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chennai
Reviewed 22 October 2010

The location is good. Just near the weekly farmer's market and right in the Gourmet Ghetto. Indeed, Alice Water famed restaurant is almost opposite and the region's best pizza and delicatessen cheese counter is next door! The rooms were overpriced for the facilities. They were adequate though.

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Tokyo
Reviewed 2 April 2010

If you're looking for a cheap room in the heart of Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, this place can't be beat. Great cafe in the building, Chez Panisse across the street, the Cheese Board a few doors down ... oh, don't get me started. But if you're the sort of traveller for whom the actual hotel experience is key, it might not...

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chepancho
Reviewed 15 February 2010

I ended up here thanks to the guide du routard, rated there as "very chic", what a joke! I found this hotel extremely expensive, in regards to the nicely centered hotel (Union Square Plaza), I've been in SF. The problem is that there is nothing cheap and decent in Berkeley, except the YMCA!

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USA
Reviewed 17 December 2009

In my opinion the French Hotel has the best coffee in the East Bay. But it's not everyone's cup of tea, as it were. The place is run-down, not particularly clean or cozy, but it is a very local haunt. The same people have been sitting there for decades, every morning, discussing how to save the world from itself. I...

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 19 April 2009

Right near the train and a grocery store with lots of trucks entering in the early morning. Very noise and mediocre rooms and location.

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New Jersey
Reviewed 6 October 2008

This is a small comfortable hotel located on Shattack St in Berkeley across the street from Che Panise, the famous retsaurant. Ron , the manager, is very accomodating and helpful. My wife & I have stayed here several times. Excellent location to U C of Berkeley and Napa and SF. Do try it!

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san francisco
Reviewed 2 September 2008

my trip started badly and ended badly in regards to this hotel. when we arrived at the hotel at 1:00a.m after making a reservation our rooms that we had booked had been given to someone else, but after about a hour of arguing with the gentleman at the lobby area, we were finally given rooms with fold out beds. they...

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San Francisco Bay Area, California
Reviewed 28 March 2008

My sister and I stayed here because of the lively neighborhood in which it is located. The earlier reviews were a little scary, but it seems the hotel has been more recently renovated. It's not luxurious, but perfectly comfortable, clean and safe. Actually its more like a small pension in France as the name suggests. We had one of the...

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Rochester, NY
Reviewed 18 March 2008

The French Hotel has been a mainstay of North Berkeley for quite a while now, and I've used it since 1990. In 1990 it was quite the place to stay for the price; I suspect ownership has changed several times since then. However: 1). It is walking distance to U. C. Berkeley 2). Chez Panisse is across the street from...

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Boston, MA
Reviewed 12 February 2008

I understood full well going in to the French Hotel what it was. I lived in Berkeley for 2 years approx 2 blocks from the hotel, so it wasn't a mystery to me. That said, you get what you pay for. The Good: The neighborhood. Best in Berkeley by far. Next to Andronico's market (an amazing, though expensive, organic lovers...

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SenS Hotel & Bistro is centrally-located in one of the best food destinations in the Bay Area. The famous Gourmet Ghetto is renowned for its epicurean delights provided by restaurants like the world renowned Chez Panisse, the upscale Mexican restaurant Cesar, and the enormously popular Cheese Board Collective. The famous SenS Bistro is located on the ground-floor and serves the best espressos, lattes and pastries in town. Hotel guests enjoy complementary morning coffee as well as fresh pastries and bagels all while soaking up Berkeley's morning sun and catching up on-line with access to our complimentary Wi-Fi. Our three-level, historical hotel is centrally-located in one of the best walking neighborhoods in town. The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation featuring new amenities such as luxurious walk in showers, high end linens, and new flat screen TVs. Renovations will be completed in early 2017, but until then, you can enjoy our spacious, comfortable rooms equipped with cozy beds, cherrywood armoirs and writing tables. Several of our rooms have balconies. We are conveniently located close to University of California Berkeley and many Berkeley corporate offices. San Francisco is minutes away via freeway and BART. Both San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport are a comfortable drive from our hotel. Our friendly staff will happily assist in any special arrangements that you might need. ... more   less 

Additional Information about SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley

Address: 1538 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1517 (Formerly French Hotel)
Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range: $235 - $329 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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“Hotel is adjacent to a supermarket, so you'll hear the early morning (6:15 and on) delivery trucks and rack loadings.”
 of 5 bubbles 818traveler, 13 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Room 208; corner room, nice balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles MicheleR67, 21 Nov 2013 | Read review
“Stayed on the 1st floor. Would request that again since I'm not fond of elevators being from a small city.”
 of 5 bubbles IndiaofBirminghamH, 18 May 2013 | Read review
“If at all possible, ask to see a room before you book it (e.g., if you are booking a room for visiting family).”
 of 5 bubbles 509MargaretP, 1 Apr 2013 | Read review
“Higher floors are likely to be quieter. There is a nice grocery next door but there is trash pickup early in the morning”
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