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4.0
Very Good 1747 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 1747 Reviews
Magnificent Hotel!
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Claremont Hotel is truly magnificent! I loved the décor and ambience of the hotel. The location was great, close to lots of restaurants and shops. We especially liked the little French Bakery a block away. Our room was lovely, with a huge bathroom that was beautiful. The staff was very gracious and accommodating, truly first class customer service. We had a wonderful long weekend at the Claremont and will definitely return one day.

BEST IN CLASS establishment
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the grounds to the beautiful entrance and wonderful staff, our stay was a 10 out of 10.
We stayed at the Claremont to celebrate our Daughter's wedding and they didn't disappoint.
Every aspect of our stay was truly best in class.
I would recommend the Claremont if you want to be surrounded by beauty, enjoy fabulous meals and be treated like you're a king or queen.

Very good, but not great
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 4 days at the Claremont for work. The hotel is well maintained and the rooms were clean and well tended to. There were a few annoyances, such as the AC which is very noisy and blows directly onto the bed. The gym is under construction, so currently it's a covered by a large tent, making it very cold inside.

I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The food at the Limewood restaurant was a huge disappointment, especially given the price of all items on the menu. My suggestion, spend your money at one of the other wonderful eating establishments away from the hotel.

Peaceful
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was beautiful and just what I needed. My welcome was inviting. The room was wonderful. Pillows were soft. Sheer class. I've been visiting for years. First time I've stayed. It was nostalgic for me.

Loved it!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Fairmont property has several bars and all resort amenities. The bed was very comfortable and the sheets lovely. The view cannot be beaten. Not really walking distance to shops or restaurants but lots of parking.Best of all the bathroom had a window which could be opened.Highly recommend if you want a luxury experience.