Take a cue from Cinderella: Glass slippers are not made for travel. Don a pair of comfortable flats instead for your getaway to the Berkeley City Club, nicknamed the "little castle."
Escape with your Prince Charming for an overnight stay, Sundays through Thursdays, in a standard room ($95) at the historical landmark, just across the bay from San Francisco. Or, pay an additional $20 upon booking for a Friday-night stay, subject to availability.
Once upon a time, Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan designed this building as a women's social club complete with verdant gardens, interior courtyards, a ballroom, and a heated indoor swimming pool. Step away from your carriage and into your guest room, where a soft bed and views of the Berkeley Hills or San Francisco Bay await.
Have a ball touring the town and browsing the shops along Telegraph Avenue. The hotel is only a block from the UC Berkeley campus, and six blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and public transportation. Later, waltz through the Regional Parks Botanic Garden to see native plants of the Golden State in bloom.
"Berkeley is a lively city teeming with all types of people, a beautiful campus, vast parks, great shopping, and some incredible restaurants," says Frommer's.
If your stomach is growling like an evil stepmother, head down to the hotel's dining room. Or, grab a bite at Venus and have your wish for delicious food granted. Bite into seasonal, organic dishes like parsnip gnocchi with nettles or steamed Tomales Bay muscles, and you'll taste why the San Francisco Chronicle calls this restaurant "a place to watch."
The clock won't strike midnight for a few hours, giving you plenty of time to dance around the city. Catch a live performance at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cal Performances, or Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse—all within a half-mile of the hotel—before turning in for the evening.
After getting plenty of beauty rest, enjoy an included hot breakfast buffet in the dining room before the enchanting fairy tale comes to an end.
After all, who needs a Fairy Godmother? All it takes is a touch of the wand (read: mouse click) for a magical getaway to the Bay Area.
PAID VALUE DOES NOT EXPIRE
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Berkeley City Club
A One-Night Stay for Two, Sundays through Thursdays, and Hot Breakfast Buffet
- from $95