I was visiting Berkeley for a conference at the university, the campus of which this delightful hotel adjoins. Once a private clubhouse for women, it is a delightfully quirky place.
Yes the rooms - and the bathrooms in particular - are not that big; yes there is little cupboard space in them; and yes there are only stairs to take you up and down. But the rooms are spotless, many with great balconies; the staff is unfailingly courteous and cheerful; and the (free) breakfasts are fun and generous. It sounds very Californian to say it this way, but there is no denying : the vibes of the place are very, very good. And the Art Deco look is superb.
One very impressive factor : we stayed five nights. Around 5 .30 our final morning we were woken by some thunderous noises from the heating pipes- which unsurprisingly we complained about. We were told immediately that we would not be charged at all for that night's stay - "you are in a hotel to get a good night's sleep, and our pipework denied you that, so why should we charge you?"
There is also an automatic $10 discount for a dinner at the excellent restaurant next door - a very nice gesture.
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