WEL­COME TO THE HO­TELS CAL­I­FOR­NIA

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A rev­er­ence for its his­tory (mod­ern Berke­ley dates back to the late 19th cen­tury) means ho­tels here get re­vamped, not re­placed. Add in un­end­ing gen­tri­fi­ca­tion pres­sures from San Fran­cisco, ag­gres­sively hip Oak­land and the swath of un­re­al­ity that is Sil­i­con Val­ley, and the re­boot of the sto­ried Ho­tel Du­rant, five min­utes from the UC Berke­ley campus, makes per­fect sense—as does the re­boot’s theme as the 1 Grad­u­ate

Ho­tel Berke­ley, com­plete with a li­brary wall of Na­tional Geo­graph

ics and cute de­tails like stu­dent ID cards for room keys. Sim­i­larly re­spect­ful, and just down the street, stands the 2 Berke­ley City Club, a his­toric land­mark built by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Ju­lia Mor­gan (UC Berke­ley class of 1894). Still a pri­vate club but no longer just for women, it has 38 mem­bers’ res­i­dences re­done as ho­tel rooms, and the city’s finest in­door swim­ming pool.

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