Berkeley City Club

Berkeley City Club

9.06 reviews
Ranked #4 in Berkeley hotels
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2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
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Bar
Free Breakfast
Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Spa Services
Free WiFi
Internet Access
Laundry Services
Meeting Rooms
Cribs Available

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Klang, Malaysia

An elegant Julia Morgan landmark offers 36 hotel rooms and complimentary cintinental breakfast. Featuring views of the San Francisco Bay and Berkeley Hills. Indoor pool. Fine dining at Julua's and stunning event venue. One block from UC Berkeley.

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Local from Berkeley, California

The Berkeley City Hotel is hands-down one of the most exquisite and special places to stay in all of the Bay area. A location rich in history and architecture, the place is a delight to both the eye and the mind. Somewhere between a castle and a monastery, simply entering the building calls forth a sense of magic and mystery that transports you into some timeless space. I cannot imagine rating this hotel anything less than five stars.
The drawing room is so beautiful if you need an event have it in this room! Although the building is large, there are seemingly endless spaces both indoors and outdoors in magical secret gardens and courtyards where one can make oneself comfortable to read or write or contemplate. The poolroom is an end to all pool rooms.

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San Francisco, California, USA

What a great place to stay at during a visit to Berkeley. This is a historic building designed by the great architect Julia Morgan, better known for her work on the Hearst Castle. The whole place has amazing character and the architectural features will make you feel as if you were in an old mansion of Europe's countryside.
The rooms, as well as the common areas, preserve their 1920's décor and energy. Some of them have amazing views of the Berkeley Hills, the San Francisco Bay and the University Campus. The club was originally opened to women only and the members lived in the very rooms you can book. In the 60's the club opened its doors to men and continued attracting intellectuals and visitors from all over the world.
If you are looking to organize an event, this is the place for you. The Club has its own restaurant and several spaces that can host up to 200 guests. When you visit make sure to spend time at the pool, the vaulted ceilings make it an impressive spot to experience.
Take advantage of this location and visit Berkeley's famous Gourmet Ghetto and the Fourth Street area.

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Local from Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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OCTOBER 2014 UPDATE

Gayle and I recently attended the wedding of one of her employees here at the Berkeley City Club. The Bride was nervous and later told my lovely Bride that when she came into the ceremony and saw her smiling face, she knew everything was going to be all right. We had a fabulous time together in this wonderful monument to Julia Morgan.

This was the wedding that Gayle and I could have had, even though I wouldn't have changed our Walnut Creek Civic Park venue. The building and it's architecture is fabulous, and has me wondering how we can return for dinner, some other event, or even a hotel evening away from home. The service from Berkeley City Club staff was top notch, starting at the Julia's bar and continuing on through the reception and dinner. The Bride was radiant and the energy was joyful, as we danced the night away.
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Gayle and I toured the Berkeley City Club a few years ago as a possible site for our wedding and loved what we saw. Our guide (I think her name was Felicitas, but I'm pulling that from memory) was wonderful and really gave us a feel for the special history and architecture of the Berkeley City Club. Gayle's great grandmother was also a student at Cal at the same time as Julia Morgan, and family lore has them knowing one another and dancing together at the Greek Theatre.

There are a number of ornate room choices for both the ceremony and a reception. We particularly liked the Terrace and the second floor library. Catering is in-house and parking of course is a challenge. The Berkeley City Club is also not cheap. After all, it does cost money to keep this amazing and historical building in top shape. Also, at our age and with a marriage each behind us, maybe our money is better spent on our subsequent Portugal honeymoon instead of a "fairytale" wedding.

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Local from Newark, California, USA

Beautiful. Enchanting. Elegant. Historic. Lovely.

If in the future I get married, this could be a possible venue. fyi. Hehe.. :)

I had bought a LivingSocial for this place & I needed to use it before the end of April. So since my cousin was visiting for her spring break, I decided to use it with her. Overnight stay on a Sunday night since they're Fri & Sat nights were all booked up. Found parking on the streets so it's pretty easy. Definitely park on the streets rather than paying to park in their garage.

They have two garden areas which is very pretty. The one in the middle smells so sweet especially at night time. The swimming pool area is soo ornate. I really wish that I brought my swimsuit with me so I can dive right in, but unfortunately I forgot.

Gorgeous gothic architecture inside the "castle."

Our room was adorable! I felt like I was in a dollhouse or something. Very pink & "Monet" I was a bit scared when were trying to sleep at night cause it is a old building & so we left all the lights on. Haha..

The balcony area is just simply gorgeous for pictures. Needless to say, my cousin & I had lots of laughs from taking pictures here. Laughing ourselves & probably by spectators in the hotel "Thinking what the hell are those two crazy girls doing?!" :D

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Amenities

Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Computer station
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
Dining & Drinks
  • Bar/lounge
  • Free breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee/tea in common areas
Fitness & Recreation
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa services on site
Parking
  • Self parking (surcharge)
Traveling with Children
  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge)
Pets
  • Pets not allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free property
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Meeting rooms
Bath
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Bed
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
Media & Technology
  • Television in common areas
Housekeeping
  • Daily housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Ceiling fan
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 36
  • Year Built 1930
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