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Looking for a New Place to Stay in the East Bay?

Jun 28, 2022 01:00PM ● By Pam Kessler

People from all over the world come to Berkeley to explore and improve the world. From the Free Speech Movement to the birthplace of California cuisine, it has been a place for discovery and innovation since its beginnings.  It’s also a great home base for exploring San Francisco by BART, hitting an Oakland A’s baseball game, or attending at a concert at the exquisite outdoor Greek Theatre.  


The new 17-story Residence Inn Berkeley is well-located in the heart of the downtown. It boasts a sprawling lobby with walls covered in CAL-themed art, ample meeting space, 331 guest rooms—many with floor to ceiling windows and incomparable views— in-room kitchens, laundry facilities, plus a rooftop bar and restaurant to end your day in an elevating space. In the works since 1997, the property is a game changer for the business, academic, and tourist crowd seeking fresh East Bay accommodations.


Overlooking the UC Berkeley campus, Study Hall, a dining room and outdoor terrace, welcomes guests for craft cocktails and shareable bites like Wagyu burgers, fried Brussel sprouts and calamari. It’s a great place to relax and revel in an evening sunset. Also of note: the rooftop lounge is available for private parties, daily breakfast is complimentary in the lobby, and pets are welcome to accompany your stay. A special "Don't leave Fido at home" package pampers pets with beds, bowls, and tasty treats.  2121 Center Street, $264 to $519 per night.


Take a journey through history on the UC Berkeley campus. Cross Oxford Street and feel the world-changing energy of students from around the world. Visit Sproul Plaza, relax in the shade by Strawberry Creek, and get a spectacular view from Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, one of UC Berkeley’s most beloved and well-known symbols. The university offers a variety of ways to explore the campus including self-guided walking tours.


If you like architecture, put a visit to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) on your to-do list. Designed by the renowned New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the $112 million art and film museum is adjacent to the Residence Inn on Center Street packed with thousands of works of , video, and film collections. Cavernous museum galleries boast 28-foot-high ceilings and skylights flood spaces with natural light.

At the stylish and historic Claremont Club & Spa nestled in the Berkeley Hills, indulge in a wellness treatment. With massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, hair appointments, and body therapies on the menu at this Bay Area landmark, you’ll be able to customize a perfect spa package. 



A slew of Berkeley’s top go-to spots—Gather, Top Dog, The Butcher’s Son, Chez Panisse, Cheese Board, and Triple Rock (just to name a few) are easy to experience within a one mile radius. Whether you are a sweet-toothed doughnut connoisseur, Neapolitan-style pizza pie fan, or a vegan salad aficionado, there are restaurants nearby for you to try. 

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