The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA, 94705
(510) 843 3000
Rooms start at $194
An East Bay institution since 1915, The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa is a classic, historic property that looks like something out of an old movie with white flagged turrets and a palm tree-studded pool. The fitness center is just past the multiple tennis courts and before the three outdoor pools and offers complimentary fitness classes to guests as well as full use of the modern equipment. There are multiple dining options, all headed by 2010 San Francisco Bay Area Rising Star Hotel Chef Josh Thomsen. For a special occasion (or no occasion, as Thomsen says) Meritage is the spot and Paragon Bar & Café is a favorite among locals to grab a bite and a drink and watch the sunset.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Rooms range from about $129 to $275
First opened in 1910, the historic Hotel Shattuck Plaza underwent renovations several years ago, making it one of the more popular boutique hotels in the East Bay today. And as Berkeley and Oakland continue to expand into dining destinations in their own right, its an ideal place to stay across the Bay—the Metro is just around the corner, Berkeley’s theater district is nearby, and downtown San Francisco is only a 25 minute drive away. The modern rooms come equipped with flat-screen TVs, an in-room coffee maker, complimentary wireless Internet, and luxury amenities. And the hotel’s chic restaurant FIVE is helmed by Chef Banks White, who serves a menu of updated American classics.