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Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

This hotel is normally decent for Berkeley as it is close to campus with an ok price for the area (though not actually cheap). The only real issue is the lack of sound proofing between the rooms. But added to this is the substantial renovation works going on until February 2017. This means no lobby, restaurant or bar, and the...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear Travelling_1504, It appears you are a repeat guest of ours, and we want to thank you for your patronage and business. We are indeed going through a renovation, and we know once its complete you are going to love it! We hope you can understand that this process isn't indicative of our usually hospitality, and we are striving to...

Portland
Reviewed 4 December 2016

As a student at Berkeley in the 70's I picked up several speakers at the Durant and always wondered what it was like. Now I had my chance to stay there. The hotel is wonderfully located for access to the campus, being just across the street. The room we had was very nice, on a corner with lots of light,...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear Bradford R, Thanks for finally coming to stay with us after so many years. We are proud you found the room to your liking and location perfect for your visit. Although we do have plastic bottles of water for purchase in every guest room. As a green hotel each bottle purchased gives a donation back to the rain forest....

Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

The Durant is a romantic hotel in a quirky sort of way. My wife and I stayed here for a week while I was on a business trip. The hotel is just outside the campus, and the presence of the university is strong. The 1920s architecture is lovely even though the interiors have passed their best-by dates. The staff is...

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Dell D, General Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear Seminartraveller57, We want to thank you for staying at Hotel Durant during your recent visit to Berkeley while on a business trip. We couldn't agree with you more about the architecture being lovely. We are very cognizant and proud of our historic hotel which was built 88 years ago in 1928. The Spanish architecture is truly exquisite. In regards...

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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a hotel to stay when visiting the Berkeley campus, you really couldn't find a better choice than the Durant. It is literally a block away. The restaurant/bar is also very good. The hotel does smell a little musty but it is an old hotel.

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear lowsweeheng, Thanks for choosing our hotel during your visit to the Berekley Campus. We too believe our location is top notch and are pleased that guests like yourself think so too. Thanks for taking the time to review us. We look forward to your return!

Malaga
Reviewed 22 November 2016

I found the service at the front desk very friendly and helpful. My room was very comfortable. The atmosphere was unique with character that I would expect from a historic landmark on the Berkeley Campus. Although the building is old, the room didn't seem that way. I was very impressed with the food I ate at Henry's in the Hotel....

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear David R, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us at the Hotel Durant! We are so glad that your stay was an all around success and we left a great impression on you. Secondly thank you for participating in our "Green Clean" option, thousands of guests participate every year and we couldn't be happier...

San Mateo, California
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Others may think that the Hotel Durant is quirky, unique, etc. But I have a different perspective. The hotel is almost 90 years old. The bathroom ventilation system did not work. We couldn't close the room windows all the way and the thermostat was not adjustable.The parking lot only holds 30 cars. Offsite, paid parking lots and street parking were...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear terryl341, Thank you for sharing your perspective on your recent stay with us. It is true, we are a historic hotel but we pride ourselves on having everything functioning like a modern hotel. We have an active preventative maintenance program to fix any issues before our guests arrive and while they are on property. Parking will always be a...

Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 19 November 2016

On the edge of the historic UC Berkeley campus, with an airy, Spanish-style lobby adorned with photos of Joan Baez and sixties protesters, the Hotel Durant has many charms, from Thursday night board games to tailgate bands in the parking lot on game night. Service is efficient and friendly. Give yourself time to use the slow, sole elevator for guests,...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear Ted J, Thank you for sharing your experience at our hotel. It is evident you got a little taste of what we offer throughout the week for our guests, and we couldn't be happier. We plan on keeping that energy alive for many years to come and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Rooms are nice and unique. It has a parking lot which to us was a rare find! Staff was nice and friendly. The restaurant Henry's has great food, however lousy mediocre service. The bartender created us with a big hello (we probably should have sat with him) we sat at a semi-circle booth, and the server we got didn't seem...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear Tegin M, Thanks for taking the time to review our property. We are pleased you got wrapped up in our Berkeley charm and character. Having said that, we are concerned about your experience at the restaurant. The team instills great pride into giving amazing customer service and unfortunately we fell short with you. We have spoken to the appropriate...

Manhattan Beach, California
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The Good: Great location, 2 parking lots next to hotel, good breakfast, great view from room, large room, nice bathroom, 2 blocks away from huge Berkeley sports facility (admission $12 per day), close to many restaurants, very close to campus, good comfy beds The Bad: smells a bit musky, no gym, $30 parking per day, may be noisy (depending on...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear Traveler21century, Thanks for your impressions of our property. Pleased to see that the list of good items surpass some of your bad ones. Unfortunately due to the limited space we have in our two lots, we strive to charge fair value when it comes to the convenience of being next to the hotel. Secondly, we are happy to inform...

Beirut, Lebanon
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Quite a disappointing experience.... This is my fourth time in Berkeley and my first time at hotel Durant. I was quite disappointed with the hotel as I thought it is much better than what I really found out. The room is extremely noisy as banging noises are heard from other rooms bathrooms. You hear the bathroom noises from the surrounding...

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DurantTeam, Manager at Hotel Durant, responded to this review

Dear Omar R, We are disappointed to read about your recent stay at our hotel. Please accept my apology for the inconveniences you experienced, it definitely was not up to our standards. The team will reinforce the importance of communication with our guests at the Front Desk. If you would like to further discuss anything else during your visit. Please...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
Henry’s Restaurant & Bar
Henry’s Restaurant & Bar
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Room Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Conference Facilities
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located one block from the nations' top ranked public university, UC Berkeley, the Hotel Durant, is a full-service, 144 room boutique hotel, with a unique blend of classic Spanish Mediterranean architecture, modern conveniences and strong ties to the campus and community. Combining traditional and contemporary cultures, this Green-certified, cheeky, rebellious, collegiate styled hotel, features guest rooms with 37" LCD flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, efficient Business work space, complimentary wireless hi-speed internet access, in-room laptop safe, 300-thread count linens and designer bath products. The addition of a Graduate Level Floor - "The Graduate Experience" includes complimentary evening wine and cheese hour and upgraded top floor guestrooms with views of the San Francisco Bay or the UC Berkeley Campanile. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Durant

Address: 2600 Durant Ave, at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94704-1711
Region: United States > California > Berkeley
Price Range: $236 - $426 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Durant 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
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Also Known As:
Durant Hotel Berkeley
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Berkeley
#3 Business Hotel in Berkeley
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