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Stuart, Florida
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We were happy to move to another hotel after staying here for 4 nights. At first, we had a very small room with what appeared to be a double bed (could have been queen but it seemed small). We had asked for a room with two beds, but they said they couldn't accommodate us due to there being a large...

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We visited the weekend of March 10. We were told on our confirmation letter that there was construction and it would be a "Minor" inconvenience. When we arrived Thursday- you could not even use the front door! NO restaurant or space in Lobby period. They finally offered us a small discount on our room- but the service was terrible. Often...

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Encinitas, California
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I was a bit worried about staying here last week after reading about all the issues with construction noise. It was a weekend, and the construction didn't bother us at all. Check-in was easy, efficient, and friendly. The average rating above reflects the cost of the room, although it has fantastic location, the room was almost $260, including tax and...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

Dear GoBearsinSD, Thanks for sharing your comments about your previous stay at our property. The team is working diligently to wrap up the finishing touches on the renovation and we are a couple short weeks from completion. We understand your frustrations when it comes to the layout of some of our bathrooms, and will definitely pass this on to our...

Greenwich, Connecticut
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Location: perfect; couldn't be an easier walk to visit UC Berkeley Renovation was underway and we were given an unrenovated room, which was extremely quirky and outdated, BUT the bed was super comfortable and the towels were great. The complimentary continental breakfast in the makeshift lobby was pretty high quality considering. My only complaint: the price. For the location it...

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Dell D, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

Dear Laura, Our team appreciates you staying at Hotel Durant this winter. The hotel is very excited to showcase our new public space and guest room product this Spring. We thank you for your business and look forward to your next visit. Warm regards,

Lincoln, California
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Really nothing to complain about other than the construction limited availability of on site amenities, but overall a decent place to crash for the night. We went to a concert at the Fox Theater in Oakland and this was a perfect spot to get a quick Uber and back after the show. The staff was extremely attentive despite their make...

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Dell D, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

Dear AndyECV, Happy New Year! We wish you the best of luck in 2017. We couldn't agree with you more about Hotel Durant having a great location in Berkeley to visit the East Bay and sites such as the Fox Theater in Oakland. We appreciate your kind comments about the attentive customer service you received while the hotel executes a...

Santa Monica, California
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We have stayed here several times over the years because of the location close to campus. We have had various glitches with fire alarms and lost reservations and so on but in general it has been acceptable. On this occasion we had made a reservation several months in advance for a deluxe queen room. When we arrived we found that...

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Dell D, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

Dear Ray D, We thank you for staying at our hotel this winter. We certainly never want this experience to be a lasting impression. The hotel is in the middle of exciting updates and a refresh to the entire property. Once complete, we will be excited to show and share the finished product. There are a few items described we...

Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

I arrived to the hotel during a big construction project. Having checked the hotel's website prior to my arrival to review it, I was surprised to see it was under full renovation. No mention about construction. I had booked and paid for the room through Expedia, but the hotel charged me again anyway. To their credit they resolved this the...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

Dear Derek G, Thanks for taking the time to talk about your experience during your latest visit. We are indeed under renovation as displayed on our website and travel agencies. The good news is we are close to finishing! But that doesnt change the fact of what transpired while you were with us. We are actively speaking with the renovation...

Columbia, Maryland
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Hotel Durant was a nice departure from the cookie cutter chains - a nice little boutique hotel near the edge of Berkeley. I personally enjoyed the somewhat windy stairways and eclectic art. They seemed relatively short staffed but it didn't affect service. My overall impression is that the staff are trying hard to make up for the inconvenience of construction....

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Dell D, General Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

Dear Deborah, Thank you for spending time with us while visiting Berkeley. We appreciate your comments about our staff and our attention to making your experience great while the hotel executes a few updates. We hope you come back to visit our hotel this spring when more public space areas are open. We are very excited about the new additions....

Reviewed 21 January 2017

I stayed here last year and it was great. But this year there was construction, so Henry's restaurant wasn't available, and there was noise and the air quality in the entrance and lift was affected by the construction as well. Breakfast was in a small conference room - a limited selection. If I had been pre-warned I would probably have...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

Dear Giulietta S, Thanks for returning to us after your great experience last year! Our renovation is nearing completion and we anticipate being better than ever. We strive to communicate as much as possible via websites, confirmations and pre-arrival emails to all of our incoming guests. And this transparency sometimes gets overlooked and I apologize it didn't reach you. If...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 29 December 2016

The hotel is undergoing renovation so don't expect a proper front desk - I had to go hunting around opening random doors to check out! But the rooms are comfortable, the location is great, and the prices are reasonable and those things are important. The heating worked fine for us, didn't try the TV, the wifi was good, the breakfast...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Graduate Berkeley, responded to this review

Dear WanderingLama, Thanks for taking the time to write about your recent stay. We apologize about the sign messaging through the lobby to the Front Desk. The team is looking to streamline this for our arriving guests so they don't have to hunt for its whereabouts. Although we do charge a premium for our parking, the biggest advantage is you...

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Henry’s Restaurant & Bar
Henry’s Restaurant & Bar
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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WELCOME BACK TO THE GLORY DAYS OF COLLEGE LIFE, WITH A FEW OF THE NEW COMFORTS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T HAVE THE FIRST TIME AROUND. Graduate Berkeley—where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay. Located one block from the nations' top-ranked public university, UC Berkeley, the Graduate Berkeley, is a full-service, 144 room boutique hotel. Graduate Berkeley is a one block walk to campus at the corner of the city stir and game day buzz. Steps from Telegraph Avenue shops and stops. A quick five-minute walk to entertainment at Cal Memorial Stadium, Cal Performances or the Greek Theater. The hotel is a virtual post card from its counterculture past, Graduate Berkeley now resides in the historically renovated Hotel Durant, making it the most storied place around. The lobby invites nods to the arts and academia, the well-traveled local and Berkeley’s Bohemian roots. Collegiate plaids mix with a faraway but familiar feel, like a home away from home. Thousands of “Nat Geo” magazines journey across the front desk walls, dressing them in California gold. Curl up with a book amidst Ikat patterned easy chairs and printed velvet sofas in deep blues and burgundy with a vintage vibe. Sweeping wood floors are layered with hand-woven rugs from India, while graphic street art mixes with chinoiserie accessories offset by original millwork and moldings. Gather some Golden Bears for a post-game bite at the restaurant Henry’s or convene at a communal wood table; it’s the perfect hub for conversation, camaraderie and robust exchange of ideas and intellect. So whether you’re in town for a meeting or meet up, cheering along with Oski on The Hill or enjoying a show at the Greek, the Graduate Berkeley is here to make it memorable. You will feel like a local, at home again even if it’s your first time in town. Graduate Berkeley rooms are ready for a night like you’ve never had before, where little moments of surprise and discovery will meet you down every corridor and around each corner. This is Graduate—be ready to be inspired. Rooms amenities include complimentary wireless hi-speed internet access, flat screen TV, refrigerator, in-room laptop safe, triple-sheeted linens and designer bath products. ... more   less 

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Address: 2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1711 (Formerly Hotel Durant)
Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range: $256 - $454 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Graduate Berkeley 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
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Durant Hotel Berkeley
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#2 Green Hotel in Berkeley
#3 Business Hotel in Berkeley
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“If your bathroom counter space/sink doesn't matter, 405 is at the end of the hall & quiet - MINUS if someone is in the room above you.”
AdSmith28, 26 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Ask for Bay View”
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“Verify the details of the room - you may not get a room with two beds and may have to cram in a rollaway bed.”
eamorrowesq, 19 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Presumably the renovated rooms are less quirky/outdated.”
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“Rooms at the back face a parking lot but are quiet.”
WanderingLama, 28 Dec 2016 | Read review
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