but that is part of being close to the campus.

Room Tip: high floor and not street side
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

Nice room, nice staff, good location :) I slept very well, the bed is amazing and and no noises are filtered into the room. All the staff of the hotel was very kind and helpful. I was there for a Meeting in the University of Berkeley and I really enjoy being in the Hotel Durant.

Room Tip: Choose a room with view to the street
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

I stayed at Hotel Durant for a week while participating in a workshop at UC Berkeley. My stay was wonderful. It's located close to campus, and the walk down to Shattuck is about 15 minutes. I enjoyed my stay and will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Full of local character and walking distance to the Gourmet Ghetto!
The staff was totally friendly and lovely.
We were there when school was out of session, so it was pretty quiet. I did notice though that closing the windows was really effective in cutting out the outside noise completely.

Room Tip: We had connecting rooms and there was plenty of room for everyone to hang out and enjoy each other...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Graduate Berkeley

Address: 2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1711 (Formerly Hotel Durant)
Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Berkeley
#3 Business Hotel in Berkeley
Price Range: £105 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Graduate Berkeley 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME BACK TO THE GLORY DAYS OF COLLEGE LIFE, WITH A FEW OF THE NEW COMFORTS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T HAVE THE FIRST TIME AROUND. Graduate Berkeley—where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay. Located one block from the nations' top-ranked public university, UC Berkeley, the Graduate Berkeley, is a full-service, 144 room boutique hotel. Graduate Berkeley is a one block walk to campus at the corner of the city stir and game day buzz. Steps from Telegraph Avenue shops and stops. A quick five-minute walk to entertainment at Cal Memorial Stadium, Cal Performances or the Greek Theater. The hotel is a virtual post card from its counterculture past, Graduate Berkeley now resides in the historically renovated Hotel Durant, making it the most storied place around. The lobby invites nods to the arts and academia, the well-traveled local and Berkeley’s Bohemian roots. Collegiate plaids mix with a faraway but familiar feel, like a home away from home. Thousands of “Nat Geo” magazines journey across the front desk walls, dressing them in California gold. Curl up with a book amidst Ikat patterned easy chairs and printed velvet sofas in deep blues and burgundy with a vintage vibe. Sweeping wood floors are layered with hand-woven rugs from India, while graphic street art mixes with chinoiserie accessories offset by original millwork and moldings. Gather some Golden Bears for a post-game bite at the restaurant Henry’s or convene at a communal wood table; it’s the perfect hub for conversation, camaraderie and robust exchange of ideas and intellect. So whether you’re in town for a meeting or meet up, cheering along with Oski on The Hill or enjoying a show at the Greek, the Graduate Berkeley is here to make it memorable. You will feel like a local, at home again even if it’s your first time in town. Graduate Berkeley rooms are ready for a night like you’ve never had before, where little moments of surprise and discovery will meet you down every corridor and around each corner. This is Graduate—be ready to be inspired. Rooms amenities include complimentary wireless hi-speed internet access, flat screen TV, refrigerator, in-room laptop safe, triple-sheeted linens and designer bath products. ... more   less 
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