Claremont Resort Hotel & Spa
- Business Center
- Fitness Center
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Data Ports
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Electronic Room Keys
- In-House Bar
- Video Check Out
- Meeting Rooms
- Clothing Iron
- In-House Dining
- Wake Up Service
- Family Rooms
- Coffee & Tea Maker
- Mini Bar In Room
- Handicap Accessible
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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Family Travelers
- 82%Business Travelers
- 66%Luxury Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
Member Reviews (8)
- Claremont Resort Hotel & SpaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Dec 12, 2013
My strongest memory of the Claremont Hotel was watching the flames behind it as the Oakland Firestorm raged. I've also stayed here and had drinks at the Paragon Bar to enjoy the view. I love historical Grand Hotels and for me the Claremont has not disappointed. There's also a Tennis Club on the lower end of the property and this is where my beloved Father In-Law met his wife. You'll also have to ask my ex-wife about the Spa, but I think she had a great time.
The Claremont Resort opened in 1915 as the Claremont Hotel, named for the Claremont district in which it was situated. It was constructed by a group of real estate developers associated with the Key System who had already opened up another large hotel in Oakland at Grand Avenue and Broadway called the Key Route Inn. The Key Route Inn, which suffered a serious fire in September 1930 and was demolished in April and May 1932, featured the convenience of a trans-bay electric rail line running through it. Similarly, a trans-bay line was run right to the doors of the Claremont Hotel (eventually designated the "E" line), approaching from between the tennis courts. The tracks were removed in 1958 when the Key System ended rail service, but the tennis courts survive, with a path between them where the tracks used to be. Thus, Claremont Hotel guests not only had a magnificent view of San Francisco, but they could also go there directly from the doorsteps of the lobby.
The hotel was also convenient to automobile traffic as it was situated along the principal route leading over the Berkeley Hills via Claremont Canyon. In 1903, a small tunnel was excavated above the next canyon south of Claremont Canyon, accessible by a new road dubbed "Tunnel Road" which ran from the end of Ashby Avenue. The same route later led to a newer, larger tunnel called the Caldecott Tunnel which opened in 1937.
After the repeal of Prohibition, the Claremont Hotel continued to suffer from a state law banning the sale of alcohol within one mile (1.6 km) of the University of California, Berkeley. In 1936, an enterprising student and her friends measured several of the possible routes, finding that the shortest distance from the school to the hotel's front steps was a few feet over a mile. The Claremont immediately opened a bar and awarded the student free drinks for life.
The main Hotel building is entirely in Oakland. However, the southwestern corner of the property owned by the resort falls within the city limits of Berkeley. Part of this section has been leased to the Berkeley Tennis Club since 1917. The rest of it is part of the resort's gardens and parking area, and is used as the resort's Berkeley mailing address.
The Claremont has 279 guest rooms, an award-winning 20,000-square-foot spa, 10 tennis courts, and 22 acres of landscaped gardens. Romantic stories tell that it was once won in a checkers game. The Hotel has been designated a National and California Historic Landmark.
- Claremont Resort Hotel & SpaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 22, 2012
My grandparents used to take me to hotels like the Claremont when I was a kid. As an adult, I appreciate them even more because of this association. I love the history, the tradition, the ability to just relax. So after my house caught on fire and my insurance company was going to cover a hotel, I figured why not try out the Claremont for a few days? :) Check online rates, as there are great deals from time to time.
Most of the staff have been here five years or more. My bellman's parents have worked here for over 20 years, he for 11. The staff obviously love bring here, and it's easy to understand why.
Be aware the price doesn't include the $25 daily parking fee and the $25 resort fee (however, that fee covers all your exercise class options and entry into the spa).
- Claremont Resort Hotel & SpaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3Jul 04, 2012
I love this wedding cake of a grand hotel on the hill. I have stayed here, once: The night before I got married. Had my hair and nails done at their spa, and a schedule miscommunication resulted in the comic scene of me, wearing my veil, snarling at traffic as I drove to the wedding site on the Berkeley Marina! We came so close to losing this historic resource three years later, during the Oakland firestorm; I'll never forget Pete Wilson (the deceased news anchor, not the former governor) glimpsing footage of the flames creeping ever-closer and shaking his head. Thankfully it survived unscathed. In the tradition of grand hotels it's too pricey to patronize on a regular basis, but we do return on occasion; most recently to celebrate our 20th anniversary at Jordan's Restaurant (now the Meritage) and we were delighted with our experience.
- Claremont Resort Hotel & SpaJul 04, 2012
I love the oldness of this resort with real wooden doors, wide hallways, and creaky stairs. It's something I would compare to the resort in the movie The Shining.
Some rooms and restaurants offer amazing bay views of Alcatraz and/or San Francisco.
The exterior is groomed beautifully and the resort is set high up on a hill above Berkeley.
Dining options at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include 3 outdoor swimming pools. Also located on site are a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, a health club, a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 4.0 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and audio visual equipment. High speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Berkeley property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Wedding services and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, valet parking, and a concierge desk. This is a smoke free property. A total renovation of this property was completed in June 2009.
There are 279 guestrooms at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are offered. Bathrooms feature designer toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, and hair dryers. In addition to complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail and free local calls. Televisions have video game consoles and pay movies. Air conditioned rooms also include separate sitting areas, desks, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic check out. Guests may request a turndown service, hypo allergenic bedding, and wake up calls. Housekeeping is available. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request. Guestroom renovations were completed in June 2009. Guestrooms are all non smoking.
Notifications and Fees:
- There are no room charges for children 18 years old and younger who occupy the same room as their parents or guardians, using existing bedding.
The following mandatory hotel imposed fees are charged and collected by the hotel either at check in or check out.
- Resort fee: US$ 24 per room, per night
- Use of pool
- Use of fitness center or health club
- Fitness/yoga classes
- Access to children's club/arcade
- Use of business center/computer
- Internet access
- Phone calls
- In room coffee
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
- Self parking: US$ 24 per night (in/out privileges)
- Valet parking: US$ 33 per day (in/out privileges)
- Pets: US$ 99 per stay
- Early check out: US$ 75.00
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.