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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

The Best of Old and New California
boudin

On a recent trip to California, we stayed at the Fairmont Hotel - Claremont Club for 3 nights with our grandchildren. We were very much impressed and pleased with every staff member, with the activities for children and with the venerable old buildings that are a testament to the visionary drive of 19th century Californians and the resourceful imagination of 21st century Californians.

Because of our grandchildren's ages (3, 6,7), we were anxious about how we would keep them entertained and happy while their parents took a short trip. We did not need to worry; every Fairmont/Claremont person we dealt with were superlative: check-in, housekeeping staff, room service, concierge, pool personnel, all were uniformly friendly and helpful.

A special note of thanks should be given to the concierge staff: Brooke, Jeanne and Shannon, who did so much to make our stay wonderful. We informed them that we were celebrating the birthday of our grandson and that night, when we arrived back at the room, Shannon had left a sweet note and a plate of chocolate chip cookies for all three children. The next day, Brooke delivered birthday cupcakes to our room and joined in while we sang Happy Birthday. Jeanne provided insightful information on where to take our grandchildren for an excursion.

The heated pools were wonderful for the kids and there were plenty of fluffy towels to dry off with afterwards. The Friday night Kids Movie night was a great hit and the ladies who ran it were charming. They even led the kids in a dance party after the movie was finished!

The Fairmont-Claremont Club did much to make our stay there fun, relaxing and memorable and it will be our go-to place whenever we visit our family in the Bay Area.

5 star exceptional / employee..Amanda Soto
Faoronos

After nearly 40 years of affiliation with the Claremont Club and Spa , Thru the various events we’ve hosted there and our 39 year loyalty of a pool and tennis club membership, our daughter choose the Claremont for a block of rooms for her wedding party, many out of town guests and her wedding nite. We can not express enough our frustrations and non professional experience we encountered
With management in the group sales dept when trying to reserve a block of rooms for our guests 11 months in advance. It was by far the most stressful part of the entire planning of our daughters wedding. We would have eliminated this hotel entirely if it wasn’t the brides dream.. It wasn’t until a month before the wedding date that we received a warm welcoming email from Amanda Soto, Sales & group Coordinator, at the Claremont. Amanda introduced herself as our primary contact to assist with our wedding group Her professionalism and eagerness to assist in any way possible was very apparent and like no other, She listened , took our concerns seriously & went out of her way to smooth a situation the best she could We feel strongly Amanda took a very understanding and caring approach and helped us in every way she could to see that our experience with the Claremont and our daughters wedding nite went as smoothly as possible. She also followed up with us a few days after the wedding to learn how everything went. Amanda Soto definitely left us all with a better feeling at the end

Beautiful property with fantastic ammenities
jlo0507

I recently stayed at the Claremont for a small "staycation" getaway with my husband and had a wonderful experience. The entire team offered premium customer service and we were able to take full advantage of the spa, tennis courts, and pool during our stay. We can't wait to come back again!