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“Beautiful but noisy”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Bancroft Hotel

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Bancroft Hotel
Ranked #12 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Fort Bragg, California
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6 reviews
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“Beautiful but noisy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

The Bancroft Hotel is beautiful. The rooms are beautiful. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast was sufficient. The location in regards to UC Berkeley, downtown Berkeley and the student hustle and bustle can't be beat. That's one reason why it is so noisy. UC Berkeley across the street (sporting event festivities go into the night), a very good but busy and noisy coffeeshop next door, constant street noise, toilets make noise all night long, i.e. bring earplugs. I didn't get a lot of sleep, but I did enjoy my 2 nights there. PS Ask for a room away from the coffeshop and street.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

This hotel is super comfortable and perfectly located. The staff was very courteous, friendly and helpful. The room was very clean and the decoration tasteful and elegant. I would stay there again and bring my family and friends. The architecture and atmosphere of the hotel captures the spirit of Berkeley.

Room Tip: pick a room with a balcony for sure, the view is inspiring!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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West Country
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

The only thing missing was Basil Fawlty.
Arrived on Friday was able to have a nice shower there after it was hit and miss.
No water coming through shower or cold water, two cold showers on Saturday and a hot one just before checking out on Sunday.
If you or anyone uses the toilet during the night it can be heard on all floors and all rooms on the side of the hotel WC was used. The plumbing plays a tune throughout the night, if you like that
. Walls are thin and an en-suite means yes WC and shower in what can only be described as a cupboard with a wash basin on the opposite side of the bedroom, indicating very hot water, sorry not even warm water.

Room Tip: Choose another Hotel
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Gloucester, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

Room attractively decorated but there was minimal storage space and no drawers (we were in the middle of a 2-week holiday) and the room was very cramped for two (we had a standard Queen). There was only a single armchair. We had to request a chair for the desk. There were no coffee or tea making facilities in the room (or in the hotel at all). We were given a voucher for one free cup of coffee from the cafe next door. Speaking to other guests, all of whom were staying alone, their rooms were bigger and had balconies. For the price we thought it wasn't really that great. On the plus side the breakfasts were good (eg fresh baked scones and cream), the eco ethos was impressive (although why disposable plates and cups at breakfast?) and the staff were very pleasant and obliging. Liked the roof terrace and location for the university was perfect. The building was interesting but there was an event held in the main function room all three days that we were there and this created quite a noise in our room on the 2nd floor (although noise in general not a major issue). Not a bad stay but not particularly good value for money overall.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank TyrelleTravellers
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2011

I'm a Berkeley resident and I stayed at this adorable hotel off and on between apartments. I have stayed at other hotels in Berkeley but this seemed hands down the best value, most central (across the street from campus, 2 blocks from Telegraph, and walking distance from College or even the Gourmet Ghetto), and charming. If you're looking for a blingy style "destination hotel" with a pool, room service, and in-house restaurants where you can spend the day at the hotel, look elsewhere. This (historic) boutique hotel was once a women's clubhouse and then a dorm (?)--not certain about the history, but the layout is more homey than hotel-style with a very small lobby, narrow stairs (climbing them will be quite a feat if you have heavy luggage) and not much (in fact, nada) going on in the way of in-house restaurants/bars. But it is perfect for families visiting their loved ones or really anyone who wants a clean, pleasant, central place to stay.

The rooms are small but spotless and tastefully decorated--also equipped with a flat screen TV, alarm clock, small desk etc. The service is impeccable (I dealt mostly with Brynna who was just lovely---incredibly pleasant and attentive). The room linens are organic and the toiletries are EO products which are eco-friendly and made of natural oils and scents--bonus for me because I use the stuff anyway. You are provided with (free) internet access and the (free) continental breakfasts are just enough to get you going in the morning with homemade granola, muffins and the like.

I love this charming little hotel, and it will always be my home away from home if ever I need a place to stay in Berkeley!

Room Tip: My favorite room was #312
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Bancroft Hotel

Property: Bancroft Hotel
Address: 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-1717
Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 Hotels in Berkeley
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,826 - ₹ 12,317
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Bancroft Hotel Berkeley

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