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“Great choice for parents visiting UCBerkely students!”
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Graduate Berkeley
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We like The Durant for it's great walking distance to all of UCBerkeley campus. Location is great if if you are not driving into the area. Bart stations are close. Love the College theme decor, classy but whimsical! Staff is great! Restaurant & bar are great. Only minus for me is the bedding could be more "fluffy".

Room Tip: Love the rooms facing the bay!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

It is well-located for visiting the Cal campus, and the staff is friendly, but that is about all it has going for it. It bills itself as a hip "boutique" hotel, but we found it at best a bit seedy and depressing. Our room was small, and the bathroom tiny, with no counter space to put our things. The bath itself looked like it needed a good scrub. If the room had been offered at a bargain price, I guess it would have been okay. But it was pricey. There have to be better options in Berkeley.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

My wife and I stayed four nights at the hotel in May 2014. We found it to have everything we needed for a business stay. It is very close to the UCB campus and is located on a vibrant street with all services needed. The hotel can be reached by walking from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and takes about 15 minutes. We also enjoyed walking the campus and found the restaurants on College Street about six blocks south of Durant to be very nice. The hotel room was clean and well maintained with lots of light, a desk and refrigerator. It is highly recommended for a business stay.

Room Tip: A corner room is nice as it has more windows for cross ventilation.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I like the Durant, and have stayed probably three times. The rooms are adequate, comfortable and clean. It's a nuisance to have to wait for and take the elevator even when I'm just going up a single flight of stairs, but there are no stairwells for guest use. It's very convenient to have the restaurant and bar in the lobby. Great location for visiting your Cal student. Street parking is possible, at two hour increments and overnight until 9am.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Perfect location for a Berkeley campus visit. Nice and ample rooms, but bathroom on the very small side. Helpful and friendly staff. Airco did not work due to refurbishment, but not a problem at this time of year. Elevators quite "antique".
The restaurant "Henry" was a great plus, nice location and very good pub-stype food.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

My husband, adult daughter and I stayed at the Hotel Durant on a recent visit to Berkeley, California. The first night of our visit, we were exhausted and ended up in the hotel bar to order nite caps. The bar had a list of featured drinks and my husband and I each ordered one--after waiting interminably for a waiter to come to our table--although the bar was scarcely crowded. The drinks arrived and were horribly bitter but we were too tired to care! However, when I got to the bottom I realized that my drink--instead of being made with ginger syrup--had been made with chopped ginger! No wonder it was so bitter. I asked my husband about his drink--and sure enough, it too was full of chopped ginger when it was supposed to be made with ginger beer. Ugh! To add insult to injury, however, when we checked out of the hotel we discovered that we seemed to have left the bartender a tip which was 50% of our bill!!!! My husband took this up with the concierge who pulled the bill and said "oops." It seems the bartender had simply billed us twice and counted one time as his tip. Now about noise: the first night was quiet and we were happy but the second night apparently some people had rented the room next to ours. As soon as they came in we could hear every word they said as if they were standing in our room--there was no sound insulation whatsoever. We finally began talking in our room after knocking several times on the door that separated the rooms. I think once we started talking, they realized how clearly they could hear us--and of course how clearly we could hear them!!! So my final advice is find another place to stay in Berkeley. The location is great, the room clean but the noise and the cheating bartender--unacceptable!

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Most of the hotel staff and management are totally disorganized, rude and lack any degree of customer service. Tried to check into the rooms at 3:30, the rooms were not ready and did not get them until 4:45. For the second room, we had reserved and guaranteed a room with 2 double beds, which did not happen and they tried to cram a 5 foot long by 2 foot wide cot into a small room which was totally ridiculous. I will never stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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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: £117 - £284 (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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