Known for being one of the most picturesque college cities on the West Coast, Berkeley is a beautiful and dynamic place to visit. It is home to an ethnically diverse community, it’s growing number of culinary and cultural attractions, as well as being home to liberal politics. Undeniably, there are tons of amazing and mentally stimulating places to visit like the UC Berkeley Art Museum, the Pacific Film Archive, and the Museum of Paleontology. That doesn’t mean, however, that it lacks naturally beautiful attractions as Berkeley is also home to the Indian Rock Park and the Berkeley Rose Garden. If you’re gearing up for a trip to Berkeley, check out some of the incredible accommodation options at your disposal below.
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Gear up for a hotel stay unlike any other you’ve ever experienced when you book a stay at the Graduate Berkeley. A celebration of iconic quarters and underlined with a Bohemian flair, the hotel is beautiful to say the least. Every corner of Graduate Berkeley inspires the mind as their unique interiors and quirky furniture choices are memorable. Location wise, the hotel is spectacular. It’s just a five-minute walk away from the Berkeley campus and historic attractions. It’s also just mere steps away from Shattuck Avenue, a shopping paradise in the city. Looking for fresh eats? Why not spend an afternoon at the hotel’s beloved watering and feast on farm-to-table dishes crafted by local chef and legend, Chris Kronner.
2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, California 94704, Phone: 510-845-8981
2.DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina
© DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina
Iconic, peaceful, and literally a few steps away from the San Francisco Bay is the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marine. This luxurious hotel offers stunning views of San Francisco’s skyline as well as the Golden Gate Bridge through their spacious guest rooms, all of which also boast of either a balcony or patio. For visitors who are eager to live the life of luxury, upgrading to a suite promises extra living space and opulent luxuries. In terms of services, guests at DoubleTree can capitalize on the hotel’s complimentary shuttle, which travels a 3-mile radius around the hotel. Meanwhile, guests just arriving at the hotel can look forward to their famous chocolate chip cookie – the perfect welcoming gift and a testament to their warm and personal services. Looking for places to visit? Nearby attractions to the hotel include the University of Berkeley, Bay Street and Fourth Street.
200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley, California 94710, Phone: 510-548-7920
3.Rose Garden Inn
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Book a stay in a historic mansion filled with quirky, eclectic and eye-catching décor at the Rose Garden Inn. The inn pairs a charming ambience perfectly with contemporary amenities and encourages guests to start their day with a complimentary and tasty hot buffet breakfast. Guests who have to work while there can do so with ease thanks to the free Wi-Fi, while those eager to explore can easily access the top attractions and landmarks in Berkeley thanks to its convenient location just half a mile from the University. Don’t forget to go out and discover the many charms that the hotel has to offer like its manicured gardens as well as the nearby local shops and foodie spots around the neighborhood.
2470 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, California 94750, Phone: 510-549-2145
4.Hotel Shattuck Plaza
© Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Old world class collides with new world amenities at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Built over 100 years ago, the hotel is housed in a Mission-style home. Just because the building is old doesn’t mean that the hotel isn’t looking forward to innovation, though. Today, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza boasts of newly-renovated rooms, an environmentally friendly approach to the hospitality industry, and sustainable practices. Guests are even welcome to bring their four-legged friends along for their stay as the hotel is pet friendly. Located in the city’s downtown area, guests at the Hotel Shattuck can enjoy the best of the Bay with ease, too. Make sure to visit the hotel’s signature restaurant, Zino, while you’re at it, to enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired meal featuring locally sourced ingredients.
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, California 94750, Phone: 510-845-7300
5.Claremont Club and Spa
© Claremont Club and Spa
There is no denying the fact that the Claremont Club and Spa is practically a California landmark. Having been in operation for over 100 years now, the Claremont welcomes first time guests and long-time patrons to its doors with eagerness and great service. The hotel boasts of 276 recently restored guest rooms and suites, which offer fantastic views of the San Francisco Bay. Meanwhile, those who are looking for a little more luxury can go all out the Claremont’s iconic Tower Suite, which goes above and beyond with its own private outdoor deck. Food is no small matter at this hotel, either, with Executive Chef Arwi Odense leading the charge in the kitchen. Meanwhile, the spa is ready to deliver relaxation through 3 treatment rooms, a eucalyptus steam room, saline whirlpools and more.
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, California 94705, Phone: 510-843-3000
6.America’s Best Value Inn
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Enjoy all of the best things about home and merge it with the best of a hotel’s luxuries at America’s Best Value Inn. Opened in 1946, the inn features fabulous Spanish design influences and modern interiors that are meant to help guests relax and unwind at the end of a busy day. Professionals in the hospitality industry, the inn also understands the needs of travelers, especially the need to stay connected. Given this, the inn offers complimentary WiFi and features a business center complete with on site faxing and copying services. For guests who don’t want to have to head out for a bite to eat, there’s also a pizza restaurant in the hotel that dishes up good old-fashioned American pizza.
1620 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702, Phone: 510-525-6770
7.Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
© Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
Situated less than 2 miles away from the prestigious UC Berkeley, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites is the perfect hotel to stay at for those who are looking to spend a lot of time at the university or are in town for one of their exciting college football games. The hotel features 70 units throughout a 3-story building right of Interstate 80, with guests being able to choose between mini suites, suites equipped with whirlpool tubs, or even a 1-bedroom suite that’s just right for a family of 6. Don’t forget to start you day right with a complimentary breakfast and newspaper, before exploring the city through several nearby transportation options.
1175 University Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702, Phone: 510-548-1700
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8.Sens Hotel and Vanne Bistro Berkeley
Formerly known as the French Hotel Berkeley, the Sens Hotel is a recently renovated establishment that features a gorgeous vintage brick façade among other stunning design elements. Located in a friendly and quaint walking neighborhood, the hotel’s location allows guests to experience something that not every visitor to Berkeley does – a truly local experience. Rooms at the Sens Hotel are outfitted with lush, comfortable beds, as well as basic necessities like microwaves, refrigerators, work desks for guests that need to get work done while traveling, and even comfortable robes to lounge around in. Coffee lovers or hungry guests can also head to the hotel’s Vanne Bistro for their daily cup of joe or to tuck into a mouthwatering pastry made in-house.
1538 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94709, Phone: 510-548-9930
Home to 20 immaculately kept, comfortable and classically designed rooms is the Marina Inn. Best described to be an oldie but a goodie, the Marina Inn offers basic conveniences to its guests like refrigerators and microwaves as well as some newer luxuries such as LCD TVs, spacious work desks and unlimited Wi-Fi. Each hotel room is equipped with a private bathroom which is stocked with complimentary toiletries and outfitted with a tub or shower. A suitable choice for budget travelers, the Marina Inn may be a simple, no-frills place to stay, but the staff certainly knows how to treat guests like their own family.
975 University Avenue, Berkeley 94709, Phone: 510-841-7410
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10.Rodeway Inn Berkeley
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Get more while spending less at the Rodeway Inn, one of the best places to stay at if you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck. Located in the heart of Berkeley and within close proximity to UC Berkeley, Rodeway is one of the top choices for travelers who are in town to visit a university student. The hotel was recently remodeled, and proudly offers modern amenities and features fitting for business and leisure travelers alike. Attractions easily accessible from the hotel include the UC Berkeley Art Museum, the Pacific Film Archive, the Tilden Regional Park, and Gourmet Ghetto.
1461 University Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702, Phone: 510-848-3840
11.La Quinta Inn Berkeley
Enjoy a bright and relaxing stay in Berkeley care of the La Quinta Inn. Located just a few minutes away from UC Berkeley, La Quite Inn aims to make every stay a memorable one through relaxing rooms and outstanding serve. This pet-friendly hotel is relatively near some of the college towns most popular facilities like the Oakland pro sports venues, and The Shops at Hilltop. Amenities at the hotel are geared towards your needs to rest and recharge as the hotel offers a free breakfast, WiFi, a gym, as well as an outdoor pool for guests who want to cool down or swim a few laps.
920 University Avenue, Berkeley, California 94710, Phone: 510-849-1121
© Quality Inn
True to its name, the Quality Inn is eager to provide outstanding and quality service for all those who enter its doors. The hotel is great for guests eager to do a little sightseeing thanks to its proximity to popular landmarks like the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theater, the Tilden Regional Park, the Berkeley Marine and the Lawrence Hall of Science. Downtown San Francisco is also nearby, meaning even more amazing places to explore and visit. When it comes to their rooms, the Quality Inn boasts of premium Q beds, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and work desks, to make sure you have all the comforts that you could possibly need.
1761 University Avenue, Berkeley, California 94703, Phone: 510-841-4242
Settle into charm and comfort while away from home at the Nash Hotel. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the Nash Hotel has got you covered. Mere walking distance from UC Berkeley’s beautiful campus, great tourist attractions and the BART, guests at the Nash Hotel don’t have to worry about missing out on quintessential Berkeley experiences. The Nash Hotel offers a handful of room variations such as the King Room with Private Bathroom, the Double Room with Private Bath, as well as the Single and Double Rooms with shared bathrooms. Each room is equipped with basic amenities expected of a hotel, while Neutrogena toiletries are provided for the convenience of guests.
2045 University Avenue, Berkeley, California 94704, Phone: 510-841-1163
© Knights Inn
The Knights Inn is a favorite for families and large groups traveling together because of their generous and large accommodations. Promising easy and complication-free stays, the Knights Inn excels at hospitality thanks to their friendly and reliable staff, the convenience of having all the essentials in a room available, and a great location in the city of Berkeley. The hotel goes lives by the motto of giving guests more of what they want and less of what they don’t need, so guests can be sure that the staff behind the Knights Inn are capable and willing to go the extra mile.
1512 University Avenue, Berkeley, California 94703, Phone: 510-845-7090
15.Travelodge by Wyndham Berkeley
© Travelodge by Wyndham Berkeley
Situated in the center of East Bay is the Travelodge by Wyndham Berkeley. This inn offers a super convenient location, especially to guests who expect to be spending a lot of time at the University of California. Cozy accommodations at Travelodge by Wyndham Berkeley feature a simple yet elegant design, which provides a modern and homey feel to the establishment. Guests can enjoy amenities like coffee and tea makers, cribs for families traveling with children, toiletries and free WiFi. In addition to these, the Travelodge by Wyndham Berkeley also offers hospitable services like a 24-hour reception desk, free breakfast and early check-in options.
1820 University Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702, Phone: 510-925-2297
16.Super 8 by Wyndham
Stay in an affordable hotel near downtown San Francisco and UC Berkeley thanks to the Super 8 by Wyndham. Super 8 boasts convenience in every aspect. For example, getting around from the Super 8 is absolutely easy thanks to various public transportation hubs, like the Bay Area Rapid Transit, within the hotel’s vicinity. Rooms at Super 8 are also an eco-warrior’s dream, as the hotel practices eco-friendly hospitality. Meanwhile, conveniences afforded to guests at the hotel include free WiFi, a great complimentary breakfast, and a 32-inch plasma screen TV. Travelers looking to save on costs can also capitalize on Super 8’s airport shuttle service, while a shared pantry allows guests to cut costs on eating out when needed.
1619 University Avenue, Berkeley, California 94703, Phone: 510-841-3844
© Four Points
Sink right into the best of California-style comfort at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton. Situated close by the San Francisco bridge, the Four Points Hotel benefits from a vibrant and central location in a gorgeous city. When you’re not busy exploring all that the area has to offer, take respite within spacious and luxurious rooms featuring lush bedding, ergonomic work spaces, and free Wi-Fi. Guests at the Four Points are welcome to stay active and keep up with their fitness care of the complimentary on-site gym, the swimming pool, or enjoy activities such as rock climbing, golf or tennis in nearby facilities. Getting hungry? Mosey on down to the hotel restaurant, which cooks up mean dishes for a fulfilling breakfast, lunch or dinner.
1603 Powell Street, Emeryville, California 94608, Phone: 510-547-7888
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Ultimate relaxation and modern comforts aren’t hard to find at the Hyatt Place. With a stellar location overlooking the amazing skyline of San Francisco, the Hyatt Place is designed with the needs of modern travelers in mind. Those eager to explore will find that tons of much sought-after attractions are within reach to the hotel as the Hyatt Place is halfway between Berkeley and Emeryville. At the end of a long day, unwind in sophisticated rooms and enjoy serene evenings cozying up under the sheets of the Hyatt Grand Beds. Having room service? Enjoy your meal along with an incredible view thanks to huge windows in every room.
5700 Bay Street, Emeryville, California 94608, Phone: 510-285-9232
19.Hilton Garden Inn
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No matter where you are in the world, the Hilton is synonymous with 5-star luxury and impeccable service. Situated right on the waterfront, at the foot of the famous San Francisco Bridge, the Hilton Garden Inn boasts of stellar views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Berkeley Hills and the city skyline. You’ll never want to stay at another hotel again once you’ve tried the Hilton. Whether it’s the Sealy Posturepedic bed, the Keurig coffeemaker, the On Demand movies in every room, or another one of their amenities and services, there’s bound to be one tons of things that will make you smile and thoroughly enjoy your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.
1800 Powell Street, Emeryville, California 94608, Phone: 510-658-9300
Just because you don’t have the budget for 5-star accommodations doesn’t mean you have to stay in a dump. Enter the Bayview Motel, a convenient and hospitable accommodation located in Emeryville. A suitable option for guests that want to explore Berkeley and other nearby locations, the Bayview Motel offers all of the basic amenities like satellite television, free toiletries, a refrigerator and microwave. Visitors can choose between rooms like the Double Room with two double beds and the Queen Room. Although the motel has much less facilities than a regular hotel, the Bayview Motel makes up for with friendly service and great hospitality.
864 West Macarthur Boulevard, Emeryville, California 94608, Phone: 510-420-1111
21.Bay Bridge Inn
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Whether you’re traveling to explore the city, see family in the university neighborhood of Berkeley, or for business purposes, the Bay Bridge Inn is a great option. The hotel enjoys a central location, clean and comfortable rooms, as well as loyal clientele. Some special touches that make Bay Bridge Inn a great choice include it’s status as an ADA friendly facility and accessibility to people with disabilities. Nearby attractions to the Bay Bridge Inn include the Union Square, Oracle Park, Lombard Street, the Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, the Exploratorium and even the Golden Gate Park. Guests at the Bay Bridge Inn can even pay a visit to the California Academy of Sciences and Alcatraz Island.
966 Harrison Street, San Francisco, California 94107, Phone: 415-397-0657
© Imperial Inn
If you are looking for accommodations with competitive prices, the Imperial Inn is definitely one of the hotels that you should consider. The inn is conveniently located nearby the Bay Area Rapid Transit as well as the AC Transit Bus lines, which means that travel and exploration of nearby neighborhoods will be an absolute breeze for its guests. In fact, the inn is also nearby the international airports of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Independently owned and operated, the Imperial Inn takes its services very seriously and commits to making every stay for each guest a distinctly memorable one.
490 West MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, California 94609, Phone: 510-653-4225
23.Inn at Temescal
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Situated just across San Francisco’s spectacular Bay Bridge, the Inn at Temescal is your gateway to a spectacular weekend in the Bay Area. The inn’s favorable location puts guests in the center of a gastronomic paradise with some of Oakland’s best restaurants and bars just a few steps away. Amazing shopping and recreational opportunities also await, while entertainment is plentiful and in no short supply. Rooms at the Inn at Temescal are spacious, stylish and thoughtfully put together, with conveniences like iHome docking stations, flat screen TVs with over 150 HD channels, and complimentary high-speed internet services. Keep an eye out for special packages and enjoy their modern guest lounge and the in-house café, Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend.
3720 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California 94609, Phone: 510-652-9800
© Piedmont Place
Enjoy relaxation and comfort at affordable and discounted prices at Piedmont Place in Oakland. This hotel is an ideal place to stay for travelers who are eager to explore or need to be close to the Bay Area and are quick to warmly welcome guests through friendly and experienced staff. Piedmont Place features 40 neatly decorated rooms and offers modern conveniences such as free parking, free WiFi both in the rooms and in public areas, satellite TV and well-equipped bathrooms. Guests are also provided with free toiletries for their convenience and bathing needs. Nearby attractions include Lake Merritt, Fox Theater, The Paramount Theatre and Children’s Fairyland.
55 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, California 94610, Phone: 510-658-0550
25.Hotel Mira Vista
© Hotel Mira Vista
Located nearby Berkeley, Oakland and El Cerrito, Hotel Mira Vista a great choice for avid explorers who want to see multiple places without having to keep transferring to different accommodations. The Hotel Mira Vista is also a great option for families who are in town to visit college students or to participate in the action-packed collegiate games that UC Berkeley frequently hosts. If you’re looking forward to visiting top attractions in the area, Hotel Mira Vista is nearby places such as Alcatraz Island, the Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. The best part? Guests can enjoy well appointed accommodations without having to break the bank.
6009 Potrero Avenue, El Cerrito, California 94530, Phone: 510-232-0900
25 Best Berkeley Hotels
- Graduate Berkeley, Photo: Graduate Berkeley
- DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina, Photo: DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina
- Rose Garden Inn, Photo: Rose Garden Inn
- Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Photo: Hotel Shattuck Plaza
- Claremont Club and Spa, Photo: Claremont Club and Spa
- America’s Best Value Inn, Photo: America’s Best Value Inn
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, Photo: Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
- Sens Hotel and Vanne Bistro Berkeley, Photo: Mongkol/stock.adobe.com
- Marina Inn, Photo: rontech2000/stock.adobe.com
- Rodeway Inn Berkeley, Photo: Rodeway Inn Berkeley
- La Quinta Inn Berkeley, Photo: annavalerievna1/stock.adobe.com
- Quality Inn, Photo: Quality Inn
- Nash Hotel, Photo: photostocklight/stock.adobe.com
- Knights Inn, Photo: Knights Inn
- Travelodge by Wyndham Berkeley, Photo: Travelodge by Wyndham Berkeley
- Super 8 by Wyndham, Photo: terovesalainen/stock.adobe.com
- Four Points, Photo: Four Points
- Hyatt Place, Photo: Hyatt Place
- Hilton Garden Inn, Photo: Greg Brave/stock.adobe.com
- Bayview Motel, Photo: krsprs/stock.adobe.com
- Bay Bridge Inn, Photo: Bay Bridge Inn
- Imperial Inn, Photo: Imperial Inn
- Inn at Temescal, Photo: Inn at Temescal
- Piedmont Place, Photo: Piedmont Place
- Hotel Mira Vista, Photo: Hotel Mira Vista
- Cover Photo: fannyes/stock.adobe.com