This luxury Berkeley hotel has garnered plenty of praise for its exquisite dining, spectacular views, and pampering amenities, from ten tennis courts to the award-winning spa.
Perched on a hill overlooking San Francisco Bay, The Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel
in Berkeley was built by a wealthy prospector during the Gold Rush, eventually opening its doors as a hotel in 1915. Today, the AAA Four Diamond property wows with luxe accommodations, three distinctive restaurants, a world-class spa, and a state-of-the-art health club. And don’t forget about the views—they've always been there, but they’ve never lost their jaw-dropping appeal. No wonder this four-star hotel comes highly recommended
by the Forbes Travel Guide.
Go for a swim in one of three heated outdoor pools; then, soak in a whirlpool tub at the award-winning spa
. Or lace up your tennis shoes and hit any of ten outdoor courts
, where practice walls and private lessons are available. When it’s time to dine, you'll have your pick of three restaurants
. Oenophiles—as well as anyone with a taste for fine food—should reserve a table at the AAA Four Diamond, Forbes four-star restaurant Meritage, which boasts an extensive list of more than 190 wines. Earning Wine Spectator
Award of Excellence for nine years running, the restaurant suggests a wine pairing for each dish on the dinner menu. Still, you can't go wrong at the Claremont Lobby Lounge & Bar, a chic spot serving up artisanal bites, classic cocktails, and breathtaking views. For a more casual outing, make your way poolside to the Bayview Café for sandwiches, salads, and burgers.
Berkeley is the mellow, intellectual middle child of the Bay Area family. North of Oakland and across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, this city has a reputation for being a low-key college town and home to some of the most enlightened thinkers in the Golden State. Along with the academic crowd comes an appreciation for cultural offerings, offbeat boutiques, and locally sourced cuisine. And did we mention its vast swaths of green space? It all comes together to make a downright delightful town.
• Taxes are not included—you'll pay those online when you check out with LivingSocial
• $26 facilities fee is also not included, but you’ll pay that directly to the hotel
• Facilities fee includes: spa ritual; daily group exercise classes; access to pool, health club, sauna, hot tub and 24-hour business center; water equipment; hot tea and coffee service; 3 hours of childcare for 1 child; Internet access; and 3 hours of local calls
• Add an extra guest to your room for an additional $35/night
• Children are welcome