This historic boutique hotel sits amid Berkeley's downtown arts district, just steps from the U.C. campus and a short walk from the Gourmet Ghetto. The elegant property underwent a major renovation in 2009 that recaptured its turn-of-the-20th-century glamour (the Shattuck was built in 1910) but also upgraded and modernized the entire operation. From the sparkling chandeliers in the lobby and the HDTVs in every room to the eco-conscious business practices, this hotel has
quickly made its mark. Five, the on-site restaurant, prides itself on farm-to-table dining, and the bar is well known for its tasty cocktails.