Stayed here for several nights when visiting our daughter at Cal. I am very fond of Hotel Shattuck Plaza but decided to give the Durant a try. The lobby is lovely and steeped in Cal history. There is a small restaurant with cozy window alcoves and good food and service. We had breakfast there and it was delicious. The bar attracts a younger crowd (which, given its proximity to the campus, makes sense) and is a bit too noisy for conversation but a good place to watch the game. BEST feature is the location, which is excellent. My daughter found it much easier to meet me in between classes than when we were at the Shattuck. All in all, I prefer the Shattuck for the "grown up" vibe and the gorgeous bar and dining room, but if you are looking to interface with the events on campus the Durant is a better bet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Graduate Berkeley – where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay. Graduate Berkeley is a five-minute walk to campus at the corner of the city stir and game day buzz. We are steps from Telegraph Avenue shops and stops. A virtual post card from its counter culture past, Graduate Berkeley resides in the historically renovated Hotel Durant, making it the most storied place around. The Graduate Berkeley, is a full-service, 144 room boutique hotel, inviting nods to the arts and academia, the well-traveled, and Berkeley’s Bohemian roots. Thousands of “Nat Geo” magazines journey across the front desk walls, dressing them in California gold. Gather some Golden Bears for a post-game bite at the restaurant Henry’s or convene at a communal wood table. Rooms amenities include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, refrigerator, in-room laptop safe, triple-sheeted linens and designer bath products. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Durant Hotel Berkeley