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"Beautiful old architecture that is warm and inviting. Lovely room. Great friendly staff. Unfortunately the restaurant wasn’t open due to Covid, but t ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 11 Apr 2021

Hotel Description

4-star historic hotel near University of California, Berkeley

Central Berkeley getaway

Your stay at this Berkeley hotel places you within a 10-minute walk of University of California, Berkeley and Zellerbach Playhouse. Memorial Stadium and Greek Theater are also within half a mile (1 km).

Business services

This hotel features a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 3 conference rooms, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry service. Self parking, limo/town car service, and luggage storage are also offered.

Free Internet, comfy beds

Boasting comforts like pillowtop beds and Egyptian cotton sheets, the 144 guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and ceiling fans are also available.

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed (Graduate Queen)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$159* Per night/room Aug 4 - Aug 5

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds (Graduate Double-Double)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed (Graduate King)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Room, 2 Double Beds (Graduate Executive Double-Double)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed (Graduate Executive Queen)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Graduate Berkeley ratings based on 9 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.8 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Graduate Berkeley

Everyone (5) Couples (1) Family (1)
5 out of 5
Beautiful old architecture that is warm and inviting. Lovely room. Great friendly staff. Unfortunately the restaurant wasn’t open due to Covid, but the local takeouts were close to the hotel with great tasting international foods.

Posted by on Apr 11, 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 13, 2021 by Christine, General Manager

Thank you for the review! Hopefully on your next visit Henry's will be open again, counting down the days until then.

2 out of 5
From moment I walked in, window was open and I couldnt shut. Had to call maintenance who struggled but got it. AC obviously wasnt working. Said remote to cool lower than 77 was at front desk. Called, no change. Fell asleep and woke up to 78 with room set at 72. Water in tub leaked all night where I had to shut the door not to hear. Needed pad of paper at desk for business notes but there was none. Went downstairs and they told me it was $5 for a pad. I paid over $200 for this room and $35 for parking. Decor was AMAZING but I cannot recommend hotel at all.

Posted by on Sep 26, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 28, 2019 by Christine, General Manager

Thank you for the review, I'm sorry for any mis-steps of service or amenities you experienced. We are always striving to improve our service to guests and your feedback allows us to do so. We hope to have you come back again soon, what you described does not sound like the norm and I'd love a do-over.

5 out of 5
Everyone treats me like they know me. Excellent service from everyone, great rooms, perfect location.

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 18, 2019 by Christine, General Manager

Thank you so much for your kind remarks, it warms my heart to know the team welcomes you each time with a smile! Come back soon!

5 out of 5
I’ve stayed here several times and they never disappoint. Rooms are always clean; staff is always friendly. And this time Igor a free upgrade! Also, tried out the brunch for the first time. Really nice choices in the menu, I was impressed!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 19, 2019 by Christine, General Manager

Thank you for the review and coming back again and again! We are thrilled we are your home away from home during your time in Berkeley, we look forward to your next visit.

5 out of 5
Love this place. We'll stay here again. Fun feel, cool rooms and they allow pets.

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 18, 2019 by DTAYLOR

We appreciate your positive feed back.

4 out of 5
very nice stay- charming decor, close to campus, very comfortable bed, good restaurant on site. Would go back.

Posted by , from NC on Sep 19, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 21, 2018 by Dell

Dear Choppin, We thank you for staying at Graduate Berkeley. We are thrilled about your review and cant wait to host you again soon. Dell Dellinger General Manager

1 out of 5

Don't even think about it

Pros: location
Cons: everything. Fire staff, start over. Rip out entire interior walls of hotel, start over. How about a hot water heater for the guests?
Location: Cal, San Fran, Berkeley
This is my third Graduate experience (Oxford, Charlottesville) and this place shouldn't be allowed to use the name. Horrible, tiny hallways and a tiny, tiny room, with a tiny, dated bathroom. NO HOT WATER, and not much of a reaction or apology from the front desk when we reported it. worst hotel experience we've had, start to finish, since I got out of college in 1982.

Posted by , from Williamsport TN on Mar 8, 2018

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2 out of 5

Still under construction.

Pros: The location is very convenient for the Berkeley campus, where I attended a concert.
Cons: The staff need to understand how inconvenient everything is while remodeling is going on.
The construction process is still causing disruption and inconvenience to residents. The restaurant is closed, registration is in a room off the street, lobby toilets are in the construction crew's portapotties out the back. There was no soap or supplies of any kind in the bathroom.

Posted by , from Reno, Nevada on Mar 28, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great, little hotel.

Great, little hotel. Staff was amazingly helpful. Rooms are quiet but not super quiet. Bar was nice and had good food.

Posted by , from mpls, mn on Jul 7, 2016

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Renovations + Closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from June 1 2021 to October 1 2021 (dates subject to change):

  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities

Property Features

Graduate Berkeley offers its guests a 24-hour fitness center and complimentary bicycles. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. Event space at this hotel measures 2088 square feet (194 square meters) and includes conference space. The business-friendly Graduate Berkeley also features multilingual staff, dry cleaning/laundry services, and limo service. For a fee, parking is available. This 4-star Berkeley hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 144 guestrooms or units
  • 6 levels
  • 2088 sq ft of conference space
  • 194 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1928
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Conference space
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Car service
  • Wedding services available
  • Television in lobby
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK) (22.8 km / 14.2 mi)
  • Train station: Berkeley Station (4.7 km / 2.9 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Graduate Berkeley offers 144 accommodations with laptop-compatible safes and coffee/tea makers. Pillowtop beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, designer toiletries, and hair dryers. This Berkeley hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

Henrys Restaurant and Bar - This restaurant specializes in regional cuisine and serves brunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center and complimentary bicycles.

  • Free bicycles on site

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20 per night.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 25 per pet, per night
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 45 lbs)
  • Food and water bowls are available
  • Certain rooms only
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • UnionPay
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • Number of children who can stay free - 3
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 35.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 25 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Durant Berkeley
  • Durant Hotel
  • Graduate Berkeley Hotel
  • Hotel Durant Berkeley
  • Durant Hotel Berkeley
  • Graduate Berkeley (Formerly Hotel Durant)
  • Hotel Durant
  • Graduate Berkeley Hotel
  • Graduate Berkeley Berkeley
  • Graduate Berkeley Hotel Berkeley

You should know

  • Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in specific rooms only, which can be requested by contacting the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

Awards & Affiliations

The property is a member of Historic Hotels of America.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.