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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

1175 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1605
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#4 of 20 hotels in Berkeley
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Berkeley! We are located on University Avenue within walking distance of Downtown Berkeley and 1.7 Miles from Central UC Berkeley Campus. Enjoy performances & concerts at the Berkeley Greek Theater. Visit the Lawrence Hall of Science Center including the Idea Lab, NanoZone, and Real Astronomy Experience. Golden Gate Fields is where the Bay comes to play, offering live thoroughbred horse racing in a spectacular setting, just 2 short miles away. The University of California Botanical Garden features over 12,000 different kinds of plants from around the world on 34 acres. If you love chocolate as much as we do, don t miss touring Scharffen Berger Chocolate Makers, producers of the highest quality chocolate using vintage European equipment right here in Berkeley. For history buffs, don t miss the USS Hornet in Alameda. It s a one-of-a-kind experience you won t want to miss! Catch a Cal Golden Bears Game at Memorial Stadium. We are the most comfortable and convenient hotel headquarters to catch all the action! When it's time to relax, return to your spacious room at the Holiday Inn Express Berkeley Hotel. Stay in touch while away from home with our complimentary high-speed Internet service. We also offer complimentary hot breakfast and free on-site parking. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Grade: 91 out of 100
91Restaurantswithin 1 km
12Attractionswithin 1 km
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TorontoEh wrote a review Dec. 2019
Toronto149 contributions111 helpful votes
We have visited Berkeley regularly for the last 10 years, and this has become our hotel of choice, given the excellent, friendly staff and service; large, clean rooms; and setback from the noises of the Main Street on which it is located. While the cost per night has risen over the years and can seem exorbitant for a Holiday Inn Express, it reflects the price of hotels in the Bay Area, and varies with the seasons, rising when the city is busier. This hotel remains the best value we have found for this room level because parking and breakfast are included. I was surprised to see the comments on the neighborhood. While sadly there is worsening homelessness everywhere in the Bay Area, including Berkeley, particularly downtown and along the highways, we have never encountered a problem around the hotel, including on our current visit, so I was surprised to see so many reviews mention it. I was also surprised to see someone mention difficulty getting dairy-free milk alternatives, as I use them here regularly. However, the coffee, which used to be excellent, could be better.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
1 Helpful vote
travelwise7 wrote a review Nov. 2019
Fairfax, California113 contributions77 helpful votes
We stayed there a week ago because of the power cut in Marin County. They charged us twice the rate they are advertising now. The current rate was advertised before the power cut, but I was waiting for proof so that I can report them.
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Date of stay: October 2019
2 Helpful votes
Response from IHGService, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Responded Nov. 18, 2019
Hi travelwise7, Thank you for your review and for staying with us. I would like to follow-up on your concern and have sent you a private message to obtain additional information about your stay. Again, thanks for staying with us. I look forward to your response and being of further assistance. Sincerely, Connie D Case Manager IHGService
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Pearl0208 wrote a review Sep. 2019
Orange County, California48 contributions89 helpful votes
I feel bad writing a negative review about this hotel because the staff was very friendly. My room was fine. But the hotel was surrounded by homeless people the night I stayed there. It was weird so see so many tents set up near the hotel. Later in the evening, I needed to go out to my rental car but was very apprehensive, and I did not feel comfortable. When traveling alone for business, my safety is number one priority. It's sad that this location has become less than desirable.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: If you must stay here, be sure to stay very close to the front desk.
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3 Helpful votes
Response from IHGService, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Responded Dec. 16, 2019
Hello, Pearl0208, Thank you for sharing your experience at the Holiday Inn Express Berkeley. I read how you felt uneasy about our hotel's location. A simple, engaging place to rest, recharge, and get a little work done is what we aim to provide. I am sorry about your discomfort. I shared your feedback with our management team to look into this matter and address it with high importance to ensure our guests' comfort and safety at all times. I hope you will give us another chance to prove that your unsatisfactory stay was an exception, and we'll always be your preferred choice in hosting your future travels. On the lighter note, I am glad our staff made you felt our true hospitality, and you are pleased with the room. Sincerely, Jeraldine R. Case Manager IHGService
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sfvisitor wrote a review Sep. 2019
Seal Beach, California60 contributions62 helpful votes
We got a good price on this fairly standard Holiday Inn Express, but we found this location to be a little depressing. The neighborhood is rundown, and a pair of folks were screaming and physically fighting each other on the sidewalk out front. I don’t know, maybe you just have to adjust your expectations in Berkeley.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from IHGService, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Responded Dec. 17, 2019
Hello sfvisitor, Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay at Holiday Inn Express Berkeley, CA. We offer Limited/Select Service hospitality however, it seems that you were not able to enjoy your stay. On behalf of the hotel, I'm sorry we fell below your expectation regarding the location and neighborhood. Not the experience we wanted you to have. While we understand that your stay was not 100% satisfactory, we would hope that you would give us another chance to make your stay as best as it can be. I hope you give us a chance in the future to show you how great our hotel is. Sincerely, Orlando Case Manager IHGService
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jenLeCreate wrote a review Sep. 2019
Vista, California348 contributions180 helpful votes
Traveled solo in June and decided to stay here in Berkeley for 2 nites. Worked out great. Staff super friendly (front desk & housekeeping) and helpful if you need anything, free parking (plenty), room key access to hotel doors (front door in the evening), safe in room, comfortable bed, complimentary breakfast each day, price was reasonable as well. Returned w/ my wife in July and stayed for 3 nites. Same experience. Like the location - close to Bart and downtown Berkeley and freeway close. Not too far from campus if you need to get there. The only thing that I would like to see improved is some choices at the breakfast for those that eat a vegan diet - very limited (some fruit) but we purchased what we needed to make it work. Look forward to our next visit when we stay in the bay area.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Room Tip: upper floor is best for us
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US$134 - US$318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Which popular attractions are close to Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
Nearby attractions include Fourth Street (1.1 km), Takara Sake USA (0.9 km), and Sur La Table (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a fitness centre.
What food & drink options are available at Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bette's Oceanview Diner, Vik's Chaat Corner, and Iyasare.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Holiday Inn Express & Suites offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Holiday Inn Express & Suites?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park (7.5 km), Chapel of the Chimes Oakland (5.7 km), and Camron-Stanford House (7.9 km).
Is Holiday Inn Express & Suites accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.