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

By a verified traveler on Thu 07 Jul 2016

Hotel Description

3.5-star historic hotel near University of California, Berkeley

City center stay

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 for business? Take advantage of the free WiFi in public areas, laundry service, and conference space. 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 free newspapers are also available.

Room, 1 Queen Bed (Graduate)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$119* Per night/room Dec 29 - Dec 30

Room, 2 Double Beds (Graduate)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Executive Room, 2 Double Beds (Graduate)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Executive Room, 1 Queen Bed (Graduate)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Graduate Berkeley ratings based on 21 Verified Reviews

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

Guest reviews for Graduate Berkeley

Everyone (5) Couples (1)
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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3 out of 5

The hotel was interesting...Quite a TRIP!!!

Pros: interesting place
Cons: Poor breakfast
We were from Reno going to the Nevada Wolfpack game against Berkeley. The info on the hotel said it was a great place to go for the games and the the burgers were delicious etc. The site should have told us the place turns into a Frat House on game day. All the furniture is removed from the lobby for standing room only, my flip flops were sticking to the beer on the floor. We enjoy a good time and did like the place we just freaked out a bit when they asked if we reserved a parking place. Since we were staying at the hotel we assumed we would be able to park there, after talking to a few people they did find as a space for$50. we do not mind paying to park but we should have been warned that we would not have a spot. Next time we will stay in a hotel by the Marina....but is was quite a TRIP!

Posted by , from Reno, NV, USA on Sep 5, 2012

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4 out of 5

Staff made all the difference.

Pros: Close restaurants
Cons: Noisy
Great staff. That alone will make me come back. Room was ok, bed was great. Thin walls but with the fans in the room that could be overcome.

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012

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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. Public spaces have free WiFi. The business-friendly Graduate Berkeley also features multilingual staff, coffee/tea in a common area, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. For a fee, parking is available. This 3.5-star Berkeley hotel is smoke free.

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

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) (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 air-conditioned accommodations with laptop-compatible safes and complimentary newspapers. Pillowtop beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. 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. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • 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

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


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 99 lbs)
  • Certain rooms only
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are 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.

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 are 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.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • UnionPay
  • Pets allowed (no fees)
  • Number of children who can stay free - 3

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

  • 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.

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of Historic Hotels of America.


Special Offer

Book a stay in an "Executive Room" room type and receive access to Google Chromecast in your room for TV streaming.

Full details at check-in. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

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