DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina

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Average rate: $159 - Hotel class: 3 stars
200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley, CA, USA

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DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina Reviews

mrgishi mrgishi
134 reviews
Huge hotel on the Berkeley Marina Jan 22, 2012
You pretty much need a car to stay at this hotel, but it made a good base for me to make trips around the bay area. It is located on the Berkeley Marina and isn't close to anything within in walking distance. The complex is huge and it can be quite a long walk from the lobby to your room. I'm sure the bay side rooms have excellent views, but I stayed on the other side, which is cheaper. Access to local highways is convenient including 580, 80 and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
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moviegal226 moviegal…
104 reviews
The Most Uncomfortable Doubletree Ever Nov 12, 2008
This is, by far, one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in during my entire life. It is without question the worst Doubletree I have ever seen. I travel frequently for both business and leisure, and I have stayed in some very undesirable places - but this one takes the cake! If you only trust one review, make it this one! You will be miserable if you stay at this hotel!

My main "tip" for this hotel is that if you must stay here, make SURE you request a room as far away from the marina as possible. Yes, you won't get much of a view, but you won't be kept awake all night by the continuously noisy and aggravating marina "chime." The chime sounds like a very, very loud elevator dinging. The problem is, it goes off - literally - every 15 seconds. The a/c unit did not drown out the sound for us and if you like to sleep with the windows open, good luck doing it here!

The chime will drive you absolutely batty, and it bothered us to the point that we could only get to sleep a few hours - and we ended up checking out of the hotel the next day and moving to another property. The hotel really needs to warn potential guests about this chime! There are little placards in the guest rooms (see photo), but it is too little too late. The chime noise is so bad, the front desk will even provide ear plugs free of charge if you ask. Ridiculous!

What really bothered me about the hotel is just how worn out everything was. The furnishings in the room were absolutely a disgrace! They were so worn, it was just disgusting! The sofa in the room was horribly stained and the arms looked as if they had been clawed to pieces by a cat! I have posted photos - it is unbelievable! You can SEE the stains and the damage in the photos!

The walls had holes in them (see photos) and the carpet was awfully dirty and stained (again, see photos). I might also add that I am a Hilton HHonors Diamond member (the top loyalty level) and the room I was in was an upgraded executive room! And it was in this horrible condition! I would hate to see what a standard room looks like.

It is worth noting that the hotel is not within walking distance of anything, including and restaurants, stores or fast food. If you are looking for something to eat, you are at their mercy. The on-site restaurant is okay, but it is not open late. If you arrive late to the hotel, your only option (until 10 pm) is Domino's Pizza delivery. Get something to eat before you arrive at this hotel. This is also a sprawling property, so be prepared for a long walk from your room to the common areas.

As for positives, at least there was ample free parking, and free wireless internet access in the lobby.
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Eric says:
Thanks for the warning! I actually went to school at Cal and have been down at the marina a few times, but never knew about the chime. That would drive me crazy!
Posted on: Nov 13, 2008

DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina Overview

The DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina enjoys a beachfront location. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a golf course and tennis courts as well as a 24 hour reception, a sauna and conference room(s). Berkeley town centre is within an easy 10 minute drive from the hotel.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina caters for families with children offering babysitting / child services and a kids pool. There is a news stand, a gift shop and an atm / cash machine within the hotel. For those interested in fitness related activities, the hotel has a fitness centre and an indoor pool ready to use.

Bathrooms conveniently feature a spa bath, great for a calming soak at the end of the day. Also available in the rooms are a plasma / LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe. Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, complimentary toiletries and a coffee maker.

Greek Theater, Memorial Stadium and Berkeley Art Museum are within driving distance of the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina. People's Park can be reached with a 20 minute drive. University of California Berkeley, Berkeley Rose Garden and Doe Library are a 10 minute drive from the hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Golf Course
  • Housekeeping
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Security Guard
  • News Stand
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • In Room Movies
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Modem / Data Port
  • TV
  • Private beach
  • Laundry service
  • Spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Shops
  • Garden
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Beach (Direct Access)
  • Windsurfing
  • Cycling
  • Water Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jogging and exercise trail
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Ballroom
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Full-service catering
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Disabled Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Jacuzzi
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Spa/Jetted Tub
  • Child Pool
  • Pool Indoor
  • Highchairs
  • Supervised child care/activities
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Luggage Storage
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Self Laundry
  • Free Parking

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