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Hotel Durant

At a Glance

    Pros

  • convenient location to Cal and public transit
  • blackout shades
  • organic bathrobes

    Cons

  • downstairs bar can get noisy during Cal games
  • parking can be pricey

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Hotel Durant Review

A mainstay of parents visiting their children at U.C. Berkeley, this boutique hotel is also a good option for those who want to be a short walk from Telegraph Avenue. Recent renovations pay subtle tribute to the 1960s, with retro upholstered headboards and tie-dye curtains in guest rooms and "lava towers" in the lobby. Photos of Berkeley highlight the hotel's storied past. In the present, the Durant is eco-conscious, with cleaning done using nonchemical, all-natural products. Prices take a huge jump at graduation and when there's a football game or other major university event.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2600 Durant Ave., at Bowditch St., Berkeley, CA, 94704 | Map It
  • Phone: 510/845–8981
  • Website:
  • Location: Berkeley

    Hotel Details

  • 143 rooms
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 05-02-2014

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    I started reviewing this property in 2007 when my son started college. It is now 2012 and, guess what? My son is still in college. And his parents have now been to the Durant at least 20 times over the last soon to be 6 years and watched the transformation, as the hotel changed owners and changed its decor. It has certainly come up a notch in style and amenities since 2007 -- as have the prices. Still, the primary downside these days remains the lack of air conditioning. The secondary downside is trying to get a room during any home football game weekend or student "move in weekend" unless reserved months, if not nearly a year in advance. We know this, so we plan accordingly, but for those not in the "know", it can be annoying. Favorite rooms by far are on the 6th Floor, or "The Graudate Level" -- where there are posters of that wonderful 1967 movie -- that took place, in part, in Berkeley. Aside from the rooms being larger, with better amenities and a boutique feel, there is also a private guest lounge on the floor that is the only space that has the always needed air conditioning. It also has a little contintal breakfast in the morning, and wine and cheese late afternoon that comes as part of the package. Or, you can just enjoy the coffee from the Keurig coffee in your room. The hotel now also provides, at least currently, free parking for those who have as part of their green certified status, zero emission vehicles. The downside for parking is, even if it's free, it may not be available, especially on game days. On game days, the entire parking lot is turned into a tailgate area. The rooms on the lower floors have also been partically renovated, as has the lobby and Henry's, the bar that is part of the Durant. Food at Henry's is a little more upscale, and a bit pricier, but makes for a nice repast, except on game days when it's packed. Finally, having wifi throughout the Durant is very convenient for those who like to surf the internet on their laptops.

    by Surfergirl, 10/9/07

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