Experience Berkeley (the Other Side of the Bay) at These 10 Hotels

What comes to your mind when you hear the words Berkeley, CA?

Maybe it's 60's hippies fighting for freedom of expression on the vast and beautiful UC Berkeley campus. Or maybe it's a vision of iconic Telegraph Street. Heck, maybe you see Dustin Hoffman at the end of "The Graduate," when he breaks up Elaine Robinson's wedding because he loves her.

What might not come to mind are some of the best lodging options in the Bay Area. But that's why we're here. We've put together an outstanding list of the finest hotels and motels in Berkeley, including the historic Berkeley City Club and the UC student-friendly Hotel Durant.

San Francisco may have the techsters and the hipsters, and Oakland has become the Brooklyn of the West Coast. But Berkeley has had brilliant geeks running all over its campus way before the tech boom, and this city has oozed cool since the 60's. (And don't forget that Oakland and San Francisco are quick BART train rides away from Berkeley, too.)

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco - not to mention some respite from the cold fog - then book a hotel in Berkeley from our list below. 



Some would argue that the Essex House is the most quintessentially Berkeley experience you can find. Basically a two-room boarding house, the Essex House is most famous for the hot tub in back. The owner allowed people to use the hot tub at no...  Read More



Days Inn Pinole/North Berkeley is the perfect option for those families who want to see a little bit of Berkeley - and probably a whole lot of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Taking a broader view, the location right along I-80 is also right bet...  Read More



Situated on bustling University Avenue, Travelodge Berkeley has the same accommodations as the rest of the Travelodges you may have encountered. With one important and excellent distinction; it's located in Berkeley. That means you can stay at...  Read More



As they say in real estate, everything is about location, location, location. And Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Richmond/Berkeley has one of the best locations for tourists coming to the Bay Area. It's perfectly situated between the downtown...  Read More



For those who prefer of the water to a view of the hills, DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina is a great fit. The Berkeley side of the bay doesn't get as much press as the San Francisco side, but it's just as lovely. And with Berkeley's...  Read More



For those who want their hotel stay to be one of the main attractions of their entire trip, there's no better choice than the beautiful and historic Claremont Hotel Club and Spa. Like some of the elegant (and pricey!) hotels in downtown San...  Read More



Although Berkeley is most famous for its world-class university, it's moderate temperatures make it a perfect place for roses, too. Sleeping in the middle of Berkeley's lovely rose gardens is not allowed, but the next best option is a stay at...  Read More



Designed by California legend Julia Morgan, Berkeley City Club has the same awe-inspiring designs as on of Morgan's other famous projects, Hearst Castle. Run as a social club for women in 1930, it opened its doors to men an women in 1965....  Read More



If you want the kind of hotel that San Francisco across the Bay seems to have perfected, namely old-world charm wrapped up in modern, tech-comforts, then Hotel Shattuck is our top choice for you. Conveniently located by the downtown BART, Hotel...  Read More



As the saying goes, when in Rome: if you're going to fully experience authentic Berkeley, you should get a taste of what UC Berkeley has to offer. And there's no better hotel to feel campus life than the Hotel Durant, which, since 1928, has been...  Read More


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