|guest room at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Berkeley|
I'll sometimes get a call from a client who's having difficulty finding hotel space in San Francisco. The city is often sold out when there's a big event in the city. Thousands of attendees mean limited room availability, sky high prices, and unforgiving cancelation penalties.
Consider Hotel Shattuck Plaza in nearby Berkeley. Literally steps away from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, it's just a quick 23 minute BART ride to the Embarcadero, 24 minutes to Montgomery Street, and 25 minutes to Powell Street.
I enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday at FIVE, the hotel's restaurant which featured a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. I started with pumpkin-carrot soup, feasted on sliced turkey breast accompanied by a table full of side dishes served family style, and finished up with my guilty pleasure, Pecan Tart à la mode.
And for dessert, I did a site inspection. Hotel Shattuck Plaza is in a landmark 1910 building, beautifully renovated with 199 rooms on four floors. We were shown a Deluxe room with corner windows — light and bright. The designers retained the traditional architectural features of the rooms but created an interior design with an attractive contemporary flair. The room measured about 300 square feet, provided a desk with good working space, and the bathroom had a single vanity and shower in the tub. The hotel also has true 1BR Suites if you need more space. Not the Four Seasons, but it's a quite pleasant and comfortable four-star hotel hotel, with all the gourmet options of downtown Berkeley outside the front door... including Chez Panisse within walking distance.
Need a Super Bowl hotel room? Hotel Shattuck Plaza actually has space, although there is a three-night minimum over these dates. A full deposit will be taken 30 days before arrival and becomes non-refundable at this point.