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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

Amazing facilities
davidsmith7900

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful stay in the Claremont recently. We have been to a lot of spa’s but the Claremont’s spa is probably our new favourite. The facilities were incredible. The pool facilities were also top quality and there was a brilliant atmosphere. The pool was very busy but the servers were doing a brilliant job and had everything under control. We couldn’t understand why there was so many Irish workers but then our friendly Irish server Cloda put our minds at ease. The Irish girls were awesome and we really hope that they enjoy the rest of their summer.

A wonderful hotel with some flaws
shirleyotis

Fairmont has done just about as good as job as possible with this aging hotel, but there are some things they can't fix or haven't fixed yet.

Most notably, the rooms are uneven. Over the course of this stay my family was in three different rooms. Two were very good (albeit not without flaws), but the third had numerous problems: the windows were old, strangely dirty, and hard to open and close; the fan for the heating and air conditioning was annoyingly loud; the bathroom had very little space to place toiletries; there was no desk, just an oval table and a chair that was much too low to work at that table; and the bathroom window had old, cheap plastic blinds. The other two rooms had none of these problems, although again there was no chair high enough to work comfortably at the tables.

The soundproofing throughout the hotel is not great. There was a large sales conference while we were there, and you could hear plenty of drunken salespeople in the halls late at night.

Oh, and the wifi is terrible throughout the hotel—so bad that sometimes ordinary web pages wouldn't load.

That said, the views are nice, the rooms are comfortable (except for the problems above), the club is luxurious, and the service is fabulous.

Harassment, Intrusion and nudity.. No cable TV is needed when you have the Claremont staff.
certain2019

Everything was amazing until the morning of departure. I chose the Claremont hotel based on its location, cleanliness and impeccable customer service. When I rent a hotel room, I expect and by law each occupant should receive quiet and enjoyment of the space while they are occupying it. Unfortunately, my sleep was disturbed by two different cleaning attendants with clipboards ( 1- 9 and 10:15) On both occasions I expressed that I was sleeping and that I would be gone at noon. I wasn't able to go back to sleep after the second disturbance so I took my shower and I received a third knock on the door... I stated "just a moment", but before I could put the towel around me the attendant used his key and opened the door, unfortunately, I didn't lock the deadlock but fortunately I did put the chain on the door. I felt violated by the attendants abrupt intrusion and him seeing nude. To receive 3 different attendants asking the same exact question is beyond absurd and prevented me from resting and enjoying my stay. Claremont is tendered money and I receive no quiet and enjoyment.