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Downtown Berkeley Inn

2001 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-1419
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#10 of 20 hotels in Berkeley
The Downtown Berkeley Inn is the newest lodging facility in Berkeley. Located just two blocks away from the University of California, Berkeley and a short five-minute walk from public transportation, our 27 rooms feature contemporary platform beds with TempurPedic-like foam mattresses, 42 inch High-Definition plasma TV with nearly 70 DirectTV channels, large desk and chair, in-room coffee machines and phone lines with data ports.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Grade: 100 out of 100
130Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
15Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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UCLASteve wrote a review Dec. 2019
Los Angeles, CA159 contributions89 helpful votes
I don't know who wrote the headline description, but this is a motel that has a good dose of deferred maintenance. The room I was in was in need of paint, the metal door frame around the bathroom door was heavily rusted, the heat/ac unit did not work (but they had a space heater and fan in the room, so obviously I wasn't the first to notice), and the wi-fi did not work (they said they would rest the router when I asked but it didn't make a difference). No light over the desk workspace. On the plus side, they do have glass cups for coffee (& one single cup pouch for the 4-cup drip pot). High on the convenience and low price benefits, but I would not return.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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14kftview wrote a review Aug. 2019
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico87 contributions53 helpful votes
This little gem is nicely located to the University and local restaurants. It is walkable to BART. The rooms are cozy, somewhat dated but clean. There isn't a pool or gym which is fine because there is FREE parking. The owner is a jewel herself and has quite the immigrant story of hard work and success. The only thing missing is a mini frig.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Adinazl wrote a review Aug. 2019
16 contributions19 helpful votes
Location could not be better!: one block from the main street, Shattuck Ave., one block from many eateries, and two blocks from the east side of the campus, In addition, the owner is a very nice and kind lady who comes out to let you in even if you arrive midnight and she is quite accommodating as well. We use this hotel frequently because of proximity to Cal and affordability and have been happy with our stay.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Room Tip: Ask for rooms on upper floors.
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Paul P wrote a review Apr. 2019
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We stayed for five nights in April 2019. Let’s get the negatives out first - the DBI is basically an old fashioned motel in the middle of downtown Berkeley, and if you don’t want that, keep moving. If you want a great comfortable place to stay, within minutes of the best places to see, eat, and drink in Berkeley (so much nicer than downtown SF, by the way, pretty much the Platonic ideal of a college town) and of course the BART station, with a lovely quiet place to sleep, then you can’t really do better than the DBI. The managers couldn’t do enough to help us, whether it was calling a taxi, getting a battery out of our sink (don’t ask), advising us on where to eat, or receiving our lost luggage. Should we return (we were staying on the way to New Zealand to live and work there for a year), we would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
DELSIE P wrote a review Feb. 2019
Delray Beach, Florida16 contributions21 helpful votes
I think that when this hotel was built, it wanted to be a basic but well designed urban-style hotel. Now it looks dated and needs repairs. Bathroom walls were badly damaged by water, and the furniture is scratched and worn. The carpet looked clean but was ancient. The wall-mounted TV was new, and there was coffee in the room. The location is close to shops and restaurants downtown, and not far from the University. I am not a fan of hotels where the doors of each room open on to a catwalk. You can't tell that from the photo. The doors faced the inside courtyard (car park) but were easily accessible for anyone on the street. There is no "lobby" area, just a small enclosed desk. It just felt so deserted and vulnerable at night.
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Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: There is a large high school across the street. If you sleep late, ask for a room away from the...
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US$134 - US$214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Downtown Berkeley Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Downtown Berkeley Inn?
Nearby attractions include Berkeley Repertory Theatre (0.4 km), Freight and Salvage Coffee House (0.4 km), and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Downtown Berkeley Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a 24 hour front desk.
Is parking available at Downtown Berkeley Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Downtown Berkeley Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Note, Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen, and Jupiter.
Is Downtown Berkeley Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Berkeley.
Are there any historical sites close to Downtown Berkeley Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Chapel of the Chimes Oakland (4.5 km) and Camron-Stanford House (7.3 km).
Is Downtown Berkeley Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.