2600 Durant Ave
Berkeley, California 94704
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Graduate Hotels is celebrating its five-year anniversary, a span where the brand has grown from one hotel in Athens, Georgia to 21 hotels in college towns across the country. And another 10 hotels, including its first international location in England, are set to open next year.
One of the many cool things about Graduate Hotels is a passion for destinations. This, they share with international brand icon National Geographic. Guests at the Graduate Berkeley (Graduate’s lucky #7 property) get it the minute they check in, in a most tangible way.
The entire wall behind the front desk at the NorCal property is comprised of more than 8,500 National Geographic magazines, gold spines facing out. The Nat Geo wall conjures travel’s sense of exploration, discovery and thrill, while also calling to mind the University of California, Berkeley (simply “Cal” to locals and alums), as both esteemed institutions share the same yellow Pantone® color.
Design-centric boutique hotels like the Graduate Berkeley create a sense of place and purpose for guests. Residential-feeling interiors and touches of local artwork, curated bookshelves and local legends add personality and perspective. Graduate Berkeley’s alignment with UC Berkeley involves more than its steps-away proximity; it shares a college-town state of mind. The new Tartine bakery, a sunny café right off the lobby, is a new star in the Berkeley foodie galaxy, as is Henry’s, a historic wood-paneled, banquette-lined hub and pub.
Ready for a Berkeley study break? Explore “celebrated quarters with a Bohemian beat” at Graduate Berkeley.