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4.0
Very Good 1771 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The Jetsetter rate includes Claremont Club access, coffee, tea, three hours child care, 90 minute hydrotherapy session, daily newspaper and WiFi access
  • Three outdoor pools, a hot tub and four saunas
  • Food and wine pairings at Meritage
  • Pet-friendly
  • 10 tennis courts, including six with lights
  • Recently renovated gym with selection of more than 60 classes
  • Free WiFi
  • The views from Bay View Rooms
  • Great on-site child care and children's programing

What To Know

  • A $24 per night facility fee will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
  • No nearby access to the local trains; you’ll need a car (or taxi) to reach the resort
  • Valet parking runs $24 a night; day parking is at an hourly rate
  • Despite the renovation, it’s still an old building
  • Located in a quiet residential district without many services
  • Popular among families; not for those looking for a childfree escape

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Amid the Bay Area’s rapidly expanding inventory of boutique hotels, the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa is refreshing for its grandeur, laid-back vibe and Old World charm. Rising like a beacon of a bygone era from the hills between Oakland and Berkeley, this historic hotel that opened in 1915 has repeatedly reinvented itself, changing from Gold Rush indulgence to Jazz Era hangout to business-centric convention center. Today the stately white edifice and its 22-acre grounds reflect the Northern California values of health and fitness, fine food and wine, and relaxed luxury.

{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/1977/prop-46009-1320089540-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Bay View rooms feature stunning views west towards San Francisco.”}Though Claremont looks out over the bay to San Francisco, you feel light years away from its bustle as you glide through one of the two heated lap pools, or splash with the kids in the activity pool. The tennis center has 10 hard courts (six lighted) and the recently renovated fitness center shines, with computerized aerobic equipment, weight machines and a lineup of more than 60 weekly fitness classes. Or go ahead and let the therapists do the work at the 20,000-square-foot spa, heralded by travelers and Bay Area residents alike as a perfect pampering escape.

This grande dame also boasts three on-site restaurants. Meritage, which opened in 2009 under the eye of executive chef Josh Thomsen, focuses on pairing small plates like artichoke soup with crispy prosciutto, cider-braised pork belly, and lamb loin with chickpea fries with California’s best varietals. Paragon also serves food, but it’s known chiefly for its hand-shaken cocktails and stunning San Francisco views. And if you’re by the pool, Bayview Café will grill you up a healthy lunch.

The 279 rooms are equal parts elegant and California cool — just don’t go in expecting the latest in technology, as a large part of the old hotel’s charm is that it has remained relatively unchanged since the turn of the 20th century. No two rooms are alike, but a common thread is a gold and blue palette complemented by wood and leather furnishings. The white-tiled bathrooms are updated and spacious, with marble. The views of San Francisco are the highlight of Bay View rooms — and if the city beckons, it’s just a 45-minute drive away.

How to Get There

Claremont Club & Spa – A Fairmont Hotel
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 1771 Reviews
Wanted it to be better
Reviewed 1 day ago

For a Fairmont, for such a historic property, for the price, and for New Year's.....should have been more wow. It's a great old property, and they are taking good care of it, but.....there aren't that many places for the guests to hang out on the property besides your room or a restaurant. There needs to be a big balcony to allow you to sit outside overlooking Berkeley all the way to San Fran. Getting to the pool is a bit of a hike and then there is no view there. And for New Year's 2018/19, they charged a crazy amount of money to just go into the bar area, so instead we had room service, enjoyed out room, and then came and sat in the lobby with fun hats and such and listened to the music, waited for the countdown, walked outside to watch the SF fireworks in the distance and did it all for free (except for the high cost of the room). We love historic hotels and really live on the property while we are there, but it was boring and we were disappointed. The city has grown up around the hotel, and they have a ton of tennis courts on the property that have taken over what was probably once gardens. There is no high tea, not a variety in places to eat for more than two meals, nothing much to walk to, so it was a bit of a let down - - even though the hotel itself was fine, staff were nice, room clean, etc. And we walked every floor looking at the old photos only to discover most of them were repeats on each floor, they could make it more personal and historic with an easy fix of changing these out - - and putting more places to sit on the different floors. So, it was nice, and I know the hotel had money problems before and we are grateful to the Fairmont for buying it and keeping it around, but it needs a little more personality, more guest areas to enjoy being around the hotel, and more guest activities to keep guests on property (bocce, croquet, high tea, trivia, etc.).

Anniversary Stay-cation
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I decided to do a short stay-cation at the Claremont for our 13 year wedding anniversary. I used the 20/20 rate that they offered on their website, and got 20% off of the room rate and 20% off hotel food and beverage costs. It's been a while since we took a trip for an anniversary, just the two of us, so we decided to enjoy the conveniences of the hotel. I honestly believe this was the first time I'd ever eaten or drank things from the mini-fridge! We started our stay off with dinner at the Limewood restaurant, located in the hotel, and it was delicious! We had room service for breakfast the next day, one eggs benedict and one farm benedict (spinach and grilled mushrooms), and both tasted so good! Ordered a french dip sandwich for room service after we returned from the spa, and we couldn't believe how tasty it was! We had a couples massage appointment in the spa, so we had an opportunity to check out the spa for ourselves. I had read in an earlier review that their spa is outdated, and I would agree in terms of the showers (looks like late 90s early 00s), but you still get a bunch of shower heads pointed at you from all directions. I guess I can understand the earlier reviewers disappointment because the guestroom bathrooms are immaculate and beautiful! The saltwater whirlpool, the steam sauna, and the deluge shower are available to use prior (and maybe afterwards, too?) to spa appointments. These facilities, as well as the waiting area prior to going to a treatment room, is separated by gender. The deluge shower looked a little cheap, with the head looking like a plain PVC pipe and the door stained with rust running down the glass. I didn't have enough time to check out the sauna. There is also a waiting room filled with couches, chairs, and refreshments. I couldn't believe how many treatment rooms there were, so I think this has to be the largest spa I've ever been to. The massages themselves were good, I won't comment on the bed or pillows because nothing beats my own bed and pillow, but I was rested and comfortable. But the Bay View room was spacious, beautiful and clean, our view was breathtaking, and it was quiet where our room was located. The hallways are HUGE, too. They recently renovated their athletic club gym and it looks fantastic! Guests have complimentary access to the club gym and the pool area. All in all, it was such a relaxing stay! We definitely want to come back with our kids. Also, I noticed that everyone I encountered on staff, from the valets and front desk staff to the room service and housekeeping, they were all kind and personable. Anytime we passed someone in the hallway, they greeted us. Awesome hospitality!

Stuning!
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is very quiet and eloquent. The staff is simply amazing along with the rooms and the views. I've never slept in a more comfortable bed. Eric the current manager was ever so gracious and accommodating after what was a very long tough week.
Loved seeing SF bays twinkling lights at night from our room and waking up to an incredible clear view in the morning. Pricey? Yes. Worth every penny? YES! Go ahead and spoil yourself every once in awhile!
(Bathroom floor is a little chilly so bring your slippers)

Beautiful Hotel, Quiet, Great Gym!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing but good things to say about this place. Classic charm, excellent service, and maybe the best included gym/spa of any hotel I've visited. A great place to go to be pampered and enjoy the views across the bay.

Great brunch with views, and wonderful spa day!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great brunch with gorgeous views, then spent the day at the spa with steam room, jacuzzi, etc day pass. Great way to unwind after a long week for a girl's day out! Rooms are really nice and the pool is huge and beautiful.