We used to stay here but hadn't been in years. This weekend we went overnight to get away from the valley heat. This is a very nice hotel that looks out on the yacht harbor and accross the bay to San Francisco. It is quiet, and worth a room with a bay view. It's a about 1/4 mile from the freeway, which is great. It is quiet in general, but the bay view rooms are away from the road so probably the most quiet. It has a lovely lawn area at the back and people on the first floor had patios so they were outside drinking and barbequing and having a great time. People in other rooms higher up would look down and chat, so it was all very friendly. This was the Open (Golf) in San Francisco but the hotel was far enough away that we were able to get a room only a couple of days before our stay. I'm thinking it may be a good place if you don't want to stay in the city, although traffic across the bay bridge can be a pain.
Being Hilton Honors members, we were given passes for a free breakfast buffet. Theirs is wonderful. It had a chef cooking omelets to order, lots of sweet fresh fruit, pasteries, eggs, bacon, sausage, really good oatmeal, and other stuff. It is definitely a wonderful hotel breakfast. I don't know what it costs if you aren't a member, however, and it was sunday so I don't know how that compares to other days as far as quantity of food. I do know it was packed! Since we were having brunch at Skates with family, we just took a little food back to the room to eat on the balcony. It was all excellent.
There is a great restaurant called Skates by the Bay just around the corner where we hadbrunch. There is another restaurant just down the way which also has good food, and near the UC Berkeley campus are lots of great eateries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Breathtaking views of the Bay Area, San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge usher guests into our elegant lobby. Our beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites include private balconies or patios, and are available with Berkeley Hills, Courtyard, or Marina views. Our 378 guest rooms include all the comforts of home, including high-speed Internet access and luxurious Sweet Dreams beds. Guests are also offered fine hotel amenities, which include an indoor family pool and spa, indoor lap pool, well-equipped Fitness Center, and sauna. Enjoy the finest in California cuisine at our waterfront restaurant, Bay Grille, or relax with your favorite beverage at sunset in the Bay Lounge. ... more less
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